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that you think other folks would be interested in. As I always say,
it is team work. We can all learn from each other. Tips & Ideas are
to be about our four legged buddies, helping us to live together as
well as tips for their health, better living and an aid in helping
in the search of that new pup.
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PUPPY SEARCH (PURCHASE) & RESCUE
Tips - A flannel backed tablecloth from the Dollar store
serves as a quick seat cover and a good protector for flooring under
crates when traveling. My daughter had new wood floors so I got this
idea for my wire crate when I was visiting. Mom is not going to be
the one to scar or damage the new floor.
* We use a spoon of
Pepto-Bismol for stressed pups. An old breeder years ago taught me
this and the vet confirmed it. It works well for a dog that has
eaten something it should not have also. The pepto coats the
stomach. (Again, common sense here. You should be able to tell if
this is all it takes or you need a vet. If not go to your vet.)
* We have a packed travel bag
for our pets consisting of paper towels, plastic trash bags, a few
extra newspapers, moist hand wipes, and hand sanitizer. Add to this
a water and food dish. When it is time to leave all we need is our
food and a gallon jug of fresh water. The water serves as drinking
water and to clean any mess up we may have with our puppy, crate or
our hands. Also, I usually put the food in a butter dish with the
lid on. This can be used as a food dish and sealed when finished.
Search-I can sympathize with folks when they have made up
their mind to get a pup and they want it TODAY. But, you would have
to be leery of a breeder who always has a pup available that day.
They would be over breeding their girls and have an extremely large
number of girls available. That is a puppy mill. Otherwise it
just would not be possible.
I went to
a fellow's place up in the mountains one day to take a look at his
girl I had heard about. She was precious. She was seven at the time
and after talking to him in length I found she had never missed a
season coming in without having a litter of pups. He spoke of how
much money she had made him. (He sold his pups out of the back of
the pick up for $150.) She was in wonderful surroundings, lived in
the house. This is not a puppy mill but poor breeding. One of
those buying from a home breeder where the puppies are inside. I
did everything I could to buy her, but he would not sell. He said he
loved her, she was the best dog he ever had.
Also, I am going to make a lot of breeders
unhappy by posting this, but if you know us by now, you know we live
by our own heart and conscience. As I tell everyone, we are not
politically correct. I had a breeder that wanted to tip me on "how
she and others got rid of their older pups." She said they were
advertising they took in rescues. I said "No way! You would be
contaminating your kennel." She said "They did not actually take in
rescues. If people called they said they did not have room to take
one in. But, they do have one for adoption. It looked good and they
could still move their older pups without papers at a good price."
This is a tip she received from another "big time breeder".
I tell you this to let you know, do not buy on
impulse. Get to know your breeder. You all should be a team for
years to come. When our pups leave our place they carry our name and
everyone will know it was bred and born on our place. I cannot
imagine one of my pups out there and me not claiming it. Your
breeder, local or cross country should be the same way.
These tips should help you in your search. They
are not things folks would generally think about.
- I have folks call me almost on a weekly basis that have a rescue
and ask about this or that problem. Most of them we figure out. I
have rescue groups call with questions about the nature of this
breed so we can get into their head. Most of these we figure out
One generalized point I would
like to make. In my lifetime experience there is a learning curve of
acceptance each dog makes and asserts when it comes to a new home.
No matter the breed! I have found within seven to fourteen
days a dog will become very territorial and try to dominate other
pets. They can be vicious during this time. In their mind they have
found a home. HOME!!! ...Den, something permanent and worth fighting
over! They are initiating the pecking order (an animal thing). If we
had lived on the streets and someone gave us a lap, blanket and food
we would fight over that lap as well.
My point, expect this. It is natural. Do not be
afraid or scared your sweet cuddle bug has turned into a Jekyll and
Hyde. They will learn
to share usually within a few days and then all should be well in
that regard. If a dog does not know it can do something it usually will not.
BUT, Do not allow anything that is not
acceptable, at all, no time, any time, period! Be firm! Never reward
bad behavior by soothing or petting and saying it is ok. That is
rewarding and encouraging instead.
When a dog barks and chases someone off
they think they did a good job. That person ran away. It worked! Now
they are being talked to about it and maybe the first one on one
discussion for the day. Who said it was a scolding? It sounds like
good old barking to them and almost as intense as they were. They
appreciate the help. They would be happy for you to strut and wag
your tail also if you had one.
The truth is no one knows what a rescued dog has
done or been through before your household when it came in to the
an owner. I always tell folks to have a good trainer on hand or
someone they can call up the first few weeks the dogs personality is
coming forward. I believe this should be part of the adoption. If a
facility is willing to adopt an adult dog there should be
a free weekly training class at that facility for everyone involved
to discuss issues, give advise and just generally be there for each
other. Especially for adult dogs placed locally or
when transported across country to a new home. Their mental
stability over a time period of adjustment should always be
There are situations that can trigger
unexpected behavior in rescued dogs. I do not discourage rescue. We
have to rescue. All of us. I personally do not know of one
person that has not taken in a stray or adopted a pet many times
over. We have rescued long before the word rescue became a word just for
dogs. Living in the country qualifies for a dumping ground for dogs
and cats. If goldfish did not need water I am sure we would have
some of those in the front yard one morning.
Anyone taking in an adult dog of any breed has a learning
curve with the animal and that is just fact. If a person cannot
dedicate themselves to the end, why start to begin with? The dog will
have to start all over and be taught not to do the bad habits now
learned in the last new home as well.
Please, a good reference checked, long term, experienced trainer
is worth every penny. A good trainer will also be upfront about
their experience with your particular breed. When I have heard
a trainer speak negative of a breed I have questioned them further
and found in all actuality they are inexperienced with that
particular breed. If that is the case find one that can work with
your pet. You will be amazed at how well a good trainer will retrain
you along the way.
One last thing
when adopting, finances...
I received a letter in Feb from
a young lady wanting to get her sweetheart one of my pups for
Valentines. He had to have one. It had been his hearts desire for a long
time and she wanted to surprise him. She said she would make payments, but they would have to not
eat that week to get the deposit in. She did go in great detail and
was very sincere. I read the letter to Bill and he asked me
what I felt we should do with their request. It was just pitiful. I told
him we would do them a favor and help them out. We did. I kept
the pup and they had groceries that week.
My pup also eat well that week.
life depends on shots and worming as much as food. They will die