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DogDaz Zoo: Bringing Home A New Rescue – Part 1

Puppy Sofie

Puppy Sofie coming home in a large tub because I didn’t have a carrier.

My coworker rescued 2 cute beagles the other day and asked me what I recommend he does to get them settled. Well, that made me think about all the things I wish I knew with my first few rescues.  I started to put together a list that I thought maybe you all could add to and comment on.  What would you tell a new rescue owner (these dogs were not puppies (which has its own set of issues))?  These are in no particular order except for the first one (I think that patience is the most important thing!)  What do you think is important?

  • Patience:  The dog does not know you and you her. Do not expect her to trust you or understand you yet.  Just like in any relationship, it takes time to build a rapport. Give your new friend space and time, and things will grow.
  • Accidents Happen: Count on a dog marking or having accidents the first few days, even if he was housetrained. Have pet-specific cleaning products on hand. Also be prepared for other transitional behavioral problems.
  • Positive Reinforcement Works: No one training approach is right for every dog. There are a variety of approaches based on positive reinforcement – the essence of effective training and behavior modification.
    • Start day one by teaching your dog appropriate behavior through consistent, positive reinforcement.
  • Don’t Lose Them: Keep an ID tag attached to a snug buckle collar at all times.  When you first get them they are more likely to run because they are scared.
    • Get them microchipped.
  • Be The Leader: During the transition period, the dogs need time to adjust to the rules and schedule of your household. And s/he needs your leadership! A dog is a pack animal looking for guidance, and it is up to you to teach good, acceptable behaviors. If the human does not take charge, the dog will try to.
  • Be Consistent: Dogs are creatures of habit. A consistent routine for feeding, exercising, and potty time will help your dog adjust.
  • Supervise or Restrict: A dog cannot do damage unless you let that happen. Watch your new dog during the transition period. When you can’t supervise, keep them in a kitchen, crate or other secure area with chew toys.
    • Keep dogs on-leash when outdoors in unfenced areas. Otherwise, you’ll have no control if your dog obeys instinct and chases a squirrel into the street…tussles with another dog…or runs after a child.
    • Supervise even when the dog’s in a fenced yard. If there’s a way to escape, most dogs will find it.
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First day home 3.9.11

  • Don’t Assume They Were Trained or Socialized: Many adopted dogs have not had the luck to be socialized yet. Their baggage may include unacceptable behavior. Re-educate your dog with the help of books and qualified professionals.
    • Do not keep dogs in dark, damp basements, garages, or non-family areas; this thwarts your efforts to raise a socialized, well-behaved, house-trained animal.
  • Establish Who Is Boss: Don’t kiss your dog or place your face at the dog’s eye level before you’ve begun obedience training and established yourself and other humans in the home as higher up in the hierarchy. Dogs often perceive a face placed at their eye-level as a threat, and then bite.
    • Beware of letting your dog on your bed or furniture if you haven’t established all human family members as the leaders (“alpha”). Dominance-related problems often arise when a dog is on a higher physical level. Dogs don’t seek equality; they seek and need leadership.
  • Give Clear Instructions: Don’t issue a command unless you are in a position to enforce it. Telling a dog to do something, then not guiding him to obey if he chooses not to, teaches him to ignore you.
    • Beware of sending mixed signals that bad behavior is cute or entertaining.
    • Teach dogs good house manners from the start.
    • For the first few days you have a dog, keep him or her in the same room with you – so that if the dog needs to potty, you can rush him outdoors…and so that if he engages in unapproved behavior, you can instantly correct the dog and substitute a more positive behavior. For example, removing the shoe from his mouth, then substituting a toy and praising.
  • Be Selective With Treats: Avoid using overly desirable treats such as rawhides or pig hooves. Dogs will often fight with each other over them, and even attack people they perceive might desire their treats.  Rawhide is also very hard on their tummies.  I give them deer antlers (expensive but worth it).
  • Play nice: Don’t play tug-o-war, rough-house, or engage in other combative play. These practices may encourage aggression in a dog you do not know well and teach your dog to challenge you.
  • Realize there is always a solution to any problem – read and consult trainers.
  • Changing a dog’s name: A dog can learn a new name quickly if you use it consistently. Start by linking it with the previous name, if you can for a while.
  • Limit Visitors and New Stuff: A new dog feels bewildered and stressed by all of the changes, so surrounding her with too many people might cause her to cower or nip. So delay introductions to friends and neighbors until the dog has had a chance to settle in. (However, you can start obedience classes with a trainer right away.)
    • Make introductions one at a time, on leash for control. Exercise and calm the dog before meetings, and have treats handy to shape and reward good behavior. You may want to have the dog on leash so that you can correct immediately as needed. Make sure the visitor is relaxed, and that you convey confidence.
    • The dog may want to sniff the visitor first, before any petting. Beware: if the guest is tense, the dog may sense this as a direct challenge. So set the tone with your actions and attitude – wait until you’re happy and relaxed. Read cues from your dog: how comfortable does she appear? Many dogs love new people, while others feel overwhelmed.
  • Expect your new dog to engage in behaviors you’ll need to correct, such as growling or jumping on people. Allowing a dog to jump on people is a common mistake, but to avoid exasperation down the line, teach your dog “off” from the start. In addition, don’t let anyone engage your dog in aggressive play such as wrestling, tug of war, or play biting.
  • Set Up Good Potty Routine: Take your dog outside as soon as you wake up. If you feed him in the morning, leave him time to relieve himself after breakfast before you go to work.After you return from work, take him out immediately to potty and exercise. If he has exercised heavily, wait an hour before his evening feeding. He’ll need another bathroom break anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours later depending on his age and habits. Go out once more right before you go to bed. Withhold evening snacks.
Lulu Graduation 2010

Lulu Graduation 2010

  • Teach Them That You Will Return:  Initially, your new dog may experience separation anxiety when you leave. Using a crate can reduce accidents and other problems rooted in insecurity by providing a safe and welcome haven. Most dogs like cozy places, which is why you often see dogs resting under tables. Teach your dog from the start that “all good things happen in the crate.” Place nice bedding in the crate, along with dog toys that you can rotate for variety. Feed your dog in the crate. Give him praise and treats for venturing into the crate, and for resting there calmly.  (One of my dogs loves her crate, the other will have nothing to do with it.)
    • You can also confine your dog in the kitchen or hallway using baby gates. Jumping dogs may require you to piggyback two gates atop each other.
    • Anxiety outlet: Try a Kong rubber chew toy that lasts a long time or a hollow marrow bone. Smear the inside with peanut butter and your dog will spend hours trying to lick it out. Add dry kibble for more fun.
    • When you get ready to leave, quietly say “good dog!” and provide a small treat. Don’t say good-bye; just leave. When you return, quietly praise the dog for being good and take her out immediately.
    • Make your schedule as consistent as possible. It is not fair to get upset if a dog has an accident after being left alone a long time. One popular solution: hire a mid-day dog walker. (I have had a dog walker for years and the dogs really appreciate the mid-day break.  Then I walk them before dinner when I finish work.)
    • To work against separation anxiety, don’t spend a whole day with new dogs. This is a big mistake that dog adopters make.
      (1) Have her bed, safe chew toys and water ready in the confined area in which she’ll stay when you’re gone – whether it’s a crate or in a gated-off kitchen area. Take her to that area, tell her to lie “down,” give her a chew toy and a treat and praise, using her name.
      (2) Step away. If she remains quiet, good; don’t talk to her, because that will distract her from this desired behavior. Before she begins to grow restless, take her back outside again to play or walk.
      (3) Return her to the crate, then go into another room for longer periods.
      (4) Leave the house and come back in right away. Gradually make those trips longer and longer; vary the duration you’re out. Your dog will be less anxious as she learns that when you leave, you eventually come back.
    • Give her a treat while she’s in the crate, and talk to her while she is in the crate, so she’ll come to accept the crate. By being reliable, you’ll gain her trust – and teach her that you decide what to do.
      • In many cases it’s counter-productive to crate more than 5 to 6 hours after the transition period. But used properly, the crate is an excellent tool for you and comfort zone for your dog.  My Louise sleeps in her closed crate all night (her choice), that is her happy place.
  • A tired dog is a happy dog. Before you leave your dog for extended periods, exercise her vigorously. Then, for 20 minutes before leaving the house, go about your business calmly – then just leave. Don’t make a fuss saying good-bye.

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There is a great list on http://www.paw-rescue.org.  Many of these ideas came from there.

What would you tell someone bringing home a new rescue?

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5.21.13 Tuesday’s Tails Blog Hop: Goats & Rats

So glad you are joining me today for the Dogs N Pawz Blog Hop called Tuesday’s Tails!  New posts go up on Tuesday but you can link up and post whenever you want all week long.  The whole purpose is to feature cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, etc. so whenever you link up is up to you!  Even pets from PetFinder, are fine.  Let’s just get them all homes!

 Dogs N Pawz said “I also want to encourage all of you to share each other’s Tuesday’s Tails posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and whatever other social media channels you use.  The more we share the more likely we are to get the word out!”
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Let’s hop to it!  Today we are focused on some some GOATS and some RATS.  I understand that rats make wonderful pets.  In college, one of my friends had one and it followed her everywhere.  I never had a goat, but I would think they might be fun (especially if you like feta cheese).

Do you find these Tuesday’s Tail of interest?  Let me know and I will keep posting them.  

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Tuesday’s Tails pets can all be found at the Anne Arundel County Animal Control. For more information please call (410) 222-8900.
tails 5.20.1
ADS: 210994
NAME: LUCY
SPECIES: GOAT
BREED: NOT APPLICABLE
MIXED: NO
INITIAL STATUS: STRAY-CITIZEN
AGE (Estimated): ADULT
SEX: FEMALE
ALTERED: NO
COLOR: WHITE / TAN
ADOPTION STATUS: ADOPTION PENDING

tails 5.20.2
ADS: 210995
NAME: RICARDO
SPECIES: GOAT
BREED: NOT APPLICABLE
MIXED: NO
INITIAL STATUS: STRAY-CITIZEN
AGE (Estimated): ADULT
SEX: MALE
ALTERED: NO
COLOR: WHITE / TAN
ADOPTION STATUS: ADOPTION PENDING
tails 5.20.3
ADS: 224952
NAME: ANDRE
SPECIES: RAT-DOMESTIC
BREED: NOT APPLICABLE
MIXED: NO
INITIAL STATUS: GIVEN UP – RTS
AGE (Estimated): 1 YEARS
SEX: MALE
ALTERED: YES
COLOR: AGOUTI
ADOPTION STATUS:
tails 5.20.4
ADS: 224921
NAME: LITTLE ONE
SPECIES: RAT-DOMESTIC
BREED: NOT APPLICABLE
MIXED: NO
INITIAL STATUS: GIVEN UP – FOR ADOPTION
AGE (Estimated): 1 YEARS
SEX: FEMALE
ALTERED: NO
COLOR: GRAY / BROWN
ADOPTION STATUS:

Please remember that all pets need loving homes. If you are looking for a new pet to take home and live in Maryland, please come visit the Anne Arundel County Animal Control today!

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Animals, Cats, Dogs

 

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5.14.13 Tuesday’s Tails Blog Hop: Critters

So glad you are joining me today for the Dogs N Pawz Blog Hop called Tuesday’s Tails!  New posts go up on Tuesday but you can link up and post whenever you want all week long.  The whole purpose is to feature cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, etc. so whenever you link up is up to you!  Even pets from PetFinder, are fine.  Let’s just get them all homes!

 Dogs N Pawz said “I also want to encourage all of you to share each other’s Tuesday’s Tails posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and whatever other social media channels you use.  The more we share the more likely we are to get the word out!”
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Let’s hop to it!  Today we are focused on some Guinea Pigs and a Wabbit (bunny rabbit).  Guinea Pigs normally only live 4 to 6 years, so let’s get these babies in homes quick. You know how much we miss our little piggies and wish we could have some, but, alas, I think Louise and Sofie would not like that at all.

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Tuesday’s Tails pets can all be found at the Anne Arundel County Animal Control. For more information please call (410) 222-8900.
Tails 1
ADS: 225265
NAME: EXCEL
SPECIES: GUINEA PIG
BREED: NOT APPLICABLE
MIXED: NO
INITIAL STATUS: GIVEN UP – FOR ADOPTION
AGE (Estimated): 2 YEARS
SEX: MALE
ALTERED: NO
COLOR: TRI COLORED
tails 2

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ADS: 225472
NAME: POCKET
SPECIES: GUINEA PIG
BREED: NOT APPLICABLE
MIXED: NO
INITIAL STATUS: STRAY-CITIZEN
AGE (Estimated): ADULT
SEX: FEMALE
ALTERED: NO
COLOR: WHITE

tails 3

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ADS: 225471
NAME: POLLY
SPECIES: GUINEA PIG
BREED: NOT APPLICABLE
MIXED: NO
INITIAL STATUS: STRAY-CITIZEN
AGE (Estimated): ADULT
SEX: FEMALE
ALTERED: NO
COLOR: TAN / WHITE / BLACK

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ADS: 221693
NAME: FLOPPY
SPECIES: RABBIT-DOMESTIC
BREED: NOT APPLICABLE
MIXED: NO
INITIAL STATUS: STRAY-CITIZEN
AGE (Estimated): ADULT
SEX: FEMALE
ALTERED: NO
COLOR: WHITE / BROWN:

Please remember that all pets need loving homes. If you are looking for a new pet to take home and live in Maryland, please come visit the Anne Arundel County Animal Control today!

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5.7.13 Tuesday’s Tails Blog Hop

Dogs and Pawz started a new Blog Hop last week called Tuesday’s Tails! DogDaz is joining today and if you are interested, new posts go up on Tuesday but you can link up and post whenever you want all week long.  The whole purpose is to feature cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, etc. so whenever you link up is up to you!  Even pets from PetFinder, are fine.  Let’s just get them all homes!  Dogs and Pawz said “I also want to encourage all of you to share each other’s Tuesday’s Tails posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and whatever other social media channels you use.  The more we share the more likely we are to get the word out!”
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So let’s hop to it!

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Tuesday’s Tails pets of the week that are selected by the staff at the Anne Arundel County Animal Control. The selected pets will be available for adoption Wednesday morning. For more information about the Pet of the Week program please call (410) 222-8900.
Please remember that all of our pets need loving homes. If you are looking for a new pet to take home, please come visit the Anne Arundel County Animal Control today!

Teddy

Teddy
ADS: 221299
NAME: TEDDY
SPECIES: CAT
BREED: DOMESTIC SHORT HAIR
MIXED: NO
INITIAL STATUS: GIVEN UP – RTS
AGE (Estimated): 6 YEARS
SEX: MALE
ALTERED: YES
COLOR: BROWN / BLACK TABBY
ADOPTION STATUS:

Smokey

Smokey

ADS: 221816
NAME: SMOKEY 3
SPECIES: CAT
BREED: DOMESTIC MEDIUM HAIR
MIXED: NO
INITIAL STATUS: STRAY-CITIZEN
AGE (Estimated): 12 YEARS
SEX: FEMALE
ALTERED: YES
COLOR: BLACK
ADOPTION STATUS:

Caitlyn

Caitlyn

ADS: 221288
NAME: CAITLYN
SPECIES: CAT
BREED: DOMESTIC MEDIUM HAIR
MIXED: NO
INITIAL STATUS: STRAY-CITIZEN
AGE (Estimated): 2 YEARS
SEX: FEMALE
ALTERED: NO
COLOR: BLACK / BROWN TIGER
ADOPTION STATUS:

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11.4.12 How You Can Help Pets Effected By Storm Sandy

You can help the pets effected by Storm Sandy.  When shelters are without power the job is so much harder.

RumpyDog posted a great one on Helping Animals Affected by Sandy.  Thank you Rumpy for being so thoughtful.  Please help as you can.  This is going to be a hard winter for an already stressed animal population at the shelters.

Also, here are some good links from Petfinders Blog

Shelters and adoption groups damaged by Hurricane Sandy or assisting their communities in recovering won’t be taking time off this weekend. There is a lot of clean-up to be done, often in areas that still don’t have power.

Mochi is bundled up to stay warm while Animal Haven is without power!

Please take some time to review our posts on Petfinder animal welfare organizations who need help, and reach out to them this weekend if you can.  Here are our past posts from Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with additional shelters checking in below.

New York:

  • Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C)’s Manhattan and Brooklyn Care Centers are now open for adoptions, return-to-owners, and in-takes on a limited basis.  They ask that anyone intending on surrendering a pet to call Pets for Life at  (917) 468-2938 .  Updates are available via their Facebook page
  •  Animal Haven is on day five without power. They have posted a great video of their experience caring for their animals here on YouTube. You can follow their progress and find a link to donate via their Facebook page. They are also accepting donations outside the front gate at 251 Centre Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They need linens, towels, flashlights, lanterns, batteries for flashlights, paper towels, bleach and rubber gloves.

New Jersey:

  • Cape May Co. Animal Shelter (CMCAS)  Staff remained at the shelter throughout the storm. Luckily they were not flooded and did not lose power, however they need to find homes for cats, so consider adopting a hurricane kitty of your very own! They are also on Facebook
  • The Humane Society of Atlantic County  was not as lucky and experienced serious flooding. They report that “much of the cleaning is done and we are rebuilding some of the counters that were destroyed. We have power, heat, water for washing (not drinking though) and lots of friends. At this point [we] estimate the HSAC had about $100,000 loss in supplies, equipment, and business. We hope to re-open Monday. Financial support and Lowe’s/Home Depot cards are still needed.” You can find this update and more on their Facebook page. Monetary donations can be accepted via their web pagesmall brown rabbitWe hope Blair finds a home now that Sandy has passed.
  • The Humane Society of Ocean City  suffered minor damage from Hurricane Sandy. The structure is sound and they plan to open today, November 2nd at 11 a.m. All of the animals are safe. They are asking for donations of laundry soap, bleach, canned cat foot, 33 gallon trash bags, and towels, as these were the most used items during the storm. They would appreciate monetary donations as well. Updates are available via Facebook.

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10.31.12 Lousie Turns 3: PAWTY On!!!!

Happy Birthday, Louise!  You are the sweetest 3 year old labby/hound doggy in the universe and your people love you to the ends of the earth, and back.  It is time for your Pawty (Facebook event happening right now at the DogDaz virtual dog park), so let’s dance.  Meatcakes for all!!!!!  You love to dance and prance.

We love you Lulu Belle !!!!

Not to distract from the party mood, but Louise and Sofie enter the Pigoween Poem Contest sponsored by our friends Hutch A Good Life and wanted to share with your their masterpiece:

“Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.
Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin’d.
Harpier cries:—’tis time! ’tis time!
Round about the caldron go.”

In we throw some entrail glob,
toads and squirrels, go kaplop.
DogDaz stew we boil and bake,
peanut butter cookies and kitty cakes.
Spider legs when we can catch’m,
cricket backs on which we snack’m.
Mice and snakes and occasional skinks,
this is our Pigoween dream we thinks.

(No offense to Will Shakespeare intended)

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Posted by on October 31, 2012 in Dogs

 

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