Transition and Stress

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For most dogs, being relinquished to an animal shelter is a drastic change and a stressful experience. Even though a shelter may make every effort possible to make a dog’s new shelter home welcoming, it is still often a place where dogs will be confined, separated from their previous families, and exposed to more noise due to the close proximity of other dogs. These environmental changes are very stressful for most dogs.

Center for Shelter Dogs. (n.d.). Transition and Stress. Tufts University: Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Retrieved June 21, 2023, from

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Topic(s): Behavior, Canine Body Language, Shelter and Rescue