How to Build Trust When Your Dog Has Suffered Abuse
25 October, 2017
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Guest Blog by Kristine Barney

Adopting a dog that has survived abuse can be a rewarding experience for both you and the dog, but you must have a significant amount of time to give to the pup.  Abuse leaves lifelong physical and emotional scars on the poor dogs.

Be Prepared

Before adopting a dog, you need to be emotionally prepared.  You must devote the time it takes into loving your dog back to health.

The following techniques are vital to begin immediately to obtain your pooch’s trust:

  • Training
  • Routine
  • Exercise

Though it may sound cliché, trust is earned not freely given.  If you have the time to train your new dog properly, you will gain a soul mate for life.


What most people don’t understand is that you can teach an old dog new tricks.  An animal that has been abused needs guidance and training.  Chances are the dog may not have been trained very extensively as a puppy.

The Halti collar is perfect for puppies that have suffered the horror of abuse.  The collar creates a sense of stability, helping to lessen your canine’s anxiety.

Vets and Meds

The vet may recommend medication to help relax your new friend and alleviate fear.  Don’t expect to have the vet prescribe doggie Xanax as an instant fix to their anxiety. It’s up to you to love your pet back into a trusting relationship with you.


Routine provides a sense of security for your new pet.  Throughout the day, you must establish a consistent routine with your dog. Knowing what to expect lowers your dog’s anxiety, and helps promote wellness and health for your pet.  Everything in your dog’s life needs to be predictable and routine.


If you use treats for training, it will create a strong bond between you and your new best friend. It’s essential to feed your pup at the same time twice daily.  Feeding your dog at the same time every day will reduce stress and anxiety for the dog.


Routine exercise is just as essential as having regular meal times.  Play should be done in an extremely delicate manner. After about a month, your dog should start to trust you. Play may include football, catch, and racing.

Gaining trust in man’s best friend can be done in the most obvious of ways. Studies show that the more you walk your dog, the higher the bond of trust you will gain.

Create a “Safe Space”

Many dogs that have been abused will hide in places that may appear strange to you. Your pup may hide behind toilets.  Essentially what your dog is telling you is that they need their own space.

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Give your dog that space before you adopt.  Ensure they know where their safe spot is as soon as they arrive home. There is no right or wrong space, simply whatever is comfortable for the dog.

Every pet store sells dog beds, and the best one is the one your dog sleeps in! Don’t bother or try to smother your pet.  Respect their place so they can feel comfortable.

Be patient with your dog.  You will need a lot of patience and care to gain a sense of trust and stability within your canine.

Give you dog time to gain your trust

Typically trust can be gained in a month if you take the time to properly train your dog.  An abused dog has gone through a lot of trauma.  The dog doesn’t have any reason to trust you when you first adopt them.

Give your dog time and prove daily that you are trustworthy.

The main ingredients you can share with your new pooch are love, acceptance, and patience.

Kristine Barney is a passionate Journalist from sunny Florida.  She has extensive experience writing for magazines, television, and radio.

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