Years ago as I said in my last post we had a rescue dog, many people find that it is a hard transition for the first little bit and that may be true in some cases, if you have recently or will soon be adopting a dog I would like to share some tips for success with you, based on my experiences:
First off when you bring your new puppy or dog home, try to understand that they have probably been through a lot so be very sedate and keep your tone and movements gentle at first. Let your dog come to you, they will first want to get to know their new home so they will investigate it thoroughly, trust me. Just go about your routine as normal and they will come to you when they feel comfortable.
Once you have established your bond and they accept you the next step is showing the dog that you are alpha or top dog so to speak, you do not have to accomplish this with a firm hand or aggression, that will get you absolutely no where with any dog and can end up manifesting itself in aggression or make them fearful of you. Be firm but not harsh, repetition is the key, with time eventually they will understand what you expect from them. Make them stay with you as you move around your house you can use a lead if you wish and attach it to you or just let them follow the choice is ultimately yours, but a lead works well and you have control over their actions. You have to teach your dog the rules just as you would a child, if you want them to have success give them the tools and the support they need.
Try to understand that in some cases these dogs receive little or no training. One of the biggest excuse for surrendering a dog is that they are “un-trainable” Utter nonsense! Any dog is trainable if you are committed to them. It takes time, repetition, and a consistent yet firm hand. You will see in time your dog will come to respect you and your rules and expectations. and you will both learn to live very nicely side by side you and your new buddy!
You want your dog to be the very best they can be so it doesn’t hurt to find a reputable obedience trainer. You don’t have to have one but for some knowing what to do is not second nature, or intuitive so there is no shame in getting the help you need. Investing in your dogs future is never a bad thing!
Make your dog their own place to sleep, buying a dog bed is a wonderful way to show them where their spot is, and make them as comfortable as possible. For me my bed is mine I don’t share with my pets, too many years of waking up with dog hair in my mouth I guess, but if you do, kudos to you, your dog will think you are a god!
Dogs are like kids, so have fun with them play with them and enjoy all the love they have to give you, that’s why you got them in the first place right? I have always found that to have a successful relationship with your dog all you have to do is be a leader, and be someone they think of as their source of food, fun and love, and really that’s it the rest is just the gravy on top. Remember to be patient, it will all fall into place and soon you will have your buddy relaxed and at home with you, listening to you and accepting you as their “pack”
Never take a dog out off leash, not only can you put others in harm’s way, you could be risking you dog’s safety as well. There are wonderful places to take your dog where you can go off leash in relative safety, but always keep your dog close and within your line of sight. Once your bond is secure and your dog will listen when called back to you, but city streets are not the place to test that bond. Most municipalities have strict leash laws so abide by them to keep everyone happy and safe.
Being loved and cared for well is what your dog will need from you the most, so affection and proper care go hand in hand and in the end will be the key to your success with your new dog. Take time out of each day to devote to the dog alone, they are pack animals by nature and crave your attention.
And remember it takes time but they are well worth the investment! They will soon seem like they have always been there, and you won’t be able to imagine life without them.
Good luck with your new best friend!