8. Do: Avoid Sudden Movements
Formerly abused animals are often jumpy and easily frightened. This behavior is likely a survival instinct, because it once allowed them to run from being abused. As you’re getting to know your new pet, make a point to avoid fast, sudden movements, such as jumping from your chair, running into a room, or changing directions quickly. Steady, calculated movements will help keep your pet calm and shouldn’t cause them panic or fear.
7. Don’t: Raise Your Hand As If To Hit Them
For pets that were hit or physically abused, a simple hand-raise can be a threatening, terrifying gesture. Or, simply stretching out your arms might invoke dramatic reactions from your pet. He might lunge at you to protect himself or cower in fear. With time, the chances are you won’t need to keep your hands down forever — just until your pet learns that you aren’t going to hit him.
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