If You Were Afraid Of Rescuing A Puppy Mill Dog, Read This Now…


There is nothing good about puppy mills. Unless, of course, you want to count the opportunity to rescue one of the puppies. Don’t be mislead, you can rehabilitate puppy mill dogs. No one promises it will be easy, but it is possible. In fact, this rescue may turn out to be your best family dog.

Positive Ways to Rehabilitate Puppy Mill Dogs

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As a former breeder of German Shorthaired Pointers, I realize personally the amount of work and energy it takes to properly care for your dogs. In our society today, under horrific conditions, proper caring has slipped through the cracks, leaving unhealthy puppy mill dogs in its wake.

You can change the life of these under-socialized dogs by choosing positive rehabilitation methods when you bring one home. Foster homes and adoptive families are the saving grace for many shelters and animal centers who take these animals off the streets. Should you consider fostering one of these precious pups, you need to know what you are getting into before you start.

House Noises Are Foreign To Under-Socialized Dogs

Many dogs rescued from puppy mills have lived their entire life outdoors, in cages, surrounded by other dogs. You might as well accept the most familiar sound to them is the barking of family members. They receive little human contact or words of praise. Therefore, the noises in your home may be shocking. 

Familiar sounds to you, such as dishwashers, children playing, vacuum cleaners, and television noise, etc. could frighten puppy mill dogs. Knowing this can prepare you and your foster dog for a long-lasting relationship. Limit the noise as your dog becomes accustomed to his or her new home. Keep volume lower than usual, raising the volume slightly every day as a weaning process. Pay attention to your dog’s reaction, he will tell you what he likes or dislikes immediately.

Puppy Mill Dogs Arrive With Prepacked Bags

shy dogs struggle with playing. They may not know how.

Dog behavior, like humans, is influenced by the environment they grow up in. With that in mind, here are some common behavior patterns your dog may have prepacked in his emotional luggage.

The fear of people is high on the list. Especially, if they were raised indoors, they may never have stepped on grass. Therefore, being outside can scare them. Unfamiliar territory presents itself with an array of challenges, in the form of fear biting, shrinking back from physical touch, and so on. 

Upon arriving in a foster or forever home, puppy mill dogs are unlikely to play with toys, accept food from your hand, or go to the bathroom outside. Expecting this will reduce the usual chaos and strife most often accompanying rescue dogs.

Use a kind voice as much as possible. In addition to a soft, gentle touch, when he’s ready to receive it. Sit on the floor and let him come to you. Don’t force the relationship, allow it develop slow and comfortable. 

You can do this. And just think of the bond you will form with your newly released jail-bird, dog. 

Here are a few communication tips you can use with your new dog. Also, learn more great ways to help rehabilitate your dog here.