When a dog is introduced to a family, it becomes a part of that family and integrates itself in the mix just like any human member of that family. It garners some amount of personality from the people around it and how it is treated. The dog creates a special bond with family members. It provides entertainment, love, companionship and for some protection. But what happens when a dog that has lived with a particular family for many years and now because of various circumstances, has to be re-homed into a new family? How will the dog react to such a massive change in its life?
Dog has feelings too.
Taking the dog from one environment to the next can be depressing for the dog. It may take a while for the dog to understand what is happening around him. He may surf for a while because of the attachment that he had with the previous family is missed. The Dog will take quite some time to adjust to a new home, but there are certain things the new as well as old family can do to make the transition of re-homing the dog easier.
Let Go Quickly
If you are the person giving up the dog, it makes no sense hold on to an emotional roller-coaster when taking the dog to a new home. Have someone go with you to the new home and pass the animal to the new owner and simply say your last goodbye. Do not keep long tabs on the animal or do any kind of pet stalking by popping up unexpectedly at the new home to check up on your previous dog.
Practice patience and understanding. Your new dog had a previous owner and as such is already emotionally attached to someone else. Ensure that the dog is as comfortable as possible. Comfort means to provide all its essential needs as well as play and love. Once the dog realize that you are a genuine dog lover, his emotions for you will slowly kick in.
Some dogs re-homed may need training or to be retrained base upon new owner requirements. You may need to bring in a professional dog trainer to help you with this.
Medical Up To Date
Ensure that the newly homed dog visits the local vet for checkups. If possible, ascertain the animals previous medical record. This will come in handy to you and the vet.