What to expect with your Rescue Dog

Rescuing a dog is not easy. Here are some things to expect:

Keep your dog on a leash inside the house for the first three days. Should the dog do something that you don’t like, you can reel the dog back instead of trying to grab the dog at the collar which may result in the dog reacting instinctively and possibly snapping.

Don’t expect that the dog or cat in your current living situation is going to be best buddies with your new dog instantly. They may have a few scuffles, but as long as their is no blood shed, let them work it out between them. They are trying to determine who will be in charge- This may be hard for you to watch, but this is natural for them to do so allow it to work itself out.

Adding a Jindo to a household with a cat can be difficult and downright dangerous for the cat, but it is not impossible. If you have cats, teach the dog not to chase the cats and let the cat(s) and the dog proceed at their own pace. It could take several weeks for the cat(s) to accept this new member of the household.

Don’t expect that things will fall into place within the first few hours that you bring a dog home, especially if you have one dog already- The dog in your home may like having dogs over to play, but will know that this one is supposed to stay. She may not like that. Be patient! Don’t let her get away with anything that she normally would not be allowed to do. If things get really heated, separate the dogs with something like a baby gate. Allow them to see each other and smell each other without having them be on top of each other- What we see generally happen is that the rescue dog is behaving and that the dog already in the home is having something of a temper tantrum, you know — “That’s my mommy and daddy and you can’t have them!” We ask that you give it time.

Don’t expect your dog to know how to behave in your home automatically. When you leave, crate your dog if they are used to being crated. Make your comings and goings non eventful so they don’t get wound up and they won’t view your leaving as a tragedy.

Plan on training your new dog in an obedience class within a week or so of getting him/her. Talk to obedience instructors, ask your rescue contact for a referral and then trust your gut feeling. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. You will need to find a trainer that you feel comfortable working with on a weekly basis. If you don’t, it will be a waste of money. If you do, your dog will respect you and you will be on your way to a loving and respectful relationship.

If your new rescue dog behaves in a manner that is inappropriate or that you would not allow your current dog to ai t”t them know in a loving manner that this is unacceptable behavior. Don’t let these things slide it will be harder to correct the longer it goes uncorrected. Don’t play tug of war games with your dog. The second you let go, he or she has “won” and this may signal the beginning of some dominance problems in your household’ especially with those dogs with dominant personalities.

Realize that it may take a good month before having your new dog in your home feels comfortable and several months before it feels normal. Give it time and don’t demand too much of your dog too soon.Time and patience will result in a good dog.

Blood in stool — if there is a little bit of blood in their stool, don’t panic’ Sometimes a change in diet or stress can cause this to happen. If there is a lot of blood, call or go to your vet immediately.

If your dog has diarrhea in the beginning, don’t panic! This is a normal reaction to change in their environment and should go away within a few days. Be sure to provide your dog with water and if it continues you will want to visit your vet.

Limit their water during the first week to also reduce accidents. provide water during morning and evening meals, but don’t let water down all day.

Here are just a few item to have on hand for your new arrival:

  • Buckle collar for wearing all the time
  • No-slip collar for leash walks (greyhound collar, choke collar, alaskan collar, etc’) – Jindos are renowned for slipping out of their regular collars and escaping during walks
  • Leash
  • ID tag
  • A crate — Either a metal frame crate or a plastic Varikennel
  • A dog mat or pillow for inside their crate
  • A comfortable dog bed for your dog to rest on when tired
  • Food and water dishes
  • Dog food – we recommend foods without corn as the main ingredient’. Dog food containers — Helps keep food fresh and airtight
  • Dog Toys – The squeakier, the better! Fleecy toys are also a big hit! Also have a Kong and a Jolly Ball on hand. The salvation armv and Goodwill are great places to go. Stock up on stuffed animals. Throw them in the wash and then give them to your babies to play with and have fun.
  • Chewies and bones – Dogs naturally have an urge to chew
  • Nail clippers or a Dremei tool – If you can hear your dog’s nails on the floor when they are walking, they need to be trimmed.
  • Dog Shampoo.
  • Names and telephone numbers of obedience trainers in your area.
  • Appointment with a veterinarian for vaccinations, de-wormings, spay/neuter’ and flea control if needed.