Dog Behavior: Abused Dogs
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Because of the severity of some situations, and the possibility of injury or damage from an abused, fearful, or unsocialized dog, you have to read this:
Shofar Shepherds and Shelties
People do horrible things to dogs. Physical abuse of the worst kinds, breaking their spirits, mental abuses...the list is long and nightmarish. It's amazing what cruelty that people can inflict. Sometimes the abuse is deliberate, but sometimes it's not. Ignorance can result in abuse too, as far as the dog is concerned. No matter here. People often take these souls in and try to help them, a most admirable undertaking. There is often quite a job ahead of them. I hope some of this general advice and success stories help ease that job. I have also tried to collect information for those situations when you see abuse occur, but are not in control of the animal.
If you have rescued one of these dogs, you are
not alone. I hope some of these links will give you ideas on what
you may be able to do for your dog. It cannot be emphasized enough
how important it is for you to work closely with your veterinarian and
a behaviorist, or at least a good trainer with experience in this area.
is better than one on one work with these professionals. What you see here
are just ideas and anecdotes, since all dogs and people are individuals,
and all the situations are different.