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rescue bully

Discussion in 'Bull Terrier Training' started by susan, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. susan

    susan Puppy

    I'm getting a rescue bully next week and need some advice! I have had two lovely bully companions but in each case bought from a breeder. Now I need some advice on how to aclimate a new dog to my home

    He has either run away or been abandoned by two different homes. Each time he was found in he street and taken to bully rescue in Chicago. Nobody knows if he was dumped or ran away. The Chicago folks tell me he has no baggage, is very laid back and easy going--which sounds great. But I need advice from anyone who has adopted a grown dog from a rescue place.

    He's about two and a half apparently and so far as anyone can see is very happy to hang out. To start with he'll sleep in a crate as I don't want him wandering around the house until he knows it. And I've bought a baby gate to block off the upstairs so he doesn't have to absorb too much at once. I'll bring some biscuits with me for the meeting and plan that the following day I'll take him to PetSmart and let him choose a toy.

    Sorry about the massive post..but any and all advice will be welcome. Thanks.
  2. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Make sure you do your intros to his new house mates on neutral territory. Always keep your dogs separated when you are not going to be home to supervise. If they are not destructive, consider placing them in seperate rooms. More creative dogs can learn how to open doors, so a back up plan would be wise! Are your other two dogs BT's?

    He should be able to acclimate himself to your home and routine within two weeks, barring any behavioral issues.

    When I got my "special" BT, I started with two crates, one at each end of the house. The one furthest from activity was his quiet place, for his down time and sleeping. Both were covered with a sheet.

    Get him chipped, and have his new collar equiped with an id tag, so he can be safely be returned for you if he turns out to be an escape artist!

    Congratulations and good luck with your new bully, I hope to see pictures! real soon!

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