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Hi all!

I'm new to this forum, and it seems like an absolute godsend from all the posts I've read.

I would really like some advice on my *potential* situation. I have agreed to adopt a beautiful little girl from Zakynthos in Greece, from a fab looking charity out there that rehomes strays and their babies. She will be able to come over from Greece to us (based in the UK) in early October after her rabies jab, for her doggy passport, and will be roughly 4.5 months by this point. I'd love some advice on a couple of things:

1) any tips for home checks? I have one scheduled for Wednesday and have ordered a bunch of stuff from Ikea including new units for shoe storage and TV/XBox to hide wires etc, as well as cupboard child-locks as our kitchen and lounge are all one room. The back of our freezer is exposed (wires, eek!) So planning on either getting some wire fencing to create her own space in the lounge/kitchen area but blocking access to wires, or getting some MDF boarding to prop against this area.

Stay with me folks...

2) anyone have any experience with helping newly adopted pups settle? Especially after the long DRIVE from Greece. I don't want to crowd her, but want her to know I'm her mama :)

3) finally, she is "the shy one" of the litter apparently, so is it wise to start doggy day care/ group puppy walks as early as possible or let her settle in first?

Any advice really appreciated!

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I've done home visits / checks for my fosters, we were really just looking to make sure that the adopter was who they said they were and the general condition of the home was basically safe. Now, rescue groups will be different but we weren't looking at how clean a house was or how big a house was. Just things like, if the adopter said they had no kids then were there backpacks and schoolbooks for kids or not? If the adopter said they had no pets, was there a litter box for a cat or dog bowls in the yard? Having a plan to keep the dog safe in one room for example is a good idea IMO.

I would just let the puppy have some quiet space in a safe area and calmly take her outside every 2 hours or so during the day (based on her as that is a rough estimate for how often she will need to pee). When you are home and can supervise, let her loose in the room with you and let her approach you and she sets the pace for interaction. A few high value treats like bits of cooked chicken can go a long way towards making friends :)

I would let a puppy settle in for maybe 2 months before any uncontrolled dog-dog interactions. What I mean is, one on one meetings with dogs you know is fine after a week or two when she is a bit adjusted and training classes are good, but dog parks and daycares where you don't really know the other dogs and what kind of encounters they might have should be reserved for when you know your dog better and she is better settled IMO
 

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Thank you, that is brilliant advice. The only reason I thought maybe socialise her sooner rather than later is that the place she's at now has lots of interaction with other dogs, cats and even a horse! So I didn't want to limit her exposure on arrival in case she got lonely or more shy. But you're right, best to try and judge her temperament first then go with the flow.

Thanks again!
 

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Baby gates are good or wire pens to keep her confined to a smaller area if she is not house trained. How big a dog is she? Lots of treats helps to get their attention and she will soon settle in. I got a year old Shih Tzu x Maltese quite a few years ago and it was almost a year before he would take a treat from me, had to just toss it on the floor. He is still cautious of other people but now at 10 years of age, he is my best buddy. I never did push him to be friends with everyone. He goes with me for walks off leash and never leaves my side and gets along with other dogs and still loves to play.
 

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She's a small dog, the charity reckon that she will stay a small lap dog for most of her life. Her mother looks like a Jack Russell cross, they don't know about the father, but think there might be some Spitz in there somewhere. My upstairs neighbour has said she'll walk her at lunch if she can on the days I'm working (part-time) so just want her to be able to get along with her two dogs and the other dogs at the dog park behind my house, it's a very sociable group apparently. I am not overly concerned about chewing etc, as long as it's not wires obviously. Just want her to be a happy friendly dog, as we live in the city.
Thanks for all the advice!
 
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