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REST ( absence of work, motion or activity )Total and complete rest is required for at least 4-7 days. Do not demand or ask anything of the dog. Feed and exercise only ! If you must take the dog on leash for outdoor elimination, do so quietly. Use short sweet praise when called for. Do not jerk the leash. Do not scold or use a harsh voice, no matter what. It’s equally important to not appear patronizing. Remain non-judgmental and use a soft tome of voice without emotion. Do nothing but tend to the dog’s physical needs, remain neutral. Isolation is a must for the dog to rest. Physical restriction at this time is crucial.If a case history is available, keep in mind it is just that, a history. If the dog were to write the history it would likely be different from what you have been told. Do not judge any behavior you see, just remain non-judgmental.
RELAXATION ( to make less severe or strict, to relieve tension or strain )The dog must be placed in a calm atmosphere. Quiet is paramount. No children’s voices, family noise, or physical activity surrounding the dog. Imagine what it might take to make you feel relaxed after a traumatic or especially stressful experience.By allowing the dog to come to terms with new surroundings, you will not un-knowingly triggerany behavior which may be why he/she ended up in Rescue. He is only what he is, right now, at this moment.
RESPECT ( esteem, have regard for, to avoid violation of, to concern )This is often the most difficult for some to follow through totally and completely. Re-read the above; to avoid violation of. When a dog comes into foster care, especially directly from the street, a shelter or from any other situation, no one knows what, in the dog’s mind, is a violation. Give him some space physically and emotionally !! Observe without judgement. In this critical time, you control the end result. You can either add to his/her emotional baggage or help him/her un-load it. Take your time, respect a possible lack of trust, respect the fears, need for comfort and solitude and above all, respect the truth that dogs have emotions and feelings.Please follow these guidelines, allowing a minimum of 3-7 days. Each dog is an individual and may benefit from even longer periods of adjustment. You’ll see a different dog in a week !Give him/her every opportunity to overcome any fears or anxieties.You’ll be rewarded many times over.
Courtesy of Rhonda Camfield
Bull Terrier Rescue and Rehabilitation Canine Behavior Consultant
Rocky is an outgoing young bull terrier who is DEAF. He wants to please you and is working on his manners. Since he is deaf he will need a secure fenced yard and older children. He is too playful for young ones. He is fostered in Arkansas.
Abby is a great gal looking for a new family. She loves to work on agility equipt and is dog friendly with most dogs. She can be much for small children, but older kids are OK.
Bonnie is not a PB BT but a BT mix. She is super sweet and great with children. She is a pretty, outgoing girl and is very well behaved.