Accessorize Your Shy Rescue Dog

Posted By : Phineas Gray , on Jul, 2015

 

Congratulations on your new adoption! Rescue dogs often make the best pets as they know what it is like to go from nothing and to give everything. These dogs often take quite a while to bond with their new family but once they do, the bond is unbreakable.

There are many things that you can do to help your new dog fit in and gain confidence, from toys to beds.  But where do you go?  There are many stores that sell pet supplies in West Palm Beach.

Beds
A dog bed is an excellent way to give your dog some comfort and give them a place that they can call their own in multiple rooms in the house. Whether you get them a soft pillow-type bed or a raised cot type bed, few dogs will turn away the opportunity to enjoy this item of luxury.

Blankets
As a bed, blankets can either be laid on the floor, kennel or just let your dog drag it around with them.  Blankets offer a familiar scent and small piece of comfort. Just like children will often have a favorite blankie, many dogs will choose a favorite to carry around with them, just like a toddler would. While it is not the most visually appealing prospect, it will often help your dog break out of their shell faster.

Collars and Leashes
The easiest way to break any trust you have with a dog is to get the wrong collar and leash combination. Often shy dogs will try to take off on a walk, may show leash or dog aggression, and some just do not understand how a leash works at all.

Choke chains, prong chains, and other devices like this may not be the best choice for rescue dogs. While the goal is to get your dog to walk nicely on a flat collar, this is not always possible to start off with. Gentle Leader and other head harnesses are a good way of redirecting your dog without pain and are attached to a flat collar. Harnesses are also a good idea, although dogs that like to pull may be more encouraged to pull in a harness.  With dogs that pull on a flat collar, however, the harness will distribute that pressure evenly and away from the neck preventing injury.

Retractable leashes are great for dogs that listen to you well, but not for a dog that want to take off or who is still in training. These leashes are weaker than a flat leash and do not offer the constant contact and feedback that is needed. A 6-foot leash is a perfect length to ensure you can allow them a safe distance away from you while maintaining control.  Visit your local pet supply store in West Palm Beach to view their wide selection of collars and leashes for dogs.

Kennels and Crates
While many people think that putting a dog in a kennel or crate is cruel, when used properly, these are excellent training devices. They allow you dog to have their “den” where they can feel safe and watch the household as it goes about its daily business. When you are at home, leave the front gate open so that the dog can come and go as they please. Do not let children play in your dog’s den as this is their safe spot.

Toys
There are thousands of dog toys available for dogs in every shape, size and material imaginable. The most common toys are balls, squeaky stuffed toys and rope toys. Often the rescue agency you adopted your dog through will know what types of toys your dog favored when they were at the rescue. If the dog was not there long enough, the best idea is to take your dog with you to a shop that sells pet supplies in West Palm Beach. Most of these stores are fine with dogs coming in as long as they are up to date on vaccines and on a leash.  Make a day of shopping together in West Palm Beach for toys and accessories at your local pet supply store!

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