Tips & Resources
TLC hopes to be a resource for our community. Our goal is to help educate & inform current and potential dog owners by providing training tips, as well as other information, to help keep your dog & family safe & healthy.
Training Tip Tuesday
As March is National Animal Poison Prevention Month, the ASPCA Pet Poison Control has released their list of the items that caused the most harm to dogs in 2016. Last year the APPC received 180,639 calls for animals that ingested toxic items. Keeping our pets safe is a priority. While prevention is always the best medicine to keep your dog safe from common toxins, knowing the symptoms of possible poisoning may save your pet’s life.
Many people do not realize how important an adjustment period for a newly adopted dog is when introduced into the new home. The dog may be coming out of a stressful environment and needs this time to unwind until he realizes that he is in a safe place. Allowing a dog the time to adjust, observe and study his new environment is one of the first steps of decompression.
Most dogs take an average of two weeks to adjust/decompress, but some may require more time. During this two-week period, your new dog should be kept separate (in a crate or baby-gated room) from all other animals in the house. As the dog’s new “person”, you should be providing only the basics: food and water, safety, shelter, human interaction/bonding and entertainment (walks and playtime). This encourages your new dog to depend on you as the sole-provider and builds a balanced relationship of a bond, trust, and respect to learn to look to you for direction. Once the balanced relationship is built, it will be easier to guide your new dog through difficult situations such as learning to be with the resident dog (if any), and greeting new people.