FIRST STEPS TO TAKE AFTER ADOPTING A DOG.
The arrival of the puppy or the dog from our shelter to a new home can cause some stress for all family members. If you are getting a dog for a first time, you might have problems like where to accommodate the dog, what food to give him, how and where to walk the dog or is there need for the bath or not, etc. Most probably we'll start to get some professional advice from the books. You might find that each author has different experiences and advice too. The question is, what to do next?
The first problem, the accommodation, this should be solved before the adoption. If possible, always accommodate the dog outside in a kennel in the front of the house. The kennel must be adequately sized, must be dry and always clean. Also consider fencing the surrounding for the dog for his running needs. You should never tie the dog. The kennel and the dog's area should be cleaned daily.
When we are talking about living outside, it doesn't mean that the dog will be only outside at all the time. Occasionally allow the dog to go inside for getting used human to companionship. These moments we should use as training for further psychological developments.
Enough exercise is vital for healthy development of all dog's organs such as muscles, lungs, heart, back and hips. Do not over exercise the dog; otherwise you'll get the opposite effect.
If you cannot accommodate the dog outside, you should select suitable place inside the house or the apartment. The best is a quiet place in the vestibule or in the kitchen. Dog should lay on the mat with exchangeable linens. This is very important hygienically. This place shouldn't be in the draft zone, also not to hot and should be insulated from the cold floor. We should insist that the dog stay in this place for his sleep time. Ideally, the dog should select this place by itself.
The feeding is very important matter as well. The food must be rich in flavor and must obtain all necessary components, especially all vitamins and minerals. We do not feed the dog's human food. Currently we have a large selection of biscuits and caned food.
Because the dog is a carnivore we ideally feed them cooked meat with rice, pasta, wheat and always include some kind of vegetable. For little puppies we mince the meat ant cut it into little cubes. Later on we try to feed with row beef meat. To improve the food we ad fresh eggs, cheese and veal bones. We never give potatoes or poultry bones. We are careful with the milk, which is essential only for first three months. Serving the milk after can cause digestion problems. We are salting moderate and we add some minerals. The food must be clean served in clean bowl.
The puppies should be fed 3 to 6 times a day. As they grow, we are increasing the dose and as they are 1 year old we feed them only once a day, best in the evenings.
The dog must have constant access to the drinking water. When human eat, the dog must stay at his place. Doing this we'll avoid uncontrolled feeding or dog's begging for food. After each feeding we'll take the dog outside to build up his toiletry regime. We should do this each hour, later every two hours and the puppy will be clean even inside the apartment. This work is rewarded later, when the dog will do his toiletry only outside.
We should compliment the dog each time after good doing such as the toiletry on the appropriate spot, return on the command… We'll give him little food reward (meat biscuit). The dog will start to recognise good and bad behavior.
Also, a very important issue is the dog's body hygiene. We do the combing; checking for outside parasites, checking skin disorders. There is a plenty of quality product for the help. If we cannot handle the invasion of the parasites, we always should ask for a veterinary help. Do not forget to check the kennel or a lair place inside the apartment. We check the dog's sewage for tapeworm fragments or another parasite. We should de-worm the dog every three to six months. Our dogs are vaccinated but they should be vaccinate again every 12 months after the adoption. We will give you the advice anyway.
The puppy can have a bath with thorough drying. Bathing the dog should be a pleasure for him, not torture. After the bath we wipe out the eyes and the ears. Caring for the dog's hair is very important, especially with longhaired dogs. A small puppy has a puppy-hair, which later is changed for adult hair. By combing regularly we will help to relieve the care of the hair and at the same time we massage the skin and we contribute to the right development for the hair.
If we observing unusual dog's behavior like lassitude, playfulness, sadness etc, we immediately seek the vet's advice. Very often we can prevent serious illness.
We wish you very pleasant moments with your new companion and thank you for choosing it from our Shelter in the Valley.
Your grace is appreciated.