We brought our boy home yesterday evening - a beautiful and exuberant 4 year old who finished racing in Summer 2020.
I'd be very grateful for any advice based on his 24 hours with us. In short, he's been excellent - none of the nightmares you hear from some others (tempts fate!).
He got in the car and travelled for over an hour without even a whimper, just heavy panting which I've come to understand now as a sign of potential stress.
When we first arrived home, he wasn't remotely timid and wanted to zoom around all over the house and garden, exploring every corner. He hasn't fouled inside at all apart from within the first few hours when he cocked his leg against my upstairs bed - I think it was his first time being upstairs and also trying stairs and he got a bit confused/stressed. So he can go up stairs, but he's terrified of coming down them.
He had his dinner early evening and we went for a short walk to acclimatise to the new sounds and smells and he wanted to smell every doorway, every flower and, of course, mark out his new territory! He seems really well house trained and waited for some grass before doing a #2 which is what I'd hoped. We're going to do the same walk for the next 2 weeks just to keep some consistency.
He seems to be learning impossibly fast - he's waiting at junctions on command, he's starting to understand 'No!' when lunging at us if we have e.g. a sandwich and he's already (Day 2) playing excitedly with his new toys, doing zoomies and wagging his tail. Advice welcomed
We bought some 'tough' toys - fluffies with squeakers and some rubber teething toys. The two soft toys have already been shredded with the stuffing coming out - I'd hate for him to start chugging down polyester fibre. Maybe I'm fussing too much but I guess he just needs non-stuffed toys that are super hard wearing.
We have some Dentastix treats to help with cleaning teeth. He does seem to bleed slightly from his gums after crunching them up and when destroying his toys (blood spots on them) . He is recovering from a removed tooth (upper Canine) but stiches all healed. We can get this checked at vet but maybe it's a gum infection? Do others clean their dogs teeth with a brush and paste? Farting!
We don't expect a dog that doesn't fart, but man he's a 24/7 trump machine! He's recently been wormed and we're advised this might make him a bit loose - perhaps this explains the gas but again, probably needs his diet tweaking a bit, or maybe it's nerves. He's on a mixture of Wainwrights Dog's Best Friend Chicken with Rice and Complete Nutrition from Pets at Home, twice a day, which is how he was fed at the kennels. I'll see how this goes before investing in gas masks.