A few months ago, I wrote about our foster cavalier, Kibo. Since then, Kibo – now Keeper – has become a permanent part of our family, and I’m happy to say that he’s adjusting nicely.
Other than occasionally climbing onto the dining room table to check for food when someone forgets to push in a chair after eating, he hasn’t really broken any rules or caused any damage. He’s a nice dog in general, but I think it helped that we provided him with clear expectations and a structured environment from day one.
It’s all too easy to start off by spoiling a foster dog or one adopted from a shelter or rescue group. Who wouldn’t want to give him a little special treatment after the upset of losing his family? Think again. Free run of the house, lots of treats and no demands are a good recipe for trouble. The following tips will help you set up your new dog for success:Housetraining:
Here’s what to do: 1. Take him outside to potty on leash on a regular schedule and praise him when he performs. 2. When you can’t pay close attention to him, confine him to a crate, exercise pen or room with an easily cleanable floor. 3. If you take him outside to potty and he doesn’t do anything, put him into his crate and then take him back out later.
–Kim Campbell Thornton