Roger Salmon column

Roger Salmon.
Roger Salmon.

Having a dog or cat or other pet is good for you and when it comes to getting a family pet it is easy to fall in love with a puppy or kitten.

It takes a special person to adopt an adult pet but there are many advantages to re-homing a mature dog.

One of those is knowing what you are getting. That adorable puppy may grow into a huge adult dog and you can never be certain what disposition it will have.

Some adorable puppies can turn out to be dogs that are difficult to control and some kittens may may turn out to have no affection.

With a grown pet, what you see is what you get, but it is important to remember that what you might not see is your new pet’s past. It has learned to live in a very different environment to the one you can offer.

That is why it is important to follow a few rules when helping an adult dog settle in.

He will need to be taken outside at frequent intervals (every hour or two) so he can relieve himself as accidents can happen until the pet is settled in.

If the dog does make a mess in the house firmly say no and take him outside instantly.

It is important to catch the dog in the act as a few minutes later he will not associate the reprimand with the past event.

On the other hand praise him with a kind “good dog” , a pat on the head or a food treat, every time he eliminates outside.

You can expect some problems initially. Your pet doesn’t know you or what you expect of him.

If you go to Animal Care, Woolfwood or Cats Protection you will find a large number of pets of all shapes and sizes and they will give you all the help to fix you up with a pet to suit your personal requirements.

You can be sure that your future pet has been vaccinated, neutered and checked over by a vet before you take it on and if for any reason you are not suited you can arrange to try a different pet.

Plan to spend time with your new family member and they will respond with warmth and affection.

Walks, play and just being together will make them feel happy and secure and give you years of devotion.