Pearl learns to trust again

MANAGED INTRODUCTION: Helped to reassure Pearl.

EVEN experienced house-sitters find some rescue dogs a challenge many having a rough start, some abandoned, beaten, neglected and left to die.

Many HouseSitMatch homeowners who regularly work with rescue dogs say it can take a long time to trust humans again. This was Susan’s experience when she adopted Pearl.

A volunteer at her local animal shelter and refuge over the years she’s adopted six dogs although two have passed away. 

Susan met Pearl, who’d been living in various refuges for 18 months. She was an intelligent dog but very nervous and wouldn’t let anyone come near.

Susan has used house-sitters from HouseSitMatch for the two years to care for her other rescue dogs. To introduce Pearl to a new house-sitter Susan invited the house-sitter to spend three days at home with her and the dogs so they could all get to know each other so the change would seem more gradual.

After three days Susan felt comfortable leaving the sitter in charge of the dogs, especially Pearl. This gradual introduction made for a smoother transition and Susan left for her holiday relaxed knowing they all knew each other and Pearl and the others would be in good hands.

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