Adopting a dog is the most rewarding experience ever! Not only do you get a dog, a friend for life, but you have also saved the life of an animal in need.
However, when adopting a dog, you may face a few challenges. It might struggle with anxiety, aggression or fear, and it might take a while until the dog feels at home, and truly trusts you.
That’s the case of Sean Farrell from Birmingham, and his adopted 9-year-old dog Buster, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which came from an abusive home. With the end goal to make Buster trust him and have some alone time, Sean built him a tiny house.
When Sean took Buster, his first plan was to foster and keep him only until there is another home for Buster. However, as time passed, Sean got attached to Buster and decided to keep him for good.
Buster’s last home ended with the authorities intervening and taking Buster away from the home.
When Sean noticed that Buster is afraid, he started eating with him, taking him for walks, and spending as much time as he can with him. But the situation didn’t change, since it seemed Buster was always trying to find a quiet part to rest and be alone. Then, Sean thought of the idea to build Buster a tiny house in the living room, for when Buster wanted to be alone.
The house included a window with a view to the living room, a fan and a bed for Buster. There are also cute decorations, plants and toys.
His idea worked; now Buster is a happy dog, and also a therapy dog – he goes into homes and clinics to comfort people with autism or anxiety.
If you are thinking of adopting a dog, think thoroughly. Most of the dogs are normal dogs, well-adjusted and happy. But, it’s not unusual for the dog to be scared at first, so be patient with him, and give him enough time to adjust to his new surroundings.
Experts say you shouldn’t let your new dog spend time with your children, until you make sure he feels comfortable in his new home.
Provide your dog with as much care and love as you can, and eventually he will learn that your home is not a dangerous place for him.