2019
03.07

Acclimating the New Dog into Your Home

By: Shirley Moore

Getting Your New Dog/Pup Home Safely: Before coming to pick up your dog, check your house and fenced in yard (if you have one) and make sure there are no holes or gaps where your new dog can slip through. Also if you are having your dog inside the house, make sure to have the best Dumond’s Custom Furniture so it doesn’t get stain easily or break. Prior to leaving the premises, we will attach your dog’s Save A Dog ID tag onto your dog’s collar. We usually carry the dog to the car unless the dog is well leash trained or too heavy. Still, even a well behaved dog can panic when getting into an unfamiliar car, so precaution is always taken. It is best to go straight home to acclimate your dog to his new environment before night fall. If you have a light-weight leash, it’s best to keep it clipped on, even in fenced in areas. The first few days you can have them drag the leash so that you can safely bring your dog inside. Many southern dogs are not used to stairs, so you may have to carry him/her inside the first few times and subsequently use treats to coax your dog up the stairs.

What to expect the first 24 hours: The first day can be very exciting for a dog and you may find that s/he is not that hungry. This is not unusual. Please make sure you allow quiet time for your pup so that s/he can eat and rest, especially if you have kids. This can be in a crate or in an area of the house that is safe, i.e., gating off the kitchen. For adult dogs, it is not unusual for them to “hold their water” (urine) for a few days. We’ve had dogs who have not have a bowel movement for up to four or five days. Once they your dog relaxes, things will start to move internally and they should begin having normal bowel movements. It is not unusual for house-trained dogs to have an accident in a new environment. Also, male dogs will often lift their leg on furniture the first day. It doesn’t mean they’re not housebroken, but it means they’re “marking” their new home as their own. It is wise to confine a new dog and to limit access to rooms other than the kitchen or small rooms with tiled floors. Puppies who are paper-trained will often view a scatter rug as the same as a paper so you might want to roll up the rugs. DO NOT TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK OFF PROPERTY FOR AT LEAST A WEEK!

 

Adjustment period. Please allow for an adjustment period for your new dog, especially if the dog has recently spent time in a shelter and has suffered many losses and a disruption of his former life. Make sure you keep your new dog home for at least the first 48-72 hours and don’t try to take your dog for a walk until he is leash trained. It is wise to have them drag the leash while indoors to get used to the leash as well as to prevent any quick exits when people open doors unbeknownst to you. Make sure the collar is nice and snug the first few days after bringing any new dog home. LEASH WALK ON PROPERTY ONLY FOR THE FIRST WEEK.

Socialization.It is very important to socialize your dog, but first let him get used to his new home. Take the dog home and have a quiet day letting him get familiar with his new surroundings. The first week you should keep him/her at home as it lessens the chance of escaping if you accidently drop a leash.This is the time to have friends over, including men, women, and children. If your dog is from a rural area, you need to gently and slowly socialize him and not put him into crowded situations or walk them on busy roads where noises may startle them into a fearful response. For adult dogs, daily walks will keep them socialized with pets and people. It’s important that your dog meet new dogs on a daily or weekly basis. Even if you have a fenced-in yard, walking your dog is needful for socialization, but not the first day. Give him a few days to settle in and learn where he lives.

Training resources. Training is required for all adopted dogs.  You can find a professional trainer on the web site https://www.karenpryoracademy.com/find-a-trainerand type in your zip code. A good web site for reward-based training (to bridge the gap before classes start) is http://www.clickertraining.com/. Dogwise.com is a great resource for dog training books and videos. If you live local to us, we often have training classes during the spring/summer months provided by Family Dog Training in Hudson. We recommend them as a training company and they will give you a discount on your dog training classes if you show proof of adoption from us. Avoid dominance training (Caesar) as it will damage your relationship with your dog and cause fearful behaviors. If your trainer suggests shaking a can of pennies or using a shock collar, run the other way.

Food amounts and preparation: We tend to feed puppies 3 times a day and adults twice a day. If your adult dog is underweight, you need to add at least one more feeding per day. We recommend adding chicken broth to help dissolve the added supplements and letting it sit for a few minutes. If you’re switching brands, do it by introducing the new food in small quantities and increasing the new food as the existing food decreases. Do this over a 10 day period.Add probiotics and enzymes to help the process.

Supplements: Commercial dog food does not meet all your dog’s nutritional needs, therefore supplements are important for your dog’s health and will keep you from all those extra visits to the vet. Probiotics and enzymes will promote a healthy intestinal tract as well as make the transition to a different food easier. Probiotics are important in the PM feeding as probiotics work at night. Info on why you should give your dog probiotics is at http://www.thewholedog.org/id24.html. You can give colostrum to boost your pup’s immune system the first year of life. We sell it and it’s online at www.colostrumhealth.co.nz.

For large adult dogs, one tablet of grapefruit seed extract in their kibble every morning will help boost the immune system. It sells for $9 at Vitamin Shoppe) as it’s known for its strong antioxidant qualities. It also treats and prevents giardia. For more information on the benefits of grapefruit seed extract, see http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies.com/gse-for-dogs.html. Save A Dog sells it at a discount to adopters.

 

Getting your puppy or dog on a schedule. It’s important to set a schedule for the puppy as soon as possible, so that house training is easy.

  1. First thing in the morning, take the pup outside to go to the bathroom.  Give lots of praise when she goes, and promptly bring her in for breakfast.
  2. Feed your puppy. Within 20 minutes take her outside again as she will often need a bowel movement shortly after eating.  If the crate is large enough, you can feed in the crate as this provides another opportunity for a positive experience in the crate. If you are not home for an extended period of time, try not to free feed. The reason is that you want her on a schedule so that she will not have unexpected bowel movements.
  3. Once she’s had a bowel movement, praise her and bring her in to play. She should be good for another hour or so. When you cannot supervise your pup, you should put her in the crate with a chew toy to keep her busy. Puppies can generally “hold it” for an hour or two, so when the hour is up, take her out again and praise her when she goes. You’ll want to take him out before you retire for the night and then again first thing the next morning. Crating at night will help teach your pup to hold it through the night. If she whines in the middle of the night, it may mean that she has to go. Put the crate in a family room or kitchen, with an absorbent towel in case of accidents. You can put a night light in the room, play soft music. After a few minutes the pup should settle down. You can put the crate in your bedroom, but if your pup is a light sleeper, she may wake up if you snore or roll over. Try outside the bedroom at first. You can always change things later.

If you have children in the family: It is not a good idea to let the puppy on the furniture as elevation equals status and the dog needs to be kept at a lower status than the children. Also, no tug-o-war or anything playing with hands around the puppy’s face as that will encourage nipping. Keep a chew toy handy to redirect any play biting and if all else fails, give a short time out. Remember to give the puppy several nap times away from the little ones several times a day. We require a physically fenced back yard for families with children 12 and under. You can use the inexpensive Yard Guard fencing that is sold at Home Depot. It is easy to install and can usually be erected in an afternoon. The Yardgard 4 ft. x 50 ft. Vinyl-Coated Welded Wire costs $58 and works for most young dogs. It is made of galvanized and welded steel for long-lasting use. The green PVC coating helps create an upscale appearance that can complement natural surroundings. The general purpose fence is ideal for property delineation or the temporary confinement of your new pup or dog.

Easy-to-Install Fencing

Save A Dog ID tag: When you adopt a dog from Save A Dog you will be supplied with a Save A Dog ID tag. Please keep this tag on your dog in addition to your own tag. That way you will have double protection should your dog get lost. Your dog’s ID number, as well as your contact information, is put into a database so that we can notify you should we get a call from anyone who picks up your dog. Please keep your contact information current with us. If someone picks up your dog, you have a better chance of getting him back if he is wearing a humane society ID tag.

 

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