If you adopt a dog, you and your new pet will spend the first couple of weeks "getting to know one another". He doesn't know why he has come to your home or what is expected of him. Please be patient with him and anticipate problems before they occur. Don't leave tempting shoes, clothing, or children's toys within reach of your dog. If he is left out in your backyard while you work, please understand the first few days will be rough on him. Try to leave the home with as little fanfare as possible. Tearful goodbyes do nothing but add to your dog’s anxiety.
When he’s first settling in, your dog may experience shyness, anxiety, restlessness, excitement, crying or barking. He may exhibit excessive water drinking, frequent urination, or diarrhoea. His appetite may not be good. If any of these symptoms last more than a few days, call your veterinarian. Your new dog must learn a whole set of new rules. Be patient and be consistent. If you want him off the furniture, don't allow him to sit on the couch "sometimes". Don't allow him to do something one time and forbid it another.
A training lesson with your dog half-an-hour a day will teach him the simple obedience commands so necessary in having a well-behaved pet. Just as we must teach our children manners, so we must also teach our pet.
Within a week or two, your dog will have settled into his new home and his new routine. Some will take a little longer. Very few are unable to adjust at all.
1. Write a summary of the text in English, including the most important points, using your own words whenever possible (maximum 50 words).
2. Find words or phrases in the text that correspond in meaning to the words and definitions given here.
- a) To see or realise beforehand: anticipate
- b) To show: exhibit
- c) External signs of an illness: symptoms
- d) Orders: commands
3. Complete the second sentence of each pair so that it has the same meaning as the first one.
- a) Don't leave tempting shoes, clothing, or children's toys within reach of your dog
- The writer advises us not to leave tempting shoes, clothing, or children’s toys within reach of our dog.
- b) His appetite may not be good.
- Perhaps his appetite won’t be / isn’t good.
- c) Don't allow him to do something one time and forbid it another.
- d) We must teach our pet manners.
- Our pet must be taught manners.
4. Answer the following questions in your own words.
- a) Why should you be patient at first when you adopt a new dog?
- b) How should you act if you want your dog to be well-behaved?
5. Have you ever had a pet? If so, describe it. If not, what sort of pet would you like to have, and why? (Approximately 120 words).
When I was about seven years old I had a hamster as a pet, but it wasn’t really a very interesting animal. It slept all day, and only came out of its nest at night when I had to go to bed. Then it only went round and round on a wheel it had in its cage. Sometimes, when it was asleep, I picked it up, but it often bit me quite hard with its very large front teeth. Also, it smelt bad, and my mother was always telling me to clean its cage. Then one day it escaped, and, though we looked all over the house, we couldn’t find it. In the end it turned up under a cushion on the sofa. Someone had sat on it. Really, I’d like to have a dog.