Post # 1
My SO and I are possibly adopting a 4 month old rescue tomorrow, he is the sweetest thing I have ever seen, and we are both so excited!!!
He is a tiny puppy, they think he will be a small adult. They think he is part Pomeranian and part Papillon, so little tiny guy. We live in an apartment, I’m in the process of cleaning everything off the floor, no shoes at puppy level, no chords that he can chew, gonna child lock the low cabinets and get outlet covers so he can’t lick them. I have a list of things to buy, leash, collar, brush, puppy shampoo, food, bowls, poopy bags, nature’s miracle, toys, I think I have everything, but if I’m missing something, let me know!
We both grew up with dogs, my familly dog had puppies twice, so I know generally how to care for and handle them, but this is my first pet as an “adult” and I’ve not had experience with a rescue before, so I was wondering if any of you have any tips and advice for me?
Thanks Bees! (I’ll post pics when we get him!)
Post # 3
Doggie health insurance!! It’s so nice not to worry about medical expenses.
Post # 4
@peanuthead: Oh! Good call! I didn’t even think about that. Thanks!
Post # 5
When we got our dog as a puppy we also had the checklist of “things”, including hiring a dog walker to come let him out of his crate to pee/play 2x a day. What we didn’t realize was the time commitment! We both had dogs throughout our childhood, but didn’t realize the work our parents put in. Just mentally prepare yourself to give up most of your free time for a while while you train & exercise the pup. It’s not that it was such a hardship, just that we didn’t fully realize how much he’d need us.
Have fun, puppies are great!
Post # 6
@HelloSweetie: My advice is just BE PREPARED. We rescued about 5 or 6 months ago— and it has been the hardest thing Darling Husband and I have dealt with. I have numerous posts on here about puppy troubles, and yes they’re cute and cuddly– but rescue pups can also be a TON of work! Good luck!
Post # 7
Congrats on your new furbaby! Things to remember with a rescue- It can take up to two weeks for a dog to settle into your home and their personality to really come out. Take it slow to start with. Limit visiting friends, going to parks and lots of commotion. Focus on just being at home, the regular routine and settling in. The better he gets to know how things run in your house now, the better he will do for the rest of his life.
While it take more work to start with, we crate train all our dogs. The peace of mind when we have to leave the house, knowing they aren’t going to get into something dangerous is worth the crying and whining while we are working on it.
Maybe add paper towels and floor cleaner- puppies do have accidents.
Good Luck with the puppy! They are sooo much fun. 🙂
Post # 8
Bitter Apple since he’s a puppy and will be in the chewing phase, we learned this the hard way….also get him a crate and doggie bed and lots of chewing toys.
Good Luck and can’t wait for the pics!
Post # 9
Are you familiar with effective crate training and housetraining (I know he’s a rescue, but depending on the shelter, neither of these may have been done and some shelters make crates scary things for pups)?
I know you had dogs when you were a child, but if you weren’t intimately involved in the process and/or you observed a “harsh” process (little disclaimer on this: it has always been popular to use harsh methods on dogs, so if you observed this in your family, take no offense on this; behavioural science and its application, however, has repeatedly shown that harsh methods “solve” behavioural problems, but lead to other problems such as anxiety and fear, and can make the relationship between you and the dog less optimal – particularly for puppies [they’re sensitive little buggers]), you might want to do a little reading (I recommend Dr. Ian Dunbar’s work, you can get free .pdfs at http://www.dogstardaily.com/free-downloads, and he’s a well-educated pioneer of gentle, science-based methods for dogs. He even has a rescue .pdf!). These .pdfs are geared more towards younger pups, but if you have any housetraining/crate issues, they’re certainly applicable.
I would also suggest getting a stuffable kong, they’re great for keeping them busy, and a bullystick if he’s a chewer (they last for ever!).
Don’t overwhelm your rescue at first, let him settle in (and it’s very difficult to resist giving tons and tons of cuddles, I know!).
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Have you found a good dog trainer yet for doggie school? Don’t go to petsmart/petco/other pet store for their school. It’s crap in comparison to what good trainers offer in terms of understanding dog psychology and implementing evidence-based training methods. Getting started with a good trainer early will really help you and your new family member bond and will establish the correct family hierarchy.
Also, have you looked into the NILIF approach? Three days of it did wonders for our dog when he came to us.
And we are keeping our guy leashed at all times when he is not in his crate. Keeping him with his humans at all times allows us to keep a close eye on him to assure that he stays out of trouble, and allows us to correct a negative behavior as soon as it occurs. Plus, we get lots of opportunities to praise him for all of his good behaviors. Our trainer said that we should aim to give at least 70% praise, and no more than 30% correction. Hving him close by at all times definitely helps with that goal.
Post # 11
In brief: anything you want the puppy to do when he’s big, teach him/do with him now. Put him around other people/dogs. Play with his ears and feet. Brush him. Clean his ears. Brush his teeth. Play with his mouth while he eats so he’s not defensive of his food–this is so important! I would hug and cuddle my baby girl and reach into her food dish all the time while she tried to eat and now that she’s big enough to stop me, she still doesn’t care 🙂
Post # 12
Hi everyone! Thank you so so much for your responses. I have been so busy with the little guy that it’s bee hard to find time to sneak away and spend time on wedding bee 🙂
He is so wonderful and a LOT of work! He had not been housetrained, or crate trained so we are working on that. We spent a lot of time reading about clicker training, and positive reinforcement training. We love Karen Pryor’s methods and he seems to be responding to it really well. He even went in his crate and layed down all by himself yesterday.
We are lucky, he is super mellow, loves people, doesn’t chew things other than his toys, loves being held and sleeping in my lap. We are teaching him to let us clean his paws after a walk, and clean around his eyes because they tear a lot, and he is so calm and just lets us do it. He is settling in really well now, he even got brave enough to walk on the scary kitchen floors that he hates (too shiny/slippery?).
Anyway, I’m going to post a new thread with photos. Thank you all again for your advice. It really came in handy those first few days!