for the love of dog wellness centre

  1. Find a rescue who is knowledgeable about dog behaviour

  2. Well, you’ve done it! you’ve adopted a new family member. doesn’t matter the age, just remember – he is NO LONGER a rescue! He’s YOUR dog! If you treat him like he’s handicapped by his early time before you came along, you’re causing emotional and behavioural problems. After you all adjust, you are a family – Treat him that way.

  3. The first couple days you have a nosey 5 yr old on your hands. Counter surfing, accidents in the house, chewing things up…it’s a pain but a schedule and supervision helps a lot.

  4. Use a crate – it’s the dogs bedroom and great for times when you can’t supervise them.

  5. It takes 3 weeks for a dog to feel comfortable enough to take over a household. Barking, growling, food possessiveness… Start training immediately and learn about your dog’s breed specific traits and all dog behaviour & communication!

  6. Obedience isn’t the only way to deal with your dog. Behaviour training or modification or communication are more effective. There are a number of really good books out there like The Rosetta Bone, Culture Clash (by Jean donalson – anything by her is good), On Talking Terms with Dogs. None of them are available in the library but they are on ebay.ca for less than you’d pay ordering on line from the states.

  7. We all humanize our dogs. They’re our babies after all. We think they’re human. Problem is they think we’re DOGS! They absolutely have all the emotions we have, they’re just a little twisted. We think they feel guilt when we walk in on them chewing up our shoes or when we come home to find the garbage emptied and all over the floor. They do feel guilt all right – only what they’re really thinking is ” I shouldn’t have done that when SHE WAS HERE’ – NOT ‘I shouldn’t have done that’

  8. If you’re going to humanize your dog, remember – they’re essentially a 5 yr old forever and if it was a human 5 yr old child we would not give them the keys to our car, our PIN# or let them pick what they want to eat every meal. DON’T expect your dog to act like a rational human being. He’s a DOG. Dogs do dog things like dig and chew BUT you CAN train them to do it without ruining your garden, clothes, TV converters and they DO GROW OUT OF IT ;-)))

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  1. Jennifer and Aaron King. says:

    We knew we wanted a special kind of dog, and we found that in Tink. We live in an apartment building so we wanted a quieter dog with good energy but not an overabundance of it. So we knew we wanted an older dog and from the moment we saw Tink’s little face in the picture we fell in love.

    Tink did not disappoint us in person! She has proven to be such a sweet tempered, loving and well behaved dog! She loves to cuddle, and will always roll over for belly rubs. At night when we are watching tv she will sit on our laps and snooze happily. She loves going for walks and going to the dog park and is impeccibly behaved. She is fully housetrained and has fit into our routine with no issues. She is part of our little family and she has brough us so much joy.

    1. Jennifer and Aaron King. says:

      We knew we wanted a special kind of dog, and we found that in Tink. We live in an apartment building so we wanted a quieter dog with good energy but not an overabundance of it. So we knew we wanted an older dog and from the moment we saw Tink’s little face in the picture we fell in love.

      Tink did not disappoint us in person! She has proven to be such a sweet tempered, loving and well behaved dog! She loves to cuddle, and will always roll over for belly rubs. At night when we are watching tv she will sit on our laps and snooze happily. She loves going for walks and going to the dog park and is impeccibly behaved. She is fully housetrained and has fit into our routine with no issues. She is part of our little family and she has brought us so much joy. We are so happy with our little Tink and we thank you so much Sue for bringing us together!

      1. Jennifer and Aaron King. says:


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