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Why Is My Small Rescue Dog Doing That?

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Any rescue dog owner may see distressing behavioural changes

in their adopted dog, such as hiding in a corner, pacing back and forth, and refusing to eat.

We at Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding are aware of how critical it is to address these issues, especially for owners of rescue small and toy dog breeds who regard their canine friends as beloved family members.


“In a perfect world, every home would have a rescue dog. In most cases, a shelter dog winds up rescuing the person who saved him. Dog adoption is one of the best ways to clear the shelters and enrich your life with a furry new friend. Rescue dogs are hidden treasures waiting to shine.” Dogs Trust


A rescue dog hiding in a corner or pacing around

frequently displays increased tension or anxiety.

When a rescue dog is feeling overwhelmed or concerned about something in their environment, they may seek refuge in a peaceful area.

Another typical reaction to worry is pacing, which occurs when dogs try to ease their pain by moving about.

Another unsettling habit that can occur with rescue dogs is not eating,

this can have various underlying causes.

It could be brought on by stress, sickness, schedule disruptions, or even tooth problems.

It's important to consult a veterinarian if a rescue dog rejects dog food meals for a lengthy period of time in order to rule out any medical issues.

It's crucial to comprehend the underlying causes of this behaviour.

Changes in the home, moving to a new place, separation anxiety, or even horrific experiences in the past can all be stressors.

The first step in assisting your rescue dog is determining the trigger.

The key to dealing with these behaviours

is to establish a secure and tranquil environment.

Make sure your rescue dog has a secure area to which they can retreat if they become anxious.

Avoid putting them in awkward or new circumstances because doing so will just make them more stressed.

You yourself need to remain calm and confident, as your rescue dogs will pick up on your energy or stress levels.

Getting expert advice

on rescue dogs from a dog training expert or behaviourist may be required if the behaviours continue or get worse.

These professionals can assist you in creating a personalised plan to handle your rescue dog's particular problems and can offer training methods to lessen anxiety.

The most important quality to have

when handling these rescue dog behaviours is patience.

Rescue dogs require some time to acclimatise and feel safe in their surroundings. Providing them with affection and encouragement can foster trust and reduce their worry. It takes time.

To help manage anxiety-related behaviours,

a veterinarian may occasionally prescribe medicine or calming substances.

Always talk to your veterinarian before beginning a drug regimen with your rescue dog.

In conclusion, it's critical to look into the underlying causes

of your rescue dog's behaviours such as hiding, pacing, or not eating, and to carefully and patiently attend to their needs.

Every rescue dog is unique and understanding each dog's specific stressors and triggers is essential to assisting them in overcoming these obstacles and living a happy, balanced life in their new home with their devoted family.


Why is my small rescue dog behaving differently?

Rescue dogs often come from complex backgrounds and may have experienced trauma or neglect.

This can influence their behaviour in their new homes. It’s important to be patient and understanding as they adjust to their new environment.

Why is my small rescue dog showing signs of aggression? 

Aggression in rescue dogs can be a result of past abuse, fear, or lack of proper socialisation.

It's critical to pinpoint the causes of this behaviour and respond to it appropriately and quickly. Aggression management may require expert assistance.

Why is my small rescue dog not eating? 

Changes in appetite can be due to various reasons including stress, change in environment, or health issues.

It is advised to see a veterinarian if your rescue dog isn't eating in order to rule out any possible health issues.

Why is my small rescue dog so scared? 

Rescue dogs may exhibit fear due to past experiences.

They might be scared of certain sounds, movements, or situations that remind them of their past. Creating a cosy and secure atmosphere can aid in their fear-reduction.

Why is my small rescue dog not interacting with other dogs or people? 

Lack of socialisation or negative experiences with other dogs or people in the past could make your rescue dog wary or fearful.

Gradual and positive introductions to new dogs and people can help improve their social skills.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. For specific veterinary dog health advice, contact a veterinary pet healthcare provider.

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Kate Phillips, Chief Editor

BSc (Hons), MSc

Kate is the UK's very own Mary Puppins, a professional Dog Nanny and expert in small breed dogs. With over 30 years' experience and successfully helping high profile celebrity pet parents raise their furry families, Kate shares her top tips with you. Kate guides readers on small breed dogs, dog health, dog training, dog nutrition, dog food, dog walks, dog accessories, dog enrichment, rescue dogs, dog behaviour, dog grooming and the best products for dog mums and dog dads to create the ultimate luxury lifestyle for their small dogs.



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