Many rescued dogs have had no previous training, so its up to you to teach them household rules. Use kindness and consistency and your new dog will learn quickly what your rules are.
Expect accidents with your new dog, even if they were housebroken at their foster home, they are in a new environment and are under stress.
Despite the excitement of having a new dog, don’t overwhelm them with attention – – quiet time in their crate will give them a chance to relax and unwind
Don’t change your new dogs food suddenly as this can cause diarrhea. Instead, gradually mix in the new food over the course of a week.
Remember that some rescued dogs were strays at one point. Do not trust them to recognize your home as theirs for AT LEAST 6-12 months. This means NO off leash time unless in a securely fenced area.
Never leave your dog unattended with rawhide, stuffed animals or other easily edible toys as these items can choke your dog.
Keep a close watch on your new dog, especially in the first two weeks. They are curious about their new surroundings and may chew things while they explore.
Tone of voice means a lot . . . if you expect your new dog to respond to a command (i.e., “sit, stay, come”) use a commanding voice and only say the word ONCE. If your dog does not respond it usually means that they do not know this command yet. With love, patience and time your new dog can learn commands (or you may choose to take him to obedience classes – a great experience for the both of you).
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BC Chihuahua Rescue
#38 - 3200 Island Hwy
PO Box 37046
Country Club PO
Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N4