WHEN it comes to getting a family pet it is easy to fall in love with a puppy or kitten.
It takes a special person to adopt an adult pet. But there are many advantages to re-homing a mature dog.
One of those is knowing what you are getting. That adorable puppy may well grow into a huge adult dog and you can never be certain what disposition it will have.
With a grown pet, what you see is what you get, but it is important to remember that what you might not see is your new pet’s past. It has learned to live in an environment which may be very different to the one you can offer. That is why it is important to follow a few rules when helping an adult dog settle in.
First things to show him are where he is to sleep, where fresh water is always available, and when and where he is to be fed. He will need to be taken out-side at frequent intervals (every hour or two) so he can relieve himself as accidents can happen until the pet is settled in.
If the dog does make a mess in the house firmly say ‘NO!’ and take him outside instantly. But it is important to catch the dog in the act as a few minutes later is too late as he won’t associate the reprimand with a past event. On the other hand praise him every time he eliminates outside.
You can expect some problems initially. Your pet doesn’t know you or what is expected of him.
Plan to spend time with your new family member. They will appreciate it and respond warmly. Long walks, play and just being together will make them feel happy and secure.