Features August 2013 Issue

Tips for Surviving a Newly Adopted Adult Dog

Many owners fall in love with a dog in a shelter or rescue group’s on-line listing, only to discover that the dog that seemed so perfect in theory is, in fact, a real dog! And most dogs need some time to adjust to a new home and family.

Tips for Surviving a Newly Adopted Adult Dog

and for helping her find a secure spot in your family.

For a dog with such a demure name, Nora was, in the words of her new owner, purely awful. “There was not a thing that she got to that she did not destroy,” remembers Donna Hess of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, of the first few weeks with her newly adopted Basenji. “She ripped any pillow she could get to shreds, and then started on the comforters and blankets. She knocked over the garbage can 50 times a day. She chewed the other dogs’ collars off their necks. Tissues, toilet paper, knickknacks, throw rugs, small objects of all kinds were stolen or destroyed. Putting stuff up high did not help; she climbed all over the tables and counters. She literally could not be left alone for a second. And the worst thing was if you tried to catch her to confine her, she bit!”

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