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What happens the first two weeks?
The most important phase dogs go through after the shelter is the Decompression Phase, also known as the Two week shutdown. The Decompression stage lasts anywhere from the first day to a few weeks to even, in extreme cases, months. This guide will show you step-by-step what to do from the moment your rescue arrives through the first days and weeks to set up your foster dog for success.
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Our mission is to find a loving home for pets in need. Our Adoption Center provides a second chance for many animals every year.
All pets are spayed/neutered, microchipped,up to date on vaccinations, testing, deworming, and flea/tick treatment. We go to great lengths to ensure our pets are healthy. Many of the animals we take in have never had veterinary care and require a great deal of care. In order to be here to help the animals, we charge adoption fees to help with some of the costs.
Dog & Puppy Adoption Fees
$250 - 8 weeks - 12 weeks
$225 - 12 weeks-16 weeks
$200 - 4 months-6 months
$175- 6 months - 1year
$150 - 1 year and older
$100 - older and little vetting needed
Discount of 25% for adoptions of 2 puppies or dogs adopted together:
2 puppies = $500-$125 discount = $375
Cat and Kitten Adoption Fees
$75 - 8 weeks-12 weeks
$60 - 3 months-6 months
$50 - 6 months-1year
$35 - 1 year and older
Discount on 2 cats or 2 kittens adopted together:
2 kittens -8-12 weeks = $100
2 kittens -3 – 6 months = $80
2 kittens- 6 months – 1 year = $60
2 cats – 1 year or older = $45
Of course the adoption fee doesn't cover the amount that it costs to provide veterinary care, housing, food and care so please consider making a donation to help.
Tips of Housebreaking
Be consistent. Dogs really like routines and are happier when they know what to expect.
Set up a solid routine with your dog as soon as possible. On average, a dog can hold their bladder for 1 hour per month of age.
Learn to read your dog’s body language in order to pick up the “cues” your dog uses when he/she has to go to the bathroom.
Be proactive. Make sure to take your dog out after every meal, upon waking, after playtime or after training sessions.
Go to the same spot for bathroom breaks and praise them for doing their business. Do not start praising,walks or playtime until after they have finished going to the bathroom.
Start marking the bathroom breaks with a phrase or word like “do your business” or “go potty”. This way you can ask your dog if they need to go to the bathroom and you can also encourage the behavior once outside.
Make a schedule for feeding and watering and stick to it. Remove you dog’s water at nighttime so they don’t fill up with water right before going to bed.
Keep your dog near you and under your supervision at all times during housebreaking training. You can either tether them near you or use a playpen.
Crate train your puppy. Crate training is a great way to control a young dogs bathroom habits.
Thoroughly clean up all bathroom mishaps a few times with an enzyme based product. I like to use Nature’s Miracle, which can be found at most pet supply stores.
Keep at it and it will pay off. There is no magical cure for housebreaking. It just takes consistent and persistent work. A few months of patience, understanding and consistency for a lifetime of enjoyment is a small price to pay.
This post was written by Adam Miller of Big Dog Canine Behavioral Training. For more information or to learn how Adam can help with your dog needs, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.