Angel, a greyhound mix was rescued from a pound in Ireland. The rescuers believe that she’s been traumatized and abused. The dog would stare at the wall without moving for days. She was too scared to look people in the eye. The rescuers would bring food for Angel, but the dog would only eat when no one was around. After bringing in another dog from the same pound, Angel’s personality blossomed. Look at this beautiful dog today! Please, SHARE this video. People must know that dogs have feelings too!
Abuse of a dog can be active in the form of punishment; or passive, like neglect. Every form has a detrimental influence on the dog’s psychological state. It can be taking a pup from his mom way too early, chaining up a dog outside, away from his human family, partial or complete social isolation, yelling, causing chronic stress or pain, lack of proper care, all of the above can affect a canine for the rest of his life.
Here are the most common symptoms of an abused dog: excitability, fear of stairs, attachment, attention-seeking, hyperactivity, rolling in feces, persistent barking, fear and aggression toward strange people and dogs, bizarre repetitive behaviors such as hoarding, compulsive sucking on pillows, biting its own limbs, and circling. Numerous studies show that aggression in dogs, especially abused dogs, is often motivated by fear.
To create a safe environment for a previously abused dog make him feel loved, do not force anything on him – allow the animal to adapt to the new surroundings or people, provide the dog with a safe place where he can be alone when he feels like it. It is also important to create opportunities for the canine to be successful and build his confidence. Physical activity is also very helpful during rehabilitation. It may need to be adapted so your pet feels safe, but it will boost the dog’s mood, allow him to socialize and distract him from his fears by having fun.