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well guys the puppy, koda, i was going to adopt, the guy decieded he wanted him instead :( so i didnt get him. which was sad i had my heart set on him. but i have been looking around and went to my local shelter and put in a adoption application yesterday, just waiting to hear back from them, for a pitbull mix named jackson he is small for a pit but is sooooo sweet, he loves to be petted, i was walking down the isle and looking at the different dogs, i had seen his picture on the website but he didnt really catch my eye on there, i walked past him and he was sitting there wagging his tail a little but not barking at all and not overly excited. so i asked to see him we got in the larger kennel where we can visit with them off leash, and he just stayed by my side and wanted to be petted. after a little bit he warmed up to me more and he laid down half on my lap. i was sold, so we took him outside, he pulled on the leash alot but he had to pee really bad, and they dont get out alot so with some work and exercise i think he will be fine on the leash. i was also thinking that since the shelter is only 2 miles from my house i would walk him home, i heard that you should walk them before bringing them into the home.
instead of just bringing him home in a car. i took some pics but they are not the greatest.
 

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cute pup!

I would agree a walk before you brought him in your home would be great, but if he isn't leash trained, 2 miles could piss you off, he tired to drag you the whole way. maybe drive home then that way you can walk him till your patience runs out.

Also on your walk bring some cheese or hotdogs as rewards for walking the way you want.
 

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yea i didnt even think of that. thanks i will drive him home then will walk with him. i will get some hotdogs for him today so i can cut them up and have them ready for the walk. i am excited. i got everything that is needed for him, had most of the stuff cause i was ready for koda to come home, i got some chew toys, like the black kong and stuff to fill it with, i want to go get him a stuffed toy, as he saw them yesterday when the lady was giving them out to the dogs, and he got excited for them. so i am going today and getting one.

also when you adopt you get a free bag of science diet, is that a good dog food brand for him, i want to feed him grain free food, he looked liked he has some dandriff, i have some oatmeal shampoo, dont know what brand of what its called right off the bat, but i will be bathing him once he settles in here and gets comfortable. and want to get him on good dog food
 

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yea i was super excited. and really disappointed when i drove 3 hours to go pick him up only to find out that i wasnt going to. i was mad.
 

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one more question. how soon is it ok to let him sleep on the bed at night with me? i wont be crate training him i dont think, have one just in case i deceiede to crate train him. once i get him walking good on a leash, is bike riding a good way to exercise him?
 

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A. Congrats on the new edition. :)
B. How old is he? (will help determine how much exercise is ok)
C. Science diet sucks out loud. Grain free is better, but do what you can afford to do.
D. Crate training will be better, so if one day you decide on a second pet you have the crate and rotate to fall back on. Plus, dogs chew on random stuff and it's better to know where he is and what he has access to when you aren't home.
E. You can give him Fish Oil to help with that flaky skin too. :)

Walks are awesome to help him adapt to you and his new neighborhood.

You are amazing for adopting. Mad props!
 

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thank you :)
he is 4 years old.
i think thats what they feed them and they send you home a bag, i will make a transition over to a better brand.
thanks for the advice on crate training, again never thought of what happens if i get another dog in the future.
i will go get some fish oil today for him before he comes home.
 

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A. Congrats on the new edition. :)
B. How old is he? (will help determine how much exercise is ok)
C. Science diet sucks out loud. Grain free is better, but do what you can afford to do.
D. Crate training will be better, so if one day you decide on a second pet you have the crate and rotate to fall back on. Plus, dogs chew on random stuff and it's better to know where he is and what he has access to when you aren't home.
E. You can give him Fish Oil to help with that flaky skin too. :)

Walks are awesome to help him adapt to you and his new neighborhood.

You are amazing for adopting. Mad props!
:goodpost:I agree with everything here. lol. congrats on adopting! when i got my boy from the shelter they also gave me science diet. and i tried a few other brands before settling on Taste of the Wild. the increased cost paid of for me tho. i feed him less, he sheds less, his skin is better, and he :poop:s less lol. like Ecko said do what u can afford. search our forums here, lotsa good dog food info here. and check ur local feed store, way better brands and prices than anywhere.
 

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At 4 he should be able to handle biking pretty easily. Start off at short distances at first and pay close attention to how he handles it. Have a vet look over his feet and joints and make sure his body can handle long hauls before you start going on them. Short jaunts around the block should be fine until then.
Us the free bag of food to slowly switch him to whichever food you deem best. I am currently feeding TOTW Sierra Mountain switching to Pacific Stream and supplimenting raw here and there. I asked for a chest freezer for my birthday so I can start building a base to switch completely to raw. Acana is a good food, just out of my price range with kids and pets right now. I researched it, if I could afford it, that would be it. Just do the best that you can afford. And like Odin said, use the search function as much as possible. :)

Rescues KNOW that they are rescued. He will love you all the more because of it. :)
 

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i have heard of raw diet. but havent really researched it. i think i will research it a little bit. i think i am going to get him on the wellness food brand. i will bring that up at the vet appointment when i take him cause that is my main form of transportaion so it would be great if he could just come along sometime with me on a casual ride so he can get enough exercise, besides playing in the yard and of course mental stmulation
 

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YAY I hope it works out, especially after not getting the original pup you wanted. I am all for RAW or Grain free myself. There is a whole forum on that here:
Raw Foods - Pitbulls : Go Pitbull Dog Forums

as far as the food, I always try to go with better rating until I found one that worked well for my boy. http://www.gopitbull.com/health-nutrition/3749-pet-food-rating-comparison-chart.html

here is also some suggestions for training, no matter what age that you could read up on before you get your pup. Nothing will work with every dog, just some suggestions and ways to bond with your new addition. http://www.gopitbull.com/obedience-training/11559-nilif.html

Since your boy is older and not a puppy, I dont think sleeping on the bed is bad, plus you will know when he gets up so you can let him out. BUT I do not allow my dog on my bed until I give permission. I also will randomly make him get off when he pushes me over to the side and hogs all my covers somehow, lol. Any new dog, this is a great practice to do for the first 2 weeks. Take a look, makes the most sense to me no matter the age because you want the dog to know YOU are who he should look to when he is outside, not fend for himself. he has had contact with many people at the shelter I am sure, many different handlers, he needs to realize your there for him now, and help him rely on that. I would crate train him though, you never know if there is an emergency and you need to travel or go somewhere and he needs to stay safe overnight in a strange place. you want him to love and be OK with his crate, even if he never goes in it. you can make it nice by giving him frozen peanut butter kings in it, so he associates it with good things, not ever as a punishment.

The First Two Weeks - Give'em a Break! WHY?

If I could stress one of the biggest errors people make with new dogs and foster dogs it is rushing the dog into the new world so fast . This shut down gives the dog a chance to say "ahhh" take a breath and restart into its new world.

From people I have helped I hear;
"I introduced her to 15 people the first day I had her!" ;" he was a bit leery but seems to like my other 3 dogs" ; "she went everywhere with me "
All in the first few days of the new home..... (!!!)

two weeks later we hear;
" I think we will have to rehome the new dog" "the new dog barked and nipped at my kid" - "we had a dog fight" ; "the new dog barked at me for moving him off the couch"

Ok, folks, here it comes, some feel this is extreme, why? I really do not know.
But when bringing in a new dog, post finding, adoption, buying, etc, Give it time to adjust to you and your family and the dogs in the new environment.
Just as if it were a new baby or puppy, we wouldn't think of rushing out with a baby or puppy, yet with older pups and dogs we just expect them to take our lives in all at once!

TWO WEEKS - "shut down"
For the first two weeks, (sometimes even longer) a dog takes in the new environment, who is the top person, or animal, who ARE these people!? By pushing a dog too fast, and throwing too much at the dog we look like we are not the leaders,and the dog can feel it MUST defend itself , as the leader is surely no one he has met so far!

We coo , coodle, drag the dog to home to home to person to person, and the dog has NO idea who we are. We correct for things it doesn't understand, we talk in a new human language using words he does not know.

A key thing to remember is "this is the dating period NOT the honeymoon"
When you first met your "spouse or significant other", you were on your best behavior, you were not relaxed enough to be all of yourself, were you?
Just think of the things you do physically once you get to KNOW a person,
you wouldn't run up to a stranger and hug them and squeeze them!
Imagine, if on the first date, this new person, was all over you touching you and having their friends hug you and pat you on the head, and jostle your shoulders, looked in your mouth then he whisked you off to another strangers home and they did the same thing.

Would you think this person normal and SAFE? Wouldn't you feel invaded and begin to get a bit snarky or defensive yourself? Wouldn't you think to push these people away for obviously your date is out of their mind, as they aren't going to save you from these weirdoes!!
Yet we do this very thing to our dogs, and then get upset or worried that they aren't relaxed and accepting of EVERYTHING instantly!

By shutting down the dog, it gives the dog TIME to see you , meet YOU, hear and take in the new sounds and smells of your home and all the people in it. In the 1st two weeks;
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Crate the dog in a room by itself if possible.(Believe me, dogs are sensory animals, they know more than you think without seeing it).
Leash the dog (so I don't have to correct it ..you don't have that right yet!), give it exercise time in the yard on lunge line or in fenced yard..but other than that.. LEASH , (yes..leash in the house too.)
Do no training at all, just fun exercise and maybe throw some toys for fun, leash the dog if you don't have a fence outside. But DO NOT leave the yard, AT ALL.

No car rides, no other dogs, (unless crated beside them), no pet stores, no WALKS even, nothing but you and household family, your home, your yard. (Unless of course the dog needs to go to the vetinarian)
Believe me dogs can live two weeks without walks. Walks are stressful for there is so much coming at you and your dog! And the dog has no clue who you are yet. The dog may react to something and we start correcting it with the leash and we just installed a VERY STRESSFUL moment to the dog in what should be a fun and learning walk.

TEACH the dog by doing the shut down, that YOU are the one to look to, that you are now here for the dog! He can trust in you and look to you for guidance. Then you can venture out into new situations one at a time, the dog knows he can trust in his new humans and can relax under the fair guidance of his new leaders!

In the house take the dog out only for about 20-30 minute intervals , post excercise/yard times.,and ALWAYS on a leash when in the house or in an unfenced yard. Exercise is important! Running and free time are stress relievers, but don't set your dog up for failure, make exercise and yard time fun and relaxing and tiring!

Then PUT THE DOG AWAY. let it absorb and think and relax. Ignore crying or barking, just like a new born baby, he must find security when you are not right there, and if you run to him each time he will think barking and crying will get your attention.

I do not introduce resident dogs for these two weeks, they can be side by side in the crates, (not nose to nose for they can feel defensive) . Some dogs will bond instantly with the other dogs if we don't bond FIRST with the dog, and this can lead to some other issues, as the dog will look to the other dog(s) for guidance and not YOU!

Literally in two weeks you will see a change in the dog and begin to see its honest and true personality. Just like a house guest.. they are well behaved and literally shut down and "polite" themselves these first few weeks, then post this time, they relax and the true personality begins to shine thru.

So, please,, if nothing else for your new dog, give it the time to LEARN YOU as you are learning who they are! This method works on shy dogs, confident dogs, abuse cases, chained dogs that come in, rowdy dogs, all temperaments!
 

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yes! like Ames said. NILIF is amazing. stick to that and the rest will work out. when i got my boy 5 months ago, i told my BF about NILIF and he just now realizing that he really needs to stick to it. ive been doin it since the begining and Odin behaves better for me mostly ;)
 

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NILIF works on kids to. js
I appreciate knowing that, lol. Always thought it would make sense but since I dont have kids no one listens to what I suggest lol
 

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Well, we have 2 teenagers and it's working out very well now. When I ask them to do something, they just do it, and when they want something, they say, what can I do to get this. They're my GF's kids, but it only took them 2 years to figure it out. :)
 

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Well, we have 2 teenagers and it's working out very well now. When I ask them to do something, they just do it, and when they want something, they say, what can I do to get this. They're my GF's kids, but it only took them 2 years to figure it out. :)
LMAO! oh thats wonderful. my niece is turning 14 on monday and we cant buy her anything on her bday list cuz its all too much money. what 14 year old needs a $700 camera? i dont even have one lol but alas, not my kid lol
 

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Odin, you. Can't go wrong with giftcards, and if you know what brand they like to wear and shop online you can find it cheap. My oldest wears holister. At christmas I spent 150 bucks on about 20 dif items. She had the best christmas ever.

OP sorry for thread jacking.
 

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thanks Ecko. and yes, OP. very sorry to derail this thread.

back to the doggies :woof:
 
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