WV Pet, Inc.
Morgantown, WV


Adopting A Pet


"For an adult dog, the first few weeks in a new home are a critical transition period. How well you manage the dog's behavior during this time will determine whether he develops into a well-behaved, loving pet. This article will help people know what to expect from a new dog. 

Adoptive owners view a dog's new life in their home as a wonderful change from a shelter pen, but the transition presents some problems for the dog. The transition brings a change in the dog's daily routine and caretakers.
In the new home, the dog suddenly faces a new set of social companions in a new environment filled with unfamiliar sights, smells and sounds. He will be confused, stimulated and a little frightened. He faces a big adjustment as he learns his way around and develops relationships with his new family. Some undesirable behavior may result. Don't panic! By modifying or redirecting his actions, you can help the dog become a solid citizen in a few week

What to Expect: 

* Jumping up (which you can discourage by ignoring the behavior and making sure you don't reward it). 

* Exploratory behavior, including sniffing, mouthing and chewing new things. 

* Stealing food

* Accidents in the house. The shelter rules differ from the new home's rules, which will take time for the dog to learn

* Wild running and play in the house. Frequently this behavior is encouraged by children, even adults. The new dog cannot yet distinguish between indoor and outdoor behavior

Managing Your Dog During the Transition: 

The first few days following an adoption is a critical time for learning rules and breaking bad habits. Dogs are particularly impressionable in a new environment, especially the first time they try a behavior. Therefore, plan to invest time during this period to socialize, teach and get acquainted with your new dog. 

Plan and prepare for your new dog in advance. Read about basic training. Get food, bowls, collar, leash, brush and comb, toys, and dog gate or crate. Decide where the dog will be confined when you're not home and arrange a bed or crate in that area. Decide what particular area outdoors will be the dog's bathroom. Prepare yourself mentally -- all things will not go smoothly at first. 

As soon as you get your new pet home, begin managing his behavior and supervising him closely

Do not give him run of your house.The most important thing he needs for the first few weeks is STRUCTURE -- enforced rules for living in your house. Freedom comes later as he develops the responsibility to handle it. Failure by the owners to teach a dog the house rules is a chief reason for unsuccessful adoptions

Rules to teach: 
1. Housebreaking. Take your dog out on a long leash at two-to-three hour intervals to the area designated as the bathroom. Allow him to explore and get used to the area. When he poops or pees, praise effusively and then reward him with a few minutes of play, sniffing or a walk. The dog should be kept near you in the house so that if he begins to potty inside, you can reprimand (say "nah-ah-ah") and take him out immediately. Punishing a dog after the fact is ineffective and confusing to the animal. 

2. Jumping up should never be permitted. 

3. Chewing and mouthing is permitted only on dog toys. As you introduce your dog to each area of your house, take him there on a long leash. Bring along s
some toys and chewing items, and make them available on the floor

4. Stealing food. An important reason not to feed dogs table scraps is that it leads to food-stealing

5. Running, wrestling and other rough play should not be allowed in the house. Make toys and chews available.

Some Management Rules That Owners Must Learn: 

1. Correct, praise and re-direct. If the dogs ignores corrections, work to improve your communication skills. 

2. Pay attention and be consistent. Don't send mixed messages. If you correct behavior sometimes and ignore (or even inadvertently reward) it other times, you dog will be confused and never behave reliably. Keep the rules simple and enforce them, but always remember to praise. 

3. Dogs look for authority in their lives. If none is forthcoming from people, they begin to act as their own bosses and may even try to push around their human companions using growling, snapping and lunging. Leadership with a dog is a positive relationship, not based on punishment or abuse. Shortly after you've adopted your dog, enroll in a positive reinforcement-based obedience class to get expert help in developing leadership and control. This greatly reduces the possibility of problems later. 

4. Dogs should not roam when no one is home. A newly adopted dog that is free to wander in the home in the owner's absence is almost certain to get into trouble or practice bad habits. In most cases, the damage is not done out of spite, but because the animal is nervous, stressed, frightened, stimulated to escape, bored or just exploring. Restrict the dog's access when you are out, at least until he has comfortably adjusted to your home. To do otherwise jeopardizes your possessions, the dog's safety and your new relationship. 

5. Never tie or tether a metal training (AKA "choke collar," though if it's choking the dog, the handler is using it incorrectly). This can kill your dog, and should be used only when leash-walking and only after learning to use it correctly. Incorrect use of a training collar will cause problems rather than cure them. Keep a regular leather or nylon collar bearing license and i.d. tags on the dog. 

Dogs have an amazing way of making people happy. You can enjoy all the benefits with some well-directed efforts to help your dog adjust to life in your new home."



Puppies and kittens get a series of 3-4 dhpp/fvrcp vaccines all 3-4 weeks apart.

Puppies get started on heart-worm preventative by 4 months of age. If not started by 6 months will require a heart-worm test.

All puppies/kittens are  wormed 2-3 times.

Spay/neuter and rabies vaccines around 4 months of age.

Year round heart-worm preventative.

Nine month to year round flea preventative.

Trifexis is a heart-worm, flea and worm pill all in one and can be purchased at your vet office. Can be given year round.

All animals over the age of 7 have a senior wellness screen annually.

All animals with dental disease stage 2-3 or greater have a dental cleaning.

All animals have an annual fecal exam.

House Training

1. Take a positive rather than negative approach. There must be no punishment only praise
2. Remember that house soiling is just a dog’s natural behavior occurring in a place we don’t want it to            
3. Never leave a pet unattended in any area in which you do not want them to eliminate
4. Never punish them if you find an accident. They won’t connect your anger with the accident and it won’t teach them anything except that you are someone to be feared. 
5. Establish a routine/schedule 
Take them out: 
First thing in the morning
After meals
After play
After naps
At “signs” of interest (sniffing, circling)
Every 20 to 60 minutes while awake
Last thing at night
6. Take them to same place every time
7. Reward them for performance in proper place with verbal praise and treats
8. Praise and rewards ARE the secrets
9. Use a command such as “Let’s go potty” or “Do your business” and repeat until success
10. If you catch them in the act indoors, interrupt with “Outside”  or “No” in an urgent tone and quickly take them outside to their place DO not spank or rub their nose in it this will only teach them to become secretive if they finish outside reward them with praise and treats 
11. Consider using a crate to confine them anytime you cannot watch them 
12. Do not clean up accidents with ammonia. Use soap and water and an odor neutralizer
13. If you are having difficulty keeping track of your pet, attach them to you with a leash
14. Training can vary depending on the situation your pet is coming from so PATIENCE is the key it will take your new pet a few weeks to adjust to their new surroundings 
15. Sometimes new pets have a hard time alerting their humans when they need outside. Some families attach a set of bells to their door knob and train them to use the bells to alert them when they need outside. 
Dogs feel most secure when they can predict their daily routine. Initially, work out a schedule and be prepared to adjust it in those first few weeks. It won’t take long until you have a routine that suits both you and your new pet.


A crate is a great way to keep both your dog and your home safe. If you decide to use a crate, make sure that the crate is always a positive place. A crate should also be the appropriate size which means the dog should be able to stand up turn around and lay down comfortably when inside. 

Never use a crate for punishment. When introducing a dog to a crate, use a happy tone of voice and tell the dog to “kennel up.” Once the dog has entered the crate, give her lots of praise and perhaps a treat reward. If you have a difficult time getting the dog to enter the crate or if the dog seems afraid, try leaving the crate door open and placing the dog’s food and water bowls just inside the door. Allow the dog to wander into the crate and eat at her leisure. Once the dog seems more comfortable with the crate, you can try confining the dog to the crate for short intervals.

Never confine a puppy to a crate for longer than four hours at a time, or an adult dog for longer than eight hours at a time. Remember, the dog will not want to soil his crate, so forcing the dog to stay in the crate longer than he can comfortably “hold it” is inappropriate.


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