Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bergen County NJ
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The nature of rescues is that in many cases people don't know how the dog was raised and how much neglect and trauma there has been. Perhaps he was neglected and was not provided adequate food, so he may have issues relating to his food bowl. Perhaps he was terrorized by other dogs and so never developed positive relationships with them. Perhaps he was sold from his mother at five weeks old and so has lifelong issues from that. He could have never been socialized. I have seen many rescues (and one that was a Havanese) and some do quite well and you would never know, others, it is obvious from their body language (stiff movements, tail between legs, head low or lunging at me, avoiding eye contact etc) that they have a traumatic past. These types of dogs need special owners and homes and may relax and be more at ease over time, but because of the trauma many have lingering issues for life or may never get better. These types of dogs are NOT, I repeat, not for the average pet owner who has no experience in rehabilitating traumatized dogs. The Havanese dog that came to my old salon was a bad biter, terrorized the other Havanese to the point where that dog hid in the house all day, and the foster rehomed the rescue 3x and 3x the dog was returned.