Dear Dobe Dan,
My new dog won't eat, and it's the same food his foster home used. What is wrong?
Eating, like going potty, takes being relaxed. It's not uncommon for stressed dogs to refuse to eat. When more than a day passes and the dog refuses food, I usually sit down with them in a quiet place...hand feed some of it. If that doesn't help, a small bit of chicken broth poured over usually entices them...and by day two, they're much hungrier! Don't get suckered into offering human food ...doing that will create a whole new set of problems you will have to resolve later!
HELP!! When I put my new dog out into the yard to potty he comes back in and goes indoors.
There's a safe rule of thumb...if you didn't see him go outside, he probably didn't! Be sure to go outside with your new dog every time you want him to potty. Guide him to the area to be used, wait there until he does. If you find yourself waiting beyond 10 minutes, then do take him back in BUT return him only to crate or small containment area. Repeat this every 30-45 minutes until he does go...then praise IMMEDIATELY! Remember, "praise delayed is praise denied" . You will need to repeat this pattern for many days...or until your dog is willing to potty as soon as you go outside.
We're so excited about getting our new rescue dog....all our relatives are coming over to meet her. How can we be sure she'll like them?
Wait at least two weeks before inviting everyone to meet/greet. Changing from a foster home to adoptive home can be a very scary thing for dogs. Both people and surroundings are unfamiliar to her...she won't know who to trust, who will protect her when she's feeling overwhelmed. Give her time to develop a relationship with your immediate family members before bringing in new friends, relatives and neighbors.