DOG FROM THE HAIR, WITH OVERSTANDING, FROM THE OLD OWNERS
People most often take a dog from the street spontaneously, succumbing to an emotional impulse, in the case when the animal is in dire need and often in a critical situation. The situation is somewhat different when the dog is taken from the previous owners or from the shelter. As a rule, there is no expense for minutes and hours, the dog is in relative safety, more or less taken care of it. Therefore, you have time to think over your decision, in the case of a positive one – to prepare everything so that coming into a new house, into a new family, is passed with the least possible stress for the dog and for you.
Yes, and for you. The arrival of a new member is always for some time out of the rut of the usual measured life. There will be new responsibilities. If you didn’t have a dog before, care for her may seem unusual to a person rather troublesome and tedious – despite the fact that an adult dog, especially a raised one, needs a minimum of care. The mere fact of the constant presence of a dog can make it difficult for someone to get on their nerves. One thing is to chat with a cute, alien dog from time to time, pat it on the withers, treat me to a piece and part; the other is to drive your dog for a walk 3 times a day, regardless of the weather or the degree of your fatigue. Not one “dogman with experience” admitted that he took his first dog, after a couple of days he regretted his action and thought about how to get her back. The first few days are the hardest. You are not accustomed to new duties, to this dog, she is not used to you, often under the influence of stress, he is restless – which also does not reassure you. Need to withstand. Everything will settle down, usually in a week or two.
When you take a dog exhausted from hunger, longing and loneliness from the street, it organically becomes part of your family, immediately perceives a new home as a refuge and shelter. If you bring the dog from the previous owners or from the overexposure, it will not immediately begin to consider the new house as its own. Even if the old house was bad, if there it was beaten, underfed, it was still the house to which she was accustomed and which she would probably miss. Dogs, like small children, tend to love even people who do not deserve it, especially if they don’t know others. Therefore, do not be surprised if she is restless for the first day or two (rarely longer), does not find a place for herself, cries and asks to take her “home”. Be gentle and patient – it will pass, the sooner the better she will be in the new house compared to the old one.
But, taking the dog from hand to hand, you have in front of you not a “dark horse” without a past and completely unfamiliar to you. The former owners or people who were engaged in a dog on an overexposure can describe its character and habits relatively accurately. If they work in shelters and in overexposure with dogs, then if they are not professionals, then people with extensive experience, who need close contact with an animal for a couple of weeks to understand its temperament, inclinations, characteristics and behavior problems. The dog is transferred in a relatively decent physical condition, you will not be given a seriously ill animal, and if there are any health problems, if there are any, you will be informed about them and advised on how to solve them. That is, this should be done in shelters and this should be done by responsible owners who have decided to transfer the dog into new hands with some arguments.
So, if you are considering taking a dog from a shelter, the first step is to come and look around on the spot. Do not rush to take a collar and leash. Even if your determination to take a pet is as strong as a diamond, you definitely do not recommend taking an adult large dog immediately on your first visit. Well, except that if you have a long experience of keeping this particular breed. No, for the first time, a simple acquaintance is enough – and better with several dogs. It may turn out that the dog you liked from the photo looks completely different in life and the main thing is that it will not fit you perfectly by character. It would be better to follow the advice of those who communicate directly with the dogs, and they will help you find suitable “candidates” for you.
Sometimes it happens that the future owner and the dog inexplicably recognize each other, flashes, as they say, love at first sight and then the question – who to choose, simply does not arise. But more often consider the fact that the dog will perceive you as the next volunteer during the first visit. Taking advantage of this, shelter dogs run for a walk with any people, while ignoring the “attachment” at the other end of the leash. And if after 15 minutes of walking the dog starts to contact you or even accepts an invitation to play, this is a good sign for you. So do not expect much from the first visit to the shelter. It is for this reason that employees insist on several visits or, if you live far away, on a multi-day visit. By helping employees to walk their dogs, you will in between take a closer look at your future dog and acquire some practical skills.