My sister recently rescued a dog and named him Otis. First, let's take a look at just how cute he is. These pictures were taken right after she rescued him. At that time he was very skinny from living on the streets (how sad!) and he was also very tired because the rescue agency just had him neutered. Look at those eyes. . .
Britni & Otis were meant to be together. It has been fun watching them bond. He is in love with his new mommy and rightly so- Britni is a great doggie mom. She has nursed him back to good health, signed him up for obedience classes, and even gives him doggie beer. He is a sweet dog who loves everyone and we are happy to have him as part of the family! Because she is such a good dog mom I asked her for some tips and here is what she said:
Tips for a Dog Mom:
- Remember that your dog can sense your energy! If you are nervous/anxious- so are they. Whenever Otis chokes on his food(almost daily) and when he reverse sneezes he gets scared and comes to me but since I do not freak out and just pat his back and tell him he is okay, he calms down quickly. But in another case, one day when I was sick and throwing up it made him nervous and he got sick as well :(.
- Celebrate the little things and when he is being good and doesn't even realize it! These reactions will help associate the dog with the owner being happy with him doing those things.
- Always have an emergency vet number in your phone-just in case.
- Let your dog be around other dogs. I first started taking Otis to obedience classes to get use to all different sizes of dogs. He now has a playdate almost weekly with a dog buddy and it keeps him happy/ healthy and entertained! Remember- you are usually the only person your dog has everyday so giving it a buddy is important! It also makes it easy when going on walks and encountering other dogs, much less barking and much more friendly sniffs :)
- If you are a heavy sleeper, have an accident prone dog, a dog that marks , pees when excited (people over) or know you will have a late night in the office: invest in some bellybands from pawlicity and line it with an overnight kotex pad (Yes my sister actually uses a maxi pad on her dog). This way, if your dog cannot hold its bladder, doesn't wake u in middle of night to go out or someone is coming over or having a dog playdate there will be much less accidents to clean up. I put my belly band on Otis when i leave for work, middle of night, and when he has playdates. When I am home he doesn't wear one and he only has accidents on nights he doesn't wake me up to go out or when he is excited on playdates, rarely when i am at work; but knowing he has one on i let him roam free around the apartment.
- If you do have a dog who chokes on his food by trying to eat to much at a time like mine does, or just eats to fat in general which can cause dog farts---which are always smelly; buy a toy that holds food in which only a couple pieces can fall out at a time when they play with it. I leave this out when i go to work so he can still eat and I don't have to worrry about him choking while i am gone.
- Remember that your dog loves you and to show them the love back and both of you will be happy!