How to Take Care of a Rescued Labradoodle
Adopting a labradoodle from a rescue facility is a noble decision, but bringing your new dog home for the first time can pose challenges. Rescued dogs are more likely to come with baggage, which could be temporary, or permanent. Most labradoodles gradually adapt nicely to their new home over time, but this process requires patience because the dog could have emotional problems from being mistreated or neglected. Even if your new dog appears quite happy at the rescue, it will probably act a little nervous and scared for a while, after coming home.
Here’s a few tips on what to do after coming home from the labradoodle rescue shelter:
1. Establish Trust
Allow the dog to explore the house, while keeping an eye out to make sure the dog doesn’t urinate on the floor. It will take a while for the dog to feel comfortable with its surroundings inside your home. It might refuse to eat or drink water at first, but that’s normal. To build trust with your new labradoodle, you have to be very patient and speak calmly. Labradoodles are very nice dogs, but it will take time to build trust.
2. Interaction with others
If your labradoodle was ignored and never loved by its previous owner, it might suffer from separation anxiety. This problem will go away if you give the dog unconditional love, but if you’re the only human it knows and trusts, it could become overly dependent on you. Over-dependence can lead to misbehavior and ongoing trust issues with others. It’s important to allow your doodle to frequently play with other dogs and humans from the very beginning. Take your dog for a lot of walks in public places and allow friends and family to give as much love to your labradoodle as you do.
3. Baby Gates
A dog crate works well for training a puppy that came from a breeder, but it might not be a good idea for a rescued labradoodle puppy, or adult. These dogs have been caged in a shelter for a number of months and caging them again might instill fear and aggression in your dog. When you leave the house, you want to make sure your dog isn’t going to eliminate on the floor, but instead of caging your dog in a crate for the whole day, use a baby gate to confine the dog to an open area in your home, equipped with a potty pad.
4. Stay Calm
Caring for a labradoodle rescue is certainly frustrating at times, but it’s important to stay calm and refrain from screaming at your dog, and never, under any circumstances, hit your doodle if it does something wrong. Physical punishment could lead to permanent fear and delay the training process. You can help prevent misbehavior by sticking to a daily routine for potty and feeding. If you treat your labradoodle well and make it feel safe in your home, it will learn to love and trust you and your family. Caring for a rescue is a very rewarding experience.