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Patricia Mcconnell On Adopting A Dog Into A Multidog Household

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I saw this piece today on Patricia McConnell's Facebook and it really struck me as great information, especially in the matter of adding an adult dog to a home with dogs in it already. This part in particular stood out to me. I've been there as far as the "What have I done?" thoughts.


One of the most common mistakes I’ve seen from owners of multi-dog households is unrealistic expectations. New dogs can’t settle into a new household in a week or so—it can take up to a year for a new dog to settle into a new routine. Expectations can also set owners up for a lot of soul searching and “buyer’s remorse.” Wondering “Oh no, what have I done!” is a common reaction to the slightest misbehavior of a new dog, even among experienced professionals.



Full article here: http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/adopting-a-dog-into-a-multi-dog-household


There are a few things I'd do different now from when I brought Rudy home. The learning never ends!

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I've had a few of those moments with Clarice :lol She has definitely been a handful but we are making progress. :)

Kristin in Moline, IL USA with Ozzie (MRL Crusin Clem), Clarice (Clarice McBones), Latte and Sage the IGs, and the kitties: Violet and Rose
Lovingly Remembered: Sutra (Fliowa Sutra) 12/02/97-10/12/10, Pinky (Pick Me) 04/20/03-11/19/12, Fritz (Fritz Fire) 02/05/01 - 05/20/13, Ace (Fantastic Ace) 02/05/01 - 07/05/13, and Carrie (Takin the Crumbs) 05/08/99 - 09/04/13.

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