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Behaviour Issues Of Dogs Rescued From Animal Shelters

 

This is a report on how dogs display unwanted behaviors within 4 weeks of adoption from animal shelters in Northern Ireland. I believe this is the same set of prevalent issues adopters face when they take in an animal companion from an animal shelter anywhere in the world. The former guardians to these dog companions could not understand their needs and wants in the first place as dog companions have individual personalities. So they gave them up and gave absurd reasons for doing so.

The situation and cycle replays itself when adopters come for them and bring them home. And the cause of what started them to 'misbehave' are not identified. The situations like unresolved family issues and individual personalities in a home create stress for the dog companions. They get more traumatized and suffer deep insecurity. Which result in fearfulness and aggression. Thus resulting in them getting returned to the shelters once again.

Animal communication is vital to allow another form of behaviour management/therapy for these guardians and dog companions. To introduce an honest and natural two way communication between a human being and an animal companion. Which will result in a quick positive behaviour change in the dog companion.

Prevalence Of Behavior Problems Reported By Owners Of Dogs Rescued From An Animal Rescue Shelter 

Link : https://bit.ly/2KSuwMO

ArticleinApplied Animal Behaviour Science 69(1):55-65 · September 2000 

This study examined the prevalence of behaviour problems exhibited by dogs within 4 weeks of acquisition from a rescue shelter in Northern Ireland. One thousand five hundred and forty-seven people who had purchased a dog from a rescue shelter in Northern Ireland were sent a postal questionnaire designed to collect information on the behaviours exhibited by their dog within the first month of acquisition. Five hundred and fifty-six people responded to the survey, representing a response rate of 37%. The majority of respondents (68.3%) reported that their dog exhibited a behaviour problem, the most common being fearfulness. Most of those respondents (89.7%) who returned their dog to the shelter did so because the animal exhibited behaviour that they considered undesirable. Male dogs showed more unacceptable behaviours than females, specifically inter-male aggression, sexual problems and straying tendencies. More stray dogs displayed undesirable behaviour than unwanteds, specifically straying tendencies. Puppies were less likely to exhibit unacceptable behaviours than juveniles or adults, particularly fearfulness, sexual problems and straying tendencies. More juvenile dogs showed excessive activity and excessive barking than puppies or adults. More adult dogs displayed aggression towards other dogs than juveniles or puppies. Findings indicate that dogs purchased from rescue shelters do exhibit behaviour problems that may lead to their return. The number of dogs admitted or returned to rescue shelters with behaviour problems may be reduced by raising public awareness regarding the value of behaviour therapy and introducing behaviour therapy schemes to rescue shelters.