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For those that didn’t see our previous post we adopted a rescue Pomeranian that was scheduled to be put to sleep. His pit bull brother was euthanized immediately and his pom brother was adopted out. He failed the temperment test due to shyness (crazy, I know). His previous owner was deployed and couldn’t find anyone to take the three so he surrendered them unfortunately to a high kill shelter.
We had a rough weekend. After adopting Balin and getting him home (total drive time of 8 hours) he had a melt down and so did I. He is resorting to mild agression and destructive tendencies due to the change in location. I can’t blame him, he is quite frankly scared and confused. It was a stressful and exhausting weekend of changes for myself, my Darling Husband and our two poms.
He is a really loving dog and just needs A LOT of attention right now to become comfortable in his new home. With all the changes and loss he has endured I’m not surprised he is havings issues. In the end it will be worth it but for now it is just difficult…good thing he is so darn cute. 🙂
Did anyone else have difficulties when adopting a rescue dog? Thoughts, suggestions and comments appreciated.
Rainy day activities over the weekend…the few moments that they all were quiet and calm. They seemed to enjoy the blanket I put down to protect our couch from the mud!
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@Treejewel19: Ohhh what a sweet face! I’m sorry you’re having trouble with him. Have you tried getting him any toys to occupy him and maybe help take some of the aggression out? I am personally a huge fan of toys made by Premier Dog Toys. They are a little more pricey, but they LAST!
My pooch loves his bristle bone. If your pup is food motivated it’s a great toy. There are small, round rawhides that screw into the bone and they have to work really hard to get them out
Post # 5
@Treejewel19: OMG I want to cuddle all of your dogs! lol I have a rescue and you just have to give him lots of attention. Our rescue was really really quiet and very scared. We would constantly play with him and show him around the house. Now he is very energetic and very comfortable…sometimes a little to comfortable lol!
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@Brideonabudgetlauren: He seems to enjoy squeaky toys so we have a few that we offered to him that seemed durable enough. My female has a few favorites that we are trying to keep him away from as they are small and he will rip them apart. He is bigger than the other two as well and plays a bit rougher than I am used to.
Thanks for the recommendation! I will definitely check those out and see if he is a fan.
@figgnewton: Thanks! They are so fluffy. We just had them groomed last night so they are super round and very puffy. 🙂
Post # 7
Sorry the transition is difficult for Balin as well as you. If he seems to be struggling there’s nothing wrong with gating or crating him in another room for a little while and then giving him one on one time quietly later on. Don’t pamper him when he freaks out, be firm and correct the behaviour or at least ignore it. Lots of walks will help! What are the names of your other dogs?
Post # 8
My rescue dogs both had pretty difficult adjustment periods. Fern intentionally peed on our bed every chance she got for a few months, it was very frustrating. Both dogs are angels now, it just took a little while for them to get used to us, a new environment, routine etc. it will get better, I promise! Hang in there and be loving and patient. So happy you adopted!!
Post # 9
@ShiftedLobster: My male (big brown fluffball) is Teddy and our little female (black and white) is Pandy. I didn’t have the pleasure of naming any of our dogs…they all came pre-named. 😛
We are crating him seperately and are working on correcting the behaviors. I am feeding him last, giving him treats last as he doesn’t seem to be respecting the pecking order of the home. He is a bit better today but that could change very quickly.
@lovemyolive: Thanks very much. I appreciate your encouragement and we are doing the best we can for him at this point.
Post # 10
omg he is adorable, and what a cute face 🙂
Post # 11
Treejewel19 Did anyone else have difficulties when adopting a rescue dog? Thoughts, suggestions and comments appreciated.
My pup is a resuce dog and honestly best dog ever. I got him at 5 weeks so he was tiny and the pound told me he would only be 30 pds max and that he was a shit zu. He potty trained very quickly, not so quickly with going in his kennel every day but the only issue i have with him now is he loves shoes, and if he is left alone for any length of time, watch out shoes. He is particular about them to, it was always the expensive ones i found him with. now i just make sure he is with in eye sight, and my advise to any owner with a pup is if there quite and you cant seem them 99% of the time there causing trouble. lol
He is now 53 pds (way over the 30) and is actually a short hair collie (looks nothing like a shit zu) cute as can be and he’ll be 1yr old on 01/25/13. And honestly a resuce dog seems to be one of the best dogs.
Post # 12
@Treejewel19: Wow, he is adorable! Good luck with him, I’m sure he’ll get adjusted to his new home. We just rescued our new furbaby at Thanksgiving time and she’s just a little love bug. The only problems we’re having with her is she’s not house trained or really trained for anything other than getting a bath. She thinks all food is hers and will try to take it right out of your hand if you’re eating something. Fiancé’s sister found her on the side of the road though, we didn’t get her from a shelter.
Post # 13
Lots of walks! A tired dog is a happy dog and is much more likely to be calm.
Post # 14
@Treejewel19: Aw, I’m sorry it’s been difficult! When we brought our newest dog into the mix (a 1yr old pit bull mix), it was definitely a rude awakening. I guess I’ve always been lucky that the dogs my family or I have adopted have been easy to transition because this one completely blindsided me.
Don’t get me wrong, I love her already, but good god she was a handful at first. So far she’s destroyed a mattress (luckily in the spare room) which led us to crate her when we leave, which I’ve never done before, so I was hesitant at first. It’s working though and no more destroyed furniture. In the beginning she would also pee every time she got excited or she got nervous even though she was potty trained! She didn’t care that Bailey (other dog) had to eat as well, and would knock her out of the way to steal her food and was just overall a tad bit too aggressive towards her than I was comfortable with. She also had this need to follow us EVERYWHERE (I couldn’t pee unsupervised because she would scratch at the door and cry). I have to admit, after a week, I was fully ready to return her to the rescue org because I basically came home and cried like a baby every day due to stress.
HOWEVER, I’m glad we stuck it out. It’s been about 5 weeks now, and we’ve all finally settled into a comfortable rhythm. Now that she’s on schedule for her feedings and us coming/going, she’s much calmer and less food aggressive. As she got more confident of her place in our house and we spent more time training with her, the scared/excited peeing stopped as well. It’s happened only once this week when it used to happen multiple times daily, so I’m considering that a success! And my other dog is coming out of her shell and is more willing to play with Charlie, so that aggression has gone away completely. AND she’s becoming more comfortable in the house and is more independent, so I can pee alone again. YAY! :p
Didn’t mean for this to be a freaking essay, sorry about that. To sum up: give it time. And don’t be ashamed to scream into a pillow. 😉
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He is SO CUTE! my suggestion is to get a routine going ASAP. You have to ignore the bad behaviour and reward good behaviour. Do some basic obedience (sit, drop, stay) for 10 mins, a few times a day to keep his little mind going & so he knows that doing good things will get him treats. Walks are good but be careful because he’ll learn to expect them every day, as part of the routine and may be hard to kerb them later on. If you are willing to walk the dogs every day before or after work then that is excellent, doggies love a routine & will look forward to their daily walkies
Post # 16
@misspeanut: Thanks so much for sharing your stories. It really is nice to know that our circumstance isn’t the worst or the only…that it is common and fixable with time. I have to admit that I too broke down the first night. I was sobbing. I was worried that Balin would change what we had but not for the better. It was a moment of weakness that is for sure.
Things are slowly improving. We are focusing on the behaviors and proper reprimand. He is crated seperately and fed last to encourage him to back down from trying to dominate the other two. We do walk him but he is seperate and I have to teach him better leash manners. We are working on “off” and “leave it.” He definitely understands “sit” and “no.” They are all fed in the morning so definitely on a routine there. We also bought a dog whistle to address barking for all three dogs…so far they seem to be reacting well to it.
Again I appreciate your comments. I know with time it will improve. I don’t know what I was expecting really I just didn’t think it would be this hard as our other two were pretty easy. I love him dearly and he is a good dog and quite the cuddly guy.