A good friend of mine is getting very sick (kidney disease. :( ) and is having to give up his dogs, including a 1 year old Cheweenie mix named Titan that I'm adopting, initially out of guilt but he's just plain grown on me. I am really, really attached to the dog and am getting ready to bring him home.
Currently, Titan is left at home most of the day with four other dogs (his mom and siblings), and when i bring him home, he'll be alone most of the day alone. I know there's a nearby dog daycare that I could take him to a few times a week (I've seen a few questions about folks that are in similar situations that suggested this), and I can commit to the time to take him for walks, since i'm planning on doing more active stuff as it is.
I've lived with dogs, but I've never had one before. I read This question about getting ready for dogsitting and it answered a few questions, but what other things should I do to prepare my apartment to make sure Titan is comfortable? What should the first week or so look like as I get Titan settled into his new home?
A few things about Titan:
- As I mentioned, Titan is used to having his brothers and sisters around constantly. I don't know what to do for the poor guy about this.
- He's a digger, and destroyed a couch already. I just got a new one, so... yay.
- He's a small dog, so is there a good time or distance for a morning walk for him?