Kit is my first rescue dog in over 20 years. I think she had her decompression with the rescuer. She had been neglected and then surrendered at a little over a year to a shelter who contacted the rescue. By the time I met hera few months later, she had learned the basics about indoor living and niceties such as leash walking.
Other than not allowing her on the furniture (she is currently dozing on the other end of the sofa) or putting my face next to hers, I didn't follow any of those rules. We went for a hour long walk our first morning and each morning after that. During the first week, she met several friends and took a 2 hour beach walk. And she was so desperate for affection, that she got lots of petting and attention. I'm not sure what is meant by all affection should have a purpose. Is that like NILF?
Oh, I did keep her on a leash at all times outside because my gate had blown down. I remember thinking that was probably a good thing to keep her connected to me for the three or four week period before I had the front section of my fence replaced.
All in all, I think Kit was exceptionally easy to assimilate into the household. I believe the rescue did a great job with her. And she has the best temperament of any dog I have owned. Not too much fazes Kit. In the 4 months I've had her, she has loved every human she's met and has been friendly with all dogs and cats. She is close to perfect to live with. She's even quiet. Days go by that I don't hear her bark and when I tell her stop, she's like, oh, ok.
I would like to adopt a 2nd dog next year but part of me worries about upsetting the peaceful life apple cart. I can't imagine another dog being anywhere near this easy. Someone told me today I hit the lottery with her and I have to say, I agree.
Anyway, maybe if Kit hadn't been so happy go lucky, go with the flow, I would have done more along the lines of what the article suggests. I do try to take my cues from the dog. For instance, I train Kit differently than my previous dogs who I had from pups and grew up living closely with humans.
Thanks for sharing the article. I like to read what I can on rescue dogs. It has been interesting and fun watching Kit settle in and more and more show what an awesome dog she is.