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Video: We Take An Adult Dog
2023 Author: Molly Page | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 12:41
If you decide to take an adult dog, then, as a rule, there are fewer problems with it than with a puppy. Of course, difficulties cannot be avoided. We hope our tips will help you and your new family member get used to each other.
The past. Anything you can learn about the past of the dog you intend to adopt will be useful to you. Keep everything you have in writing (letters from the former owners, emails from the breeder), write down all the information you received from those who knew anything about this dog or its pedigree.
Knowing the answers to the following questions will be very useful to you:
1. What did you feed your dog recently, how many times a day and what portions? Does she have digestive problems, is the stool normal?
2. How old is the dog? What vaccinations did she get? Dates of vaccinations, tests, prophylaxis of parasites (external and internal) and other medical procedures. What did the dog hurt, did it have any injuries?
3. What did the puppy learn from the breeder and in his old home?
4. Is there anything in the dog's behavior that humans regard as a problem?
5. Is the dog trained to keep the house clean? Has the dog lived in the apartment before? If not, then there may be problems with teaching her not to crap at home. If she is already accustomed to this, then how many times a day was she taken out? Or perhaps she is accustomed to going to newspapers or to the tray?
6. Is the dog neutered (or has the ovaries removed) and if so, at what age was it done?
7. Has the dog had puppies before? If the dog later shows hereditary diseases, then the owners of its puppies should be informed about this.
8. Are the dog's parents still alive? What is their character? Do they have health problems? By keeping friends with their owners, as well as with your dog's half-siblings, you will learn what health issues to look out for. Perhaps this will help you effectively treat the disease.
9. Where does the dog sleep at night? Does she sleep well all night?
10. Is the dog trained to sit quietly in the carrier? How does she react if she is put in a fenced space? How does she behave if left in a closed room? Did the dog run away from the yard by jumping over a fence, digging a tunnel or making a hole in it?
11. What animals did the dog see and how did it react to them?
12. How does a dog treat children of different ages? A dog's reaction to a small child, toddler, or teenager can be radically different.
13. How does a dog treat men, women, strangers?
14. Does the dog feel good in an unfamiliar place?
15. What toys and games does she like?
16. What type of collar is the dog accustomed to?
17. What course of training did the dog go through? What methods were used? What commands does she know? What gestures does he understand?
Write down the answers to these questions and keep the information in a place where you can quickly find it when needed. You may need it in 5 or 10 years. Knowledge is power when it can help a dog get used to living in a new family. If, for example, you find out that a dog is afraid of men, then entrust the male part of your family to feed the new dog. If your dog is having difficulty in a situation, you should begin to gently habituate the dog to the situation, trying to keep it consistently positive.
Preparatory stage. Compliance is very beneficial for dogs. Once you take your dog, train it to your daily routine. Suppose you get up and go to bed at a different time than the previous owners of the dog did. You will need to train your dog to walk at other times. Walk her first at the time she is used to, and gradually adjust the walking time to match your daily routine.
Change your dog's diet in the same way. This should take at least 4 days. On the first day, feed your dog only the food he is used to. The next day, give her 3/4 of the old feed and 1/4 of the new one. On the third day, give her half of the old and new food. Finally, on the fourth day, give the dog only new food. It is better to stretch the transition to a new diet for a longer period of time. Naturally, the dog should be transferred only to a higher quality food. Any change of environment is always stressful for the dog, and delicious food will help overcome it.
If possible, give the dog a sleeping place for the first time that it is used to. Be aware that changing surroundings may cause your dog to become nervous and behave in unpredictable ways. If your dog is trained to rest comfortably in the carrier, then leave him to sleep in your bedroom at night. If you are unsure of how your dog will behave in a carrier, first try putting it there for a few minutes during the day, and stand by yourself.
If you need to leave your dog home alone, take all precautions. Place a dog that is afraid of being carried in another fenced-in area, for example, give him one or two rooms and block the door with something so that he cannot get out. If you close the door to a room, many dogs will scratch it. If the dog jumps over an obstacle blocking the door, put something higher.
When leaving your dog at home alone, do not let him walk around the house. If the dog is worried, then upon returning, you may find significant damage to your property. This often happens to dogs that are not used to their new home and new routine. It is quite understandable that the dog may be afraid that you have left and will not return. You may be absent for so long that the dog will not contain his natural needs. She may have a fear that when you return, you will scold her … Over time, she will trust you more.
Leave safe toys for your dog. Toys, inside which you can put food, are very calming for a dog that is left at home alone.
If you know that the dog used to run away from the fenced yard, do not leave him alone in the yard for a minute. This is a very strong habit, reinforced by the hope of seeing a lot of interesting things on the loose. It will take you a long time to wean your dog away from him before you can leave him alone in the yard, even if your fence is much more reliable than the one behind which the dog lived before.
Many dogs behave calmly in a new home from the very beginning, especially if they are 2-3 years old, and they are not very active breeds. If your dog has had a happy life with its owner in the past, then most likely it will not have any problems in your home. And even if the past life of the dog was difficult, then, most likely, it will be very good with you. The more stable environment you provide for your new dog, the more likely it will be to get used to the new home without a hitch.
It will be great if you can organize your time in such a way that the first days or even weeks are completely devoted to the dog. You will be able to understand how your dog will react to being left in a confined space before you have to leave him alone at home for a long time.
It is good if you read books on dog training before you take a dog, preferably at least three different authors, in order to get acquainted with different points of view.
Where to start. Before you take your dog home, prepare everything you need for it: a carrier, a fence, food, toys, a leash, and other necessary things. Make a custom collar tag with your contact information. It is very important to have such a collar from the very beginning, as until the dog gets used to your home, he is at a high risk of getting lost. It's also a good idea to hang a small bell on your dog's collar to make it easier for you to keep an eye on it at home.
Take your dog to your vet within the first two days of your stay. Take with you all the information you have regarding your dog's health. This visit is necessary even if the dog is in excellent shape and has all the necessary vaccinations. Since this is your dog's first time meeting with your veterinarian, bring a treat with you so that your dog has a positive experience.
Also take a notebook with you, in which you enter the date of each visit, the dog's weight, veterinarian recommendations, test results, etc. At home, write down any changes in your dog's health that you notice so that you can refer them to your veterinarian. Record your dog's temperature each time you take it and any medications you give your dog.
Decide where the dog will have a toilet. When you bring her home, take her there first. Encourage the dog to relieve himself and praise if this happens. Take your dog out often until you understand his routine. All dogs are different. It is better not to be lazy and take the dog out several times than to clean up after it.
When you first bring your dog home, don't rush to feed it right away. Give her some water. You will be tempted to feed your dog a full meal, especially when it is emaciated, but this can cause serious digestive upset. If your dog is very hungry, talk to your veterinarian about its diet and amount of food.
At first, keep the dog either in the room under your supervision, or in the fenced part of the apartment until you know all its habits. If you don't look and the dog does or chews at home, do not punish it! Take this with humor. You need to make a good impression on the new family member. Don't reward bad behavior, but don't show your frustration either.
Adult dogs have some amazing quirks. For example, one large breed dog could easily jump with all four paws on the kitchen table, on which it could hardly fit, and also on the hood of a car. All this was done solely out of curiosity.
Be sure to set aside time in your daily routine for walking your dog. First, walk for about 15 minutes along the paths near the house. If you live in an apartment building, take your dog for a walk on a leash. Absenteeism and training are very useful activities for the first day, but everything should be in moderation, especially in the first two weeks. Try to keep your dog under stress. Let the new family member get used to you and your family members.
Start training sessions when your dog has lived with you for more than 2 weeks. Exercise should be fun for both the dog and you. There are different methods and courses, so your task is to find the most suitable. This will help you form a strong friendship with your dog.
Take some time every day to care for your dog. Comb a long-haired dog, massage a short-haired one. If you put an old sheet on your dog, there will be less dirt from this procedure. Grooming will strengthen your bond with your dog, help you see diseases at an early stage and successfully cure them, teach your dog not to be afraid of human touch on its body. Grooming is the most productive way to spend 15-30 minutes a day with your dog. Caress and hug your dog during treatments.
Adult dogs help people with disabilities, work in the police, in drug control departments, participate in circus performances, but they are underestimated as pets. Although it is easier to determine the character and temperament of an already adult dog than a puppy. Puppy affection for the owner is an immature relationship that will need to be re-formed as the dog matures before it can develop into a truly strong friendship.
If you take an adult dog, it will bond with you as it would as a puppy, and even stronger. Adult dogs have life experience and will definitely understand and appreciate your desire to make them a happy life. Dogs, having come to a new home, are open to new relationships and rules of life. They adapt easily. If you take an adult dog, it could be the best dog you will ever have.
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