So how do you bond with your newly adopted dog who might have socialization issues?
Many years ago, my husband and I adopted Amadeus, a Malamute/wolf mix, from a wolf dog rescue.
(I wish people wouldn’t breed dogs just because they think it will be a cool mix that they can sell. And I especially wish they wouldn’t breed dogs with wolves for that reason. Don’t get me started! I may post on that later, but moving on…)
This is not my Amadeus, but some wolf/dog mixes look similar to this
Give your newly adopted dog time to adjust to his new surroundings
Introduce your adopted dog to his new surroundings & family members in a positive way
Be patient and understanding
Spend time soothing your adopted dog in a relaxed environment
The most important thing that I did in bonding with our Amadeus is this:
- Remember that this will take time for both of you – don’t give up too soon. Many dogs just need some love from their new humans before feeling at ease around people.
- Be patient and understanding while helping your new pet adjust to his new home.
- Ask for help if you need it! Talk to the shelter or rescue where you adopted your dog. Talk to your vet or a dog trainer who specializes in working with dogs with socialization issues.