Adapting a puppy to a new home
You brought your puppy home. He is now a member of your family. However, at first it will be difficult and scary for him, because the baby was torn away from his mother, brothers and sisters, with whom it was so cozy and fun. We need to help the puppy to adapt as soon as possible. Tips for new “mom” and “dad”.
A puppy in a new home: why is he scared
How to adapt a puppy to a new home
There are several rules to follow:
It is necessary to train gradually: you can not leave a puppy at home alone at a month of age for more than 4 hours, at a two-month-old. for more than 5 hours, in a three-month-old. for more than 6 hours.
If a puppy is left alone in a new house in the dark, the light must be turned on where he is.
There should be fresh water and food in a place accessible to the puppy.
Make sure to give your puppy special toys during your absence.
It will be great if someone visits the baby: feeds, plays, removes piles and puddles.
Upon returning home, behave with the puppy affectionately and calmly in any case, even if you do not really like the destroyed apartment.
How to avoid clutter at home?
As soon as the puppy has got used to the new house and is calmly left at home alone, the next problem arises. the total mess that the puppy arranges while exploring the new space. His curiosity and mobility are completely normal and indicate good physical condition, however, the degree of destruction can be reduced by properly organizing the home space.
After the first two weeks of careful walks, you can go to the dog playground. There the puppy will have to meet his own kind. often big and very scary! Be always close to your pet, without letting it off the leash, and at first limit contact with large dogs.
Once the puppy has mastered the basic commands, allow him to run on his own, while staying in your field of vision.
We take an adult dog
If you decide to take an adult dog, then, as a rule, there are fewer problems with it than with a puppy. Of course, difficulties cannot be avoided. We hope our tips will help you and your new family member get used to each other.
Past. Anything you can learn about the past of the dog you intend to adopt will come in handy. Keep everything you have in writing (letters from the former owners, emails from the breeder), write down all the information you received from those who knew anything about this dog or its pedigree.
Knowing the answers to the following questions will be very useful to you:
What have you been feeding your dog recently, how many times a day and with what portions? Does she have digestive problems, is her stool normal? 2. How old is the dog? What vaccinations did she get? Dates of vaccinations, tests, prophylaxis of parasites (external and internal) and other medical procedures. What did the dog hurt, did it have any injuries? 3. What did the puppy learn from the breeder and in his old home? Is there anything in the dog’s behavior that humans regard as a problem? 5. Is the dog trained to keep the house clean? Has the dog lived in the apartment before? If not, then there may be problems with teaching her not to crap at home. If she is already accustomed to this, then how many times a day was she taken out? Or perhaps she is accustomed to going to newspapers or a tray? Is the dog neutered (or has the ovaries removed) and, if so, at what age was it? Has the dog had puppies before? If the dog is later found to have hereditary diseases, then the owners of its puppies should be informed about this. Are the dog’s parents still alive? What is their character? Do they have health problems? By keeping friends with their owners, as well as with your dog’s half-siblings, you will learn what health issues to look out for. Perhaps this will help you effectively cure the disease. 9. Where does the dog sleep at night? Does she sleep well all night? 10. Is the dog trained to sit quietly in the carrier? How does she react if she is placed in a fenced-in space? How does she behave if you leave her in a closed room? Did the dog run away from the yard by jumping over a fence, digging a tunnel or making a hole in it? 11. What kind of animals did the dog see and how did it react to them? 12. How does a dog treat children of different ages? A dog’s reaction to a young child, toddler, or teenager can be radically different. How does a dog treat men, women, strangers? 14. Does the dog feel good in an unfamiliar place? 15. What toys and games does she like? 16. What type of collar is the dog accustomed to? 17. What course of training did the dog go through? What methods were used? What commands does she know? What gestures he understands?
Write down the answers to these questions and keep the information in a place where you can quickly find it when needed. You may need it in 5 or 10 years. Knowledge. strength when it can help a dog get used to living in a new family. If, for example, you find out that a dog is afraid of men, then assign the male part of your family to feed the new dog. If your dog is having difficulty in a situation, you should begin to gently habituate the dog to the situation, trying to keep it consistently positive.
Preparatory stage. Compliance is very beneficial for dogs. Once you take your dog, train it to your daily routine. Suppose you get up and go to bed at a different time than the previous owners of the dog did. You will need to train your dog to walk at other times. Walk her first at the time she is used to, and gradually adjust the walking time to match your daily routine.
Change your dog’s diet in the same way. This should take at least 4 days. On the first day, feed your dog only the food he is used to. The next day give her 3/4 of the old feed and 1/4 of the new one. On the third day, give her half of the old and new food. Finally, on the fourth day, give the dog only new food. It is better to stretch the transition to a new diet for a longer period of time. Naturally, the dog should be transferred only to higher quality food. Any change in the environment is always stressful for the dog, and delicious food will help overcome it.
If possible, arrange for the dog for the first time such a sleeping place to which he is accustomed. Be aware that changing surroundings may cause your dog to become nervous and behave in unpredictable ways. If your dog is trained to rest comfortably in the carrier, then leave it to sleep in your bedroom at night. If you do not know how the dog will behave in the carrier, first try to put it there for a few minutes during the day, and stand by yourself.
If you need to leave your dog at home alone, take all precautions. Place a dog that is afraid of being carried in another fenced-in area, for example, allocate one or two rooms for it and block the door with something so that it cannot get out. If you close the door to a room, many dogs will scratch it. If the dog jumps over an obstacle blocking the door, put something higher.
When leaving your dog at home alone, do not let him walk around the house. If the dog is worried, then upon returning, you may find significant damage to your property. This often happens to dogs that are not used to their new home and new routine. It is quite understandable that the dog may be afraid that you have left and will not return. You may be absent for so long that the dog will not contain its natural needs. She may have a fear that when you return, you will scold her. Over time, she will trust you more.
Leave safe toys for your dog. Toys that you can put food inside are very calming for a dog that is left alone at home.
If you know that the dog has run away from the fenced yard in the past, do not leave him alone in the yard for a minute. This is a very strong habit, reinforced by the hope of seeing a lot of interesting things on the loose. It will take you a long time to wean your dog from it before you can leave it alone in the yard, even if your fence is much more reliable than the one behind which the dog lived before.
Many dogs behave calmly in a new home from the very beginning, especially if they are 2-3 years old, and they are not very active breeds. If your dog has already had a happy life with its owner in the past, then most likely it will not have any problems in your home. And even if the past life of the dog was difficult, then, most likely, it will be very good with you. The more stable environment you provide for your new dog, the more likely it will get used to the new home without a hitch.
It will be great if you can organize your time in such a way that the first days or even weeks are completely devoted to the dog. You will be able to understand how the dog will react to being left in a confined space before you have to leave him alone at home for a long time.
It’s good if you read books about dog training before you take a dog, preferably at least three different authors to get acquainted with different points of view.
Where to begin. Before you take your dog home, prepare everything you need for it: a carrier, a fence, food, toys, a leash, and other necessary things. Make a custom collar tag with your contact information. It is very important to have such a collar from the very beginning, as until the dog gets used to your home, he is at a high risk of getting lost. It is also a good idea to hang a small bell on the dog’s collar to make it easier for you to keep track of it at home.
Take your dog to the veterinarian within the first two days of his stay with you. Take with you all the information you have regarding your dog’s health. This visit is necessary even if the dog is in excellent shape and has all the necessary vaccinations. Since this is your dog’s first time meeting with your veterinarian, bring a treat with you to ensure that your dog has a positive experience.
Also take a notebook with you, in which you enter the date of each visit, the dog’s weight, veterinarian recommendations, test results, etc. At home, write down any changes in your dog’s health that you notice so that you can refer them to your veterinarian. Record your dog’s temperature each time you take it and any medications you give your dog.
Decide where the dog will have a toilet. When you bring her home, take her there first. Encourage the dog to relieve himself and praise if this happens. Take your dog out more often until you understand his routine. All dogs are different. It is better not to be lazy and take the dog out several times than to clean up after it.
When you first bring your dog home, don’t rush to feed it right away. Give her some water. You may be tempted to feed your dog a full meal, especially when it is emaciated, but this can cause serious digestive upset. If your dog is very hungry, talk to your veterinarian about its diet and amount of food.
At first, keep the dog either in a room under your supervision or in a fenced-in part of the apartment until you know all of its habits. If you don’t look and the dog does or chews at home, do not punish it! Treat this with humor. You need to make a good impression on the new family member. Don’t reward bad behavior, but don’t show your frustration.
Adult dogs have amazing quirks. For example, one large breed dog could easily jump with all four paws on the kitchen table, on which it could hardly fit, as well as on the hood of a car. All this was done solely out of curiosity.
Be sure to set aside time in your daily routine for walking your dog. First, walk for about 15 minutes along the paths near the house. If you live in an apartment building, take your dog for a walk on a leash. Absenteeism and training are very useful activities for the first day, but everything should be in moderation, especially in the first two weeks. Try to keep your dog under stress. Let the new family member get used to you and your household.
Start training sessions when your dog has lived with you for more than 2 weeks. Exercise should be fun for both the dog and you. There are different methods and courses, so your task is to find the most suitable one. It will help you form strong friendships with your dog.
Take some time every day to care for your dog. Comb a long-haired dog, massage a short-haired one. If you put an old sheet on your dog, there will be less dirt from this procedure. Grooming will strengthen your bond with your dog, help you see diseases at an early stage and successfully cure them, teach your dog not to be afraid of human touch on its body. Grooming. this is the most productive way to spend 15-30 minutes a day with your dog. Caress and hug your dog during treatments.
Adult dogs help people with disabilities, work in the police, in drug control departments, participate in circus performances, but they are underestimated as pets. Although it is easier to determine the character and temperament of an already adult dog than a puppy. Puppy affection for the owner is an immature relationship that will need to be re-formed as the dog matures before it becomes a truly strong friendship.
If you take an adult dog, it will bond with you as it would as a puppy, and even stronger. Adult dogs have life experience and will definitely understand and appreciate your desire to make them a happy life. Dogs, having come to a new home, are open to new relationships and rules of life. They are flexible. If you take an adult dog, it could be the best dog you will ever have.
At what age to buy Chow Chow?
We will answer this question in more detail. Of course, the older this or that individual is, the more fully the puppy’s behavioral characteristics and data on his future exterior are “revealed”. Therefore, in adolescence, these features of the future dog are already more clearly visible than they were in a two-month-old baby. But, as already mentioned, the best puppies are usually bought up first, and, most often, the most uninteresting individuals “sit up” until adolescence.
Chow Chow. This is a breed with pronounced breed characteristics: if the muzzle. then very full, square, if the backbone. it is powerfully developed if the coat is. it is very “rich”. thick, straight and tight. So, the experienced eye will already see puppies that differ from their brethren in more pronounced main breed characteristics at an early puppy age.
An experienced chow-chow breeder knows that a “fox’s” muzzle will never grow into a square, but thin wavy coat. in an excellent thick fur coat. Over time, not only specific features such as color intensity can undergo metamorphosis, but also such biomechanical “subtleties”, known only to a narrow circle of practitioners, such as body format, scapula angle, articulation angles, parallel legs and the ratio of bone lengths limbs. That is, it sometimes happens that a promising puppy in the process of growing suddenly took and “stretched out”, became longer than necessary. It is even worse when an almost adult dog suddenly develops entropy or shows signs of another serious illness. dysplasia of the hip joint. Get all these “surprises”. objective reality and everyone who decided to take a puppy has it. Therefore, you need to know about this in advance. It’s hard to say who is to blame for such troubles. bad faith of the breeder or mother nature.
Most often, absolutely normal animals are allowed for breeding. The appearance in the offspring of the so-called “latent defects” (which are not immediately apparent, but in the process of growth and formation of the animal) is due to their complex genetic inheritance. The genes responsible for the emergence of certain malformations in animals, under certain conditions, may not show their pathological effect, they seem to be in a state of hibernation. When such a “sleepy” gene meets with other genes that “awaken” it, it makes a complex combination with them and is activated. The result of its activation will be the appearance of any defect in the animal at any age. Therefore, the breeder may not be at all to blame for the fact that among the descendants of his dog there may be individuals with developmental defects. The breeder could think that if he crosses outwardly healthy animals that meet the standard, then this will guarantee the future offspring that there will be no hereditary diseases.
If you are afraid that your puppy may have certain hidden congenital defects, then draw up a detailed agreement with the breeder on ways to resolve possible financial disputes earlier.
So, now we will consider with you the option of choosing and acquiring a teenage chow.
A lot can be said about the exterior of a dog in adolescence. But what about the upbringing and quality of growing? Naturally, taking a puppy up to two months of your first choice, you will be able to provide him with maximum attention, full care, you will carefully monitor compliance with the vaccination schedule, health, accustom him to yourself, your family, and raise the dog correctly. over, it is easier to get attached to the baby, to love him, he will definitely arouse sympathy among all your household.
A young dog that has got into the house already has its own view of things: it can be burdened with bad habits, embittered, distrustful of people, etc.
A dog that could not be sold at a puppy age is often raised by breeders as stepchildren, it does not receive enough attention and nutrition, it does not get used to proper walking. An exception may be the case if one of the leading kennels (breeders) decided to reduce the number of livestock and sell or lease to conscientious people some of the high-value breeding dogs.
Another case is if the owners, who have chosen, raised and raised an excellent dog, for objective reasons can no longer keep it (for example, in connection with the move) and therefore sell.
Keep in mind, however, that a Chow Chow puppy over six months old is more difficult to get used to new owners, and you may not have the right contact with him. Therefore, try to still get a puppy at the age of 1.5 to 6 months in order to become for him the best and most beloved owner, to whom he will be devoted until the end of his days.
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Obedience training for an adult dog (with video)
How successful can you train an adult dog and make it obedient? No one can guarantee that an adult dog will successfully complete the training course and become a good friend and helper for you and your family. The fact is that traditional training courses are designed mainly for animals under the age of one year.
In order for a dog to become well-mannered and obedient, it needs to attend special classes. There she will master the primary commands: “You can’t!”, “Come to me!”, “Walk!”, “Near!”, “Place!”, “Sit!”, “Lie down!”, “Stand!” and etc.
However, the dog should not just learn how to perform the listed actions. his further behavior and character completely depend on your constant work with him.
An adult dog in a new home: pros and cons
There are pros and cons to keeping an adult dog in a new home. First of all, decide if you need an adult dog. Of course, she has a number of advantages over a puppy: a well-bred dog does not have to be taught to be clean, he will not ruin furniture, shoes, wallpaper and laminate, he will not bother you at night. However, do not forget that the animal may not be raised the way you want. Prepare for the fact that your new adult family member will not be perfect: it is heavier than a puppy, he will endure a change of scenery and will not immediately recognize you as a leader.
At first, he will be afraid of the new home and, despite the daily walks, go to the toilet, anywhere. In addition, the dog can withdraw into himself and become depressed.
Be sure to find out why the previous owners are giving or selling an adult dog. It is possible that the dog has health or mental problems that are invisible at first glance. Have a specialist examine the animal carefully and examine its veterinary passport.
Another disadvantage of acquiring an adult dog is its established habits, character. She may be afraid of explosions of firecrackers, fireworks, thunder and other strong sound or light stimuli.
If you decide to take an adult dog, you must be absolutely clear about all the possible problems that may arise in this case. You are ready to be patient and come to terms (within reasonable limits) with the habits of an adult dog?
If you want to take a dog from the street, know: many dogs really want to get into a new family, to find a reliable and fair friend. Such animals demonstrate in every possible way how pleasant it is for them to communicate with you: they run after them, fondle. As a rule, street mongrels take on the role of a companion dog faster than their purebred counterparts.
Remember that at first you will be a stranger to the dog, and it depends only on you whether she will respect you. Try to calmly, without breakdowns and stress, adjust the dog’s behavior for yourself and your lifestyle for him.
However, at times, stray animals behave aggressively, flatten their ears, growl, tilt their heads forward, bark and even try to pounce. Such actions can be demonstrated not only by a large dog, but also by a very small mongrel. Even if your heart squeezes from pity, a dog that is aggressive towards you (provided that you do not threaten it, do not tease it or provoke it) should never be taken into the house! The best advice on how to socialize an adult dog in a new home, raise and train it, can only be given by professional dog handlers or experienced owners.
If you do bring a dog into the house from the street, first carefully examine it and immediately show it to the veterinarian. After the examination, if everything is in order, wash the dog, treat it with a drug against external parasites, get rid of worms.
Whether to take an adult sick dog?
Often, out of pity, people take a wounded or crippled dog to their home. Such an act is certainly worthy of deep respect. If you want to take an adult sick dog, you must have certain skills in communicating with animals and giving them first aid. If you do not have such experience, it is better to entrust the care of the dog to a veterinarian, and then try to define it in good and, most importantly, skillful hands.
Very often, new owners do not suspect that contact with stray dogs can pose a serious danger not only to them, but also to those around them: such animals are often carriers of various diseases. In addition, a stray dog may have a bad character and it will be extremely difficult to re-educate him (if at all possible, because the character and habits have already been formed in adulthood). Remember: a sick or crippled dog sometimes has to be treated constantly, so seriously consider whether you are ready for such sacrifices.
How to distinguish an abandoned dog from a lost one? It’s easy to recognize a lost dog. See if she’s wearing a dog tag collar. If nothing like that, check for a mark in the ear or groin (in purebred dogs) or a chip (many animals, especially valuable and rare breeds, are chipped). If you happen to come across a dog with these signs, try to return it to its owner. If you have a stigma, contact the kennel club, chipa. to the veterinary clinic.
Sometimes the dog has only a collar and it is clearly visible that it is domestic (clean hair, eyes and ears, well-bred, perhaps even fulfills some commands).
Post announcements about the find within a radius of 0.5-1 km from your home, write on the Internet, call dog clubs and dog trainers.
How to socialize an adult dog: familiarity, behavior options
Acquaintance with an adult dog should be friendly and calm, regardless of whether it is a mongrel or a purebred dog, small or large. First, figure out how the animal reacts to you. Everything should be peaceful, without aggression and anger. Now you can get acquainted.
When you get closer, do not try to pet the dog right away. Perhaps an adult dog will not notice you at all and will go to his place or to the aviary. This is normal for the initial stage of addiction, but only if there is no obvious aggression or panic. Try to sit down and call the dog to you by calling its name or showing a treat or toy. It is best if she fits herself. Until the animal wags its tail in response to warm words, indicating that you are not dangerous, you do not need to stroke it. Calmly stretch your open palm forward, let the dog reach out and sniff it. After that, try to pet the animal, but not from above on the head, but from below under the jaw, scratch the neck or muzzle from the side.
If the animal reacts aggressively, cannot calm down, does not make contact, do not take it, even if the owner refuses the money and assures that the dog usually does not behave this way.
Any dog is peculiar and unique in its own way. However, there are common behaviors for dogs.
When a cowardly dog meets, it bends down to the floor, tucking its ears and tail, whining, trying to jump to the side or even run away. Such a dog is difficult to adapt, is afraid of a loud voice and harsh sounds, strangers, other animals and unusual objects. If you are lucky, the dog will soon calm down a little, but in a critical situation cowardice can appear again.
A cowardly-aggressive dog has all of the above signs, sometimes pounces, barks loudly, tries to attack and immediately rebounds with fright. In a state of panic, it can become almost uncontrollable, not responding to commands, seriously injuring a weak or frightened person. If someone gives a tangible rebuff, the animal runs away with a squeal.
A dominant aggressive dog, it happens, attacks without warning, silently, actively, often fights with other animals, can bite a stranger for a walk for no reason. It is difficult to look after such a dog, he simply will not perceive your actions. Only an instructor-cynologist or even a zoopsychologist can accustom him to the new order. But still, in our opinion, this animal should be abandoned.
A mentally adequate dog, upon meeting, will either not pay attention to you, or will show some calm interest: it will come up, quietly sniff, let itself be stroked. With the further proper handling of such an animal, there should be no problems.
If you buy a dog from the owner, ask him for all the dog equipment, toys, bowls and even bedding. this will make the animal much easier to get used to the new conditions. If you decide to take a dog off the street, be sure to take care of everything you need for it.
Your task is to immediately establish strict rules and strictly follow them in the future. This will help the pet to quickly respect you as a leader-owner and take its place in the family.
Education and training of an adult dog
Many novice dog breeders are interested in whether to buy an adult dog. In this regard, many questions arise regarding dog training and education, socialization and adaptation of adult dogs in a new home.
Of course, raising an adult dog is more difficult than raising a puppy. However, this process should not be considered too troublesome or almost impossible. Taking an adult dog from a shelter or due to circumstances left without its previous owners is a good thing, and you should not be afraid that teaching such dogs obedience will take away all your strength.
Below you will find answers to the most common questions about how to domesticate an adult dog and socialize an adult dog in a new home. You will be offered a video of dog training to help you, as well as tips on how to raise an adult dog.
How to tame an adult dog in a new home
Will an adult dog be able to get used to a new owner? One of the main reasons why novice dog breeders acquire puppies is that it is much easier for a baby than for an adult animal to get used to a new owner, his lifestyle and needs. Indeed, the younger the dog, the easier it is to educate and accustom him to new conditions. Taking care of a puppy, you get incomparable positive emotions associated with its growth, development and education. Of course, there will be many difficulties associated with caring for a baby. However, all the good that you put into your pet, after a while, will be rewarded to you a hundredfold.
As for getting used to the new owners of an adult dog, there is no single answer. However, remember: your concern and desire to help your four-legged friend will not go unanswered.
How long does it take for a dog to get used to a new family? Everything here is very individual: one dog will be able to get used to a new home quite quickly, while the other will take much longer. We can say for sure: the younger the pet, the faster and easier it will adapt. Animals with a weak nervous system and cowardly by nature usually take a long time to get used to the new environment. The older the dog, the more stable character it has and the longer it adapts to unfamiliar conditions. Only after the adaptation of the pet can you start raising and training the dog.
Would an adult dog be dangerous for the new owner and his family members? How will she behave in the future and how to teach an adult dog to obey? Predicting the behavior of an adult dog in a new family is quite difficult. Sometimes a person brings a dog found on the street into the house. For several weeks, the animal behaves relatively well: it shows friendliness towards household members, demonstrates gratitude, then, having finally got used to it, begins to rigidly dictate its terms and terrorize the new owner and his family members. It becomes impossible to live with such a dog, and sometimes even dangerous.
Quite often, a dog from the street quickly gets used to a new owner, does not cause any inconvenience and behaves like a well-mannered and full-fledged member of the family.
As numerous examples show, first of all, aggressive dogs are thrown into the street, then cowardly and nervous ones. Do not forget that in both cases we are talking about mental disorders in the animal.
Training and Teaching Commands for Dogs
As you get used to your new home, try to create a calm environment. Do not invite guests, do not turn on loud music, etc. Let the dog calmly get used to it, try not to leave it alone for a long time. At the same time, do not impose communication on the dog and ask the rest of the family about it. Many street dogs taken into the house find it very difficult to be locked up for a long time, as they are used to constantly moving. You will have to walk for a long time and actively so that the dog can run freely with other dogs and relieve the stress of the restriction of freedom. It is on the street that you start giving commands for dog training. Start with basic commands and increase the challenge as you master.
Despite the fact that the dog is getting used to the new environment, start parenting from the very first day. In no case, do not forgive her flaws and various pranks, even small ones, making allowances for the fact that the animal is stressed.
The most important thing in the process of training and teaching the dog commands is your love, affection and patience. Do not rush and do not expect that the dog will fall in love with the whole family from the very first day of being in the house, will accept your rules in full. Be patient. this will take some time. To raise a dog taken from the street, it will take several times more goodwill. Don’t be discouraged if something doesn’t work out right away, and don’t give up. After all, now a happy time has come for both of you: a real, beloved, best owner has finally appeared in the life of a dog, and next to you is the most beautiful four-legged friend.
All about a dog’s habituation to a new owner
When a dog appears in the house, the life of its owner changes radically. often than not, this event is a deliberate choice. But there are different circumstances when the dog has to be taken away from the previous owner as an adult, or it is a foundling whom they decided to give shelter to. In any case, the dog will have to get used to the new environment. And its owner will also have to make every effort. Therefore, it will be useful to learn everything about the dog’s habituation to the new owner.
The first days of the puppy
When the whole family decides to buy a puppy, they prepare for this event, acquire all the necessary things, equip the necessary places for sleeping, eating, and toilet, if necessary. But the baby is taken from the family where he was born and grew up. He is used not only to the mother dog, but also to certain conditions. Therefore, in a new place, the puppy will be sad for some time. But adaptation and getting used to the new owner will be successful if the owner adheres to some rules.
- From the first days, you need to surround a new family member with care and attention. Ideally, it would be nice for the owner to take a vacation to train the puppy to the new rules.
- If the puppy is fully vaccinated, you need to go for walks with him more often. Animals always like them. The more you walk, the less puddles there will be at home.
- You should quickly decide on the dog’s nutrition. whether it will be dry food or food specially prepared for him. But for the first few days, you should give the food to which the puppy is accustomed, gradually replacing it with the chosen option, if necessary.
- The kid needs to be provided with a sufficient number of toys so that he has something to do, he does not get bored and does not spoil furniture and things.
- Another important point that will allow the puppy to feel more comfortable is the thing from the house where he was before. You can grab a bedding, a toy from there. At first, the puppy will be calm with her, and after a few days she will no longer be needed and you can throw it away or leave it, this is at the discretion of the owner.
A puppy can get used to the owner and the house very quickly if the owner is patient and friendly, will not yell at the dog, and even more so use physical force if it is naughty or guilty. In any case, when a small pet appears, a difficult and long work is ahead, you need to be ready for this and be patient. Everything takes time.
Gradually, the dog will understand what is required of it if the owner is consistent in his actions and is patient.
Washing in the bathroom
The owner needs to call the pet to the bathroom, then, after completing the command, treat him with a tasty product. The next day, you should call him into the bathroom and hold in it for a couple of minutes, but without taking water. When the dog gets used to the procedure, you can draw water and gradually teach it to swim. But you should take care of taking a bath, because, for example, a dachshund doesn’t like a lot of water.
Over time, the washing procedure will delight the dog.
How to train to trim claws
You should not start cutting nails right away, because a four-legged pet can be frightened. One day he needs to be planted and his nails examined. As a reward, if the pet does not leave, you can give a treat.
To avoid stress, you need to train your pet to trim the nails consistently.
The next day, the dog should be seated in front of you and slowly touch each nail with scissors. If the dog is not scared, then you can start cutting, but carefully so as not to damage the pulp.
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How to get an animal’s attention and get close to it
If you need to attract the attention of an animal, you should proceed carefully, observing the safety rules:
- Beware of aggressive dogs. Dogs that exhibit rabies symptoms should also be avoided.
- You cannot look into the eyes of an unfamiliar dog. For them, a direct gaze means a challenge, so it is better to look a little to the side.
- You can draw the animal’s attention to yourself by clicking your fingers or clattering your tongue. You can try to call the animal, but in a calm tone, so as not to scare him and not cause aggression.
- Approaching a dog whose attention has already been drawn should be done slowly, avoiding sudden movements. You can not squat in front of him, it is better to keep at a distance of 3-4 meters.
- Having approached to the permitted distance, you should wait for the stray dog to go to meet him. If he wags his tail affably, then it is permissible to stretch out his hand in his direction, but you need to hold it with the palm down. Best of all, if you have something tasty in your hand, it will help to establish contact.
How to train an adult dog to a new name
All household members need to be explained that an adult dog, who has become a family member, needs to be addressed by a new name. Each time, referring to the pet, you should pronounce its new nickname. If he reacts to her, then encourage a treat.
It is very important to help your pet become attached to a new owner. It should be borne in mind that the dog will try to escape from unfamiliar territory, so it is not recommended to leave him unattended. The pet needs to make it clear that there is a place for him in the new home, and arrange a space where the puppy will feel safe.
The place equipped for it will help the dog get used to the new home.
You should start the parenting process gradually, because the commands will be better executed when the owner begins to inspire confidence in the pet. When it comes to diet, abrupt changes in diet due to stress can lead to diarrhea. Therefore, new products should be introduced gradually, especially if the dog used to live on the street.
Important! The habituation process can take a week or even a month, so it is important to be patient, because, for example, a husky, it is difficult to get used to new owners.
How to teach a dog to command nearby
The dog should be taught to follow this command only after he gets used to walking on a leash. It is necessary to take the dog on a leash and collar, and start moving forward with it. Then give the command “Near” and take the pet a few steps. If he follows the command correctly, he needs to be encouraged. If you do not obey, then you need to repeat the exercise over and over again.
Features of a street animal
A homeless dog differs from a home dog in more developed instincts, due to the habit of living in constant fear and distrust of people. Once in a new family, he will be extremely careful at first. If the behavior of the owner or other pets is not to their liking, then even the manifestation of aggression is possible. To establish contact, the owner must take into account the nature of the pet.
Love and care will help you tame a street dog
The following qualities are inherent in the street animal:
Most often, these qualities are expressed in dogs that have faced human aggression. For example, a dingo dog does not tolerate the use of force.
In the open-air cage, animals, whose home was the street, try to show their leadership. In addition, a stray dog is more likely to suffer from the presence of parasites, for example, fleas, as well as disorders of the digestive system.
Important! Before you take your pet to your home, you must show it to the veterinarian.
The adaptation process of a dog to a new owner can take about a month.
The need for leash training
By law, an adult and large dog should only walk on a leash. Of course, the dog must be taught to it and for this purpose put on a leash several times a day. When the animal ceases to pay attention to the leash, they take it in hand and start short walks. On a walk, a four-legged friend will be rewarded with food for good behavior.
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How a dog tolerates a change of owner
If the pet is middle-aged or elderly, or socially dependent, then parting with the previous owner can turn into depression. Dogs are sensitive to changes in their life, it is not for nothing that it is recommended to form a lifestyle according to a certain repetitive schedule.
The animal may lose interest in favorite things and activities, it may have a decrease in energy, lethargy, may refuse to eat or eat little, interact less with people. The pet tries to retire, preferring to sleep during the day, while restlessly sleeping at night. Prolonged depression is a reason to see a veterinarian.
Some pets show signs of destructive behavior, for example, chewing objects, barking or howling, behaving anxiously, trying unsuccessfully to find a previous owner. Although some animals do not show any signs of emotional distress.
Where to attach the dog
If the search for a new owner among friends and relatives was not crowned with success, then there are only two options left. Submit an ad in the media or arrange an admission to the shelter.
Advertisements can be placed in electronic form on popular Internet resources (updated daily), submitted to the newspaper, pasted up paper advertisements. In any case, the ad indicates the age of the animal, gender, weight, height, features of temperament, make clear (better color) full-length photographs of the dog, describe possible health problems, but pay more attention to positive characteristics.
You can send an animal to a shelter by contacting it directly or through charitable foundations dealing with animal problems in the city. However, it is not always possible to attach a dog to a shelter, since they are often overcrowded. Veterinary clinics can contribute.
Potential owners should be asked questions to make sure they can take care of the animal.
After the dog is with the new owner, you should not visit it. The adaptation of a pet to a new family will be faster if it does not return to the past. This will minimize the animal’s own sadness and stress. In addition, it will be unpleasant to see how the pet gradually begins to move away, ceases to be happy with the meeting and even barks. If proper attention is paid, care is provided, then the dog will quickly get used to the new owner and new living conditions.
Change of owner of the dog
There are many situations in which there is a change in the owner of a dog. The previous owner could die, some are forced to part with the pet due to the move, others are no longer able to keep the animal and take care of it due to age, illness, increased employment.
How to speed up adaptation
It is important to help cope with sadness, to do everything so that the dog gets used to the new home and becomes attached to the new owner. Let your pet explore the house or fenced yard, although in most cases it will try to find a way out and escape from unfamiliar surroundings or hide. Therefore, you should not leave it unattended. You only need to go out on a leash.
The dog is given its own space. A sleeping place is arranged in a quiet place where the animal can feel safe. A favorite toy helps to enhance the sense of security. You can use the old bed, since the pet experiences stress from the change of place of residence, and familiar objects will give more calmness and confidence.
The pet is surrounded with care and love. They constantly interact with the animal, encouraging it to play, walk. You need to act softly, affectionately, drawing the animal’s attention to new toys, family activities, slowly moving on to learning simple commands, offering treats. To speak softly, in a friendly manner, to pronounce the nickname more often. At first, try not to leave your pet alone at home. Thus, a trusting relationship with the animal is built.
Dogs are creatures of habit. Therefore, it is important to gradually build a daily routine that includes walking, feeding, hygienic care at the same time. Until the animal has adapted, has not begun to feel comfortable in the new environment, it should not be overloaded with new information and emotions. Let him spend some time in the house, walking around the house for a short time. Introduce new places and people gradually.
A sharp change in the usual diet, combined with the experiences of the animal, can lead to indigestion (diarrhea). Therefore, adjustments to the diet and the introduction of new products are made gradually. Food is made more attractive due to delicious delicacies, special sauces, which are lightly flavored with food, giving it a tempting aroma and taste.
The adaptation process can take from several days to several months. It is especially difficult for a dog to get used to a new owner if the pet had a strong attachment to the previous owner. The speed of adaptation largely depends on education, socialization. Socialized animals adapt faster.
Dogs are pack animals. A change of leader is a completely natural process for them, and sooner or later, the pet will get used to new conditions. Human behaviors are often projected onto pets that become family members. But not all of them are painful to endure separation, and not every dog experiences stress when changing owners. Often, the drama is created due to the feeling of guilt that for some reason there is no way to keep the animal.
Pets are more afraid of fireworks than people, because they have much thinner hearing.
Humanity is accustomed to spectacular fireworks for the New Year holidays. But their loud noise is one of the causes of fear in pets, especially cats and dogs. How to reduce stress in pussies, researched the resource TUT. BY.
The reason for the fear of fireworks is simple. animals have a finer hearing.
The main trigger in pets is loud noises. This is because the ears are more sensitive than human ears. In addition, the animal does not understand that the shots of fireworks outside the window are completely safe and do not pose any threat to life.
If your tailed beast trembles, presses his ears to his head, suddenly freezes or, on the contrary, tries to run away, raises his fur on end and behaves aggressively, this means that he is afraid. In some cases, the animal can even suddenly “go under itself” and not at all in the place designated for this, even if accustomed to the tray.
On New Year’s Eve, as well as in the first few days of January, close the windows in the evening, do not forget to lower the curtains. To distract the animal from the street noise, quietly turn on the music or just the TV. this will help him better navigate the more familiar sounds around. Try not to leave your four-legged home alone.
If this does not help, the pet can be temporarily “evacuated” to the bathroom. Bring his rug, sit next to him, stroke and talk. Yes, the fact that you will be understood is not a fact, but your voice will help to quench your heart pounding in your chest.
Remember, pets have strong reflexes. That is why they should not be pampered with tasty things or given their favorite toys during times of stress. Such actions will have the opposite effect: the animal thinks that when she is afraid, she is constantly pampered. It is better to “appease” the pet after the sounds of fireworks outside the window subside.
How to help your pet during a walk?
This point most of all concerns, of course, dogs. It may be a little easier for them if you have been living in a noisy city for more than one year and regularly go for walks. So the dog gets used to the surrounding sounds and reacts less to sudden “calls” from his own ears.
But holiday fireworks can scare even an already “prepared” animal. Therefore, in this case, before the walk, the pet should be pleased with delicious food and allowed to drink plenty of it. Already on the street, hold the leash tightly, keep the four-legged nearby. If your dog or cat is small, take it in your arms. Large groups of people are best avoided.
Make sure that your pet has a tag with the owner’s name and contact on the collar. Often, due to loud noise such as fireworks, dogs break free and run away in search of a cozy place where nothing will frighten them. In this case, the search can be significantly delayed.
If your pet seems too nervous for you, see your veterinarian. The doctor will examine the animal and possibly prescribe a sedative.
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