Post # 1
I seriously couldn’t sleep last night in anticipation of her arrival. We adopted her from the pound on Saturday, she got spayed and microchipped yesterday and we’ll pick her up tomorrow!
HOLY COW! I can’t even imagine how parents prepare for a kid – because just me thinking about the arrival of this dog is consuming enough!! 🙂
She’s a 3 or 4 year old Rottweiler and is the sweetest thing ever. She’s smaller than most Rott’s (about 55 pounds) and I can’t wait to see how she adapts to her new surroundings!
I’ve never really owned a dog for any length of time; Darling Husband has had a few… this is a huge step for us and I know will take a lot of work, effort, etc… but I hope it will all work out great!
Any and all advice for a newbie is appreciated!
Post # 3
How exciting! I don’t have any advice as I have never owned a dog. But please post a pic once she arrives!
Post # 4
Just enjoy her and please remember, she isn’t just a dog, she is a family member. They are such a blessing and so much fun! Make sure to socialize her, rotties can become aggresive if they arn’t socialized enough. Good luck with everything!!
Post # 5
Ooh how exciting, I am trying to convince Fiance that we need a dog (this is the first time in my life without one). Good luck and have fun with her. Post some pics 🙂
Post # 6
Definitely research the breed, if you haven’t already done so. Also, from day one, she should be taught the house rules. So, if you don’t want her on the couch, she needs to not be allowed on the couch. If you want her to sleep in a crate at night, crate her at night from day one. I highly recommend Nothing In Life Is Free…it’s easy for anyone to do, even beginners.
Give her a couple weeks to settle into your home and your routine, (and to heal from her surgery), then start obedience classes. Even if she aleady knows every command, it will be socialization for her, bonding for both of you, and will teach you how to teach her. Make sure to find a trainer who uses positive reinforcement to train.
Dogs from shelters sometimes take a little while to adjust into household life again, so don’t worry if things don’t click immediately. Give yourselves and her time to bond and get used to each other.
Stock up on a few toys, but don’t got nuts right away. Many dogs, especially rescue dogs, don’t have a lot of experience with toys and may or not play with them. Rawhides and cooked bones are a bad idea, so avoid those.
Good luck with your new family member, and thank you for adopting!!!!
Post # 7
Congrats! That’s so exciting! Thanks for adopting!
Post # 8
Congrats! I imagine I would post with that kind of excitement, too!
My other half is a cat person. We would each be happy to have a pet, but we can’t agree on species. However, he has been dropping more “if we get a dog” comments lately, so maybe he’s coming around to the idea.
I totally get your level of excitement though. I’ve adopted before and had to wait for a few days to pick up. It’s gonna be awesome when you get her.
Just have patience with her. As you mentioned, she’ll be in new surroundings. If you don’t know much about her background, then it may take some getting used to on her part. We figured out that one we got from the shelter was abused at some point by a man, so he had some issues at first. But once he settled in, oh man, he was awesome.