Christmas is certainly the time for gifts of animals – maybe not the best time because of all the stress,noise,people and snowy weather for potty training, maybe a good time because of vacations. If you are getting a youngster, fears learned at this critical time can be very hard to undo later. Good Breeders will not send pups or kittens home during such a stressful, noisy time.
I. Research may be a better use of your vacation time than potty training a new animal.
type of animal – preferably from shelter or breed rescue. If purebred, check out AunaturalK9s. They also link to some great yahoo groups on raw feeding and vaccinating the least.
what you need – litter boxes, harnesses (no collars for walks, please), ID tag collars, food bowls (no plastic please), bedding, housing, food,
Foods, vaccines, healing methods you can learn yourself.
Behavior training – dogs need to be trained for bathroom; not to chew the furniture/walls/clothes; not to jump on people, not to be rough/bite/bark/growl; not to dig or rearrange the yard; to come when they are called/sit/stay/wait for commands to go through door or cross street; to walk on a leash in a harness; to allow basic health care – toenail trim/brushed/combed/bathed/teeth brushed/pilled/gums looked at/feet examined – for a few
who you want on your holistic healing team.
What size crate do you want and read about crating.
dog parks, walking areas, fencing,
II. Basic holistic treatments to have on hand for new animals
Rescue Remedy (Bach) or other emergency (Green Hope, Spirit Essences, Anaflora, etc)
Walnut or other transition, anxiety, training essences.
Essences from Spirit Essences specific to adoptee – from shelter, foster, etc.
Phytomucil (Animal’s Apawthecary) for digestive upsets
III. Most important – give the new animal time to adjust. Rest time, especially if young, is critical. Crates are as much a protection for the dog or cat as to prevent them from damaging the house. Cats may do better in their own room for starters.
IV. Keep a journal (good one is Healthy Animal’s Journal by me) so you can learn who this new, wonderful, being is. What do they like/not like. What treatments deeply help them?
V. Listen to the show on the 7 keys to health and follow as many as possible.