We got a dog...

  1. Me and the boyfriend just got a dog, a two year old lab/golden retriever mix. I have never had a dog in my life- always been a cat person. This dog has pretty much been left alone for the last month as it's owner could no longer take care of it. Right now it is extremely hyper around people, probably since it has had very little contact with people in the last month.

    Has anyone else ever adopted a dog that had a previous owner? Is there anything we can do to make the transition a little easier for the dog, and to help calm her down a little bit?
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   renerian
    LOL I got news for you it will probably stay hyper. Goes with the retriever. They are great loyal dogs. What is the dogs name? I have a 102 pound lab/chow mix, male named Kirby. He is 8. He was dropped off at the animal shelter in a closed cardboard box. Poor guy.

    renerian
  4. by   sunnygirl272
    PM delirium...she does rescue beagles....
  5. by   whipping girl in 07
    With the exception of the puppy (aka "Pain in the Ass") I'm raising, all our dogs have been adopted as adults. They've all done beautifully, except one, who would run in our house and pee in the corner of the living room at every opportunity. The best thing you can do is to watch the dog closely, give it lots of attention, and let it know its limits early on. The two dogs I have now (that we got as adults) were not crate-trained but adapted easily to being crated and even seek out their crates when they need some time alone. They are both wonderful dogs with great personalities and have done really well. Good luck to you and attach some pictures!
  6. by   rachel h
    The dog's name is Dixie...and my cat's name is Pixie. Couldn't get much better than that, huh?

    I'll have to attach some pictures if I can find our digital camera...
  7. by   tabbeycatt
    Rachel, I have a 3 year old golden retriever. His name is Sammy. He was extremely hyper for the first couple of years. Always "peed" on the company cause he was just so happy and excited to see new people. We got him "fixed" and it calmed him down just a tat. (mostly it just made him gain weight... he's 123 lbs.) They tend to calm down the older they get. You won't find a more loyal, loving dog than the retriever. I was always a cat person, too, until Sammy came along. My advice is to get lots of chew toys cause they LOVE to chew.

    Please attach some pics....would love to see your new baby.
  8. by   Rustyhammer
    Knuckle bones are great for pups.
    They can chew on them for a week!
    And just spend lots of time with your new dog.
    Take him everywhere with you. Let him ride in the back of the truck (if you have one), they love that!
    -Russell
  9. by   spineCNOR
    You might find the book "Second-Hand Dog" by Carol Lea Benjamin helpful. It may be available at your local library, bookstore, or at Amazon.com.

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books

    Best wishes for you and your new family member!
  10. by   spineCNOR
    P.S. If available in your area I highly recommend obedience classes for you and your dog. It will give your dog a job, an outlet for his energy, and help the two of you bond.
    Like well-behaved children, a well-behaved dog is a pleasure to have around!
  11. by   rachel h
    Thanks for the words of wisdom. It's kind of scary having a dog when all I've ever had is a cat. Two totally different beings! I'll definitely post some pics once I find my camera.
  12. by   jemb
    Originally posted by spineCNOR
    P.S. If available in your area I highly recommend obedience classes for you and your dog. It will give your dog a job, an outlet for his energy, and help the two of you bond.
    Like well-behaved children, a well-behaved dog is a pleasure to have around!
    Agree with this!! When I first got dogs after years of having only cats, I couldn't find any local classes that fit with my work schedule. I did, however, find a local dog trainer that gave private classes at a very reasonable price. She came to my home
    twice a week in the am ( I was working 3-11 then) and helped turn my two very large puppies into civilized and socialized pets. Well worth the cost!!!

    Enjoy your new family member.
  13. by   NurseShell
    Of all the dogs I've had over the years only one came from the pound - our boxer/mix....she's one of the best dogs ever!! She loves us so much (I think cuz we 'rescued' her). We changed her name...they recommended that you give "pound puppies" new names (?) . My brother got a dog at the pound too and he changed her name. He has had good luck with his pound puppy too!! It's like the "owe" us something in their minds...?? who knows! by the way her name was "chica" and we changed it to "Chainy" so the "ch" sound was still there and she answered to it rather quickly. Chainy is short for Chainsaw. It's sort of an "insidejoke" for San Diegans...there's a popular morning DJ team called "Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw" My hubby's name is Dave and we were teased all the time "where's Chainsaw?" so we fixed that!! Sorry, got off the track!!

    Obedience training is a must!!
  14. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by rachel h
    I have never had a dog in my life- always been a cat person.
    Congrats!

    We can't wait to see pictures!

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