There’s one thing that dog lovers know you must have ALL THE TIME. Especially if you have a new puppy in the house. But even if you recently rescued a dog.

What is it?

P A T I E N C E

Yup, Charlie Bear would agree with me wholeheartedly. Why? Because he came with some issues that at first appeared insurmountable. It took time, lots of time, to work them out.

So if you have a new puppy, or a rescue dog, give yourself time together. What appears on the outside of your new fur-love may just be a reaction to the new environment. They may be unsettled, scared, unsure. Give them love, lots and lots of love, and then don’t forget to do this:

Breathe.

Take a deep one, and then remember: this too shall pass.

This is the last one (and the surprise one) in our series of four posts on puppies/new dogs. Have a great day with your dog.

Wiggles & woofs from Charlie Bear.
And hugs from me,
B.J.

Got a New Dog? You’ve gotta have this…

10 thoughts on “Got a New Dog? You’ve gotta have this…

  • February 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm
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    I have nothing to say except Charlie Bear’s picture with his little tongue sticking out is one of the most precious pictures I’ve ever seen. He is one looker! (Even with his tongue sticking out!)

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    • February 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm
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      Marsha,

      Charlie Bear here…thanks for the compliment! I wasn’t sticking my tongue out at mom, but it looks that way!

      Thanks for the compliment!

      Woofs & wiggles to you,
      Charlie Bear

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  • February 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm
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    So true, and look at that expression! I love it.

    You’re right. This too shall pass….sooner or later. 🙂

    Much love to you!

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    • February 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm
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      Julie,

      Yup, just like a headache, or an upset tummy, this too shall pass. And for our furry friends, those wild, tearing-around-the-house-like-a-banshee moments will also pass! Though personally, I love seeing Charlie Bear act like the puppy he is.

      Much love back at ya,
      B.J. & Charlie Bear

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  • February 3, 2012 at 7:39 am
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    The only house that Charlie Bear would have been successful in is one like yours – full of wisdom, structure, love, and patience. I still pinch myself that we were all so lucky that you and your DH found Charlie and even though you knew he would be a challenge, gave him a home. I will be forever grateful.

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    • February 3, 2012 at 7:45 am
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      Sara,

      And you’re the one who gave him a chance by taking him in as a foster. We will forever be grateful to you.

      Charlie Bear says Woof to you and licks and kisses too.
      Love,
      B.J.

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  • February 3, 2012 at 7:29 am
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    I agree completely. My rescue Jesse is great about going outside when he needs to and even holding it when he can’t go out, but he does 2 things that worry me. He barks at the least sound, and I’m in a condo so that has to be stopped, plus he chases his tail. Jesse’s age has been guessed at from 1 1/2 years to 6 years. No one can seem to determine. No one knows how long he was on the streets nor any of his history so there’s no way of knowing what he was or wasn’t taught. Through researching both barking and tail chasing, I’ve found the one thing that helps. When he does either I raise my hand, palm out in a ‘stop’ motion and say NO very firmly and loud. I was afraid of this to begin with becaue I didn’t know if he had been hit before but he is following that command and when he stops braking or chewing I give him a hug and tell him I love him. So patience is important as well as firmness combined with love.

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    • February 3, 2012 at 7:47 am
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      Martha,

      How wonderful that Jesse is responding to your “stop” command. You are so right…firmness with love is what dogs need.

      You’re sweet to take in a rescue, Martha. Kudos to you!

      Hugs,
      B.J.

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  • February 3, 2012 at 7:28 am
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    And since dogs stay puppies even when they are old, this means all the time! Yep, Charlie Bear, i think you’ll always be a puppy at heart

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    • February 3, 2012 at 7:49 am
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      Marianne,

      I totally agree! Rex the big dog was a puppy all the way through to the end when he was 11 1/2.

      Yup, Charlie Bear whispered to me that he’ll always be a puppy too. Little spurts of ridiculously energetic running around and around the family room let me know this for sure!

      Wiggles and woofs to you from Charlie Bear.
      And hugs from me,
      B.J.

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