Post # 1
We are adopting a doggy next month, I was wondering if anyone has any advice on how to get ready and make sure the dog adjusts easily.
We are planning on adopting a young dog, but not a puppy. We don’t want the issues of housebreaking and teething in our new apartment!
Post # 3
If you can, bring a blanket to the shelter or adoption agency they are at and leave it with them so you can bring it home with you and they can be familiar with the smell when you put the blanket in their crate (assuming you are crate training).
Also, don’t give in to crying at night. If the dog isn’t a puppy and going through withdrawl from being taken from his mother, then it’s perfectly fine to let him/her cry it out a few nights as they get used to their new home. If you give in, it will take a lot longer for them to get over the change.
Post # 4
Crate training!!! Be prepared for loose stools the first couple of weeks. If you are adopting, the change in diet will mess with their tummies so if they can give you some of the food so that you can gradually change him over to your brand, that would be the best and easiest on their tummy.
Post # 5
Get down on your hands and knees and go around the space in your house that will be available to the dog. Make sure there is nothing he can reach which he can destroy or that will hurt him. Have your crate, food, toys, bowls, leash, etc. all ready to go before you pick him up so he can immediately settle into the space and a routine. And FYI, almost all young dogs will have some potty training setbacks when they are introduced to a new environment, so don’t expect perfection from him.
Post # 6
Definately crate train and have everything ready before you go pick him/her up. I would also get a vet appointment for a day or two after you bring them home (I know some rescues/spcas require that). Also, look into some different training techniques or a trainer so you are prepared. Ours was an angel the first two or three weeks, then all hell broke loose with behavioral problems. Congrats and enjoy it!
Post # 7
Be ready to deal with a few accidents- no new dog is perfect. It’s good to transition a dog into a new kibble. It would be easier on the tummy if you started with what the shelter had. Let him/her go on a nice walk around the neighborhood to meet people. Get your routine going- walking/feeding/etc. and BTW Congrats! So exciting!