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12/02/2013 at 13:49
Meet Sonny! When I first picked him up I was starting to regret it. We brought him home and he was totally hyper, running all over and jumping up at me and J. He seems to have calmed down a bit now. I haven't let him out of the kitchen yet, I'll keep him in there for now until we all get used to each other. J is a bit scared of him at the minute because he didn't like him jumping up at him but hopefully we can train him to stop doing that?
We have up to a month to decide whether he is right for us. Hopefully he will settle down a bit once he gets used to us and us to him. Any tips/advice would be great.
12/02/2013 at 13:51
He's probably excitable due to his new surroundings. He's a lovely looking dog x
Awww hi Sonny! He's adorable!
As DS says he's just excited to be in new surroundings. Have you got him a bed and all that gubbens?
12/02/2013 at 13:52
Cute. I'm not a pet person, so can't, but i'm guessing it's normal to be all hyper, as it's all new to him???
12/02/2013 at 13:56
Belle I've been and bought him a bed and I've got him J's old cotbed duvet to sleep on. I still need to get him toys/chews/treats/brush etc. my sister's just been and told me to go to the Poundshop for it all which is good. I went to Pets at Home and couldn't believe how much some of the toys were, more expensive than kids toys.
I need to book an appt at the vets to get him checked over and will find out what other stuff I need as I haven't got a clue.
He's a bit smelly as well so need to get some dog shampoo and attempt to bath him, I'll just keep him in the kitchen for now as there's nothing worse than a house smelling of dogs. Oh I'll also need to get lots of air freshners.
12/02/2013 at 14:14
Did the rescue place say how often he needs to be walked etc? I'm really surprised they've just let you take him home you know. I thought checks would need to be done, and like wean him onto you, especially with kids.
12/02/2013 at 14:19
Aw he is cute! I am sure he is very excited to be in new surroundings, he will calm down x
12/02/2013 at 14:30
He is lovely!! I would so love a dog but Rob is not an animal lover. Mum and Dad are adopting a new dog on Saturday and they have walked her already and had a home visit. She is only 1 year old so still a puppy. How old is Sonny? some handy tips here:
It can take some dogs months before they settle in and show their true colours, whilst others may just take minutes – as if they’d belonged with you all their life.
Don’t invite people around to meet your dog, or take him to busy, potentially scary places for at least a couple of weeks. Give him plenty of time to bond with you, get to know his new home, feel safe and secure before expecting him to cope with too much!
Start as you mean to go on with regards to what you find acceptable or not. Once habits form, they can be hard to break
Find a daily routine and stick to it.
Don’t over compensate for the fact that your dog may have had a hard life up to now by lavishing attention on him for the first few weeks. Your dog could become over-attached and develop anxiety problems when you leave him alone. Make sure that you don’t let him follow you everywhere around the house and arrange times when you leave him alone for short periods every day.
Be careful when opening the front door or getting out of the car, until you know that he’s not likely to bolt.
Keep him on the lead when on walks, until you can be sure that he won’t run off, or bother dogs or people. Make sure you do some recall training at home, before giving him too much freedom.
Be very careful when meeting children for the first time, especially if your dog came in as a stray. Never leave any dog alone with children.
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12/02/2013 at 15:20
He is lovely sw. I have to admit, it is bloody scary and a shock to the system when they first come home isn't it, my first thoughts were 'oh sh!t'.
Start as you mean to go on. All be in charge, I was always strict with jasper so he is an angel with me. Because h has always let him mess and be giddy it taught j that I'm the only one he has to behave for. It's only now Shea is about that h is realising and trying to discipline more. I don't know where others stand but for me with having kids, jumping up is a complete no no, so stand tall and give a firm no. Others probably won't agree but if j jumped it was a no, if he did it again a tap on the nose. If he jumped at the kids it was s firm no and remove him to somewhere like the kitchen for a bit. I also use jaspers bed as a point to send him too, so if I don't want him running round at that point I tell him to get in and he goes over to his bed.
I have never had s dog before j, so all that is just from my experience and so others may have better ways of doing things. From experience with j though I honestly think be strict until he knows the rules and have everyone treat him the same.
12/02/2013 at 15:59
Oh he looks lovely SW!! I'd be chuffed to have him, enjoy him x
12/02/2013 at 16:01
Aww, how cute! x
12/02/2013 at 16:12
Belle, I was really surprised at how easy it was. She told me how many times I had to walk and feed him but they also said with him being a stray they didn't know what he was going to be like around kids but that he had seemed ok for them and just keep an eye on him etc.
Nina, thanks for all that, he is around 1yr old. I'm going to take him to the vets in a couple of days so may find out a bit more about him.
QS my first thoughts are oh sh!t as well. We took him for a walk for nearly 2 hours and he pulled and pulled, my hands are killing me. This could be a huge mistake but we will give it a couple of weeks to see how we all get on with him.
12/02/2013 at 16:50
Dogs are pack animals. You or H needs to be the pack leader. The dog needs to know where he comes in the pecking order which is below you and the children.
My FIL got a muzzle for his dog when out and about because she was excitable - not biting just over excited. It really worked. At home I'd consider getting one of those cage things that you can put the dog in - these train the dog to be calmer - again my FIL used one as their dog would jump up a lot when new people came to the house and this is scary for small children. I think its a good thing for J to be wary at first - better than being over confident.
Make clear whether the dog can go on the sofa or not from the start. If the dog is pulling the whole time while on the lead you have to train them not to do that.
Lovely picture by the way. My In Laws dog is a rescue dog and shes fitted in really well.
12/02/2013 at 17:48
Thanks Cedar. I've got an area between my kitchen and back door which I'm going to use when he isn't behaving etc so I'm hoping that's going to work like a cage. He already seems to know that he can't leave the kitchen as the kids keep opening the door and at first he was dying to get out, but I've told him no and to stay and he's now just sitting at the door when it opens.
I'm going to read up on how to train them to stop pulling.
Also a question, do you let your dog have free roam of your house? I don't want him in the bedrooms or upstairs really.
12/02/2013 at 18:52
Jasper is in our kitchen when we aren't home and has roam of the downstairs when we are. He isn't allowed upstairs atall, he isn't allowed on the sofas either. If your leaving him in your kitchen tonight, mahe sure there is nothing on the floor, no tea towels that he can reach or anything like that until you know if he will take thinks and chew/play with them.
12/02/2013 at 19:04
The only thing that stopped our dog from pulling was a halty head collar. It allows you more control as they can't pull as hard with their heads. He will take time to settle down but it sounds like its going well as he is listening. If he jumps up, I've found the most effective thing is to just turn your back. Just shout if you need any advice, I'm a vet nurse.
12/02/2013 at 19:16
Its my in laws who have the dog not me, but shes not allowed upstairs I don't think. Sounds like its going well so far.
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