an Adult Dog
Why is an adult dog available?
Most kennels and breeders need to find good homes for their retired
breeding and show dogs. As most breeders can only house a limited
number of dogs, they generally prefer to place their “retirees” to
pet homes. We believe after a career as a show dog and or
show dogs, each of our dogs deserves a special, loving family.
What is the advantage of adopting an adult?
For the prospective owner, there are many
advantages to adopting an
adult versus bringing a young puppy into the household. These
are normally well adjusted to being handled, even by strangers; their
personality is developed and the health of the dog is known. The
dogs are normally well accustomed to grooming and are usually crate
In bringing a kennel dog into the home, there are
several basic concepts
which must always be considered.
- Firstly, you must always put yourself into the dog’s “shoes” so you
understand why the dog is behaving the way they do in new
- Secondly, you must always be consistent in how you train – this is
how an animal eventually makes the necessary “connection” in their mind
between environment and appropriate behavior.
- Thirdly, as part of consistency it is vital all family members are
engaged so that the consistency isn’t being delivered only by one
in the household – everyone must work the same way.
<>Housebreaking is the biggest concern prospective
owners have when bringing
in an adult animal into the household. Even though counseled
I have found most people expect almost immediate results from an adult
dog and get frustrated when the dog isn’t housebroken in three
Consider carefully how that kennel dog has spent its life – either in a
kennel with indoor/outdoor runs or crated with extended periods
In both cases, the kennel dog has no concept of “house” manners and
is the challenge before the owner – to help the dog make that
Housebreaking is fairly easy but it must be done with
Just like any change you want to make – if you are not consistent with
it you will not make the change very quickly. You intuitively
this applies to dieting, to exercising, to learning new skills – it
applies to housebreaking a dog!
Here is the process:
1) From the start you must crate the dog whenever s/he is not
being monitored. This means when you are not right with the dog
at night when sleeping. Crating is the first step in
as dogs do not like to soil their beds so it helps to control their
Most retired kennel dogs are already crate broken so this is a very
first step. It is also a great way for a dog to slowly integrate
into the household – they will not view being crated as something
2) The pattern you make is always to take the dog
from the crate directly
to the outdoors to allow them to relieve themselves. Never let
dog out of the crate directly into the home. You will have much
results if you go out with the dog to praise him when he eliminates
3) Use a clicker for training. These are
cheap items which can
be purchased at many pet supply stores. Use the clicker to
the desired behavior – it works much more quickly than traditional
When the dog acts as desired (such as eliminating outdoors) click the
once and praise the dog lavishly. This helps to the dog to
eliminating outdoors as a positive behavior. (I highly suggest
further investigate “clicker training” on the Internet – a fascinating
and fun topic!)
4) After you have ensured the dog has eliminated
outdoors, then bring
him into the house. From the beginning, ensure you can monitor
dog’s behavior at all times. By far the easiest way to train is
to "tether" your dog to yourself. Use a 3 foot lead, loop it
through your belt loop and keep your dog with you at all times.
You will be able to "check" the dog of they try to eliminate indoors,
or if they chew on possessions. This is also a great way to have
the dog bond to you. It's easy, it's fun and you and your new dog
can enjoy each other without constant stress.
Over the course of the next two to three weeks you
will see improvement
in housebreaking. If you are consistent, the dog will begin to
the connection with eliminating out doors.
Take small steps
Do not give the dog too much freedom too
quickly. Although you
will be anxious to make him “a part of the family” rushing the
and training process will only end up in failure. Did you learn a
difficult skill or behavior overnight? Did you toilet train your
baby in 2 weeks? The people who experience the best results are
who are very committed to housebreaking their dog – they follow the
and they get great results in a relatively short period of time.
If you haphazardly work with the dog you will have a haphazardly
dog. Think about it!
One of the greatest joys in adopting an adult to
seeing how their personality
blooms with personal attention. Give them a new toy and give it a
name - call that toy by its name. When they learn that name, give
them another new toy and give it a name. Soon the dog will have a
collection of toys and know their names. Take the dog with you in
the car, on walking tours. Many stores allow you bring in your
You can expose your new family member to many wonderful new experiences
and delight at how much joy they experience with their new, wide
It takes some time and patience but it is very rewarding.