Adopting a Dog: Things I Wish I Knew

I’m sitting on my bed snuggling my dog. I can’t believe that last year, around this time, my husband and I were waiting to get approved to adopt our dog. She has been the biggest blessing. We are over the moon in love with her. But I would be lying if I said it was all rainbows and butterflies. Adopting a dog is hard work, especially when it’s a dog that had a previous life. The first month of having Rani was filled with trials and doubt. But once we got into a routine and she was potty trained, we knew that we had made the right decision. Here are a few things I wish I had known before adopting a dog.

  1. Be patient: I said this in yesterday’s post but being patient is key in adopting a dog. You have to remember that this little pup has a new life and new environment that they aren’t used to. How would you feel if your life was turned upside down? Patience will go a long way with acclimating the new dog and training them.
  2. Repetition is key: I honestly thought that training Rani would take 2-3 times of the same thing and then she would know it. However, I was very, very wrong. When we were potty training her, we had a strict schedule that even a year later, we still adhere to (walks 3 times a day, at certain times). We also gave her a treat every time she would do any sort of business outside for 6 months. That means that we had to do the same routine at least 200 times.
  3. Let the dog come to you: This is something a friend told me before we adopted Rani but I didn’t really understand it until we got her. The day we brought her home she was so scared and she even nipped me. The next day, we let her out of her crate and she ran to hide in the closet. We let her be there because that is where she felt safe. Over the course of the first day, she let me pet her more and more but I would only do it when she came to me. I wouldn’t attempt to do anything to her unless she initiated it. That first day was key to showing her that she could trust me.
  4. Always remember this- “They might only be there for part of your life, but for them, you are their whole life” This quote always makes me think twice before leaving for the whole day or taking a trip. Rani’s life revolves around me and my husband’s life. She doesn’t get to choose when we are home or when she gets to come with us. I also have other things in my life like friends and work. But she doesn’t. Me and my husband are her sole caretakers, her family, her life. This quote continues to remind me to be patient and to treat her with kindness even when I feel frustrated.

Adopting a dog is hard but it can bring so much joy into your life. I wake up every morning next to this little being that unconditionally loves me. She is there for me when I am happy and sad. She never judges me and she always puts up with my ridiculous ideas (like dancing together). I hope that this post is one step closer to convincing you to get a dog, specifically adopt one!

Tomorrow, I will share our adoption story in continuance of my all about dogs week! I am off to cuddle Rani and get some doggie smooches!

xxSejalina and Rani

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