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Adopting a Rescued Pet

We have adopted three rescued dogs in the last 15 years. The first one taught us a lot. She had been abused and was afraid of everything. She needed lots of patience and tender, loving care.

When anyone came to our door, which was fairly often as we had a business in our home, she would insist on the visitor petting her. However, as they bent down to pet her head, she would squat and pee. We learned this is called "submissive urination". So, we would ask our visitors to please pet her but not lean over. That worked well. Eventually, she stopped the urination.

She also did not respond well to the word, "No", in any tone or volume. She also outgrew this behavior. It took her a little bit to learn how to play with our other dog. At first she was aggressive and possessive of any toy, but our other dog taught her how to play. We have had her now for 12 years, and she is extremely loving and loyal and obedient.

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By KatherineC from Reno, NV

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