Post # 1
My DH and I just went to the shelter and brought home our new family member! Her name is Babe, but we may change it. DH and I call eachother “babe” all the time and I think it might get confusing. I’m trying to think of a new name that might work. She’s energetic and needs training which we are excited to do. Definitely going to have to brush up on my training skills! I think she’ll catch on quickly though.
Post # 3
Congratulations! She’s so sweet. We adopted our girl too and despite a number of obstacles (health realted) she has been our dream-pup.
Good luck with training
Post # 4
Congrats! She’s adorable!
Post # 5
She’s so cute!
I was thinking the same thing when you said her name is Babe. That would get so confusing!
Post # 6
Awe, congrats! She looks like such a sweetie!
Post # 7
So cute, yup, get the rawhides out. I lost two pairs of shoes in the last two weeks to mine.
Post # 8
Awww I love shelter puppies :-)! Good for you for getting an animal that was rescued. I can’t wait till we live in a house and can rescue a dog!
Post # 9
Thanks everyone! We took her for a long 45 minute walk before we even went inside the house and I think that helped a lot with getting her acclimated. She pulls quite a bit on the leash and she’s pretty strong. Anyone have any tips on leash pulling?
Post # 10
She looks like a very sweet dog! Congrats!
I went throught a lot training my shelter dog to walk on a leash. he pulled a lot too and was very scared of everything, the road, cars, people, etc… I eventually let my ex bf’s mother talk be into using a prong collar, which stopped the pulling but I regret it now. I tried stopping when he was pulling and moving forward when he stopped, but I think it takes a while for the dog to get what you’re doing. I’d follow Cesar Milan’s advice now, keeping the leash short, the collar high on the neck and using short, quick, tugs when the dog’s pulling.
Post # 11
As for walking, like @mrstilly: said, put the collar high up right behind her ears. That way it’s not down at the strongest part of her neck. Then tug and release. They can’t pull if there’s nothing to pull against. (This is for walking her right next to you by the way. I don’t let a dog walk out in front of me until they learn to walk nicely at heel.) If you find that her collar doesn’t work well for that try something like this or a choke chain if you can use it properly. (Give and take rather than constant pressure.) Good luck! I’ll bet she has lots and lots of energy to burn!
Post # 12
I got her a choke chain and have been trying to use the “tug and release” method. She doesn’t seem to make the connection with that. This morning, I cut up some hot dog in very small pieces and practiced with her. She did ALOT better when I had the hot dogs (duh, lol). When the leash started to get taut, I did a quick turn about and rewarded her when she was by my side. When she got focused on something, I would “tug, release” and say “Shh!” and she did really well, turning around and looking at me and even sat down. So I rewarded her then. She did tons better today with her treats, so I’m hoping that will kick in permanently and I can phase out the treats.
I took her out for 15 minutes or so (I’m planning on going out again later to practice/walk more) and fed her her morning meal. Now she’s passed out while I’m on here! lol.
I’m thinking the name “Jelly,” haha. She seemed to respond really well to it, so it might stick! She seems like a super sweet dog. It should be interesting to see how she does this first week! I’m sure I’ll keep everyone updated, haha.
Post # 13
Awwww, she’s adorable. Congrats on the new member of your family!