(Closed) Adopting a dog tomorrow! SO excited and nervous! Any advice?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Congrats! She is absolutely adorable! 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

omg she’s so cute! prepared to get flamed on how long you leave her alone. 

the pee pads were horrific for us, she just wanted to pee inside and never go outside. So I nixed them and she never EVER has an accident. I walk my lab in the morning, I’m lucky to get to walk her at noon and then a LONG LONG walk after she eats dinner.  You have to worry a bit about the breed of your dog so maybe some weekend or evening training classes.  Our lab is a spaz and I know pit bulls are very active… can’t reccomend the long walks or even running with the dog.  It wears them out makes them a happy calm dog.  SHE IS SO CUTE !!!

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Cute little girl! Walk her as often as you can! My fiances dog would always have accidents and he couldn’t figure out why, once I moved in no matter how busy we were I’d make sure to walk him once in the morning once at night every day no matter what. I think when he knew we’d be coming home to let him out he’d hold it lol before I moved in there was no consistency so I think he would just go if no one was home! Also, be patient. My Boston terrier was sooo easy to potty train and will hold it forever if he had to and fi’s pound puppy took a little longer πŸ™‚

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

OH and we don’t crate our dog.  We tried it … she HATES it …. we even put her food bowl in the CAGE and she refused to get in there to eat, so after two days of no eating I caved.  She has a blanket on the floor in our living room and one next to my side of the bed she sleeps.  When we are gone on dates or events, she goes under our computer desk and just crashes.   IF you know about the place where she was before or how the shelter handled her that’s a bonus, some dogs like cages.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yay! Congratulations on your rescue dog! My Fiance and I adopted a dog from the local Humane Society a year and a half ago. He is a great dog! He acts like we have had him since he was a puppy. I work and am a student, and Fiance works full-time. We take off on lunch to walk and feed the dog during the day. We also take him out before and immediately when one of us gets off work. Just make sure you are patient during the adjustment period! He rarely has any accidents at all. Just make sure you are attentive when you are home with her when she needs to go out! Good luck!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We rescued a pup in March and another in December… we are doggie crazy!

Here are some things that worked for us:

  • Crate training.  Our older dog Lumi loves her kennel now and will go in there now if she is scared or wants to get away from our newest puppy.  We tell her to just go to bed at bedtime and she just trots on in.
  • Flirt poles. Google it.  Lumi is a VERY energetic lab mix.  This works like magic to tire her out, and tired puppies=happy dogs. Either that or plan on taking two walks a day.

  • Make sure you and your Fiance are on the same page training and discipline-wise. You don’t want to confuse your dog, and it is good to have clear boundaries for both the pup and yourselves.

Good luck and happy pup-owning!!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

Is that an appartment dwelling dog?lol….She is so beautiful xxx

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Ms.GoodEarth:  I know life would be so MUCH easier if my dog loved the crate.. instead of laying on the clean laundry that i just folded and put … ANYWHERE … tables, couches, or chairs .. she likes clean laundry. 

maybe blocking off the kitchen and put some wee pads … i just know our dog hated them.  good luck she’s so pretty

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Ms.GoodEarth:  sounds like you guys have a great plan. Since you’re not using a crate, you can use a gate to keep her on a tiled area of your apartment til she’s house broken πŸ™‚ by the way I hate when people say I can’t believe you leave your dog home for hours! Um would you have rather me leave him at the pound where hed probably be put down? You cant please everyone! I bet you guys do great with her!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Good luck with your new baby! I’ve owned many dogs over the years and here are some of my doggie thoughts: a tired dog is a good dog; maybe leave a radio on while you’re gone all day and make sure she has toys she can chew on and entertain herself with like Kongs with filling; expect a honeymoon period – it may take several weeks to see her full personality; expect that it may take a full year for all adjustments to her new home/people to be complete if she’s older than a year (all my dogs have been rescues and you never know where their formative early months were spent); be consistent from the start – just like with children, pets love routine and it makes them secure so make sure you and your guy use the same language; her breed responds well to formal training and she needs to know you’re her pack leaders.  

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