The struggle to win over a rescue!

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!


About apitome

I am a mother, a pit bull advocate, but mostly I am just like any of you, I am passionate about politics, the environment and dog advocacy. I want possitive changes within the judicial system as well. I want my children to grow up in a country where we are not told what breed of dog we can own. I want to see BSL put in the trash where it belongs! I want to see the constitution protected but not manipulated *see anything on the mosque near ground zero (USA) or changing Merry Christmas to Happy Holidays (Canada)* I am not racist in any way shape or form against any ethnic group, I do however have prejudices against bad behavior! If you abuse our laws, kids, the elderly, or animals, If you move to a new country and then demand that country to change everything about it's laws & way of life to suit your own agenda, If you blatantly break those laws with no regard and show no repect for them, if you engage in dog fighting or any other forms of animal abuse, torture or neglect, or if you are a pedophile, Than yes! You are on my radar for sure, and I will do EVERYTHING within my power to see you stopped and brought to justice! Furthering that goal, I have no qualms about publishing the names and faces of convicted abusers. I am not trying to change the world, I simply want to see things improve not backslide, Mostly for my children and these wonderful dogs futures! I may say things you agree with, and I may say things that you won't agree with, I may anger you, challenge you, or just plain piss you off, but in my book that's ok as long as long as it inspires some form of action on your part. This is not a popularity contest, If I have said anything about a group or person that you don't agree with please feel free to leave a comment or simply don't come back. If You have been mentioned in my blog it is for one of two reasons, you are either an advocate or you are an abuser loser, if you are the latter I could care less what you think! I value the opinions of trash about as much as I do that of a slug! Everything in print here is a matter of public record, or came from a trusted source, with that said, I am certainly willing to print both sides of any story, in an effort to be fair and always print the truth! View all posts by apitome

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