Happy Valentine’s Day! Â We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. Â If you are going away, we would be happy to be your dog’s valentine for the holiday so that you can get away! Â Just let us know if you need us!
Beware of Valentine’s Day Candy
We know how much everyone loves getting candy for Valentine’s Day and while we enjoy it, it is toxic to dogs and can be fatal to them! Â For this reason, it is very important that you make sure that any boxes or packages of chocolate be well put away so that your dog can’t get to it. Â The last thing you want to do is spend Valentine’s Day at the emergency hospital with your dog! Â So, keep that candy put away!
We are in desperate need of volunteers to walk and play with our adoptables. Â If you can commit to an hour a week our adoptables would love to see you! Â A little play session or walk means the world to these great dogs waiting for their forever homes!
Adopting a New Pet
Sue and Katherine, the owners of Dublin Creek Kennels are very involved with dog rescue. Â Together they founded the Dublin Creek Animal Foundation (DCAF), a 501c3, non-profit organization that takes in homeless dogs and cats and finds them new homes. Â We are very proud of our rescue work and of the many animals we have saved through DCAF. Â Adopting an animal, especially one that you know has been saved from death row, is a very rewarding. Â On the flip side, bringing home a new pet can also have some challenges and the decision to do so should not be taken lightly. Â This month we offer some advice on new pet adoptions.
- Be committed. Â One of the biggest problems that we see, is that people adopt a new pet and expect the animal to be perfect and transition with little or no effort. Â This is unrealistic and very unfair. Â Rescue animals can have different backgrounds. Â Some come from loving previous owners who had to give them up or passed away, but many have not had a great life and have spent a good deal of their time in a shelter before coming to be fostered and cared for by us at the kennel. Â They need to be given some time to settle in and adjust. Â While we always take our animals back if it isn’t a great match, we are still assuming that each time we place an animal they are going into their forever home. Â When animals are returned after just a day or two, when they haven’t been given any time to adjust, settle in and bond with their new family it is frustrating to us because we know how hard it is on the animals. Â When they go home, they think that this is it, and for them to be turned away, yet again, just because they needed some time and patience on the part of their new owner it is difficult for them. Â So, be sure you are committed and are really sure that you are prepared to help a dog settle in.
- Set your new pet up for success. Â Have everything ready before bringing your new pet home. Â Decide where the dog will sleep, eat, hang out when you are gone, etc, before bringing him or her home. Â This way, you have a plan and will feel less frazzled if you know what you are going to do.
- Start potty training immediately. Â Many, if not most of our animals are house trained, but that doesn’t mean that they will be small unsecured non pay day loans 100% trustworthy in their new home. Â There will be new smells and objects and they may need help with house training. Â Take your dog out often, like you would a puppy, make sure they go outside, limit their access in the home initially by closing doors and using baby gates until you feel that they understand where to go. Â Never punish an animal for going to the bathroom in the house, this only causes them to be afraid to go in front of you, not in the house.
- Give them time to settle in. Â Getting a new dog or cat is exciting and it is natural to want to share your new companion with friends and family, but remember that going to a new home is a HUGE, life changing event for the animal. Â Going to their new home and then immediately being swarmed with strangers and a lot of activity can be too overwhelming, so give them time to settle in and adjust.
- Know that every moment you are with an animal is a training opportunity whether you intend it to be or not. Â If your dog jumps up and you give him attention, you have rewarded that, maybe without even meaning to. Â If your dog barks at the back door to come inside and you open it, you have rewarded the barking. Â Wait for behavior you like such as keeping four on the floor or sitting quietly at the door before giving access to what they want. Â That way, they learn that calmness and polite behavior gets them what they want. Â The hardest part of this is the owner noticing the good things and rewarding those things. Â People tend to ignore good stuff, failing to reward what they like, so the animal does something else.
- Bring home your new dog or cat when you will have a few days to help them settle in. Â It is a good idea to bring your new pet home on a Friday or a day when you have a few days off so that you can be there to see how they are doing and assist them in transitioning into your home.
- If you are bringing home a new pet and you already have an existing animal, it is important to make sure that the new pet you choose is a good match for your resident animals. Â Think about the type of companion that they would do best with and let that help determine your choice.
- Be patient and understanding. Â Imagine living with someone your whole life and then suddenly, they take you to a place that is loud, cold, scary and full of strangers. Â You are then picked up by more strangers and even though they are kind to you, you just don’t what to expect. Â You start to get comfortable and then are picked up by more strangers again. Â Scary thought, huh? Â That is what our rescue animals have been through. Â It is stressful, confusing and sometimes scary. Â It is important that you be patient and understanding and know that building a strong relationship and bond can take some time. Â If you do it though, you will be rewarded in ways that you never imagined!