Wally, Brutus and Benny ....with soccer ball
The St. Louis Senior Dog Project is a not-for-profit dog rescue organization specializing in older dogs but taking in and finding homes for dogs of all ages...even puppies. Meet your new best friend at one of our adoption events this weekend. We'll be at the Kirkwood Petco and the Brentwood Petco from 11 to 3 Saturday, July 12, and at the Kirkwood Petco again n oon to 3 Sunday, July 13. To see which dogs will be there as well as other available dogs, go Here.
You've just adopted a dog, and you want that dog to see how wonderful life with you will be. What do you do?
Some of you may immediately think of a whole string of activities such as visiting all your friends, playing in a new park every day, going on a road trip, exploring the neighborhood.
Please stop. That might be what would work for you, but your new dog may be anxious and wondering what's going on. Your new dog needs to feel secure, and the best way to provide that security is to be a little boring for the first few weeks. Your new dog will be happiest if tomorrow is a lot like today. Same thing for the day after tomorrow. Gradually, he or she will understand that this is home and home is a good place to be.
Ideally, your new dog eats at the same time every day, goes on the same walk every day at about the same time, and stays in the same home all the time. Predictability is what the new dog needs. Go visiting and adventuring after your dog knows he's home and he has a home for life.
Dog trainers agree that one of the worst things you can do with a new dog is give it too much freedom too soon. So for awhile, keep things boring and a bit confined as well.
Get the idea? Your dog doesn't want a lot of choices right away. He she just wants to settle in. And so should you.
The picture at top is of three old lab boys who went to the same home together and are all doing great. The picture below is of a 12-year-old toothless chihuahua who found her new home faster than we would ever have guessed.
And finally, here are three dogs (two adopted from us and one from the humane society). Posey, in the middle, needed some settling in time, but now she's "running with the big boys" as her owner reported.
So never be afraid to be boring -- for awhile. Your new dog will appreciate it.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project