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Furever Home: Dealing with Adopted Dogs with Different Personalities

Dog having a treat

Dog having a treat“Adopt, don’t shop,” say animal rights activists.

Animal rights advocates argue that many pet stores support puppy mills, where the dogs are often mistreated and overbred. Other commercial dog breeders leave unsold dogs in shelters or even on roadsides.

Some dogs end up being in shelters because their previous owners cannot take care of them anymore, or think these dogs are more of a liability than a source of pleasure to the family – aggressive, sickly, or senior dogs, for example.

If you have just adopted a dog from a shelter for the first time, you have to assess carefully how you should treat them or act around them. Dogs from shelters are often victims of unfortunate circumstances and may require unique treatment and approach.

Aggressive Behavior

“Dog aggression can be a result of many different causes including environmental stimulants, history of abuse, fear or a handler unintentionally reinforcing this behavior,” says

aggressive dog barkingAdopting a dog with a tendency for aggression should not mean putting your or your family’s safety at risk. When dealing with an aggressive dog, you should not blame the breed. Instead, understand the dog’s history and what caused this behavior. Perhaps the dog used to need to defend its territory, so it doesn’t easily trust anyone.

If you are not sure how to deal with it at first, you can try sending it to a dog training school. At home, make sure you don’t trigger the dog’s aggression. For instance, if the dog is protective of its food, you should isolate it when eating. Don’t attempt to go near it until such time when your dog is fully comfortable and trained.

Fearful Behavior

Fearful dogs may have developed this attitude because of the abuses they experienced in the past. It can be difficult to handle fearful dogs because they tend to hide from you and, at times, become aggressive. You shouldn’t give up; be patient, instead.

You should gradually socialize your dog with people and other dogs, but be there to reassure and comfort it when it starts to show signs of fear. Give it time to adjust to the new environment as it’s not fair to expect it to be friendly instantly. It may take time, but with your help, your dog will show its true personality.

Hyperactive Behavior

There are times when adopted dogs are beyond grateful to their new fur-parents. They might show it by constantly seeking attention and being hyperactive, which can cause problems. Their high energy levels may drive them to run around, chew on furniture, or jump at people.

Hyperactivity, though, can be a behavior problem as well, which you should immediately address. What you can do is find alternative channels your dog can use as an energy outlet, such as regular exercise or walks in the park. Some breeds are naturally energetic, like border collies and golden retrievers, but training and meeting their activity needs can help you manage them better.

When you adopted a dog from the shelter, you were probably made aware of the dog’s unique needs and behaviors. The situation can be challenging at first, but with patience and training, you can help your dog adjust to its new environment and make it feel home.

Collecting and Storing Rainwater for Dry Spells

White rainwater tank in the backyard

White rainwater tank in the backyardAustralia is facing a water crisis. An ever-growing demand and a dry climate have caused the nation’s water supply to go down to a very dangerous level. Australia has imposed strict regulations on water consumption. Watering your plants, washing your car or even cleaning your home’s windows now come under the purview of the government.

Making Use of the Rain

Australia is the driest continent on the planet, making rainwater extremely precious. One of the best ways to maximise this resource is through a rainwater tank. This type of specialised container allows you to store, preserve and use rainwater. Pipes connect the tank to gutters on your roof and once it rains, the water flows from the gutters to the pipes and into the tank.

Rain Is Free

Other than your one-time investment in your rainwater tank, everything is free. You can start storing water once it rains and this water comes at no cost, taxes, or restrictions. You might not be able to drink it, especially if you live in the city, but you can use it in practically everything else. You will not need to let your plants die, limit washing your car to once a month or let dust and grime accumulate in your windows; you can use rainwater without getting fined.

Water is Essential

Whilst most people have regular access to municipal water, some in the rural regions do not. In these areas, it is important to have a reliable source of water. A rainwater tank can reduce the need to buy water as well as the accompanying need to transport the water. You can even use a rainwater tank to fill your existing small water tanks at home, if there is sufficient rain.

The climate and regulations in Australia have made rainwater tanks a necessity in most households. Homeowners should do their part in conserving the natural resources and finding alternative ways to collect water, such as installing rainwater tanks.