Updated: Oct 10, 2020
Just picked up our German Shepherd rescue,
get her. Dogs barking, volunteers walking
dogs, and dogs running around with
prospective owners during a meet and
greet. The location of the shelter leaves
a girl wanting the protection of a dog. In
order to bond with the dog that was selected
for us, we took her on a walk around the
rescue. While taking a break we found some
shade on the steps of an old church. Violet
took a seat right next to me. What a sweetie,
she stayed by my side the whole time. My
daughter met us during the middle of all
the activities and she fell in love with her
sweet personality and mild mannerisms. I
loaded her up and we were on our way home!
I had no idea what to expect. I was anxious
about everything! I made sure to doggie-proof
the home (getting cords out of the
way in case she was a chewer, and putting up
anything I didn’t want knocked over by a
wagging tail) before we brought her home.
Being new to the whole dog experience, I had
my dog-trainer friend, Kara Berk, meet us at
home to teach me how to best work with this
new addition to our family. Kara is a professional
dog trainer who helps people understand dog
behavior and helps people communicate in a
way dogs understand.
Kara showed me the basics - how to give
commands, how to get this little girl accustomed
to short periods of time at home alone, and how
to respond when she has any number of
behaviors to ensure I'm reading her cues.
Soon, Violet was making herself comfortable in her
new home and selecting the best spot in the yard
to do her business! We established a routine and some
feeding rules, and she is doing great! Violet is the perfect
first dog. She will protect our family, and she
knows I am her person!
Love that dog, Violet!