I was in the local dog wash when this couple came in with the new little dog that they had just adopted. He was all shocked and excited by the adventure. He was getting a lot of attention and it felt like a celebration for him. He seemed very dazed and humbled by the turn of events.
He went around to all the people who were giving him affection and trying to figure out who to give his loyalty to. He was trying to figure out, who his new benefactor was. I explained to him that he had a happy new home and that the couple was his new family and that they would take care of him and love him.
His next question makes me cry every time I recall it coming from his eager little body. He asked without knowing its ramifications for dog-kind everywhere, “How long am I going to get to stay this time?”
When one adopts a pet, the first thing they should do is explain that this is their forever home. That they will always be cared for from now on. Give them that security that they crave. That alone would dry up many of the behavior issues that occur in transition.