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The request result help you to show your API requests results.

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                            [description] => Dog food – dry and tinned, making sure the food you buy is good quality · Dog bowls – both for food and water · Dog collar and lead · Dog bed – ...
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                            [serp_description] => All you have to do is communicate your needs to the rescue centre. Be very clear about the type of dog you are looking for, and not just the breed. Try not to ...
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                                    [13] => How To Get A Rescue Dog To Trust You?
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				New Puppies Are Expensive
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				Choosing The Right Rescue Dog
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				Common Issues That Rescue Dogs Have
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                                                            [children] => Array
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                                                            [level] => 3
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                                                    [3] => stdClass Object
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                                                            [level] => 3
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                                                        )

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                                                            [level] => 3
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                                                        )

                                                    [5] => stdClass Object
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                                                            [level] => 3
                                                            [name] => Separation anxiety. 
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                                                        )

                                                    [6] => stdClass Object
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                                                            [level] => 3
                                                            [name] => Destructive. 
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                                                        )

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                                                            [level] => 3
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                                                        )

                                                    [2] => stdClass Object
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                                                            [level] => 3
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                                                        )

                                                    [3] => stdClass Object
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                            [body] => Rescue Dogs: A Complete Guide There are thousands of dogs waiting for homes in rescue centers across the country. Many rescue centers are becoming full and have to run dogs away. By getting a rescue dog you are creating space for another dog to get help. Many are denied a second chance because people prefer to get a puppy. Having a rescue dog may sometimes be a challenge but it is extremely rewarding. The bond you have with a rescue dog is very special because you have given them a home and helped guide them through their issues. It’s important to remember that not all rescue dogs are difficult, some have to be rehomed through no fault of their own and are well trained. You get a sense of achievement when you have a rescue dog, especially when you start to see improvements and how happy your dog is in their new home. For some dogs who have had a terrible start to life, you are giving them a new lease of life. They may have had bad experiences of humans and need to rebuild their trust. Buying a puppy can also be very expensive, with some breeds costing over £1000. Some rescue dogs are free but often you will have to pay a small fee to cover their costs to the rescue center. This is usually between £80 and £200, far less than the cost of a puppy. It’s also hard work bringing up a puppy. They require a lot of attention, can’t be left for long and need toilet training. Most adult rescue dogs will be house trained and have basic training. With a puppy, this has to be done from scratch. Rescue Dogs Have An Unfair Reputation . For those who work with or own rescue dogs, it’s easy to see that they can make loving companions. Unfortunately, there still seems to be stigma towards rescue dogs. People wrongly assume that rescue dogs are only unwanted because they have lots of problems and behavioural issues. Whilst this can be true for some rescue dogs, many are abandoned or given up through no fault of their own. For example, some dogs have to be rehomed because their owner has died or has become too ill to care for them. Others get rehomed because their owners are no longer in a position to care for them. If you know your dog isn’t getting the care and attention they deserve, there is no shame in trying to find a better life for them, with the help of a rescue centre. There are so many dogs in rescue that you can find the perfect dog for you. All you have to do is communicate your needs to the rescue centre. Be very clear about the type of dog you are looking for, and not just the breed. Try not to focus on the breed of the dog you want, instead think about the behavioural and personality traits you require. That way you are more likely to end up with a dog that is well suited to you, and less likely to have a rescue dog that has problems you won’t be able to cope with. Rescue centres generally know which of their dogs have major issues. A well run rescue centre will make you aware of a dog that has serious behavioural issues, and should let you know how much training will be required. Some more experienced dog owners are happy to take on challenging rescue dogs because they want a challenge, and they know these dogs may not find a home. It’s perfectly fine to say you don’t want a dog with any major problems, as long as you realise that not all dogs are perfect. All dogs, whether they are rescue or pedigree can develop behavioural issues. Do Rescue Dogs have an Unfair Reputation? . It’s sad that people still face prejudice when they say they have a rescue dog. People often say things like ‘your dog must be really hard work’ and ‘that’s good of you to take on a rescue dog considering how much trouble they can be.’ There are so many dogs in rescue centres needing homes, and it would help if they had a better reputation. You might only read about all the bad stories about rescue dogs, but what about some of the amazing things they achieve? ome rescue dogs go on to do wonderful jobs such as becoming a Medical Alert Dog or working as assistance dogs. Next time you hear someone bad mouthing rescue dogs, remind them that not all rescue dogs are bad news, and many deserve to be given a chance. We are breeding too many puppies when there are thousands upon thousands of rescue dogs waiting for a forever home. If you are thinking of getting a dog, consider getting a rescue dog instead of buying a puppy. Things to think about. Rescue dogs aren’t right for everyone. You need to think about the type of dog you are able to take on. Do you have the time to help train a dog with a few issues or do you need a dog that has basic training? Don’t get a rescue dog, or any dog if you work full time and no one will be at home during the day. It just isn’t fair to the dog. If you live in rented accommodation you will need to check that your landlord allows dogs first. If you own your house then it should be suitable for a dog. Most rescue centers won’t allow dogs to go home without enclosed gardens. Getting a rescue dog is a big commitment, some can live up to 20 years so you need to make sure your entire household is on board. Get everyone to meet the dog before you bring them home so that you know you are making the right decision. Some rescue dogs get passed from home to home and the last thing they want is for another person to give up on them. Some rescue dogs certainly aren’t perfect. Don’t get a rescue dog if you want your house to look like a show home. They may take a while to settle into their new home and could potentially damage your home. Rescue Dog or Puppy? The Big Question! . If there are so many dogs without a home in rescue centres and at the pound, then why do people still buy puppies? Some people want to get a specific pedigree breed, or are determined to get a super cute puppy. However, there are too many dogs that have been abandoned and surrendered through no fault of their own. Thousands of dogs go into rescue every single day, yet people are still set on buying a puppy. If you are thinking of getting a dog, then at least consider whether you could offer a rescue dog a loving home. Here’s 10 reasons why everyone should get rescue dogs instead of puppies. It’s rewarding Getting a rescue dog is definitely rewarding. When your dog, who once had a few niggling problems shows huge signs of improvement, you feel really proud. You have worked hard to give them a second chance and turn them into a well loved, balanced pet. Even if your dog has no issues, the simple act of giving them a home is very rewarding. This alone should make you think about the choice of having a rescue dog or puppy! Puppies are hard work It’s no secret that raising a puppy is hard work, and often compared to raising a child. You have to toilet train puppies and teach them everything. Rescue dogs often come with basic training. Getting a puppy is a huge commitment that should not be taken lightly. Puppies are expensive There’s no doubt about it, puppies are very expensive. Pedigree puppies can be over £1000 to purchase. Then on top of this you need to buy them everything they need to stay healthy and happy such as beds, toys and puppy food. Rescue dogs usually cost between £50 and £300 depending on which rescue centre you get your dog from. There are so many rescue dogs needing homes There are far too many unwanted dogs already. Give a rescue dog a home instead of getting a puppy. That’s one less dog getting stressed and upset in kennels because they don’t have a home to call their own. You build a special bond All rescue dog owners will tell you that you build a very special bond with a rescue dog. It’s a different sort of bond to the one you would have with a puppy. It’s perhaps, more meaningful and stronger because you rescued them. You could save a life You never know, if you get a rescue dog you could save a life. Many dogs are within a day or a few hours of being euthanised at the pound. Or they may have been seized as a neglect case, and nearly died in the process. Each rescue dog has a different story and many are hard to hear. It doesn’t fund the puppy farms Some people unknowingly buy puppies from puppy farms. By getting a rescue dog you know you won’t be contributing to this problem. It helps fund rescue centres It’s not easy running a canine rescue centre. There are huge costs to cover including kennels, equipment and also vet bills for injured and sick dogs. You usually pay a contribution fee towards a rescue dog, which helps go towards the costs of the rescue centre. Your money enables them to take on new rescue dogs and fund their charity. It’s a learning experience You learn a lot from getting a rescue dog. It teaches you about canine behaviour and also to appreciate the dog that you have saved. It can be tough at times, but it’s all worth it in the end. You are doing a good thing The bottom line is, when you take on a rescue dog you are doing the right thing. Finding a good rescue center. With so many rescue centers it can be difficult to choose the right one. It’s important to find a reputable rescue center that will support you through your journey of taking on a rescue dog. There are the major dog charities such as The Dog’s Trust, Battersea, The RSPCA, and The Blue Cross as well as many other smaller rescue centers Most rescue centers will only rehome within the local area so it’s best to look for centres near you rather than the other end of the country. Most reputable rescue centres will: Vaccinate their dogs Ensure that dogs are safe for rehoming Neuter/spay dogs or insist you get it done Carry out a home check Ask about your circumstances Provide guidance and support, even after you take your new dog home How To Find A Reputable Dog Rescue Centre? There are hundreds of animal rescue centres across the UK. It can often be difficult to know which one to choose. You also need to make sure you get a dog from a reputable animal rescue centre. There are a few things that you should look for when selecting where to get a new dog from. It’s definitely worth considering adopting a dog over getting a puppy. There are so many dogs all over the country in desperate need of a loving home. Rescue dogs can make wonderful pets with the right care and attention. Most of the major dog rescue charities offer an excellent service, which one you choose simply depends on your circumstances. This includes major animal welfare charities such as the RSPCA, The Dog’s Trust, Battersea and The Blue Cross. If you are thinking of adopting a dog here are some tips when it comes to finding a rescue centre. Vaccinations. Rescue centres should make sure that the dogs they rehome have had all their vaccinations. This protects the other dogs in the shelter and the people who rehome them. Check that the dog you want to adopt has had all their vaccinations. Dogs safe for rehoming. Some rescue dogs can be very challenging and sadly some dogs are not suitable for rehoming. Reputable rescue centres will put all dogs through rigorous temperament testing and will produce detailed information about a dog’s character and specific requirements. Neutering/spaying. Many rescue centres will make sure that all dogs are neutered or spayed before they are able to be rehomed. This is to reduce the chances of them producing unwanted puppies. Some rescue centres will include this in the rehoming fee whereas others will expect you to pay. Home checking. All reputable rescue centres do home checks for prospective dog owners. This is very important because they need to make sure that your home is suitable for the specific dog you want. Most rescue centres will expect you to have a secure, enclosed garden so that your dog cannot escape. Asking about your circumstances. Be prepared for the rescue centre to ask you about your circumstances. Reputable rescue centres will not allow you to adopt a dog if you work long hours and won’t be able to take care of them. You will be asked a series of questions about your lifestyle and the type of dog you are looking for. This is very important as it helps the rescue centre match you with an appropriate dog. Guidance and support. Some of the better rehoming centres will offer you ongoing support and advice throughout the process. For example, if you take your new dog home and experience a few problems you should be able to speak to them and get advice. Questions the rescue centre will ask. When you apply for a dog the rescue centre will ask you a few questions to check you are in a position to take on a dog. They will ask what sort of dog you are looking for, for example, large or small, short or long haired and active or less active. When you go to get a rescue dog try not to be influenced by looks and breed, it’s a dog’s character that is most important. They will also ask whether you have an enclosed garden. This is essential so that your dog doesn’t escape but also because they need an outdoor area where they can exercise. For certain breeds of dogs such as huskies who can jump really high your fence may need to be over a certain height. The rescue centre will also ask you about your lifestyle. Dogs cannot be left on their own for longer than three or four hours. If your work full time and no one is around to look after the dog they won’t allow you to re home a rescue dog. In some cases, the rescue centre will require you to have experience of a certain breed if you want to take a challenging dog home. Knowing the traits and how to deal with a particular breed really does help. You will also be asked whether you have children. This is because some dogs are not able to live with children. For example, a very bouncy, boisterous dog cannot be re homed with young kids as they could accidentally knock them over and hurt them. If you have children you need to find a suitable dog for your family. The rescue centre will talk to you about what age of dog you are looking for. Don’t rule out getting an older dog as they can make excellent companions and are far less work. If you are going on holiday consider applying for a rescue dog after you return. Most rescue centres will be reluctant to re home a dog if they know you are going away. Bringing your rescue dog home. Bringing a rescue dog home can be very exciting but also a little daunting. For them, it’s another change in their routine and an unfamiliar environment. Bare in mind, it will take them some time to settle. It’s best to be prepared with everything they might need such as Dog Food, a Dog Bed, a Collar and Lead, Toys and dog bowls. You will also need to make sure they are safely restrained in your car when you bring them home from the centre, so get a car Harness, seat belt or Crate. The best thing you can do for your new rescue dog is to get them into a routine so that they can begin to know what is expected of them. Provide them with a warm and cosy place to sleep at night and feed them at roughly the same times. Be patient, they will be a little overwhelmed at first. You need to allow time for them to bond with you, once your bond becomes stronger they will be much more receptive to training. You might want to take them to a few training classes, this not only improves their behaviour it also helps to strengthen your relationship. If it’s safe to do so, take them out on walks where they can socialise with other dogs and people. Remember to keep their training consistent and make sure everyone in your household sticks to the same rules. 5 Hurdles You might Face When Looking For A Rescue Dog . Adopting a rescue dog is an exciting time. If you have decided to adopt, you are doing the right thing. But before you go searching for your new companion, it can be helpful to be aware of some potential hurdles you might face. Adopting the ideal dog for your family, lifestyle and situation isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it in the end when you get to bring an adorable new dog home. Here are five hurdles you might face when looking for a rescue dog and how to overcome them. Finding the right dog . One of the biggest hurdles you will face is finding the right dog. If, after a few visits to dog rescue centres you haven’t found ‘the one’, don’t be discouraged. It's important not to rush into a decision, otherwise you might end up taking a dog home that’s clearly not right for you. If things don’t work out it can be stressful for both you and the dog. >Most rescue centres will allow you to take a dog home on a trial. This is a good opportunity for you to see if they are the right fit, as a lot of dogs behave very differently at home compared to in the kennels. Some dogs don’t cope very well in kennels, so keep this in mind and don’t dismiss them at first glance. It’s normal for certain pooches to bark their head off in the kennels, but as soon as they are settled in a home they are far more chilled. Instead of falling head over heals for the cutest dog at the rescue centre, consider which dogs may be best suited to your needs. It’s far better to choose a dog based on their personality over their looks. Take some time to get to know any dogs you are interested in to get an idea of their character and temperament. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a dog: Do they suit your lifestyle? Are you looking for a high energy or low energy dog? What age dog would be best for you? What behavioural traits are you willing/not willing to work on? Do you have a connection with the dog? How much time and energy will you be able to offer them? Is your home suitable for your chosen breed/size of dog? Criteria For Getting A Rescue Dog - Questions The Rescue Centre Will Ask . Rescue centres have certain procedures to follow when they are rehoming a dog. They want to make sure that their rescue dog goes to the most suitable owner, and that new owner has the ability to give the dog what it needs. Before you head down to your local rescue centre, consider some of the points below. The last thing you want to do is go and see a dog, fall in love with it and realise you can’t take it home. Here are some questions that the rescue centre will probably ask you. What Type Of Dog Are Your Looking For? . You need to have a good idea about the type of dog you are looking for, as this will help the rescue centre to find you a good match. Try and keep an open mind when it comes to breeds, because you might find a very suitable dog at the shelter that may not be the breed you expected. Think about the size of dog you want, what sort of coat you would like them to have, what age of dog you are looking for and the type of temperament you would prefer. For example, do you want a docile, gentle dog or an energetic, active dog? Do You Have An Enclosed Garden? . Most rescue centres will expect you to have an enclosed garden. When you bring a new dog home it’s important that they can run around in a garden without escaping. Some breeds of dogs such as huskies need taller fences as they can jump very high. At Home For Most Of The Day? . If you want to adopt a rescue dog then you will need to be at home for most of the day, or have someone who can look after your dog. If you work full time and will be out of the house Monday to Friday it’s unlikely that you will be allowed to get a rescue dog. It’s not fair on the dog if they are going to be left on their own for long periods. Do You Have Previous Experience With The Breed? . For some more difficult and challenging breeds of dog the rescue centre might request an owner that is experienced with the breed. Some breeds are not suitable for first time owners and require more training and patience. Do You Have Children? What Ages? . The rescue centre will ask if you have children, and if so what ages they are. This is because some bigger and most boisterous dogs are not suitable for young children. They could knock them over and some nervous dogs are best off being rehomed with older people. What Age Of Dog Are You Looking For? . Do you want a fairly young dog? You can get puppies from some rescue centres although they do tend to get snapped up very quickly. Don’t dismiss getting an older dog though, they are often easy to look after and make wonderful companions. Are You Going On Holiday? . It’s not a good idea to adopt a rescue dog if you are planning on going on holiday soon. Your new dog will need to settle in and leaving them early on will not help. The rescue centre will probably ask if you are going on holiday in the near future. Just wait until after you get back and you can get cracking with the adoption process. Another major hurdle that people come up against is passing the rehoming criteria. Many rescue centres will have a set of requirements that prospective adoptees need to meet. Some of these can be a little frustrating and not seem that important, but these measures are in place for a reason. Rescue centres want to make sure they rehome dogs into suitable homes. So, before you get your heart set on a particular dog, it’s best to check whether you would qualify to adopt them. Most rescue centres will list their criteria on their website or adoption forms. If you are unsure, call them up and ask. Here are some examples of common things that they require people to have: A secure garden, sometimes with 6ft plus high fences Someone at home for most of the day. Lots of centres won’t rehome dogs to people who work full time. If you are rehoming a more challenging breed with specific needs, some centres will expect you to have previous experience with similar breeds. Some dogs cannot be rehomed in households with other pets such as dogs, cats and small furries. Home checks . Before you can even think about bringing a rescue dog home, you need to ensure your home is dog proofed. You don’t want your new pooch getting themselves into trouble, escaping or harming themselves. Remove any hazardous objects, secure your garden, check your home for any escape routes, and make sure your dog will have enough space to play and run around. It’s best to get these thing sorted before you start looking. Don’t attempt to lie to the rescue centres just to get the dog you want. For example, some people say they have a secure garden when they don’t. A lot of rescue centres will carry out a home check after you have reserved a dog, to make sure your home is suitable for them. So they will obviously notice if your garden isn’t properly enclosed, or if you don’t have a garden at all! Getting all family/household members on board . It’s important when you decide to look for a rescue dog that all family or household members are on board. There’s no point looking for your dream pooch, only to find out that your partner doesn’t really want a dog. It gets your hopes up, and if you do end up bringing a dog home and they aren’t really up for it, it’s not really fair on the dog. Everyone will need to work together and commit to taking on board and training a rescue dog. Finding the right time to bring them home . A lot of people suddenly decide they want to adopt a dog, and then realise they are not yet in a position to actually bring them home yet. For example, you might have a holiday booked, or have a busy few weeks of work ahead, in which case, it’s not an ideal time to take on a new family member. Some rescue centres won’t let you adopt a dog if you have plans to go away in the near future. Even if you do have someone to look after your new pooch, it’s not ideal for them, as they need more time to settle in before being looked after by a stranger. It can be so tempting to just go out and get a dog, but you and your new companion will be better off if you bring them home at a time when you will be around for them. 5 Reasons You Should Consider A Rescue Dog . Taking on a rescue dog is a huge commitment and it can be a challenge, but it’s definitely worth the effort. There are so many dogs needing homes around the country that you will be able to find a dog that suits you. You can still choose the type of dog and the breed you want, one of the best ways to do this is to contact the specific rescue organisation for that breed. They will know their characteristics and will be able to place the right dog with you. Or you can go to your local rescue centre and see what dogs they have available. It’s best to have an open mind as personality and temperament are more important than how the dog looks. Most rescue centres will get you to fill out a form or sit down and talk to you about your lifestyle and what sort of dog you want. It’s no secret that some rescue dogs can have existing problems and can be more difficult to train. Some might make perfect pets but others need a lot of patience and hard work. Many of them have had a very tough start to life and may have been mistreated or not received any training. Make sure you are prepared for this and ready to take on a challenge. When you meet dogs at rescue centres you can do certain things to evaluate their behaviour and get information on any existing behavioural issues. If you are thinking about getting a dog and don’t know where to get your dog from, read on to discover why rescue dogs can make fantastic pets and can change your life for the better. It’s Rewarding . The bond you have with any dog is special, but after you have saved a rescue dog you will understand why this bond is particularly special. They depend on you and it takes time to build up trust, and when they do turn into a treasured family pet you really do get a sense of achievement. It is very rewarding taking a rescue dog home and giving them a wonderful life. Turn Their Life Around . There are some very tragic stories about rescue dogs who have been through terrible ordeals. They may lose their trust in humans and it could take a few years for them to get back to normal again. If you take them on and nurse them back to health then you will have completely turned their life around and given them a loving home. Learn More About Dogs . If you take on a rescue dog you will learn so much about canine behaviour. You might have to spend a bit of time training them the basics and getting rid of certain bad habits. Some of the common behavioural issues that rescue dogs have include separation anxiety, a lack of socialisation and chewing. Some of these issues can be easily overcome with the right training. You will learn lots of new training techniques along the way. Meet New People . Rescue centres will keep in touch with you and let you know about events and opportunities to meet other rescue dog owners. If your rescue dog needs training then you might want to take them to training classes where you will meet other owns going through a similar experience. New Puppies Are Expensive . Most rescue centres will charge a fee for their dogs, this is mainly to cover their expenses such as food, bedding and vaccinations. The price for rescue dogs ranges from free to about £150. If you get a new puppy you can expect to pay between £300 to £1500 depending on what breed you choose. Choosing The Right Rescue Dog . If you are considering getting a rescue dog then you are doing the right thing. There are thousands of dogs in desperate need across the UK. If you don’t need to get a puppy then choose a rescue dog instead. They can bring joy to your life and the whole process is very rewarding. It’s nice to know you have saved your dog and given them a second chance. Some dogs have had a very tough start to lie and deserve to have a loving home. Now you know you want to get a rescue dog, it’s time to start thinking about what sort of rescue dog you want.There are so many different dogs to choose from, dogs of all different breeds, ages, sizes and temperaments. When you are visiting rescue centre or looking at rescue dog pictures online it’s easy to fall for an adorable dog, but are they really right for you? Try not to go on looks too much and instead try and find a dog that has the perfectly personality for you and your family. Before you even start looking for a new rescue dog you need to sit down and think about your requirements and at you want from them. Here are some of the main things you need to think about before bringing a rescue dog home: What age dog are you looking for? Do you want them to be ongoing and boisterous or quiet and relaxed? Do you have kids? You need to find a dog that is good with children? Do you want an active dog that needs a lot of exercise? How long are you out of the house every day? Do you have an enclosed garden? What sort of breed would you like? What size dog are you looking for? After you have asked yourself the above questions you can start looking for the right dog at rescue centres. One of the best ways of finding the right dog for you is to go and meet lots of dogs. Spend a bit of time with the dogs you like, take them for a walk and see what their personality is like. All these things will help you to determine whether you have a special connection with the dog. If you want to get a dog that is a breed you have never had before then try and research the breed characteristics. Some breeds are more difficult than others and require more specialised care and experienced owners. Look into what the traits are of the breed and think about whether you can cater to their needs and if they are the right dog for you. Some rescue centres will let you take your chosen dog home for a short trial. If you have the opportunity to do this then it’s definitely worth a try. You can really see what they are like in your home and as they settle in you can see if they are right for you, your family and any other pets you have. Not all rescue centres allow this so the next best thing is to spend as much time getting to know the dog at the centre as you can. Make sure that they get to meet every family member and everyone is on board with getting the dog. Common Issues That Rescue Dogs Have . Everyone knows that rescue dogs can have their fair share of problems. In fact, they don’t have the best reputation, and unfortunately for this reason many people are put off getting a rescue dog. Not all rescue dogs have horrendous issues. Yes, some of them come with baggage, but there are plenty of perfectly behaved rescue dogs out there too.When you look for a rescue dog, you can find a dog that meets your exact needs. The rescue centre should tell you if they have any issues, and you can decide if they are the kind of issues you can live with. Here are some of the common issues that rescue dogs have (it’s also important to note that all dogs can have these problems, not just rescue dogs). Fear of people. As many rescue dogs have been abused and had a terrible start to their lives, they often mistrust humans. Who can blame them when all they know is cruelty and mistreatment? For some rescue dogs, they may have been put through so much that their fear sadly turns to aggression. However, it’s amazing how some dogs can learn to trust people again. They might have been treated awful, yet they meet a new human who is kind and see that not all humans are mean. Extremely nervous. Some rescue dogs can also be very nervous and scared. They might be terrified of the outside world and get spooked by simple things like cars, bikes and loud noises. There are some cases where dogs are locked up in cages or a dark room, so they don’t really know what the outside world is all about. They need a special owner to come and show them the ropes, and gradually encourage them to come out of their shell. Aggression towards other dogs. A lot of rescue dogs are poorly socialised. They may not have had much interaction with other dogs or been allowed to play with their canine companions. This means they have to learn doggy social skills at an older age, with the help of a dog trainer. They also need a patient owner who will work on their socialisation by teaching them how to interact nicely with other dogs. Again, some rescue dogs may never get along with other dogs and might have to be kept apart from them or wear a muzzle when on walks. However, a lot of dogs can be successfully rehabilitated given the right training. No recall. Some rescue dogs will have absolutely no recall. However, this is definitely something you can work on over time. They just need to build a bond with you and undertake some recall training. They may have previously been allowed to roam free and do what they want, and have no idea that they are expected to return to their owners on command. Some breeds struggle with recall more than others, and often have to be kept on a lead (for example, Siberian Huskies). For some owners that isn't such a problem as they can find other ways to exercise and stimulate their dog. Complete lack of training. A small minority of rescue dogs have had absolutely no training. Either their previous owners haven’t bothered to teach them how to behave properly or they just haven’t had owners at all. It doesn’t take too long to teach a smart dog some basic training. You can have them doing a sit and a paw in no time, as long as you have some tasty treats of course. Separation anxiety. There are some dogs who adore being around humans so much that they just can’t cope on their own. They may have never been left on their own and always had people around them, so they don’t understand what’s going on when someone leaves them unattended. These type of dogs do need a special home, where someone is around most of the time. They can then be gradually taught to be left on their own. Destructive. Unfortunately some rescue dogs are destructive. They might chew and scratch things when they are bored, left unattended or stressed. Again, this behaviour can be managed by the right owner with the help of a canine behaviourist. If they don’t get too stressed, they can be created and left for short periods so that they are unable to do much damage. Some people just won’t allow a destructive dog into their home, but there are a select few dog owners that will take the time to work on this problem. How To Get A Rescue Dog To Trust You? Taking on a rescue dog can be a difficult challenge, especially if they have existing issues. You need to build up trust and help to improve their confidence. Settling into a new environment is always going to be daunting for a dog, the first few weeks will be the toughest while they adjust to their new surroundings. If you have a new rescue dog then here are some tips to help you to get them to trust you. Get into a routine. The first thing you need to do is settle into a routine. Be predictable and stick closely to your new dog's daily routine. They will become more at ease once they know what is expected of them on a daily basis. This means having set feeding times and walking times. Always let them out to the toilet first thing in the morning, when you return home, after eating and last thing at night so they know when they will be able to go. Settling into a routine will help to build trust between you and your new rescue dog. Feed them and offer. One of the best ways you can get any dog to trust you is to give them food. However, if your rescue dog is not very food orientated you may have to try other rewards such as giving them a toy. Simply giving your dog their daily meals will help to improve your relationship. Give them tasty treats regularly and they will gradually begin to trust you. If there are a few people living in your household make sure everyone spends time with your new dog and gives them treats. Play with them. Play is an excellent way to build a bond with your dog. Spend lots of time with your new rescue dog playing different games such as fetch and tug of war. Find out what sort of toys your dog likes the most by trying out a range of toys. Go on walks together. Dogs tend to trust and respect the person that takes them out on walks. Take your dog out for regular walks to different places. Be patient. Don't get agitated to show that your are annoyed if your dog is taking a long time to get to know you. Some rescue dogs have been through awful ordeals and it can take years for them to get back to normal. You will see small improvements but don't expect a miracle. If you put too much pressure on your new rescue dog you could make them worse. Every dog is different , it depends on their background and temperament as to how long it will take them to trust you. Give them space. The worst thing you can do when trying to build trust is be over the top. Sometimes giving too much affection can make your dog feel uncomfortable. Remember not all dogs like to be hugged as it can make them feel confined. Give them some space to start off with until you know each other better. Don't leave them for long periods. Try not to leave your new rescue dog on their own for too long when you first get them. Leaving them alone in a new environment could cause them to become very anxious. Help them to trust you by gradually extending the time you leave them for and never leave them for longer than four hours. Teach them basic obedience. Doing some training and spending time teaching your dog some simple tricks is great for building your relationship. Your new dog will get used to your tone of voice and begin to read your body language. My Experience Of Rescue Dogs . My family have always had Weimaraners from puppies. We had one dog called Silber who was around when I was a baby. Then, at the age of six a new Weimaraner puppy was brought home, we named him Riki. My experience of dogs as a child would always involve getting a pedigree dog from a puppy. When I was 18, Riki, the dog I grew up with passed away at the age of 14 (this is a pretty good age for a Weimaraner). A few months later, my father also passed away. The house felt completely empty, and it certainly didn’t feel right without a dog. After many lonely months without a canine companion, my sister and I told our mum we wanted a dog. For some reason we knew we didn’t want a puppy, we wanted an older dog that could slot into our home. We didn’t have the energy or time to raise a puppy between us. I started looking for rescue dogs online, searching far and wide to find a Weimaraner that needed rescuing. I hadn’t had any experience of rescue dogs, I had only heard the negative side, that they all came with behavioural issues and were lots of trouble. However, that didn’t put me off and deep down I knew it was a huge generalisation. Experience of Rescue Dogs - Kaspur the Weimaraner . Eventually we found Kaspur, a four year old Weimaraner in need of a home. I remember going to visit him at the rescue centre. He was in a complete state, clearly not coping very well with kennels and had serious digestion issues. He was very thin, but still had bags of energy and jumped up with excitement to greet us. We took him out on a trial walk, and boy did he pull on the lead. Like most Weimaraner’s, he seemed a bit mad, but we fell in love with his character. The rescue centre said he had previously had four failed homes (we should have picked up on that warning sign!). The most recent owners were elderly and just weren’t strong enough for him. He clearly didn’t have a great start to life, being moved from home to home. It was clear that no one had been able to cope with him. Having had a lot of experience with Weimaraners and being used to strong dogs, we knew we could provide the right home for him. It was the middle of winter and it has recently been snowing, even in his coat he was clearly freezing and not enjoying kennel life. We just couldn’t leave him there, so we took him home that day. He whined for most of the car journey home, unsure of what was going on. Little did we know what sort of challenge we were in for, even though we had experience of rescue dogs! Kaspur was a very difficult rescue dog. However, it wasn’t his fault, he clearly hadn’t had the right training and constant love from a family. He had all sorts of issues. For the first few weeks he would cry all through the night, have the odd accident here and there and managed to get into the bins several times. He was also bad with other dogs, and would go crazy on the lead if he saw another dog. He was difficult to control, had no training on the lead and didn’t stop barking. We tried our best to help him settle in despite these problems. At one point my mum was considering taking him back he was so bad. He had had too many people give up on him. I was pretty sure we were his last chance, so I persuaded mum to let him stay. Kaspur was extremely difficult in the beginning. It took a lot of work to correct his behaviour and build his trust in us. We had a behaviourist come in and help us and took him to dog training classes. It was only after a couple of years that he really improved. Most rescue dogs will settle in quickly, but some take years to get over their problems. Nowadays, Kaspur is as good as gold. He is such a loving, loyal, wonderful dog and I couldn’t imagine life without him. I moved out a few years back and he lives with my mum. She has complete control over him and it’s amazing to see the progress he has made. He does exactly as he’s told and can be off the lead with other dogs. He’s still not perfect, he has mild separation issues when left in the evening and still needs a bit of work on his lead walking, but on the whole, he’s a pretty lovely dog. If it wasn’t for Kaspur, I wouldn’t have realised how amazing it is to have a rescue dog and rehabilitate them.; Experience of Rescue Dogs - Orla . After taking on Kaspur, I realised I had an interest in canine behaviour. I have always loved dogs, but I wanted to take my fascination further and learn more about them. I started a canine behaviour course which took place one evening a week for a year. I wasn’t living at home anymore, and didn’t get to see Kaspur as much as I would have liked to. I really wanted to get another dog, and I knew it would help me with my canine behaviour studies if I had one. I convinced my boyfriend to get a dog, and of course it had to be a rescue dog. We searched online and visited lots of dog rescue centres, looking for the right dog. We didn’t really have a breed in mind. We had both grown up with different dogs and wanted to get a breed that neither of us had had before. At one of the rescue centres we immediately noticed a wolf like dog staring at us from her kennel. She jumped up and licked the glass, and when we went to walk away, she barked at us. We knew instantly she was the one. Her name was Orla, and she was a pretty 1 year old Collie Husky cross with one blue and one brown eye. We took her for the standard test walk, and for half of it she was jumping around on her hind legs. Clearly she needed some training on the lead, but she was friendly and affectionate and very striking. All the reception staff loved her, and she would lay down and roll over for her belly to be rubbed. The rescue centre told us some basics about her background, she did have owners, but they let her stray all day while they were at work. We adored her, so we took her home that day. Orla has been completely different to Kaspur. She settled in right away and in general she’s a pretty good dog. She’s smart and hasn’t needed too much additional training. She has a few quirks and isn’t perfect, but she’s a pretty wonderful example of a rescue dog. She can be a bit of a handful when out and about, but she isn’t destructive, is toilet trained, doesn’t make much noise and is generally pretty chilled out. We love her to pieces and she has taught us so much. You definitely have a special bond with a rescue dog. I hope my story inspires you to embark on the journey of adopting a rescue dog, it can be hard work, but it is well worth the effort and extremely rewarding. Rescue Dog Training Tips . Taking on a rescue dog is very different to getting a brand new puppy, and you have to adjust your training accordingly. Rescue dogs may have developed certain behaviours that may not be desirable and are hard to get rid of. Some habits may take weeks, months or years to correct. However, your hard work will be rewarded and you will end up with a wonderful new companion. All you need to do is pick the most suitable rescue dog for your family and the training can begin. Here are some tips for training your new rescue dog. Routine . Your new rescue dog will be very confused when you first bring them home. They have to get used to a completely new environment and lifestyle. One of the best things you can offer them is a routine that they can get used to and feel comfortable with. Make sure they know where they should sleep, when they are expected to go to bed for the night, how they will be fed and what is expected of them. This will help them settle in faster and help them to understand the rules. Be aware that when you first bring them home you need to be strict, if you don’t want them to sleep in your room or in the bed in the long run then don’t let them do it at the start. Patience . When you are training your new rescue dog try and remember that training a rescue dog can take a lot of patience. They might not get the trick on the first go, and you will need to do lots of repetition. Try doing your training in different places, once your dog has mastered all the basic tricks at home, try taking them to a park and doing them. This will help you to have control over your dog in different places and get them used to new environments. Establishing a Bond . Perhaps the most important part in developing your rescue dog’s training is establishing a bond. The better the bond between you and your new pooch, the more likely they are to respond well to training. This is another thing that can take a lot of time as they need to learn to trust you. Playing with your dog is a good way to build a positive relationship, as well as regular training sessions and lots of strokes and cuddles! Once you have a strong bond you will have a fantastic time together and really appreciate the fact that you chose a rescue dog. Consistency . Your dog needs consistent training and commands, and to be able to do this you have to get every household member involved. Anyone who regularly comes into contact with the dog needs to learn the key commands as well as the rules. For example, you need to make sure that if you use hand signals, you are all doing the same hand signal for the same command. Rescue dogs may have been taught different things in the past for the same command. Regular Training . Try and provide regular training sessions so that you can improve your dog’s obedience and give them the time they need to improve. You can also take them to training classes in groups or with a behaviourist if necessary. It’s good to take them to classes where they can meet other dogs and improve their skills. Socialisation . Socialisation is very important for all dogs, but especially for rescue dogs. Take care when introducing your rescue dog to other dogs and use a muzzle if necessary. The rescue centre should tell you whether or not they are good with other dogs as they will have been tested when they arrived at the rescue centre. Get A Rescue Dog For Christmas . Everyone knows the old saying ‘a dog is not just for Christmas’. This saying was actually created by Clarissa Baldwin, the Chief Executive of the Dogs Trust in 1978. It has lived on in our minds ever since, and every Christmas we are reminded that it’s not necessarily a great time to get a puppy. Bringing a new puppy into your home at Christmas can be a little overwhelming. They not only have to adjust to a new home but deal with the chaos of Christmas. If you feel that you must get a dog for Christmas then try and do it a few weeks before, so they have time to settle in. Or you could even arrange to pick up your new dog after Christmas when things have calmed down. If you are thinking of getting a new puppy for Christmas just stop for a moment and think of all the rescue dogs that will be alone in kennels on Christmas day. Is their space in your heart for a special rescue dog that desperately needs a second chance? Consider getting a dog from a rescue shelter instead of getting a puppy from a breeder. It’s a wonderful feeling taking on a rescue dog and knowing you are giving them a better life. Owners often create very special bonds with their rescue dog because the dog really appreciates their love. Head down to your local rescue centre and see if any dogs appeal to you. It is very difficult to visit without falling in love with a dog or feeling sad for the dogs that don’t have a home. Only take on a dog if you are in a position to be able to give them what they need and look after them properly. If you do get a rescue dog around the Christmas period consider when is the most sensible time to bring them home. The rescue centre should be able to advise you on this. So many people buy cute little puppies at Christmas when rescue shelters are overflowing and many dogs are struggling to find a home. Do something really special this Christmas by getting a rescue dog, you could potentially be saving their life. You can also get puppies from rescue shelters, it’s not all older dogs. Although don’t rule out older dogs because they can make wonderful companions and are usually house trained. Hello,. We are very sorry, but the browser you are visting us with is outdated and not complient with our website security. Please upgrade your browser to a modern secure version to view our website.
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                            [body] => Rehoming a rescue dog: an all-encompassing guide Share This guide is brought to you by Dr Ashley Gray MA VetMB PhD MRCVS, dog insurance provider Vetsure’s founder.It’s estimated that in 2020, there were roughly 9.9 million dogs in the UK. Whilst the vast majority of these dogs are much-loved members of their families, it is a sobering fact that thousands of dogs find themselves in dog pounds and rescue centres each year. The Dog’s Trust estimate that there are roughly around 110,000 dogs needing rehoming at any one time. With rescue centres across the country consistently running at or above capacity, should you be looking to bring a dog into your life, it makes sense to, at least, consider adopting a rescue dog instead of buying a puppy.We’re all familiar with the slogan ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’, and we know that behind that slogan lies the unfortunate fact that many people don’t realise that bringing a new dog into their home takes a huge amount of preparation, perseverance and patience. For those adopting a rescue dog, the challenges can be much greater, and it’s vital for new owners to do whatever they can to ensure that their rescue dog adapts well to its new and loving home as quickly as possible.By choosing a rescue dog, you are saving the life of a creature who depends upon humans for care and shelter. You are giving them a fresh start and a new home, and in return, you will be given unconditional love. By following the simple steps in this guide, you can make the process of rehoming your dog as smooth and stress-free as possible for the both of you. Key points to consider before rehoming a dog. One of the simplest things to consider before rehoming a rescue dog is whether now is the right time for you to rescue. If you are planning a holiday, a house move, a new baby or a new job within the coming months, it might be a good idea to postpone your adoption until all of these distractions are out of the way. When a new dog comes into your life, whether a rescue or not, it’s really important that you can give him your full attention at all times. Rescue dogs, in particular, can be very nervous in their new environment, and a busy household with no routine can be terrifying for some dogs.If you do have enough time to give to a rescue dog, the next consideration should be what type of dog is right for you. Consider how much exercise you can offer your new dog, what level of dog-handling experience you have, and whether you need a dog that is comfortable with other pets or small children. For example, if you live in a busy city with small children and other pets, adopting a Border Collie that has only ever lived outside on a farm is likely to be a very bad idea! A rescue centre can talk through all of your needs and match their available dogs to your exact requirements. Don’t be afraid to take your time when choosing a rescue dog, and if you don’t think there are any suitable dogs when you visit the rescue centre, don’t be tempted to settle for something unsuitable, in the hope that you can ‘fix’ the issues. It’s far kinder, to the dog and to your family, to walk away and wait for the right dog for you.Making your home ready for your rescue dog. Spending some time preparing for your dog’s arrival can help him settle down as quickly as possible, and can make life a lot easier for you too. It’s inevitable that you and your new pet will feel nervous when you get home on the first day, so make life easy for yourself with some forward planning.The rescue centre should be able to advise you on what food your new dog has been eating, and it’s a good idea to stick with that for a week or two at least, to avoid any upset tummies. Treats are also a good idea, as they are invaluable as rewards when teaching dogs new behaviours. Don’t go overboard, though, as it’s easy to overfeed dogs. Decide where they are going to eat and keep that consistent. The place where you feed him should be quiet and safe – without the distraction of other pets or children.As well as food and drink, your dog also needs a safe space to call his own. This space is where he will sleep, but is also where he can learn to go when he wants some quiet time. Not everyone likes the idea of using a dog crate, but when used sensitively and responsibly, crates can be an effective tool in training your dog to be a balanced and happy pet. Most dogs actually love their crates and see them as their own ‘den’. Try covering the top of the crate with a blanket for added comfort and security.Pet insurance should be next on your list and the final things you need to buy before you bring your new dog home are a collar and lead, a plentiful supply of poop bags, and perhaps one or two dog toys. Rubber ‘Kongs’ are great for dogs, as they are virtually indestructible and can be filled with tasty treats to keep your dog entertained.Lastly, before you bring your new dog home, make sure that you talk about his arrival with all members of your family. It’s important to explain, to children in particular, that the dog will be very nervous about coming to a new home, and will need plenty of time and space to settle in. A house full of over-excited children, or visitors dropping in to see the new addition, can be overwhelming for a dog. Explain that there will be plenty of time to get to know the new dog once he’s had time to settle in.What to expect from the dog on arrival. Hopefully, you will already have spent some time with your new dog as most rescue centres will ask you to visit them several times before releasing a dog into your care. Usually, you’ll also be asked to take your dog for a few walks, to get to know him and to be 100% sure that you are right for each other. Even with all of this careful planning, your new dog may still be frightened by the rehoming process, and may even be travel-sick on the journey home. Once you get home, take the dog out of the car, put him on the lead and allow him to walk around the garden briefly, to go to the toilet and to get his bearings. Then bring him into the house, and show him his bed and food and water bowls.Make sure that your dog understands where his safe place is, so that he can go there whenever he needs to. If you’re using a dog crate, it can be a good idea to feed your dog in the crate too, so that he associates the crate with the positive experience of being fed. Don’t try shutting the door of the crate until the dog has come to see it as his own space.Only feed a light meal on the first evening, whilst your dog settles down. Don’t try to fuss the dog too much, and simply let him relax, whilst you sit quietly or go about your routine.With the sensory overload that comes with entering a new home for the first time, your dog may not be particularly responsive and may not want to be stroked or handled. On the other hand, he may be wildly over-excited and try to tear around the house. Let the dog go at his own pace, but try to control the environment so that he settles as quickly as possible.How to handle introductions when bringing a new dog home. When the time comes to introduce children and other pets, it’s important to take a softly-softly approach, to avoid distressing your new dog. Explain to your children that they should sit calmly on the sofa and wait for the dog to approach them. Tell them to sit quietly, without shouting or making any sudden movements. This will allow the dog to approach carefully and to assess these new and curious creatures on his own terms.With other dogs, it can be a good idea to have the first meeting take place outdoors, ideally, take them on a walk where there is more space for each animal to feel safe in. Let the dogs introduce themselves, but keep a close eye on them, in case you need to intervene.  Until the new dog is fully settled, make sure that mealtimes are closely supervised, and don’t leave your rescue dog alone with your other dogs.When introducing your new rescue dog to your cat, it can be a good idea to keep the dog on the lead, even if sitting in the lounge. That way, the cat can approach the dog and introduce itself in its own time, while you maintain full control of the dog. Always make sure that a cat has a safe space to escape to, if the introductions don’t go perfectly.Building a bond with your dog. It can be tempting to try to rush the process of bonding with your dog, by constantly stroking him or even picking him up. To a dog, all of this can be quite intimidating. It’s far better to take things slowly and allow the dog to come to you – just by spending time in the same room together, sitting quietly and speaking gently, the dog will soon come to realise there is nothing to be fearful of. Once you’ve got over the first hurdles of the dog being confident in your presence, you can work on building that special relationship through a variety of techniques. It’s important that your dog sees you as a provider of fun, so play freely and enthusiastically with him. However, be sure to let your dog know that you control when and how play time goes, this is important for training a well-mannered dog. Other things that can help to build trust include regular grooming and handling. Take this very slowly, and allow the dog to get used to you touching all parts of his body, including ears, feet, tail, head and muzzle. This can be a very long process with many rescue dogs, but with time, it will build a solid relationship between you.House training. It’s inevitable that there will be a few ‘accidents’ when introducing a new dog to your home, but there are ways to make sure that these are kept to the minimum. Try to ensure that your dog is let outside to go to the toilet on a regular basis, and particularly before bedtime. Tune into when the dog is trying to tell you that he needs to go outside – he may whine, or sit by the door, for example. A crate can help with house training too, as dogs do not like to soil their sleeping area, so he will learn quickly to go before bedtime and to strengthen his control, to allow him to last until morning.If you do have any accidents, avoid cleaning products that contain ammonia as these can actually encourage your dog to pee in that place again. Try white vinegar instead.Establish daily routines. Dogs are creatures of habit, and like things to follow a routine. By providing consistency, you’ll help him understand what his new life involves and he’ll grow into a relaxed pooch. Try to walk the dog at the same times each day, and keep mealtimes regular too. Don’t move the dog’s bed around, as he needs to be sure of where that safe space is.It’s easy to cut a rescue dog some slack at the beginning, telling yourself that he is just settling in. However, by allowing bad habits, such as jumping up, pulling on the lead, or using his mouth when playing, you could be doing more harm than good. These behaviours soon become entrenched, and it is much harder to train bad behaviour out of a dog than to train good behaviour in.Dogs usually learn things very quickly, so with some patience and calm perseverance, you should see the results of any training undertaken before long.Veterinary care for your rescue dog. It’s very important to try to get your new friend used to visits to your veterinary practice. The veterinary team need to be established as friends and associated with positive experiences as much as possible – not just times of illness. With this in mind, ask your veterinary team whether they would be happy for you to pop in for a free introduction – just an opportunity for your dog to visit the practice and be pampered by the staff – not examined, prodded and poked! So, if a veterinary examination or vaccination is due, maybe do this on a separate occasion. In an ideal world, your dog should have visited the vets on several occasions for a good pampering and maybe a treat before any more ‘practical’ visits are required. Most caring veterinary teams will be happy to oblige with this as they know how important it is for dogs to feel comfortable coming into the vets – particularly rescue dogs who may have had previous bad experiences.Conclusion. Dogs can find themselves in a rescue centre for all sorts of reasons. It’s easy to write off these animals as being ‘too difficult’ or ‘problem dogs’. 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                            [body] => 16 Things to Think About Before Adopting a Dog You’re an animal lover who wants to make the compassionate decision to adopt a furry BFF. You’ve probably spent hours trying to convince mom and dad that you’re ready to take on the role of a full-time dog guardian. You probably even know the closest shelters after spending so much time browsing the adorable pups on Petfinder and PetHarbor. But while your heart might be ready to shower a dog with love, it’s important to consider whether you have enough time, space, and money to add a new member to your family because caring for an animal is a big commitment. Here are 16 things you need to think about before you and your family welcome a rescued pup into your home: 1. Take your time making a decision. With all of the adorable “fur babies” in need of homes, you might be tempted to make a snap decision. However, it will be better for your future furry BFF if you put a lot of thought into it. For example, do you live in an apartment, or a house with a yard? Does your family travel a lot? Who will be there to let your dog out when you’re not home? Do your siblings want a new dog as much as you do? 2. Adopting means getting your pup from a shelter. Even though there are many wonderful dogs waiting in shelters for someone to adopt them, breeders and pet stores continue to produce and sell animals just to make money. For every dog bought from a pet store or breeder, a dog in a shelter has to be put to sleep. FreeImages.com/vee bee Pet stores cause countless dogs (and many other animals) to suffer, so adopt your pup from a shelter instead. 3. Make sure your family’s wallet can handle it! Dogs require a lot of care that can quickly add up to big bucks. When you’re responsible for a dog, you need to spend money on regular and emergency vet visits (just like humans, dogs can have medical emergencies!), bedding, a collar and harness, high-quality dog food, treats, toys, grooming … the list goes on. 4. It’s so important to get your dog spayed or neutered. . Every year 6 to 8 million animals in the U.S. are left at animal shelters, and half of them are put to sleep just because there aren’t enough good homes for them all. Can you imagine if you were killed simply because there wasn’t enough room for you in the world? The only way to help stop this is to make sure that no more unwanted puppies are born. 5. Dog tags and microchipping are a must! Accidents happen and you never know if and when your dog will get lost or run away. If you couldn’t find your way back home, you’d be able to call someone for help, but that’s not the case with dogs. Get a collar with proper tags that have your dog’s name and at least two phone numbers for you or your family. Microchipping (a simple procedure that the vet can do) is another great way to make sure your dog gets back home again! If you move, make sure you update the tags and give the microchip company your new information. Ask your parents to talk to your dog’s vet for more information. 6. Dogs need their teeth brushed, just like humans. Seriously! Dental health is important for overall health, so remember to brush your furry BFF’s chompers several times a week. Introduce the toothbrush slowly and gradually, with lots of positive reinforcement. You can make this a fun routine by rewarding your dog after each brushing. 7. Don’t forget about your furry friend’s nails …. Dogs’ nails should be trimmed regularly so that they don’t break, get snagged on something (which can hurt!), or get so long that they interfere with normal walking—if dogs’ nails grow too long, it can affect their gait and even their nervous system. Some dogs hate having their paws handled, but you can always take your pup to the vet or groomer once a month and let them handle it! 8. … and fur! Brushing dogs regularly helps prevent nasty matting and increases circulation to the skin—which keeps it healthy! Spending that quality time together can also be a nice bonding experience. Some pups need professional grooming, so sit down with your parents and read up on how much upkeep your new friend’s coat will need. Dogs don’t really need baths very often. It’s only necessary if they have a skin condition or if they roll in something smelly or dirty, so don’t go overboard with the shampoo—it can dry out their skin and remove important natural oils if used too often. 9. Keep an eye on what your dog eats. Some foods that are fine for people to eat can be poisonous to dogs. High up on the list is chocolate—but that’s not all. There’re lots of “human foods” that could also be harmful—like onions, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, and more. It’s also important to feed your pup high-quality dog food and treats, and be careful not to overfeed—obesity (being super overweight) causes major health problems in dogs and makes them very uncomfortable. And regular meals are much healthier than leaving food out all day long. 10. Dogs need toys and entertainment. Before adopting a dog, it’s important to pup-proof your home. Hide dangerous items such as chemicals, electrical wiring, and sharp objects—ask your parents to help you find good places for these things. But also, put away anything that could be viewed by your new dog as a toy. If you don’t want your homework or favorite pillow chewed up, be sure to keep them out of your furry friend’s reach. 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Dogs can’t possibly know how you want them to behave until you and your family teach them. 13. Prevent fleas, ticks, and worms. This is especially important from late spring into the fall, when these little critters are the most common. Ask your parents to purchase products that keep fleas and ticks off your dog (such as Comfortis) from your vet. And don’t forget about heartworms! Where there are mosquitos in the U.S., you can usually find heartworms—and heartworm disease can kill dogs. Thankfully, heartworm prevention is as simple as giving your dog a monthly medication, such as Heartgard (also available from your vet!). 14. NEVER leave your dog chained up outdoors …. It’s hard to imagine that anyone could ever leave their dog all alone outside to suffer, especially in bad weather, but unfortunately some do. It’s cruel and dangerous. If you know anyone who does this, speak up! Have your parents call animal control or local authorities. 15. … and never leave your dog in the car! 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                            [body] => Your Guide to Adopting a Dog for the First Time When you adopt a dog from a rescue or shelter, you’re giving them a second chance at a happy life with a forever family. Think you’re ready to adopt a dog? Start here! By Sierra Burgos August 24, 2020 Advertisement Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Adding a four-legged family member to your home can bring so much joy and happiness into your life—and we don’t just mean from the extra Instagram followers you’ll gain once you start sharing all those cute puppy photos. In fact, adding a dog to your family has the ability to boost your physical and mental health, and research has shown that dog owners may actually live longer, happier lives. But beyond that, there’s just something special about the bond between rescue dogs and their owners. Ask any pet parent of a former shelter dog, and they’ll tell you that while adding any new member to the family can bring challenges, the pros of adopting a dog definitely outweigh the cons.  Not only will you be providing a safe, loving home to one of the 3.3 million dogs who enter shelters nationwide every year, but you’ll gain a fur-ever friend who’ll bring endless happiness into your life.  Why Should You Adopt a Dog? . Ever heard the phrase, “Adopt, Don’t Shop?” It’s part of a national campaign that raises awareness about the benefits of adopting over buying from a pet store. When you adopt a dog from a shelter, you’re saving the life of a dog who otherwise would not have a home, and creating space for new animals to be rescued. About 90 percent of puppies from pet stores come from puppy mills, and adopting from a shelter takes business away from those inhumane breeding operations. Thankfully, the number of pets who are adopted versus bought is rising. Amy Nichols, Vice President of Companion Animals with the Humane Society, says that nearly 40 percent of companion animals are acquired through a shelter or rescue versus purchasing. Aside from saving animals who might otherwise be destroyed, here are three great reasons to consider adoption: Adoption is Cost Effective . Adopting a dog is often less expensive than buying a new one. Most rescue dogs have already had at least one round of vaccinations and have been spayed or neutered, so you won’t have to worry about those vet bills. The average cost to purchase a puppy is between $300 and $1,500, while the average adoption fee is much lower—typically between $50 and $300. Some shelters offer free adoption days, too, where fees for new owners are waived as part of an effort to create more room in the shelter. But even better than the lower cost of adopting versus buying a dog, you can rest easy knowing your adoption fees go back into helping save and care for other animals within the organization. You Can Find a Dog That Fits Your Family . By adopting from a shelter, you’ll also often have more information about the dog’s personality and appearance that you would get if buying one at a pet store. Rescue organizations are able to observe the dog’s behavior, so you’ll be better able to match your family’s needs with a pup who’s perfect for you. Ask about the dog’s activity level, how he behaves with children, and if he gets along with other pets and strangers. Adopting a dog instead of buying a puppy can also give you a better idea of what the dog will look like as an adult since many of the dogs available for adoption have already fully matured. Tell the shelter what you’re looking for in a pet, ask plenty of questions, and they’ll be able to help you find the perfect addition to your household. Adopt a Dog Who’s Already Trained  . Don’t have the patience to train a new puppy? An adoption organization can help you find a rescue that’s already house trained and knows basic commands. Even if you have a specific breed in mind, you can use shelter search tools like Petfinder or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) database to search for your dream breed. Are You Ready to Adopt a Dog? . If you or another member of your household is thinking about adopting a dog, but aren’t quite sure about making such a big decision, consider these questions before you take the plunge: What do you want a dog to contribute to your life? Do you prefer going on hikes or daily runs, or are you more likely to spend time lounging around the house? Do you want a snuggle buddy, or a pet who’s independent?  Is your current house or apartment suitable for a dog? Is there space for a pet to play, eat, and go outdoors? What parts of the home will the dog be able to access? How will your career obligations, social life, or vacations impact your ability to care for a dog? Do you have the time to give them plenty of attention? Do you have other care options for when you are away? How will the people you live with react to your new dog? Do you need a dog who’s friendly with children? Is anyone in the house allergic to dogs? How will other pets react to another animal?  Do you have the patience to socialize and teach a new dog? Can you persevere through all the accidents, chewing, and energy it takes to train a new pooch? Are you committed to the dog, no matter the financial cost? Are you prepared to pay for food, toys, grooming, and vet bills? If you can confidently answer the above questions, you should be well-prepared to take on a new dog from a rescue organization. Those willing to open their homes and hearts to shelter dogs will gain a lifelong loving companion. Your final hurdle is deciding which of the thousands of adorable dogs who need a home you’ll adopt as your own. What Supplies Will You Need? . Once you’ve decided you’re ready to adopt a dog, you’ll need to gather the supplies necessary to keep them happy and healthy. Check off each of the following essentials before picking up your new best friend: Dog food (what does the shelter/your vet recommend?) Bowls for food and water Collar, ID tag, and leash Crate or carrier specific to their size Dog bed Toys Treats Dog toothbrush and toothpaste Brush or comb Nail clippers House training potty pads Poop scooper and poop baggies Baby gate First-aid supplies How Does the Dog Adoption Process Usually Work? . You’ve answered the essential questions, you’ve gathered the supplies… So what’s next? You need to figure out where to adopt your new family member. You can start online and search for a specific type of dog through internet databases. Many shelters have their adoptable dogs listed online, so you don’t have to visit multiple locations to find your perfect pup. If you prefer to visit in person, do some research on the animal shelters in your area and choose a day to go in. Adopting a dog could take anywhere from a couple of hours to a few weeks, depending on the shelter. Some shelters require a home visit to see the environment in which the dog will be living. Others will ask for references and even a veterinarian contact if you have an existing animal in the home. Contact the organization to request the application and ask about requirements for adoption. When it’s time to bring your new family member home, remember to be patient. Put yourself in the dog’s shoes: He may have come from another home or even the streets, where his life was completely different. Be gentle and don’t expose him to everything at once. You’ve prepared your home and family as best as you can, and the only thing you can do now is show your new pup some love and patience. The adjustment period can take weeks, but trust us—the transformation is worth the wait. Close this dialog window Share & More. © Copyright Daily Paws. All rights reserved. Printed from https://www.dailypaws.com Close Sign in. . Close this dialog window View image. Your Guide to Adopting a Dog for the First Time this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines.
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                            [body] => How to adopt or rehome a dog It couldn't be easier to rehome or adopt a dog from us. Discover how you can find the dog that's rights for you, and your family, in just five simple steps. In our rehoming centres we have all sorts of dogs for all sorts of people. Each of our pups is unique and special - we're sure you will find the one for you! "When we met Khaleesi she immediately stole our hearts. The staff at the centre gave us lots of great advice and offered help over the first few months. I can't imagine life without her now. I'd recommend adopting a dog to anyone!" - Jemma, owner of Khaleesi Step 1: Find a dog or puppy online. We have all kinds of dogs in our care, from puppies to seniors, miniature dogs to large, energetic dogs and a vast array of breeds from German shepherds to labradoodles to dachshunds. We have dogs who have been abandoned and dogs who have experienced cruelty - who have never known life in a loving, family home. Some may have been born in our care. Either way, each of our dogs comes with a story, and a personality ready-made! Start your search for a dog today Step 2: Complete a rehoming application form. Once you've found 'the one', print and fill out an application form. Contact the centre the dog you like is being rehomed from and arrange to visit them - taking your completed application form with you. Fill out an Application Form Staff or volunteers at the centre will discuss with you the information you've provided and the needs of the dog you've chosen. If they believe that both you and your chosen dog are a good match then they'll arrange for you to meet. Step 3: Get to know your chosen dog. If everyone agrees the dog you've chosen is the right dog for you then it's time to get to know each other!  It's best for everyone from the household to meet the dog to rule out allergies or other issues, so you may be asked to arrange a second visit at the centre. Step 4: Home visit. One of our adoption support volunteers will visit your home to discuss your new dog with you, and give you tips on how to proceed. For example - leaving a t-shirt or blanket at the kennels gets them used to your smell, and gives them something familiar to travel home with. Your home visitor will give you lots of tips on caring for your dog, including any adjustments to your lifestyle that will help you and your dog to settle into a safe, secure and happy life together. This could include information on preparing your home and garden, removing potential dangers, shopping or the right collar and lead, identification tags, food, bed and toys. Step 5: Collect your new dog! When everyone is happy that your chosen dog is the right dog for you, and that your home is suitable and ready for it's newest addition, it's time to head back to the centre to have your new family member officially signed over! You will receive our dog adoption booklet (PDF 8.95MB) with lots of useful information to help get your new dog settled in. Your new pooch will be microchipped, spayed/neutered and fully vaccinated, as well as having up-to-date flea and worming treatment. This is all included in the one-off adoption fee. Each of our centres set their own adoption fees, from around £135 for adult dogs to £200 for puppies under six months. Although we can't give away our dogs for free, your adoption fees cover a lot of veterinary expenses - such as microchipping and neutering - that would usually add up after buying a pet. Settling in. Your new dog may be nervous while they get used to you and your home but be patient and don't worry if there are a few hiccups. Your local rehoming centre is on hand for any queries you may have. Plus you already have lots of helpful advice in your dog adoption booklet (PDF 3.14MB) on ways to help your new pet settle in. After a few weeks we'll arrange for our adoption support volunteer to come and see how you are all getting on. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get extra support if needed. Print How to adopt or rehome a dog Could you offer a forever home to a dog or puppy in our care? NARLA . BELLA . BEAUTY . BUDDY . REGGIE . SKYE . TATER . MIA . MONTY . LUCKY .   Rehome a rescued pet. Discover the steps involved to rehome a rescued pet a pet from us   Help for adopters. Come to us for advice and support after you've taken your new pet home.   Caring for a dog. Expert information on the needs of dogs, plus advice about how to be #DogKind and keep dogs healthy.              
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                            [body] => Rehome one of our dogs On this page An introduction to rehoming. Our dogs are bred and trained to work as guide dogs and we’re delighted that the large majority of them are successful.  However, dogs can be withdrawn from the training programme or from their role as a guide dog at any stage, or some dogs may retire, and we look to rehome them. Dogs that are not suitable for our work make great pet dogs! Some just don’t have the temperament to become a guide dog, some have a health condition that means they are not suited to our type of work and some simply retire. Many of our retired dogs will stay with their owner or a member of their family or friend but this is not always possible. In this section How you can help Fundraise How your school or youth group can help Donating Volunteering for Guide Dogs Campaigning Rehoming a guide dog How your company can get involved Help us from home Invite a speaker Covid-19 update: our rehoming service is operating but we have fewer dogs available for rehoming and as a result, some regions are not accepting new applications.Please check if your area is accepting applications before sending a rehoming application form. If an area is closed, your application will not be considered. We will review the situation regularly so please check this page again soon.Our retired or withdrawn guide dogs make wonderful pets, find out how our rehomed dogs have got on with their new owners.Read our rehoming inspiring storiesFAQs about our restricted rehoming service. When will you start accepting applications again? This varies based on the volume of applications in each region and the number of dogs needing homes. We understand that this is disappointing, but we hope by taking this step we will avoid disappointing a wider group of people and allow staff to get on top of the large number of applications we’ve received. We will be updating this page as things change so check back regularly for any updates. Can I apply anyway? Any applications we receive will be automatically deleted and will not be considered by our Rehoming Officers. (Exceptions will be made for Nominated Homes/Volunteers applying for one of their pups). Should I send my application to another area that is still accepting applications? No thank you! If other areas become overwhelmed, we will need to close these regions as well. We know it's exciting but please be patient and wait for your area to be open for applications.  Why are you not accepting applications? Throughout lockdown thousands of people having been sending in application forms, but we only have a handful of dogs who need rehoming. To avoid raising expectations, we’ve decided to stop accepting applications in the most popular regions. Things to consider before you apply. We’d love you to rehome one of our dogs but it is important to keep in mind the following when looking to rehome a guide dog: Cost. You will be asked to pay a rehoming fee of up to £500. All of our dogs are neutered, microchipped, health checked and have regular preventative treatment against worms and fleas. Those that rehome one of our dogs will be taking on all costs. Health. Some of our dogs may have a health condition that requires ongoing treatment or certain restrictions in activity.  Behaviour. It may be that one of our dogs has shown some behavioural issues such as: positive and negative reactions, recall issues, separation anxiety, poor travelling or poor lead behaviour. Dogs may have received different levels of training – some may not even have entered early training, so it is worth bearing that in mind too. Age. Typical ages of withdrawal from guide dog training are 1-2 years, but we also see quite a few retired dogs needing homes. Breed. It may be that we don’t have what is perceived as a typical guide dog breed to rehome. As well as Labradors, Golden Retrieves and German Shepherds, we also have Labradoodles, Poodles, flat coat retrieves, crossbreeds and others. Commitment . A dog must not be left alone for more than 4 hours in any 24-hour period. You must be able to meet the mental and physical needs of one of our dogs.  We are very fortunate in that we receive a high number of applications to rehome our dogs. This means that we are unable to offer everyone who applies a dog and some applicants will be unsuccessful. We are far more likely to have a suitable dog if you are willing to be flexible with the type of behaviour or veterinary needs your dog may have.  Owning a dog is a big emotional and financial commitment. We strongly recommend that people who provide a home for one of our dogs arrange public liability insurance and insurance cover for veterinary treatment. It’s important to us that our dogs have the best possible home and we need people to meet our essential criteria before we can consider rehoming one of our dogs. Still interested in providing one of our dogs with a loving home? Carry on reading!  Steps to rehoming a guide dog. Read the information on this page and check the essential criteria below to ensure that you are eligible to apply to provide a home for one of our dogs. Complete the rehoming application form. To complete the form, download and save it to your computer (please note, we cannot process forms completed via Xodo technology). Once complete, save it again and then email or post it to your local rehoming team using the information below. Please contact your local team if you need this form in a different format. One of the team will be in touch if we need further information to support your application. If you haven't heard from us within six months, unfortunately, this means we don’t yet have a suitable dog for you and we ask you to either reapply or visit our website for other ways to help. One of the team will arrange a telephone interview/home visit with you as soon as we identify a potential dog and we can answer any questions you have about rehoming. We will arrange an introduction to the dog after the home visit. The introduction could be at your home or you might be asked to visit your Guide Dog Regional Centre or one of our other offices local to you. If the introduction is successful, we will complete the necessary documents, take payment and you will be able to take the dog with you that day. One of the team will contact you two weeks later to check that you and your new dog are happy, and to provide any further advice and support. Sending in your application. You need to email or post your completed rehoming application to your local rehoming team. Please carefully check the list of areas covered by each team before submitting your application.  South West – covering Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Channel Islands, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Surrey, Wales, Wiltshire Email: [email protected] 10 Stillhouse Lane Bedminster Bristol BS3 4EB South East – covering Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, London, Norfolk, West Sussex We are accepting a limited number of applications from people who able to rehome a dog with complex training or veterinary needs – or both. The dogs will typically require an owner with experience of behavioural issues including mouthing and poor recall or health conditions such as atopy, elbow or hip dysplasia. Email: [email protected] Findlay House Manor Road Woodford Green London IG8 8ER Midlands – covering Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Peterborough, Rutland, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire  We are accepting a limited number of applications from people who able to rehome a dog with complex training or veterinary needs – or both. The dogs will typically require an owner with experience of behavioural issues including mouthing and poor recall or health conditions such as atopy, elbow or hip dysplasia. Email: [email protected]   Edmondscote Manor Warwick New Road Leamington Spa Warwickshire CV32 6AH North West – covering Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Isle of Man, Lancashire, Merseyside, Pennines, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Staffordshire We are currently accepting new applications to rehome one of our dogs. Email: [email protected] Gibfield Park Avenue Atherton Manchester M46 0SU North East – covering Durham, Hull, Leeds, Northumberland, Teesside, Tyne & Wear, Yorkshire We are accepting a limited number of applications from people who able to rehome a dog with complex training or veterinary needs – or both. The dogs will typically require an owner with experience of behavioural issues including mouthing and poor recall or health conditions such as atopy, elbow or hip dysplasia. Email: [email protected]   Shire View 72 Headingley Lane Leeds LS6 2DJ Scotland and Northern Ireland – covering Scotland and Northern Ireland We are accepting a limited number of applications from people who able to rehome a dog with complex training or veterinary needs – or both. The dogs will typically require an owner with experience of behavioural issues including mouthing and poor recall or health conditions such as atopy, elbow or hip dysplasia. 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Before downloading our application form please read our Covid-19 update above. Please note, we cannot accept forms completed via Xodo technology as unfortunately our system is unable to process them.Guide dog rehoming application form  (pdf 469.91 KB)
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                            [body] => Guide to Dog Adoption Part 1: What Are You Looking For In a Dog? Dog Adoption By Kayla Fratt 21 min read July 19, 2021 2 Comments Bringing home a new pet is an exciting time in your life – it’s the only time that you truly get to pick who to welcome into your family! There’s a lot to consider when bringing home a new dog, and we want to make sure you choose a dog that will fit perfectly into your family. Finding a dog that matches your lifestyle is key to ensuring your dog stays in their forever home! Many new owners are so excited about the prospect of a new pooch that they don’t really take the time to consider what exactly what qualities they want in their new fur companion. In this guide, we’ll help you develop a customized doggie dream list highlighting the qualities you want in your dog. Then we’ll help you score and evaluate various dogs you meet (whether through a breeder or at a shelter) to ensure you meet the cheese to your macaroni! Content Preview hide Consider Lifestyle, Not Looks! What Are You Looking For In a Dog? Crafting Your Doggy Wish List: Deal Breakers & Brownie Points Research Your Desired Breed Puppies: They Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be! Considerations for Shelter Adoptions Making The Final Doggy Decision Option 1: Pick one or two rescues to work with Option 2: Just start going to adoption events and shelters Other Things to Keep in Mind When Adopting Questions to Ask When Adopting a Rescue Dog Financial Costs of Pet Ownership Cost Breakdown Time Budget: How Much Time Can You Spare? Training Classes: A Necessity of Raising Any Canine Keep in Mind Your Home or Apartment Layout How Much Does it Cost to Adopt a Dog From A Shelter? Setting Up the Rules of the House: What’s Allowed and What’s Not? The Night Before Poochmas: Final Prep Work Before Your Pup Arrives! What Comes Next? Already Have a Dog? If you’ve already committed to new dog, be sure to jump ahead to Part 2 of our Dog Adoption Guide, in which we discuss how to spend the first 24 hours with your pal! Consider Lifestyle, Not Looks! Before you start dreaming about the cutest breeds you’d love to see on your lap, it’s important to remember that you need to find a dog that will fit with you – the cookie to your cutter! You shouldn’t be selecting a dog based on looks, but rather based on your lifestyle. While it’s certainly possible to have a couch potato border collie or a super-active basset hound, humans created most breeds with specific goals in mind. There’s a lot of soul searching and thought that needs to be put into what type of dog will be the best fit for you (and/or your family). What Are You Looking For In a Dog? Do you want a loyal, steadfast companion like a chow? Do you want a trail-running buddy or a happy-go-lucky suburban dog? Is it important that they like fetch, other dogs, or cats? Draw up your dream dog! Make sure you think through what you want your dog’s life to look like, then pick a dog that will enjoy that life. This will also help you think through why you want a dog. If you just want the occasional snuggle buddy but are daunted by the amount of time, energy, and money a dog needs, consider becoming a dogsitter or dogwalker to get your furry fix! Crafting Your Doggy Wish List: Deal Breakers & Brownie Points. I really recommend making a scoresheet for your dog selection process. Shelters can be majorly overwhelming places with so many dogs, so having a concrete idea of what you want can help a ton. I made my own dog adoption checklist when going through the adoption process. My list was a combination of lofty goals for my dog and my household expectations. I then scored dogs that I was interested in, and eventually adopted Barley – he scored a 93 out of 100! It might feel weird to “score” a dog – if the idea makes you feel a bit uncomfortable, you could just make a checklist instead. We’ve created a free downloadable PDF scorecard you can use to evaluate potential adoption candidates – some common scoring traits are already included, but make sure to add your own or adjust our recommendations if they don’t match you needs. Below we explain a bit more about how this dog adoption scorecard works. Deal Breakers. Some qualities are going to be “deal breakers” for you. For example, if you have a bird, cat, or another animal in the house, any dog that has a high prey drive won’t be a good candidate. There may be some traits you know that you need in your dog. You may know that you absolutely want a dog as a hiking buddy for multi-day trips – in which case a 3-legged dog or an older dog with arthritis wouldn’t pass the test. Necessary Traits: +1 – 10 Points. Other traits are “necessary” or even essential, but they’re not just yes or no questions. For these essential traits, you can rate dogs on from a scale of 1- 10 points. Desired Traits: +5 Points. “Desired” traits are qualities that you like, but aren’t weighted as heavily – these qualities can earn a dog up to 5 points. Superficial Traits: +1 Point. “Superficial” traits are basically just bonus points. Some examples of superficial traits might be: White toenails (since they’re easier to clip)Curly tailsPointy or floppy earsThey might be nice to have but aren’t very important (unless you really want a dog with a curly tail – then go ahead and add that to the necessary or desired traits section)! Research Your Desired Breed. Once you have a good idea of what you want out of your canine companion, begin narrowing down your choices by size and breed group. Even if you want a mutt, it’s usually possible to discern between a herding dog and a working dog.  Spending a lot of time on the AKC website isn’t a bad idea here – find out what your final selection dogs are like. Look at their: Energy LevelLong-Term HealthGroomingFriendliness & DispositionPlus any other traits that matter to you!Meet with several adult dogs of your chosen breed and make sure you like their personality, not just their looks! Puppies: They Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be! Puppies are oh-so-cute, but they take up a ton of time. I decided not to take a puppy home because I work 10-hour days and can’t afford a daily dog walker. Instead, I opted for a 3-year old dog. If you’ve got really specific goals for your pup, like a service dog or high-level competitor in a dog sport, a well-bred puppy is hard to beat. But puppies are extremely expensive and time-consuming – so consider whether you really want a pup or not! There are tons of perks to bringing home an adult dog. Senior dogs can be mellow, pre-trained, and easier from day one. Don’t let anyone tell you that an old dog can’t learn new tricks! They definitely can – the real question is, are you using desirable treats? Considerations for Shelter Adoptions. Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering shelter adoptions vs breeders. Where will your dog come from? You can find just about any type of dog you want at a rescue – but it might take a bit of looking and patience. If you really want something specific in a dog, then a breeder might be the way to go.Yes, shelters have puppies too! Shelters generally do tend to puppies at any given time, but they tend to go fast and you probably won’t find a purebred pup.Shelters have older purebreds. Shelters and breed rescues will often have older purebred dogs as well as unique mutts.Not all shelters are equal. Look for shelters that have clean websites, testimonials, and are open to questions. There are a ton of amazing rescues out there. If a “rescue” gives you an icky feeling, listen to your gut – some rescues are known to actually buy dogs off Craigslist or puppy mills and then “flip” them for a profit!Avoid Craigslist or pet stores for dogs – you don’t know who you’re giving your money to, and the dog could be coming from a very bad place. Buying from pet stores fuels the abusive and heartbreaking puppy mill industry.All this being said – there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a puppy from a good breeder. Adopting a dog from a shelter is great, but good breeders are also a fine, viable option. If You Choose To Go With a Breeder… If you do decide to go with a breeder, be very particular about who you work with. Look for breeders that: Only have 1 litter at a timeRaise the puppies insideDo Early Canine Neurostimulation. Test for common genetic disorders for your breedDon’t breed their dogs too young Recommended Read Considering a breeder? Make sure to check out our Good Dog Breeder Checklist! The puppies will likely cost you over $800 and have a waiting list if they’re from a worthwhile breeder. If your needs mean that a well-bred puppy is ideal, then go for it! Get in contact with a breeder and tell them what you’re looking for. A good breeder will screen you and help you pick out the perfect puppy. If they pick up the phone and tell you to come on by tomorrow to grab a pup, I’d be worried about the quality of their puppy raising. Puppies from “backyard breeders” usually totally lack the genetics, temperament, and early-life development that would make a purebred puppy worth the cost. Making The Final Doggy Decision. So you have your checklist. You know what to ask and you’ve got an idea of what you want. You pull up Petfinder, and you immediately fall in love with 273 new dogs. Using your checklist, you narrow it down to 129 – now you have two options Option 1: Pick one or two rescues to work with. If you have options, just make a relationship with a rescue that suits your needs. I’d recommend going with a large municipal shelter or a small breed-based rescue, depending on your priorities. Get in contact with them and see what you need to do to move forward. I call this the “personal pet shopper” approach when it goes well. If you’re lucky, the shelter will get to know you. They might even put you on a list and call you if and when a dog they think you’ll like shows up! Option 2: Just start going to adoption events and shelters. If you’d rather just get the ball rolling, then go for it! Bring your checklist and just start shopping around. Petfinder and similar dog adoption websites can be overwhelming when it comes to all the new furry pals you could potentially have! However, it helps to narrow down by area. Some shelters will advertise dogs that they have at partner shelters across the country. While there are plenty of success stories about owners picking a pooch and not meeting them until they arrive on the giant puppy bus, it’s certainly not ideal. Instead, it’s advisable to always meet your dog in person (and ideally, multiple times) before committing. Narrowing down your search to dogs that are within a few hours drive is a smart step. There’s a lot to keep in mind at this step! You’ve already put a lot of work into creating your canine checklist and planning ahead, so take your time meeting your potential pooches and do it right. Other Things to Keep in Mind When Adopting. Don’t Rush It. If you’re totally dog-deprived, it might be really hard to walk away from the first few dogs. I cried when I returned my first foster dog, but it got easier. I’m so glad that I waited – Barley is the perfect dog for me. I almost adopted so many dogs before him that wouldn’t have worked out quite as well as he has. If It Doesn’t Feel Right, Wait. There will be more dogs. If something feels off about the dog or the rescue, walk away. If you’re feeling rushed or pressured, ask if you can sleep on it. Most rescues and shelters want what’s best for their dogs, so they will happily comply. Talk It Through With Friends and Family. This is a big decision for your whole family, so make sure everyone is on board. Checking in throughout the process is important. If you live alone, it still might be helpful to bring a trusted friend or family member. Ask that person to try to talk you out of the dog and play devil’s advocate. Addressing those concerns from day one as an exercise will help you in the long run! Spend As Much Time With The Dog As Possible. Ask if you can play with the dog outside or take the dog for a little walk. Seeing the dog in different situations might help you make the decision. Remember how stressful this probably is for the dog. He’s in a strange place with strange people. You might not be the first family to meet with him today. The food might be strange and his stomach might hurt. It’s probably loud and chaotic compared to his last home – even if his last home was a puppy mill. He might not really relax with you right away, and that’s ok. Ask About Foster-To-Adopt Or Trial Adoptions. Some rescues are all about fostering to adopt. Fostering a dog is a great way to bring a dog home for a week or two and see how things go. Plus, even if things don’t work out, you give a stressed pup a nice break from hectic shelter life for a little while and can even provide the shelter with information on the dog’s in-home behavior, increasing the pup’s chance of finding its forever home elsewhere. Trial adoptions are a little different. You might officially adopt the dog, but you have a grace period to make your final decision. If you decide that this dog isn’t right for you in that time period, you can bring the dog back. Some shelters don’t offer these options, but it’s still good to ask! We did a trial adoption with one dog that didn’t work out due to separation anxiety. We also fostered 8 dogs before finally adopting Barley. This was a great learning process for us as we decided what we needed in a dog. If you do foster or do a trial adoption, don’t pressure yourself. If the dog isn’t the right fit for you, that’s ok. The perfect family is out there for that dog. Being Picky Is The Best Way To Reduce Returns. Don’t feel bad if it seems like you’re walking away from hundreds of dogs (I literally did walk away from hundreds before finding Barley). Finding the perfect dog for you and your family is the best way to reduce the total number of dogs that are returned to shelters. Walking away when a dog isn’t “the one” is usually the best thing for you, the dog, and the shelter! Being picky reduces the likelihood that you’ll return the dog later. Questions to Ask When Adopting a Rescue Dog. If you’re going to be shopping around for your new pup, be sure you know what you want to ask about. This ties into your goals and expectations for your dog. The rescue or shelter may not have the answer to all of these questions, and that’s ok, but don’t hesitate to ask if you have a question on your mind. How is the dog with kids? What age of kids has he been exposed to? If you have a child but the dog has no known history with kids, I’d skip over that dog for safety reasons!How is he with other dogs? What age and sex has he met?How is he with cats?How does he respond to men? Women?How does he do with strangers?Does he have a history of escaping? What were the circumstances if so?Does he have any history of destruction? Under what circumstances?What medical work has been done on the dog? Ask to see the medical and vaccine records.Does he have a history of barking, growling, lunging, snapping, or biting? Under what circumstances?Has the dog shown any concerning behaviors from its history or while under the care of the rescue?Where was this dog kept? Where was he from? This is very important. Knowing that your dog was rescued from a puppy mill or hoarding situation will help adjust your expectations as far as training and socialization. Some rescues or shelters might not know – my own border collie was left in an overnight kennel at the shelter with very little information.A dog with a “bite record” doesn’t need to be passed over if he’s otherwise lovely. It is important to gather as much info as possible on the circumstances of the incident. A dog that broke skin when he missed the tug toy, or bit when he was in severe pain, is very different from a dog that lunged and bit a stranger in the middle of a walk. Financial Costs of Pet Ownership. Make sure you’re in a good position for a new dog financially, as it’s important to consider how much your new dog will cost you. Cost Breakdown. Most dog budgets account for about $100 per month, per dog. This doesn’t usually include things like regular dog walking or doggie daycare, which easily run $100 per week. Expect the costs to be higher for the first month or two of dog ownership as you get your dog up-to-date on basic vet checkups and buy supplies. Puppies from breeders will be the most expensive right off the bat (and usually require more up front costs involving vaccines, spay/neutering, etc), but that doesn’t mean that an adult from the shelter will be cheap in the long run! Young and adult dogs alike susceptible to illness or unexpected accidents that can quickly eat up a rainy day fund. Pro Tip: If your budget can’t swallow a $5,000 surgery down the line, getting pet health insurance is a good idea! Time Budget: How Much Time Can You Spare? Remember, dogs require a time investment as well as a monetary one! I wake up 45 minutes earlier than I used to now that Barley is in my life (and forget about hitting the snooze button). I have to be sure to come right home after work to let him out before I leave again for bar trivia or dance classes. I dropped my gym membership because I spend so much time running with Barley instead of going to the gym for exercise. I also spend 20 minutes every night training Barley – and that doesn’t even include our weekly nosework classes! Dogs need lots of mental and physical stimulation, so be sure you’ve got time for exercise and training! It’s worth considering what sacrifices you’ll need to make for your pooch – flexibility gets lost, as you won’t be able to join in on last minute happy hour plans with work or spur-of-the-moment activities. Make sure you think about whether you’re ready to give up spontaneity for your pup! Training Classes: A Necessity of Raising Any Canine. All dogs should go through at least a few training classes. Puppies under 16 weeks must go to a good socialization class – or else you’ll suffer for it the rest of your dog’s life! Event adult dogs with poor or no manners will benefit from a good basic obedience course with a positive-reinforcement based trainer. Dogs that already have decent canine manners will likely benefit from something more fun, like Canine Good Citizen courses or a dog sport (like canicross or skijoring). This is all part of raising a healthy dog with a healthy mind! Training strengthens your bond and gives your dog something to do. Remember, your dog probably spends the whole time that you’re at work asleep, so when you do arrive home, he’ll be desperate for activity. Keep in Mind Your Home or Apartment Layout. Be sure to keep your living situation in mind as you consider a dog. Check your lease to make sure that pets are allowed, and be sure to budget for additional fees and pet rent. Your lease might also limit the weight, number, or breed of dogs that are allowed. Active and lazy dogs alike can thrive in homes with yards or in apartments. You will have to take your dog outside to grassy open spaces several times a day, every day. Rain or shine, health or illness, you’ll need to lace up your shoes, grab your keys, and take your dog outside. That said, a yard isn’t a free pass from exercising your dog. All dog should go on a good walk once or twice a day! Once you’ve gotten a general sense of what your new dog will need and what sacrifices you will have to make for the benefit of your new four-legged buddy, you’re ready to start looking for a dog. As this process starts, some common questions include: Is There a Best Time of Year to Adopt a Dog? Maybe. Puppies adopted in late spring are more likely to be exposed to fireworks, thunder, water, and the outside world. This puppy socialization is imperative before the age of 16 weeks, so I recommend getting a puppy around May. It’s also smart to get a puppy when you are able to spend more time at home or take a couple weeks off to get your pup adjusted. For teachers, this might mean the beginning of the summer is ideal! The timeline benefits for adopting an older dog are less clear. I planned on adopting around March because it was after a big trip and I don’t usually have big expenses in March. If you always spend a ton of money and time on your garden every April, it might be best to wait until after that to get a dog. Heads Up! Getting a new dog right before a big trip or holiday can be really overwhelming for the dog as well, so avoid Christmas time adoptions! Think about what is going on in your life and choose your adoption schedule based on when you’ll have the most time to devote to your new doggo! How Much Does it Cost to Adopt a Dog From A Shelter? Rescue dogs are generally much less expensive than purchasing a puppy from a breeder. A good rescue will only adopt out neutered or spayed dogs (that saves you a few hundred bucks) that are up to date on vaccines (there’s another couple hundred dollars). That said, the expenses for any dog can still add up for just the first month! Even with all the supplies that I had leftover from fostering dogs, Barley cost me about $500 for his first month. I’m expecting him to cost me about $150 per month for the rest of the year. ServiceCost Adoption Fee $100 – $500 Vet Checkup (Includes Heartworm / Flea & Tick Meds /  Vaccines, etc) $150 – $400 Dog Bed $30 – $50 Dog Toys $30 – $50 Leash $10 – $30 Collar / Harness $10 – $30 Training / Obedience Classes $150 – $300 Crate $30 – $150 Pet Health Insurance $25 – $100 per month Food $50 – $100 Treats $10 – $30 Food and Water Bowls $10 – $50 Grooming $0 – $150 Stain / Odor Removers $10 – $50 Pet Rent / Pet Deposit Fees $0 – $500 Setting Up the Rules of the House: What’s Allowed and What’s Not? It’s important to have a clear idea of what is ok and not ok with your dog – this is true whether you live alone or with others (it’s even more important to establish these rules when you’re in a family). Setting up behavioral expectations from day one will help your new dog adjust right away – plus these household rules can also help you find the right dog. These are different from your dream dog ideas from above. Instead, these are practical, everyday expectations. Some things to consider: What will the dog do while you’re at work? Will he be roaming the house or crated or at daycare?What do you want your dog to do while you’re eating?Where will your dog sleep?Who exercises the dog, and when?Who helps with the dog’s training?Is the dog allowed on the furniture?How should the dog respond to guests?If you have children who you expect to share in some of the dog-raising duties, consider putting together a family dog contract that outlines each family member’s responsibilities in caring for the new canine companion! The Night Before Poochmas: Final Prep Work Before Your Pup Arrives! You’ve chosen your canine pal and can’t wait for his arrival! Just don’t let that excitement get in the way of your final preparations before you bring Fido home. Before you bring your dog home, make sure you’ve got all the necessities lined up. Right on that first day of arrival, you’ll need: FoodBowlsA bedA crateA collar and leashToysTreatsAnd that’s just the minimum you need! In addition to must-have doggie gear, you’ll also want to do a few other things to prep your space for your pooch: Get Your Dog’s Sleeping Space Ready. Set up a quiet space for the dog where you want him to eventually sleep. If you want your dog to sleep in your bedroom, create a space in the bedroom just for him.Prepare Comfort Items. Also add in an old sweater that smells like you to your dog’s safe space. This will help him associate with your scent and can aid in the bonding process. Make sure it’s old – your dog might chew it or have an accident on it! Then stuff your Kongs (two or three of them) with peanut butter, cream cheese, or wet dog food and chuck them in the freezer. These are like pacifiers for your new dog. I use them religiously.Don’t Take Your Dog Out On The Town Quite Yet. Don’t take your new dog to Petco on day one. If you don’t have this stuff yet, take your dog home and get help with errands from a friend or family member, but leave the dog at home. She’s probably incredibly stressed and will need some time to relax. Some dogs show stress by being hyperactive, but you still need to take those first 48 hours very easy.What Comes Next? You’re probably so excited to finally have your new dog adopted and ready to come home with you! That said, the first days or even weeks with a new pet is a big adjustment period (remember your first roommate?). There will be accidents, annoyances, and miscommunication. See our next installment of this series for more on the first 48 hours with your new shelter dog – starting at the ride home! Like it? Share it! Recommended For You Dog Adoption Guide Part 2: The First 24 Hours (Bringing Your Dog Home) . Written by Kayla Fratt Kayla Fratt is a conservation detection dog trainer and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a member of the American Society for K9 Trainers, and is a member of Dog Writer’s Association of America. She lives in her van with her two border collies traveling the country to help biologists detect data with her nonprofit, K9 Conservationists. Before coming to K9 of Mine, Kayla worked at Denver Dumb Friends League and Humane Society of Western Montana as a Behavior Technician. She owns her own dog training business, Journey Dog Training and holds a degree in biology from Colorado College. When she’s not writing or training Barley and Niffler, Kayla enjoys cross-country skiing, eating sushi, drinking cocktails, and going backpacking. Join our pup pack! . Get tons of great dog training advice and tips about gear! Thank you! You have successfully joined our pup pack. Also Worth Your Time . 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                            [body] => The Complete Guide to Adopting Your First Shelter DogAuthor:Jana Louise SmitUpdated date:Mar 2, 2021Jana worked in animal welfare with abused and unwanted pets. She loves sharing her hands-on experience regarding domestic and wild critters.What are you looking for in a dog? Responsibilities to Expect When Adopting a Dog. Noise A yard inspection Paperwork An adoption fee Sterilization Household adjustments Think Before You Visit a Shelter. What are you looking for in a dog? Rescue dogs should not be viewed as a product that must meet some standards, and things are not as simple as showing up at the local kennels and taking your new, fluffy dog home. What if Fluffy eats cats and you have several kitties? By criteria to consider beforehand I don't mean things like coat colour or gender. Such things are obsolete when it comes to a good match, and there's the magic word: match. When you visit a shelter, things can get emotional (read impulsive) real quick. If you take a cat-eater home accidentally, obviously the journey together will be short, and Fluffy will go back to the shelter (which defeats the purpose of an adoptive family). Adoption aims to have an animal stay and prosper.If you know what suits your family and lifestyle, then the staff can create a shortlist of the animals that meet those requirements. Every household is unique, but consider the following basics:Do you want a puppy, adult or senior dog? How much exercise can you give it? Some dogs inherit strong traits from purebred ancestors. Just ask anyone who has ever owned a Border Collie mix; they still need a lot of physical activity. Do you have kids or other pets? If so, a dog from a similar background is best. Expect Your Insides to Hurt. When you go to a shelter for the first time, chances are good that the experience may be upsetting. During my time in animal welfare, I saw many first-timers moved to tears when they saw the rows of cages filled with eager dogs and cats. Others were so heartbroken, they refused to enter the premises and waited outside while a family member or friend picked a dog.Perhaps the hardest-hitting is the noise that goes up whenever somebody walks through the kennels. Every dog begins to bark, paw at the gate or squish against the fencing just for a scratch. Like I said, a lot of people leave red-eyed. I've been told that visitors experience an immense sense of guilt when they visit. I'll tell you what I told them: You'll change a living creature's life and for him or her, that's like offering heaven. Don't let this fear of "leaving the others behind" stop you.Take your time and say hello to each dog.How to Pick a Dog. After you've informed the staff about what you're looking for, consider each dog they suggest. Ask the following questions about the candidates:What is the dog's background (find out as much as you can)? What is the dog's health status? Does the dog have any behavioral issues? What are the dog's likes and dislikes (any normal dog has a few)? Then, go meet the pooches. Sometimes, there will be an immediate connection between you and Fido. This is good, but keep in mind that some rescues have been mistreated and don't trust strangers; this is not a smudge on their character. Some of the happiest owners worked to regain the trust of an abused dog. This is perhaps what makes adoptive families return for another pet in the future—knowing that they corrected a big wrong in a pet's past. After meeting each dog the personnel suggested, you need to make a choice. Take your time until you are certain.The Technicalities of Adopting a Dog. Gone is the time when a dog settled into its new home an hour after getting picked. As the years progressed, animal organizations identified several issues with this approach and found that dogs went to loving families but unsuitable environments and worse, they had litters. When you adopt, expect at least some of the following rules:Read More From Pethelpful. Science Explains Why Dogs Love Balls So Much (and Why Some Get Obsessed). Help, My Puppy Won't Go Back to Sleep After Going Potty!3 Essential Things Every Dog Owner Should Know. You must fill out a formal application There must be a yard inspection The animal must be sterilized You must pay an adoption fee Why Must You Undergo a Yard Inspection?As previously mentioned, an adoptive family could be the best animal lovers on the planet, however, what if they own a pool, no fence and live near a busy street? The dog can get run over or drown. Or, it might get lost and live the miserable life of a stray.When an inspector arrives, these are the basic things they will consider:Is this yard fully walled/fenced in and safe? The height of the wall/fence. Will the dog be chained (automatic disqualification)? Is fresh water available inside and outside of the house? If there is a pool (which is not always viewed favorably), is it fenced in or covered with a stable safety net that won't injure the dog should it try to walk on the netting or sheet? The breeds, ages and number of any other pets. Are there any danger points? These could include rusty fencing, pipes, rubbish or building material strewn haphazardly. Sterilization and Adoption Costs. These two go hand in hand but sometimes, the first-time adoptive owner struggles to understand why a fee must be paid at all. Shelters advertise dogs desperately in need of homes. Then, when you offer a home, you get slapped with a fee that doesn't seem to fit a needy mutt of questionable ancestry.Here's why: You're not actually buying the dog, but paying for a discounted sterilization. This is the hallmark of a responsible rescue center. Sterilization is key to breaking the cycle of unwanted litters growing up to breed more dogs or end up in shelters themselves. Even purebreds are neutered and spayed before going to their new homes. If you pick a puppy that is too young, then you'll sign a contract to have the dog sterilized, usually when they are four to six months old.A shelter's adoption fee is tied to an agreement with a local vet who will perform sterilizations for the said price. You can usually find out about a rescue center's fee on their website.Females face the bigger operation and need care not to tear the stitches in their tummy. The Process of Adapting After Adoption. After the dust settles, the happy moment arrives and you collect your new pet. If Butch is a puppy, then he will go through the normal puppy pains. The first night is always a bit difficult, but youngsters adapt more seamlessly into a caring environment.Adult dogs' personalities dictate how they deal with change. If Princess is mellow, she'll soon take over your favorite couch. If she's a more fearful creature, she needs patience and gentle understanding until she realizes this new world is a safe one. If she wants to hide under the bed, place some food, water and a toy nearby, and then let her be. Owners also face new responsibilities that are both time-consuming (care and attention) and financial (food, equipment and vet visits).Why It's Worth It to Adopt a Dog—or Not. I'll spare you the cry that it's "the right thing to do" because adoption is not the best move in every situation. When a new owner and dog match, a very special journey begins. I've seen people take their rescues all the way to top agility meets held at Crufts, turn them into therapy dogs or their kid's constant companion. Rescue dogs land up with the right people for the right reasons—not to be bred, beaten or abandoned—but to enrich a household and even the community.This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.© 2018 Jana Louise SmitRelated Articles. Exotic PetsThis Exotic Pet Is Legal in Your State. By Melissa A Smith7 hours agoNames200+ Christmas and Winter Names for Dogs. By Sam Mendoran8 hours agoTypesHow to Get Wild Birds Like Blue Tits to Nest in the Garden. By L M Reid12 hours agoAdoption & PurchasingHow to Adopt a Retired Racing Greyhound and Give It a Forever Home. By L M Reid12 hours agoMiscellaneousBadass Pet Names for Your Killa Companion. By DonJan 5, 2022Care & FeedingGerman Shepherd Dental Care Guide. By Sam ShepardsJan 5, 2022Health ProblemsElbow Dysplasia in German Shepherd Dogs. By Sam ShepardsJan 5, 2022Health ProblemsGerman Shepherd Hip Dysplasia Symptoms and Causes. By Sam ShepardsJan 5, 2022BreedsCommon German Shepherd Joint Problems. By Sam ShepardsJan 5, 2022BirdsCan Crows Talk? And if So, What Are They Saying?By A FontéJan 4, 2022Animal WelfareBaby Red Fox Squirrels Saved by Texas Wildlife Rehab Center. By Peggy WoodsJan 4, 2022NamesCool Horse Name Ideas. By DonJan 4, 2022CatsThe Pros and Cons of Owning a Cat. By Paul GoodmanJan 3, 2022Names170 Clever Caribbean Dog Names. By Barbara FitzgeraldJan 3, 2022Names75 Warrior Names for Strong Male Dogs. By Barbara FitzgeraldJan 3, 2022Loading…See MoreCLOSECLOSECLOSECLOSE
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                            [body] => Tips for bringing home a rescue dog Rate this article: Share via Email Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share via whatsapp Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share this article: There are thousands of gorgeous dogs that need a forever home. So, if you’re looking to buy a new puppy, why not consider rehoming a dog instead? Here are our tips on rehoming rescue dogs from Petplan’s behaviourist, Nick Jones. What to expect when adopting a rescue dog. There are many reasons why dogs end up in an animal shelter and often it’s about the owner’s personal circumstances, rather than the dog’s fault. Moving house, changing jobs, divorce or a new baby can all make dog-ownership challenging, and many owners take their dog to a rescue centre with a heavy heart. This means that there’s more choice than you might expect, including family-friendly breeds, as well as puppies and adult dogs. ‘Research some common breeds in advance so that even if you decide on a cross-breed, you’re familiar with the characteristics your dog could potentially have, and choose traits that suit your lifestyle,’ suggests Nick. ‘Do a few breed quizzes online or check out Petplan’s breed profiles. And never choose a dog on looks alone.’ How to choose the right dog. Nick recommends trying to choose with your head, rather than just your heart. ‘It’s so easy to fall in love with an animal straight away,’ he says. ‘But you need to stay a bit detached if you can and let the attachment and affection develop later. This saves any heartache if you find you’ve chosen a dog that doesn’t suit your lifestyle.’ The staff at animal rescue centres have lots of experience in helping you choose the right dog, but be prepared to keep an open mind. Steven and his partner rehomed Beckett from Allsorts Dog Rescue in Sussex three years ago. He says: ‘We originally went to see a greyhound, but she was nervous around men. Our second choice had already been adopted, so we ended up meeting a funny little terrier-cross. He was so pleased to see us that we knew straight away we’d be taking him home.’ Pet owner Richard says he also fell in love instantly: ‘We shortlisted some potential dogs on the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home website and went through the pre-registration process – including a vet’s visit to approve our home. We headed to Battersea for a quick look around and while we were there, we met a little Staffy-cross. Archie’s been with us for seven years now.’ Will your rescue dog have behavioural issues? Some rescue dogs, such as Beckett, may have behaviour problems that can be addressed with consistent training and patience. ‘Aggression towards other dogs and people, for example, are key things to watch out for, but they can be successfully worked on with a behaviourist’s help,’ says Nick. ‘Most rescue dogs have a back story,’ says Steven. ‘We don’t think Beckett was socialised with other dogs as a puppy, so he growls if they come too near, too quickly. He also loves to snuggle under blankets, which makes us think he might have been taken from his mum too soon.’ Getting your home and garden ready. Before rehoming a dog, a home check will be done by a vet or animal charity staff, as they will have lots of practical advice to help make it a smooth transition. A comfortable dog bed is a must, and some rescue dogs also prefer to sleep in a dog-crate. ‘We weren’t sure if Beckett was house-trained so we initially laid plastic sheeting to protect the living room carpet,’ says Steven. ‘We secured the garden boundary with a fence, and we fitted a gate between the lower and upper parts of the garden to help keep him safe.’ Make sure to get as much information as possible from the rehoming centre to help prepare for any unique behaviours, and like and dislikes of your chosen dog. Here are more useful tips from Nick on how to get your home and garden ready: Do as much preparation in advance as you can. Decide where your dog is going to rest and sleep, and stock up on suitable bedding. Make sure you have food and water bowls and check what your rescue dog is currently being fed. If you want to change to a different kind of food, always make any changes gradually. Make introductions to the rest of the family in a calm, controlled way – and keep your rescue dog on a lead at first, if you need to. Introduce your new dog to any existing pets in a neutral territory – with existing dogs, you could meet in the park then bring them both home together, or take the other dog to the rescue centre to make sure both dogs get on. If that’s not possible, make the first introductions in the garden, rather than indoors. When it comes to bedtime, I would jump right in and start as you mean to go on. If you let your new dog sleep in your bedroom in the first night, do you really want him at the bottom of your bed forever? Being very clear about house rules from day one is much better for your pet’s long-term emotional stability. Focus on the rules and routines first, and a positive relationship will naturally follow. It’s all about striking the right balance between setting boundaries and developing a bond. Be consistent – it’s important for any dog, but especially so for a rescue dog that may have experienced lots of inconsistencies in its care. Settling a rescue dog at night. For some rehomed dogs, separation anxiety can be common. ‘Try not to overly comfort a rescue dog in the first few days and weeks,’ says Nick. ‘This can create a sense of helplessness and possibly introduce a feeling in your dog that he can't cope with life when apart from you. ‘Your new rescue dog may want to sleep in your room, so if you want your dog to sleep in a separate room, start out as you mean to continue. Place an emphasis upon calm direction giving and maintaining the house rules. ‘Provide your new dog with lots of opportunities to exercise and become familiar with his new surroundings, as this is an excellent way to bond and help him feel safe and relaxed.’ Archie initially struggled being left alone at night. But, with the help of a stress-relief jacket, he soon learned that a closed door at bedtime didn’t mean he was being abandoned again. ‘We quickly realised that Archie is absolutely devoted to people,’ says Richard. ‘At first, he stuck to us like glue, so we consulted a dog behaviourist to help him to become more independent.’ Stress and anxiety can affect any dog, not just rescue pets, and a few practical tips can make a world of difference. What about rescue dog behaviour training? A rescue dog might need training, but so would a puppy from a breeder. The first step for a new owner is to establish what is important for that individual dog. It may well be just establishing a basic set of commands for ‘recall’, but the shelter may also be able to share what they already know and areas to focus on. Be consistent and use positive reinforcement and reward-based training, or join a local class. ‘We took Beckett to puppy-training classes to teach him to walk on the lead and develop his recall,’ says Steven. ‘He’s very clever so he actually loves being taught new skills and tricks.’ But most of all, rehoming a dog involves lots of love. ‘Just be patient,’ says Richard. ‘I can’t imagine life without Archie now – he’s such a happy, friendly dog, and it’s very rewarding to know that we’ve helped him live a better life.’ Rehoming a dog tips. Research the centre you’re getting your dog from and ask if it offers ongoing support and advice. If you’re still searching for the right rehoming centre, try our Rehome a Pet search tool to find a centre near you. When choosing your rescue dog, consider where you live and how much dog-walking you want to do – some small breeds are very active, while an older dog may be happy to spend hours snoozing. Introduce every member of the household – including other dogs – to the dog you want to rehome, before you make a final decision. Trust the advice and judgement of the rehoming staff when it comes to choosing the ideal dog. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – a good pet behaviourist can help you deal with any initial training and behaviour problems once you come home. Rate this article: Share via Email Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share via whatsapp Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share this article: Back to top Newest articles. Live Chat Get a quote ×Close Home Dog Cat Rabbit Multipet Other Existing Customers Pet Advice About Petplan Help
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                            [body] => Dog Adoption Finding homes for select career change dogs. Interested in adopting one of our dogs who hasn't gone on to become a guide dog or been placed with another working dog organization? You've come to the right place! We are committed to finding the perfect forever homes for our adoptable career change dogs. Because we receive significantly more applications for adoption than we have dogs available, our selection and matching process is based on suitability rather than on a first-come, first-served basis. Dogs are matched in consideration of the needs of both the dog and the potential adopting home. All of our dogs require a commitment from their adoptive families to spend the time, energy, and possible expense of addressing the individual dog's issues in order to make the match work. Most of the dogs are between 1 and 2 years old, and can be any of our breeds: Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and Labrador/Golden crosses. The regular adoption fee for these dogs is $2000. The reasons the dogs are dropped from our program are medical or behavioral: Medical reasons: anything from allergies, cataracts, or arthritis to varying severities of dysplasia (hip and elbow). Behavioral reasons: high activity level, poor house manners, high distractibility, low confidence or fearfulness, incompatibility with cats or other dogs, assertiveness requiring strong handler leadership. Some of these dogs may not be suitable for homes with young children or other pets. Our dogs are typically highly food motivated and many enjoy dog sports such as obedience, nosework, and agility. Obedience and agility competitors, search and rescue trainers, tracking enthusiasts, and others in dog-related fields are encouraged to apply! Please note: All of our career change dogs are evaluated for suitability for other types of assistance dog work, and if suitable are transferred to our community partner organizations. None of these dogs may be used as working guides for the visually impaired, nor are they suitable to be trained to perform tasks for persons with other special needs. So take a look at our adoption criteria to see if you might be a good match for one of our dogs, and we look forward to welcoming you to the GDB family! Adoption Criteria Adoption is only open to those living in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and North Texas. Adopters are required to pay a $2000 adoption fee at the time of adoption. Interested adopters and their families must be willing to travel, at their own expense, to either our San Rafael, California, or Boring, Oregon, campus within a week of being notified by our Dog Placement office that a potentially suitable dog is available. Everyone in the adopter’s household is required to meet the dog prior to adoption. It is required that any dog already in the household be brought to campus to meet the new dog on neutral ground and to improve the likelihood of a smooth transition. All dogs coming to campus are required to be up to date on all vaccinations including canine influenza. Adopters must be willing to do the following:Purchase an extra-large size crate for use in the transition to the new home. Work with the medical or behavioral needs of the available dog. Attend dog training classes appropriate to the temperament of the new dog. Career change dogs often need further training or behavior modification. Have either a fully fenced area or kennel run at least five feet in height. Adoption Process If you meet the adoption criteria, the steps in the application are easy. Complete the online application (link below). If we have questions or need further information from you we will contact you by phone. The volume of applications we receive does not permit responses to individual inquiries about the status of an application. We will contact you by phone if and when we have a dog that may be suitable for you. At that time, you'll receive a detailed description of the dog, including the reason it was career changed from the program, what it was like in the puppy raising home, and what its current needs are (both medical and behavioral).We will arrange an appointment for you to come to our campus and meet the dog. A meet-and-greet typically takes about two hours. If all parties agree that it looks like a good match the paperwork is done, the adoption fee paid, and the dog can go home at that time. Adoption FAQs How much is the fee to adopt a career change dog? The regular adoption fee is $2000. The adoption fee may be reduced for senior dogs or dogs with specific behavioral or medical needs. How long is the wait to adopt a career change dog? Because our selection process is based on suitability rather than on a first-come, first-served basis, we do not maintain a waitlist and instead match dogs based upon their individual needs. Applications are kept on file for one year. You are welcome to reapply after one year if you have not been selected for a dog and are still interested. How many dogs do you place in a year? About 100 career change dogs are available for adoption as pets each year. How many applications do you have on file? We receive a few thousand applications per year. We are especially seeking applications from experienced dog handlers and people with an active lifestyle looking for higher energy, more assertive dogs. Please note that approximately 5% of applicants end up being matched with a career change dog each year. How much training have the dogs had? The amount of training varies widely. Most of the dogs are house trained and have had at least some basic obedience training by their volunteer puppy raiser. Dogs can be career-changed at any stage in our program, and have not necessarily had formal training by Guide Dogs for the Blind staff. What kind of veterinary care have the dogs had? Dogs are spayed or neutered and have received vaccinations and heartworm preventative prior to being placed in adoptive homes. In addition, the dogs have had hip and elbow x-rays, and most have had eye examinations by an ophthalmologist. Adopters are given the dog's complete medical history. What are the fencing requirements for the adoption of a career change dog? We require that there be a fenced area at least five feet in height. It must be a safe and secure area with no obvious hazards to a dog. A kennel run can also meet our requirements (pre-fabricated runs are available from hardware or home improvement stores); runs must be a minimum of 6' wide x 12' long x 6' high. If you do not currently have an approved enclosure, but are willing to install one within a few days of being notified of a potential dog match, please indicate this on the application. Please note that putting up a fence or installing a kennel run does not guarantee receipt of a dog. It is is your responsibility to ensure that fencing requirements are met prior to taking an adopted dog home. Our career change dogs may not be left alone unattended in a yard. Is electric or invisible fencing acceptable? Electric or invisible fencing does not meet our requirements for a couple of reasons. The lack of a physical boundary does not prevent people or other animals from entering your yard and potentially interacting with your dog. Furthermore, an invisible fence may not provide a suitable deterrent to all dogs, who may cross the fence line if distracted or intently focused on chasing another animal, such as a squirrel or a cat. How do I apply to adopt a dog? If you meet the career change adoption criteria, please complete our secure dog adoption application. Do I need to fill out separate applications for each campus (California and Oregon)? Only one application is necessary; both of our campuses share a common database. The application provides an opportunity for you to indicate which campus you are able to travel to in order to meet a dog (a campus visit to personally meet the dog is required). How do I check on the status of my application? Immediately after submitting your application, you will receive an on-screen confirmation that it has been submitted successfully. Your application will remain active in our database for a one-year period (or until a successful match is made, whichever comes first). At the end of the one-year period, if you're still interested in obtaining a career change dog, you'll need to submit a new application. Please do not contact us for status updates. We will contact applicants who may be suitable for any of our current career change dogs. Can I drop by the campus to talk with you further about a dog? The Dog Placement staff is unable to meet with applicants on a drop-in basis. We'll contact you if we need further information or if we have a dog that may be suitable. However, our campuses always welcome visitors, and we encourage you to come by for a tour. Apply to Adopt a Career Change Dog . If you've read our adoption criteria and are ready to apply, click here! Career Change Dog Adoption Application Puppy Raising Canine Welfare Program Breeding & Whelping Veterinary Services Guide Dog Training Puppy Socialization Puppy Raising Canine Welfare Program Breeding & Whelping Veterinary Services Guide Dog Training Puppy Socialization Help Power GDB . Your donation enables us to raise puppies, equip clients, and serve alumni. Donate Now
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                            [body] => The Essential Guide to Adopting a Dog By The Farmer's Dog | December 16, 2020 There’s a lot that goes into the decision to welcome a dog into your life and your family, and there are endless opinions and options on the subject of raising your pup. But when it comes to finding your new family member, there’s one excellent starting place— an adoption site, or your local rescue organization or shelter. From the endless variety of adoptable pets available (over three million dogs enter shelters each year) to the life-changing reward of giving a second chance to a pup awaiting their forever home, there are tons of reasons to rescue your next pet.  “Adopting a shelter dog is one of the most rewarding things you can do,” says Zach Baker, director of animal shelter renovation program Rescue Rebuild and program director for GreaterGood.org.  While rescuing a dog might be a no-brainer, and right now more and more people are opting to adopt, it’s important to make sure that you consider the responsibilities of owning a dog and make sure that you’re in it for the long haul.  There’s a whole lot to know about finding the “right” dog, and starting off on the right foot when you bring them home. Here’s our guide to a successful adoption process, for you and your dog.  Finding your dog. So you’ve decided to welcome a canine family member into your home—what now? The prospect of finding the right dog for your family can seem daunting, but the good news is that shelters and rescues are full of passionate and caring staff members that will help ensure you’ve found the perfect match. They will be able to offer plenty of information about each animal in their care, from their unique personalities and the kind of lifestyle they’re best suited for, to whether or not they’re friendly with children and other dogs. “The shelter or rescue staff has had the opportunity to get to know each dog’s individual personalities and social cues,” Baker says. “You can rely on them to help you get to know the dogs that might be a good fit for your unique lifestyle—they’re truly the experts, since they spend all day with these animals.” Here are some key things to consider when choosing your forever friend.  You can find your favorite breed (or, even better, your new favorite mix) in a shelter. It’s commonly assumed that shelters are for mutts only, and if you want a specific breed, you need to look elsewhere. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you do have your heart set on a particular breed, with some patience, you can almost certainly find it in a shelter. Some 25% of all shelter dogs are so-called “pure breeds,” and there are tons of breed-specific rescues who will not only have the dogs you’re looking for but also the expertise and advice on caring for that specific breed. “There’s such a wide variety of animals in shelters, and they’re all worth checking out as you begin your search,”  says Amy Nichols, vice president of companion animals for the Humane Society of the United States. If you’re specifically looking for, say, a Yorkshire Terrier, she says, your local shelters and rescues can almost always make it happen for you by connecting you with available animals through their network. “Millions of pets enter animal shelters each year, and most of these animals are happy, healthy, and behaviorally sound—and, not to mention, there are tons of purebred shelter pets, which is a common misconception.” — Rebecca Smith, adoptions manager for the San Diego Humane Society. “It’s so incredibly rewarding to adopt a dog and be a part of the ‘bigger picture’—knowing you helped save a life,” says Smith. All that said, consider looking beyond the idea of a specific breed. Some of the most beautiful dogs you’ll see walking down any city street are mixes. Research has also shown that mutts may even be less prone to certain kinds of genetic health issues. You can often get the best of all worlds with a mixed breed. For example, if you’re looking for a Chihuahua, Tamie Parker, director of Texas Chihuahua Rescue recommends adopting a Chihuahua mixed breed. “These pets are a bit heartier,” she says. “They are still little, but tend to be more easygoing and have fewer health issues.” Consider Your Lifestyle More than breed, or looks, consider how a dog will fit your life (and how you will fit theirs) when thinking about adopting.  Take into account the following: Work obligations The size of your living space Your experience living with a dog Your appetite for walking, training, and possibly grooming The feelings (and allergies) of other members of your family If you work long hours and find it hard to break away during the day, a puppy is probably not for you because of the amount of time and constant attention they demand. A high-energy breed like a Vizsla is likely not the right choice for someone who’s not interested in outdoor exercise. Think about how you’ll want to spend time with your new friend—are you looking for a cuddly lap dog, or an athletic running or hiking buddy? Also be sure to educate yourself on any breed-specific personality traits or behaviors. Every dog is different, but there are some traits that commonly show up in certain breeds. Beagles, for example, are adorable, but they can be notoriously stubborn; Huskies are gorgeous, but they require a LOT of mental and physical stimulation or they can become difficult to live with.  “It’s helpful for adopters to have an idea of what they’re looking for prior to coming in—size, breed, and activity level are some of the most common factors,” says Smith. “The shelter staff can help potential adopters determine what type of dog is suitable for their home – especially if they have specific information on the dog’s behavior, previous home life, or medical needs.”  No matter what kind of dog you choose, though, it’s important to remember this: every dog needs exercise, training, and mental stimulation. Dog lovers may get a small breed dog, figuring that they’ll be happy being carried everywhere. But tiny dogs need just as much training as other dogs. And while some dogs will be happy with a few walks a day, many others need much more physical activity. If you can’t see yourself devoting a part of each day to these activities, you may wish to reassess or postpone your decision.  You could also look at the following options:  Fostering: While still a major commitment, fostering is by definition a limited engagement. But it’s one that will give you a very real sense of what’s involved in taking care of a dog. And who knows? Fostering is one activity in life where “failure” is actually a great thing. Read more about fostering here.  Senior adoption: You may also consider adopting a senior dog. While many older dogs still have a lot of pep in their step, they’re also more likely to be trained, and less likely to have the relentless go-go lifestyle of a puppy or young dog. Read more about why you should adopt a senior here.  Here’s a handy mental checklist for your pre-adoption process:  Do you have enough time in your life and schedule—and are you just plain interested enough—to spend time walking with, and training your dog daily? Many dogs need at least one hour of exercise each day and no dog should be expected to spend long days alone in their crate.Think about early mornings, rainy days, and your travel schedule.  If you can’t accommodate multiple walks a day, factor in what extra help you may need.  Will your home accommodate a dog? That not only means can your physical space accommodate a dog and their crate (and the occasional mess), but, does everyone in your house want a dog, and will they all play a part in raising them?   Will you be able to provide ongoing veterinary care, which can include not just annual checkups, vaccines, parasite prevention and treatment, but possibly emergency care?  Ask Questions…a Lot of Them. Since dogs can’t speak for themselves, come prepared with lots of questions for the shelter staff about everything from the dog’s history and personality to whether they’re house trained or have any unique medical needs or behavioral issues that will need to be addressed. Be sure to ask lots of questions about the dog’s past and behaviors both inside and outside of the shelter to help get a better sense of whether he or she will be a good match for your family.  Don’t rush it. You’re probably anxious to bring home that new four-legged member of your family, but finding the right pet can take some time. Again, even if you have a very specific dog in mind, with some patience, you can likely find the perfect pup in a shelter somewhere in the U.S.  You might have to spend some time visiting various shelters (IRL or online), and even consider out-of-town or out-of-state options if necessary—shelters in some parts of the country (typically in southern states) are overflowing, while others may not have as many dogs at any given time.  Don’t judge by first impressions. When you finally meet your potential adoptee, keep in mind that many dogs in a shelter environment may appear shy or nervous, but that’s not necessarily their true personality.  “A shelter is a scary place for a dog, so many will not show well in a kennel,” says Baker. More than anything, he stresses that it’s crucial to take the time to learn about the unique personalities of each animal you spend time with throughout your search—every dog is an individual, and judging a dog by its looks or breed alone or from their behavior during a brief encounter with your family won’t be an accurate way to determine if the dog is a good match. “Shelters bring out extremes in dogs, and so it’s difficult to judge them based on that first meeting—if a dog is cowering in the corner, it doesn’t mean they don’t like you, they are probably just scared. I’ve seen some incredible turnarounds and transformations once the dogs arrive at their new home.” —Amy Nichols Bringing your dog home.  Setting yourself (and your dog) up for success is going to require some supplies, and the right mindset.  While stocking up on the essentials like food and treats is important, you’ll also need plenty of patience and compassion for your new furry friend, who is transitioning into a completely new environment with humans that he or she may not know very well. You’ll also need some human help. Here’s how to prepare. Supplies and services. Before you welcome your new pet home, have all of the necessary supplies ready to avoid having to run around during your pet’s first few days in their new home (you’ll have plenty of other things to think about). Think: a collar, harness, and leash, good food, bowls, poop bags, a crate and bedding, and several toys and balls (see the full checklist below). Don’t forget to have a new dog-tag ready to go with your pup’s name and your family’s contact information.  Although many shelters take care of the first year of vaccines, spay/neuter, and microchipping as part of the adoption fee, you will also want to have a veterinarian lined up for your dog’s check-ups as well as any questions you may have during their first few weeks at home. If you live in the same area as your dog’s shelter, you might use a vet that they use or recommend. Otherwise, ask friends and family to refer you to their veterinarian, or do some research on other local options. Most shelters also offer a wide variety of resources to assist adopters after taking their new pet home, such as behavior support and a complimentary veterinary exam, Smith says. Other key resources to line up: Look into a local certified trainer. Even if your dog seems like they know the basics, it’s a great idea to consult with a trainer on how to build a great ongoing relationship. Look for the closest 24-hour veterinary hospital. Don’t wait until you’re facing an actual emergency.  Dog-proof your digs If you’re an experienced dog owner, you know the drill. If not, look for anything in your home or garden that’s harmful that might be accessible to your dog. Think about: electrical wires, cleaners and chemicals that aren’t locked away, children’s toys that could be swallowed, and plants that might be nibbled (read more about what plants are safe and which are dangerous here). Make sure your own food is kept out of reach (read about what foods are toxic to dogs here).  Ease Into it. Try to keep in mind that most dogs will need an adjustment or decompression period as they settle into their new digs. In those first days, experts advise being as calm and relaxed as possible (which may require a one-on-one chat with your kids before the dog arrives), as well as limiting visitors—your friends and family are going to be anxious to play with a new family pet, but now is not the time to host meet-and-greets with the neighborhood because this may only heighten the anxiety for your pooch.  Start the relationship the way you want it to continue. Establish boundaries and rules right away. Let your new pup sniff around your house, but don’t let them do anything and everything they want. It might not be easy—when you bring home a dog who’s had a rough time, you want to give them everything. But you, your dog, and your relationship will be better in the long-run if you establish boundaries and a respectful dynamic. Every situation is different, but a good starting place is to keep your recently adopted dog off your bed and furniture (at least at first), ensure they wait politely for food, and discourage jumping up on you or others. As trainer Blake Rodriguez puts it, “the first thing is to shoot for respect over comfort. A lot of the time, we get too soft. When you’re looking at comfort it can send the wrong message. I want to teach my dog to be respectful and with respect good things come.”  Make a plan for day-to-day routines. Bringing a dog home can be so exciting that it might be easy to lose sight of the day-today  stuff—how they’ll live in your home every day, where they’ll sleep, what you’ll actually do with them on any given day. Think through some of these logistics like: Where will they sleep? Will they be confined to one part of your house, or will they be allowed everywhere?  When will you feed and walk them? Will anyone be helping?  After a day or two of decompression, establish a routine of feeding, walks, and sleep.  It’s a good idea to have a crate in place that can act as your dog’s home base. It’s an essential tool for training, and will give your dog a place to go and unwind. The crate should be located somewhere that’s not in the way, but not too isolated. When your dog first comes home, they should be in the crate whenever you’re not directly supervising them. It can be unsafe to allow your dog to roam freely in your home, and a free-roaming dog can quickly develop undesirable habits ( if they jump up on your bed, say, and you aren’t there to correct it, well, they just learned that they can jump on your bed). The crate should be a place that they love and feel safe, so make sure to never use it as punishment. Read more about crate training here.  Give Them Time to Adapt. This is one of the most important things to keep in mind to give both of you the best chance of making the adoption stick. The first few days (or even weeks) might not be smooth sailing. Every dog reacts to being in a shelter differently, but it’s a stressful situation for just about every dog. Your foster dog may be jumpy when you bring them home, or they may be shy, and reticent about interacting. They may whine, or pace, or have accidents, or they may just sleep and sleep.  “Your dog is coming from a shelter, where there’s a different routine and set of rules,” Nichols says, noting that it typically takes about a month for a dog to fully relax and start to adapt to new routines.”  Experienced adopters will often tell you that they didn’t really see their dog’s true personality emerge until they were home for a few weeks, or even longer. Try and maintain routines and training for this early period and it’s likely your dog will settle in beautifully.  Invest in training. Not only will your pup need some time to relax, but they’ll also need consistent training to learn the rules of your home. Consider consulting a certified dog trainer–they can help your dog not only learn basics like sit and stay, potty training and crate training, they can help you establish the fundamentals of a healthy, respectful relationship. Those fundamentals can be more important to a long, happy life together than teaching “shake a paw.” A good trainer can also help address any behavioral issues that might crop up, from barking out the window to jumping on guests when they arrive. A training class can also be a good socialization opportunity, depending on the dog.  It’s not always easy, but once you develop a trusting bond, your relationship will grow, and adopting will be one of the best decisions you ever made.  Adoption checklist: what to buy. Food! The shelter will alert you to any specific health issues your dog may have. If you’re responsible for food, a subscription service that delivers fresh food to your door  will eliminate one thing to wrangle. Healthy, fresh food can also help with a range of issues your dog may have, from stomach ailments to allergies, and even mood.  Food and water bowls: Some seasoned fosters, and health and behavior experts, recommend slow-feeding bowls, which can reduce the speed at which a dog gulps down food, providing some mental stimulation, and helping prevent gas! Treats: Tasty treats will be a huge help when training (and it’s also nice to give your pup the occasional extra). But be careful with handing out unhealthy, highly processed, calorie-dense treats (treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake). If you’re buying treats from the pet store, look for single- or limited-ingredient varieties. Or look right in your fridge or pantry! Many dogs will appreciate fresh fruit like small bits of apple, or even small pieces of vegetables like green beans.   A collar and leash: The shelter may provide you with a collar, or advice on which kind of collar to use with your dog. If not, many adoption sources recommend a correctly sized martingale collar. If you’re working with a trainer, they will also recommend the right collar for your specific needs.  A crate: A properly sized crate is essential. It will  give your dog a place to go in your home, and to help with house training, if necessary. A crate should be big enough for your dog to stand up, lie down, and turn around in, but not big enough that there’s extra room they might use to go potty. Bedding: It doesn’t have to be fancy, but be sure to provide your dog a soft place to lie down and a place to sleep. Ask the shelter about any specific requirements (for example, dogs who struggle with joint pain, or a senior dog, may require more padding in their bedding). Toys: Keep them simple and safe, like hard rubber Kongs. Do not give your dog hooves, rawhide, or cooked bones.  A baby gate: If your dog has issues with stairs, or you want to limit their range in your home while training, a baby gate can be a helpful addition.  Enzymatic cleaner: It’s important to thoroughly clean up any accidents that happen in your house so your dog isn’t tempted to revisit the same spot next time.  Dog shampoo: Be sure to buy a gentle, vet-approved shampoo; the pH levels of your own brand may not be right for your dog.  And don’t forget poop bags! Top Stories 30 Mistakes the “Seinfeld” Humans Make with Farfel in “The Dog” In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Seinfeld episode "The Dog," here are 30 ways the humans of... By Jon Zeller Decoding Your Dog’s Poop How to "read" your dog's poop, and understand what it might be telling you about their health. 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                            [body] => Puppy love: the ultimate guide to successfully adopting a rescue dog Many of us went crazy for dogs in lockdown, but now we're returning to work, many owners are looking to rehome unwanted pandemic puppies By Flic Everett 19 September 2021 • 5:00am Adding a canine companion to your family can be hugely rewarding – especially when they’re a rescue Credit: Getty Images During the pandemic, demand for dogs shot up. Crazy prices were demanded – and paid – for puppies, and thousands of households added barking from home to working from home. But now lockdown is – we hope – over, and the UK gradually returns to work, many overwhelmed owners are admitting defeat and simply giving up on their pandemic pups. Because while Britain is supposedly a nation of dog lovers – as demonstrated by the national obsession with the recent scenes of animal rescuer Pen Farthing getting 150 cats and dogs out of Kabul – it’s also the case that as life changes again, not every owner can cope. That is particularly the case when it comes to rescue animals, who may have severe difficulties adjusting. Cheltenham Animal Shelter has recently seen a dramatic increase in rescue animals coming in, with 60 per cent more dogs arriving than pre-pandemic levels. More than 19 per cent are under two years old – pandemic purchases who are now demoted to rescue mutts. Calls about unwanted pets have more than doubled in the past year according to the Scottish SPCA, so it’s vital that anyone hoping to rehome a rescue dog does meticulous research. “A lot of the people who took on dogs during the pandemic have no experience,” says Carolyn Menteith, training and behaviour advisor for Agria Pet Insurance. “We have over 210 breeds of dog in the UK and every single one was originally developed to do a certain job,” she goes on. “Its breed informs behaviour, but people don’t always take that into account.” And if you fall in love with a dog, without fully understanding its needs, says Menteith, it can be a disaster. A bounding young lurcher will be far less happy in a small garden than an ageing terrier. “Don’t ask yourself, ‘Do I want this dog?’ but ‘Would this dog want me?’” Taking on a rescue isn’t a simple matter of offering love to a grateful mutt. It changes everything. “Every single day will revolve around walks, pee breaks, feeding, grooming, training,” says Menteith. “A dog is a joy but it’s hard work – they don’t have an ‘off’ switch.” If you are determined to give a rescue dog a happy life, remember that, at first, your welcoming home is just another bewildering place full of strangers. “Many owners make the mistake of expecting too much too soon,” says Menteith. “The dog needs to be given the space to explore without any pressure. A rescue dog can take up to six months to feel at home.” If there are children around, it’s natural they’ll want to smother the new addition with affection – but this can overwhelm a nervous animal. “Dogs only have limited ways to respond if they feel really scared – and this can involve teeth!” says Menteith. “Allow the dog to lead all interactions until they feel more confident.” And while a puppy will learn as it grows, the challenge with some rescue dogs can be that they have already developed certain behaviours in response to stressful situations. “We take in a lot of dogs that haven’t received the right level of training or socialisation,” says Linda Cantle of Wood Green, The Animals Charity. “This often results in nervous dogs that might bark incessantly, can’t cope with being left alone, or don’t know how to act appropriately,” she explains. “There’s no rule, either – some dogs can be treated very badly but still have trust in people, whereas some can have great lives but be difficult to manage.” When you are embarking on training your rescue “use positive, reward- based methods involving food and toys to build trust and enjoyment,” Cantle advises. “Never use punishment or leave dogs alone to cry, as it will damage the relationship.” With any dog, owners should not assume that it will slot seamlessly into their lives – so it’s really important to think ahead before committing, says dog trainer and behaviourist Chantal Karyta. “Will you want children in the near future? If you’re in an apartment with a high-energy dog, it will need a lot of walking – do you have access to nearby parks?” She also points out that dogs that have been bred to hunt may find living with another animal, such as a cat, challenging. The other thing that’s important to consider is cost – and it’s not just a matter of food. “You’ll need pet insurance, dog walkers when you’re back at work, professional training, grooming and dog boarding if you go on holiday,” she says. “Then there’s the beds, collars, leads, chews, toys, vet bills…” As any dog owner will tell you, it all adds up. The main requirement, however, is time. “Dogs need companionship and they love to be with humans. If you’re out at work for 12 hours a day post-lockdown, it will be unhappy.” But if you’re confident the basics are in place, the key to a happy transition is “slow and steady”. Have a quiet place –crate or bed – where they can hide, and don’t let children follow them around. “Don’t overwhelm your dog by inviting all your friends and family round to meet him,” says Karyta. “Make sure he’s comfortable with your household first.” If he’s scared, she adds: “Give him positive associations to everything – hand-feed him ‘high value’ food such as chicken so he learns to feel safe and confident around you, and don’t try to teach him too much too soon.” Most importantly, learn to speak dog. “Dogs communicate through body language,” she says. “A dog may refuse to eat if they are stressed, or may choose to hide away. They may refuse to go out, and toilet indoors.” Under extreme stress, she adds, “The ears may be flat on the head, their tail tucked under, and they will move cautiously and slowly. The dog may also vocalise if they are not happy.” Owners don’t always notice the smaller signs of stress but “they can be anything from turning away, lip licking, yawning or showing the whites of their eyes,” explains Karyta. “These can escalate to growling, hackles up.” All of this can presage a bite – and if you aren’t able to train your rescue out of fearful aggression, experts agree it’s essential to call in the pros. A dog behaviourist can assess problems such as these objectively, and work on a tailored programme of training and support for you and your dog. And when it begins to work out, says experienced rescue owner Sarah Calcutt of Partners in Produce (pip.business), it’s magical. “I’ve had several rescue dogs and though there have been difficult times, I’ve never given up – though I came close once when I realised I didn’t have a whole pair of shoes left,” she laughs. “Odie, a labrador, has been our most challenging dog,” she adds. “We are his third owners. He is hyper-vigilant and hyper-active – when he arrived he couldn’t look at anyone; it took three months for him to come near me.” Sadly, Odie’s past mistreatment means he may never fully relax. “It’s taken a lot of careful training. But the day he chose to come and sit next to me and allowed me to touch him made it all worth it,” she says. “It was a really brave thing for him to do.” Related Topics Dogs Twitter Icon Facebook Icon WhatsApp Icon Email Icon Comment speech bubble We've noticed you're adblocking. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Thank you for your support. Need help? Visit our adblocking instructions page. Close
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                            [body] => Rescue Dog Week: How to adopt a dog By Alyssa Mercante published 17 May 21 Celebrate Rescue Dog Week with a guide on how to adopt a dog in the US (Image credit: Getty) It's Rescue Dog Week, and if you're interested in how to adopt a dog, we've got you covered with the steps you'll need to take to add a furry member to your family. The ASPCA reports that over 3.3 million dogs end up in US shelters every year, either surrendered by former owners or found as strays on the street. While that number is down (it was over 7 million as of 2011), there are still over 670,000 dogs euthanized a year in shelters. Rescue dog week is all about giving those dogs a chance, and if you've decided you want to help get a dog a home, it's time to get familiar with the adoption process. In the United States, the process of adopting a dog will vary state-by-state, as will the breeds of dogs available. There are also public (or municipal, city shelters) and private rescues run by individuals or small groups of volunteers. The adoption processes between these two may vary, but keep in mind that the overall adoption process is similar no matter where you go – and if it differs from this, you may be dealing with a less-than-aboveboard rescue, so make sure to do your research. That being said, here's how to adopt a rescue dog in the US.Eight tips for training a rescue dog: A vet's guideRescue for senior dogs: Advice on adopting an older dogManage your expectations. Adopting a rescue dog is a serious responsibility, and though your heart may be in the right place, you'll need to determine if you're a suitable candidate for a rescue dog. While most shelters will filter out those who aren't suitable, ask yourself if your life and housing situation is the best fit for a new dog. Dogs can also be costly, so make sure you're in a good financial position before taking home a furbaby. Keep in mind that rescue dogs are often not puppies, which means they will come with their own set of learned behaviors. Some rescue dogs came from the street or from abuse or neglect cases, and may need some work with a professional trainer. Most of the time, shelters make sure to alert potential adopters to a dog's unique personality, and may request that only experienced adopters apply for a dog.Research dog breeds. Find a local shelter that is open to adoptions, whether that's a city or town shelter (here in New York there are multiple Animal Care and Control centers across the boroughs), or a private, local rescue. Then you'll want to go through their available dogs – most shelters offer filters for size, age, and breeds, so make sure to figure out what type of dog is right for you. You can use websites like Petfinder, ASPCA, and AdoptAPet.com. Remember, however, that many shelter dogs are mixed breeds, so don't hold out for any pure breds (although there are plenty in shelters, as well). Are you more of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier owner, a breed that, according to Green Cross Vets, is "fearless, friendly, tolerant, and totally reliable, in particular with children?" Or would you prefer a smaller dog like a Yorkshire Terrier Mix? Do your research on the kind of lifestyles required for breeds you're interested in to make sure they'll be a great fit. (Image credit: Getty)Submit an application and prepare for screening process. Keep in mind that the details of a shelter's adoption will differ from shelter to shelter, but the general idea remains the same.After submitting an application (which usually requires personal information like address, job security, household members, pets currently in the household, your lifestyle, and rescue experience), you'll likely be contacted by a shelter for an interview. Expect some of these questions to overlap with the application, as the shelter wants to confirm your household is a great fit for a rescue dog.Some private rescues or well-staffed shelters will require a home check to determine that your household is safe for an incoming dog family members. If you have a yard, they'll check that it's secure and an escape artist can't sneak out from under a gap in the fence, or crawl under your house. If you rent an apartment, they'll want to chat with your landlord over the phone to ensure you're allowed to have a pet in the space.If a shelter wants to give you a trial period, they may ask you to foster in a foster-to-adopt scheme, which is a great way to test if the dog is a great fit for you, but leave the door open for another family to adopt the furbaby just in case.Prepare your home. If you've been approved – congratulations, you can finally adopt a dog! Most shelters will have some kind of adoption fee to help offset the costs to run the shelter. These fees will usually include spaying/neutering your dog, the necessary vaccines, and a micro-chipping. It's up to you how you want to prepare your dog to come home, but dog-proofing is imperative. You might want to get a trash can that can't be opened by a dog and cover electrical sockets. Crate training is a great option for a newly adopted dog to ensure they don't get destructive when you leave. The Animal Rescue League of Boston has some great tips for bringing home a rescue dog. It's adoption time. Now that you know how to adopt a dog, the best way to celebrate Rescue Dog Week is by finding one to bring home today. With so many dogs in need of homes, you'll be doing a great deed, one that will enrich the lives of you, your family, and a dog.  PetsRadar Newsletter Get the best advice, tips and top tech for your beloved Pets Thank you for signing up to Petsradar. 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                            [body] => The Big Guide to Adopting or Rescuing the Right Dog for Your Familypet caredog caredog adoptionThe Big Guide to Adopting or Rescuing the Right Dog for Your FamilyChoosing a dog for adoption is exciting. You’re growing your family, and whether you’re rescuing a dog from a shelter or adopting a puppy, there is a lot to consider. Don’t feel overwhelmed. In this article, we’ll help sift through all the decisions required in adopting a dog by looking at what kind of canine is best for you and what you’ll need to know throughout the process. Why Do You Want to Adopt a Dog? Before you do anything, think through your personal motiviations for rescuing or adopting a dog. Do you want a dog to play with your young children? Do you simply want some quiet company, perhaps a lap dog, or a companion for your daily strolls? Is the dog going to have a job: therapy, herding, hunting, protecting, etc? Are you looking for a running partner? As you consider Adopting a dog, answering these questions will help you select the correct size and breed of dog. Consider your expectations of your dog when selecting the right canine companion. Do NOT select a dog purely on looks. Are You Ready for the Responsibilities of Adopting a Dog? Adopting a dog is a big responsibility. Ask yourself the following questions, and answer them honestly. Evaluate your current life situation, and determine if you can appropriately provide for a dog. Is your home large enough to comfortably house a dog? Dogs should never be expected to live their lives confined to one small area, such as a single room or a crate. Do you have enough free time to provide a dog with the attention he needs? More than eight hours alone is not advisable for most dogs. Will you be willing and able to provide a dog with ample exercise every day? Most dogs need at least one hour of exercise each day. Will other pets and members of the family be comfortable with having a dog? Allergies, phobias and dislikes of dogs, and nervous or ill pets are things to consider before adopting a dog. Are you willing to provide a home, medical care, and appropriate nutrition for the duration of a dog’s life? A dog is not disposable; he is a lifelong commitment. Are you able to financially afford annual checkups, spay/neuter, vaccines, heartworm and flea prevention, emergency room visits, quality dog food, and any other needed pet supplies? A puppy’s care costs about $640 to $1,125 in his first year. Routine maintenance of an adult dog costs about $440 – $775 per year. You may also want to consider insurance for your dog to prevent against unexpected vet bills. Are you willing to handle the normal frustrations that come with having a dog (e.g. barking, house-training, accidents in the home, chewing, shedding, etc.)? No dog is perfect. Are you willing to spend time on a consistent basis helping your dog to be obedient, socialized, and well-mannered? A polite dog will be more enjoyable and easier to handle in public. Finding the Best Dog for You. When adopting or rescuing a dog, how do you find the best dog for you? Selecting the right dog can be a tough choice. There will probably be many dogs tugging at your heartstrings, and you will want to take them all home. Don’t forget to use both your heart AND your brain when making the decision. How will you know which dog is perfect for you? It’s a personal decision. Most people just know it when they’ve found the right one. Some people let the dog choose them; others look for the quiet dog that is sitting off by himself. Often the way the dog advertises himself is indicative of the personality he will have after you adopt him. Sometimes, it takes getting the dog out of that stressful situation and into your peaceful home before he shows his true colors. When you’re looking for your dog, be patient. Don’t make a quick decision and take the first dog you see. If there’s a bond between you and a dog, you will feel it. Selecting the Right Dog Size. Before selecting your desired breed, think about what size will be appropriate. A very small dog is generally not safe around small children. Children may be too rough with the dog and cause injury. Small breed dogs also get underfoot easily, so they may not be appropriate in a busy household. Small dogs are great for the elderly or for a small, quiet family who is looking for a lap dog. They are also a good option for someone who lives in an apartment and doesn’t have space for a larger dog. Large breed dogs may not be appropriate for someone who is elderly or weak and is unable to control the strength of these dogs. They are also not suited for very small homes or apartments. Large dogs are hardy and usually do well with children. It is important to remember that the larger the dog, the more expensive they are to maintain. Large dogs also tend to live shorter lives than smaller dogs. Selecting the Right Dog Breed. If you have a particular temperament in mind, you may find it helpful to research PetPlace’s breed profiles to find your ideal dog. While each dog is unique and has his own personality, the profiles will give you a general idea of what to expect from a particular breed. Listed below is a general overview of the characteristics of the AKC’s canine groups. Sporting Group – These dogs are quite active and require regular exercise. These intelligent dogs make great family companions. They enjoy hunting and participating in field sports. Hound Group – This group is extremely diverse and difficult to generalize. These dogs are talented, driven hunters. They also require regular exercise. Working Group – The dogs in this group are best known for their jobs, such as pulling sleds, guarding, and rescuing. These large dogs are intelligent and easily trained. Because of their size, it is important that they receive appropriate obedience training. They require regular attention, exercise, and mental stimulation. Terrier Group – Terriers are known for their spunk and feisty attitudes. Terriers often do not do well around other pets, but their high energy level is well-suited for active children. Many terriers require regular grooming. Toy Group – These tiny pups are famous for being itty-bitty. Despite their size, many are packed with attitude. Toy dogs are ideal for people living in a small home and for those looking for a lap dog. Non-Sporting Group – Like the hound group, the non-sporting group is quite diverse and difficult to generalize. This group includes a wide range of breeds, from very common to unusual. Herding Group – This group is known for doing exactly what their name states, herding. These dogs, some very small, are capable of herding large groups of farm animals. Some dogs from this group that live as a family pet will gently herd children or other pets in the house! They make great companions and are quite smart. A dog does not need to be recognized by the AKC to be a wonderful pet. There are countless mixed breed dogs that are equally special. Mixed breed dogs can be a “grab bag” of the characteristics of their parenting breeds. Some mixes have an adorable, unique combination of traits that is tough to find in any other dog. Often these dogs do not develop the medical problems common to their parenting breeds. Selecting the Right Age for Your New Dog. Before you begin the search for your dog, consider what age is best for you and your family. A puppy is an adorable bundle of joy. There is something very special about watching a dog grow from puppyhood to adulthood. It is very much like raising a child. You are given the opportunity to shape the dog’s life, and you have a hand in who he becomes. Along with these joys, come many extra frustrations and expenses. You are responsible for completing the series of puppy vaccines, spaying or neutering, giving obedience training, and house-training. There are also the inevitable messes, chewing disasters, and sleepless nights. Adopting an adult dog may give you the opportunity to bypass the stresses of puppyhood. Often an adult dog is already obedience and potty trained. You may also be able to avoid the extra costs of spaying and neutering and the initial series of vaccines. However, it is also possible that an adult dog will come with “baggage”. His previous home may have been abusive, or he may struggle with the stress of separating from that family. Adopting a geriatric dog brings the satisfaction of knowing that you have offered a loving home to an animal that may not have otherwise found that security. It is very difficult to find a home for an old pet, because most people are looking for a pup or young dog. Older dogs are usually very relaxed and laid back, and, in their wisdom, they are quite grateful for the love you offer. Buying Supplies for Bringing your Adopted Dog Home. Listed below are some basic supplies that will make life with your new dog start off smoothly. Some of these items may need to be purchased after you have adopted your dog. Many pet stores allow dogs to shop with their owners; the two of you may enjoy choosing these items together. Dog Food – Choose a quality, nutritious food. This will be the basis for his energy used to grow, thrive, and enjoy life with you! Food and Water Bowls – These can be fun and unique to your dog’s personality, or they can be simple and functional. Leash – Leashes come in several styles, serving different functions. There are loads of colors and prints available. Collar – A dog’s collar is his main article of clothing. It can display his personality while serving as a leash connector and a holder or his ID tags. Dog Bed – Spoil your dog with a luxurious place to lay his adorable head. Treats – Treats are great for training, rewarding a good behavior, and just as a special snack. Toys – Toys provide your dog with mental and physical stimulation, entertainment, activities with you, and they can even clean his teeth! Shampoo – Keep Fido’s coat soft, clean, and smelling fresh with a shampoo made for dogs. Dog Crate – These are especially important during the initial months of training and adjusting to his new home. A crate can provide a dog with security and comfort. Dog Tags – If your dog gets lost, a tag will provide the person who finds him with your name and phone number. Toothpaste and toothbrush – Dogs need clean teeth too, but don’t use your own oral hygiene products on Fido! Nail trimmers – Your dog will need his nails trimmed regularly so he can walk comfortably. Pet Seat Belt – If your dog will be riding in the car frequently, you may want to consider buckling him in with a pet seat belt. Pooper Scooper – Keep your yard sanitary, and pick up after your canine friend. Puppy Training Pads – These are disposable pads made of diaper material that can be laid out to absorb potential puppy accidents. Baby Gates – These can be used to keep your dog out of off-limits rooms. Pet Proofing Your Home. As you prepare for your new adopted or rescued dog, prepare your home ahead of time. This is especially important if you are adopting a puppy! Make sure it is safe and there will be no threats to your new housemate. The easiest way to do this is get down on the floor at a dog’s level. Look around. What can a dog reach? What might he pull over on himself? What is he going to chew? Try to move these items out of his reach. Tie up loose electrical cords. Do not leave small items, clothing, shoes, children’s toys, etc, lying about. Use trashcans with lids. Dogs love to root through the trash. Bathroom trash is especially appealing and dangerous. Items such as diapers, women’s sanitary items, and dental floss are common gastro-intestinal foreign bodies. You may want to cover linoleum and hardwood floors with rugs. Dogs may slide on these floors and become apprehensive about walking on them. Be sure all windows and screens are well secured to prevent a dog from jumping or falling. If you have a pool, it should be covered or otherwise unaccessible to your dog to prevent drowning. With puppies, it is probably best to place a baby gate in front of any staircases. Cleaning chemicals, rat poisons, onions, garlic, insect baits, chocolate, antifreeze, some plants, potpourri, cigarettes and ashes, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, and many over-the-counter and prescription drugs are toxins for dogs. Keep these items completely out of your dog’s reach. If you’re unsure about an item, consult your veterinarian. When to Begin Looking for Your Dog. Do not begin looking for your dog until you are 100% sure that you are ready for the commitment. It is not fair to bring a dog home, only to decide later that you are not ready and then force him to face the confusion of going to another family. Like any big life decision, you should not adopt your dog during times of great stress. If you’re in the midst of having a baby, losing a job, getting married or divorced, moving, or facing any other major life event, it may not be the best time to add a dog to the mix. Your decision to adopt may not be rational, and your stress level will be detected by the dog, making him uncomfortable. The best time to add a canine companion to your family is when life is as normal as possible, you are thinking clearly and with a level head, and you have plenty of time and energy to devote to the dog. Where to Look for Your Dog. Where should you look to adopt a dog? If you are searching for a pure bred dog, talk to your veterinarian or other animal professional about locating a reputable breeder. Simply looking through the newspaper or searching for a sign along the road is not conducive to finding a healthy puppy. You may find yourself buying from an irresponsible breeder who does not practice necessary health screening and selectiveness in the parenting dogs. Pure bred dogs can also be adopted from rescue groups who make it their mission to rescue a particular breed from unfortunate situations and place them in loving homes. By adopting from a rescue organization, you can be part of the pet-overpopulation solution, and you can help a pet that desperately needs your care. Your local animal shelter, humane society, or “pound” is an excellent place to find your pooch pal. These facilities take in mixed and pure bred pets that have been abandoned or surrendered and homeless pets wandering the streets. These dogs are especially eager to find a family, and giving one a home will surely give you that warm, fuzzy feeling that lets you know you’ve done something wonderful. Pet stores are also an option when searching for a mixed or pure bred dog; however, there is much controversy regarding the suppliers of these dogs. Many pets stores obtain their dogs from puppy mills, which are inhumane facilities breeding mass amounts of dogs in unsanitary conditions. It can be difficult to know with certainty which pet stores are obtaining their dogs from reputable sources. Getting to Know the Pet Community. Before you bring home your new, furry friend, check out your local pet-related businesses. You should locate a veterinarian, be sure you’re comfortable with him or her, and talk about what to expect with your dog’s healthcare. Ask friends and family to refer you to their veterinarian. You might also consider choosing a groomer, trainer, boarding facility, and/or doggie daycare for your dog. It is also helpful to search for the closest 24 hour emergency veterinary hospital. When you find one, call them to learn their fees and their location. This is information that will be difficult to obtain during the stress of an actual emergency. Many emergency facilities will even give you a tour, if you are interested. Before you bring your dog home, you may also want to search for a pet-friendly park where you can walk your dog and perhaps let him run off-leash (when he is trained and ready for that!). It is also wise to line up some pet-loving friends who would be willing to lend their pets to help you socialize your dog. As an added perk, if your dog is socialized with your friend’s pets, your friend may be more likely to pet-sit when needed! Understanding Pet Adoption Contracts. Depending on where you adopt your dog, you may be asked to sign an adoption contract. In this case, there will be some guidelines to which you must agree before adoption. This is to ensure excellent quality of care to the dog. Some agencies even follow up the contract with a check-in at the home after adoption. Some things you may need to agree to in contract include proper medical care (spay/neuter, vaccines, parasite prevention, etc.), providing a fenced yard, promising that if you ever need to surrender the pet you will bring it back to the place of contract, not changing the pet’s name (if he already has one), etc. Bringing Your Dog Home. Before your bring home your new adopted dog, try to have things set up for your dog in your home as much as possible before he arrives. Make the home welcoming to him. Don’t forget to use a baby gate to block off any rooms or staircases where you don’t want your dog. On the day of adoption, you may want to have a puppy-training pad or blanket in your car in case of any accidents or car sickness. Remember, your dog will be nervous and excited. Accidents are not unexpected. You will be excited as well, but do your best to not overwhelm your dog with your emotions. Try to be calm and not frighten your new family member. Speak to your dog in a steady, relaxing voice. Let him sniff you and get to know you. Go slowly with him. When you arrive home, allow him to sniff things outside and inside. He has a lot to explore and learn about his new life. Give him time to soak it all in. Don’t allow children and other family members to all surround the dog and pet him at once. Everyone should introduce themselves one at a time in a calm manner in order to not overwhelm the nervous pooch. If introducing your dog to other pets, you may want to consider doing this in a neutral location other than your home. This will prevent territorial conflicts. Supervision is extremely important during pet-to-pet introductions. Read PetPlace’s article, Introducing a New Dog Into Your Household to learn more about helping your new dog adjust to other pets. Enjoying Life with your New Dog. In making the decision to adopt a dog, you have made a life change that will surely fill your heart with much joy. Dogs are one of the most rewarding responsibilities you can ever assume. For giving them a good home, they will pay you back every day with unconditional love, a wagging tail to warm your heart, and all their silly dog antics to keep you laughing. 0 paws upShare: Renae Hamrick RVTJuly 08, 2015Share: Popular Posts. Pet CareWhy You Should Consider Making the ...Pet Wellness and HealthCBD for Dogs: 3 Myths and 3 Freque ...Pet Wellness and HealthThe World’s Most Accurate Dog DNA ...Previous / Next ArticleDog AdoptionSheltie Dog Names: Cool Names for Shetland Sheepdog Breed Dogs. Previous Article. Dog AdoptionScottish Dog Names. Next Article. Dog AdoptionSheltie Dog Names: Cool Names for Shetland Sheepdog Breed Dogs.
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                                    [0] => I got her back home as soon as possible and she’s fine back at home but have I done damage by taking her out too soon and any tips for when and how to try taking her out again?
                                    [1] => Should I sign an agreement to spay her after 30 days so she can adapt to her home?
                                    [2] => I have been trying to figure out if she was just initially excited and is now going through decompression or if she needs her thyroid medication adjusted or is depressed?
                                    [3] => Any thoughts?
                                    [4] => He has been with us almost 5 days, is there anything I should be doing now, or watching for?
                                    [5] => Is the marking a sign of dominant behavior?
                                    [6] => What is the best way to work with him on that?
                                    [7] => ????
                                    [8] => My real question – while Ivy is going through the most traumatic part of her treatment, she will be crated and sedated most of the time – should I try and put my cats in the same room with Ivy while she is crated and can't chase- so they learn she is not a threat?
                                    [9] => Do you have any recommendations?
                                    [10] => Do you think this will get better?
                                    [11] => Or will we always have the issue of them fighting?
                                    [12] => Have you read The Best Way to Introduce a Second Dog Into Your Pack?
                                    [13] => When she doesn’t I immediately put her on a pad and say “go potty”.
                                    [14] => Any suggestions recommendations?
                                    [15] => When we brought her into our home, she was very warm and social to us both plus our existing dog, but I noticed she would randomly get into defense mode and start barking at me.
                                    [16] => Any advice on how to positively reinforce trust?
                                    [17] => Should I be worried?
                                    [18] => Any suggestions on things I can do to help prevent Lulu from having accidents?
                                    [19] => When he is outside he doesn't take treats, probably because he is so anxious and scared.
                                    [20] => How do I remedy this?Also, I can't get her to poop outside.
                                    [21] => For the stairs, have you tried putting treats on each tread?
                                    [22] => Will this ever resolve?
                                    [23] => will she adjust to our home?
                                    [24] => How long it could take her to settle with us and bond with me, if she ever does?
                                    [25] => Can it get better?
                                    [26] => How can I fix this?
                                    [27] => Reply Not others?
                                    [28] => People or dogs?
                                    [29] => Is this something that she could outgrow?
                                    [30] => Will this get better?
                                    [31] => Do you think he will get past this?
                                    [32] => Could I take this dog (separating the dogs at first) or does this spell extreme trouble?
                                    [33] => Separate is important, have you read The Best Way to Introduce a Second Dog Into Your Pack?
                                    [34] => Thank you Reply Is the 3 Days, 3 Weeks, 3 Months graphic available in Spanish?
                                    [35] => How long should I wait before I send him?
                                    [36] => 5) She is amazing and so loving but would she be better as an only dog lavished with 1:1 attention she wants and deserves?
                                    [37] => She is so tiny maybe she would be better with another yorkie as she is too delicate to mix with bigger dogs even on walks due to her injury?
                                    [38] => When or what is a decider?
                                    [39] => Have you talked to the vet nurse for her opinion?
                                    [40] => Please advise x Reply It sounds like the yorkies behavior is fear or maybe even pain based?
                                    [41] => Is it possible to talk to an experienced dog behaviorist?
                                    [42] => So…my question is, how do I attempt to get our little guy and our big guy together without he big one eating our little?
                                    [43] => Any advice?
                                    [44] => What do we do?
                                    [45] => I have two questions:1) Is it possible this is too good to be true?
                                    [46] => 2)How soon is too soon to take him out to public places where there may be dogs and people?
                                    [47] => Or is it a good time to start testing his behavior in public?
                                    [48] => how can you let both know they’re loved without the first dog feeling replaced?
                                    [49] => When we go on walks he wags his tail at other dogs and wants to go meet them, after a few seconds of sniffing, a switch happens and he starts growling at them.
                                    [50] => What is causing him to be aggressive and is this normal to happen during a transition phase?
                                    [51] => What can I do to help make him more comfortable?
                                    [52] => We are wondering if this is something that is typical of rescue dogs and hopefully will go away once she becomes more settled?
                                    [53] => Reply She may be scared, is she showing any other signs of stress?
                                    [54] => Or maybe bored?
                                    [55] => Is she getting enough physical and mental exercise?
                                    [56] => Is this normal?
                                    [57] => Aggressive toward people or other dogs?
                                    [58] => Will the dog grow out of this, or is this a situation where it is not a good fit?
                                    [59] => How will we know and when?
                                    [60] => Any advice?
                                    [61] => Any suggestions?
                                    [62] => Not friendly towards other dogs and takes out things and chews them up for attention Can we start over and do what s called the 2 week shut down?
                                    [63] => When I try to take her out to potty, she resists going out the door, tries to get back in, and the just lays down in the grass and won’t get up.
                                    [64] => She is 5 and a lovely waggy dog but she does growl and snap at my other dogs when in her bed or sleeping – any advice please?
                                    [65] => Should I crate her at night?
                                    [66] => We’ve had her for about a week and a half, but potty breaks keep getting more and more difficult as she is exposed to more traffic noises:( she does fine on walks in the woods and with trails, but it’s a no go on our walking trails and sidewalksWe love her so much already but do you have any tips on working through this?
                                    [67] => When she does come out she does eat and does potty.
                                    [68] => Should I be trying to do anything To encourage her to come out from under the bed or just continue to give her her space and let her be?
                                    [69] => Can This be anxiety related?
                                    [70] => Is he getting enough physical and mental excretes?
                                    [71] => How long should we leave her to try again.
                                    [72] => Reply Maxine, how is your new dog doing now?
                                    [73] => Reply Hi, How is your furbaby doing?
                                    [74] => Reply Please read What Does It Mean to Be a Pack Leader for Your Dog?
                                    [75] => Reply Hi Kurt, Can I ask how your dog is doing now?
                                    [76] => Any suggestions?
                                    [77] => When he starts barking he gets really worked up and it takes sometime for him to calm down.
                                    [78] => How is yours doing?
                                    [79] => Do you have any tips?
                                    [80] => Has your husband taken her for a walk?
                                    [81] => Does he feed her, spend any quality time with her?
                                    [82] => How do I help him?
                                    [83] => Do you have any suggestions on what is okay and what’s not until he gets to the vet?
                                    [84] => Any thoughts or tips?
                                    [85] => Are there any tips or suggestions that you may have to best handle this?
                                    [86] => How can I curtail this unwanted, dangerous behavior?
                                    [87] => Thoughts?
                                    [88] => 🙁 Reply Could be medical, any changes in other behaviors?
                                    [89] => How old is he?
                                    [90] => You don’t like or are friends with everyone you meet are you?
                                    [91] => Any tips?
                                    [92] => What’s the best way to train her not to do that??
                                    [93] => Also, how do I train her not to pull on the leach when I take her outside??
                                    [94] => How can I get her to calm down and be pleasant to visitors.
                                    [95] => Is it normal for them to play fight all the time?
                                    [96] => How long until we can expect them to not play 24/7 and just be able to coexist?
                                    [97] => How do we introduce them to cohabitate, under supervision, without me being an anxious wreck?
                                    [98] => How long do we keep them separate?
                                    [99] => Reply Hello rescued a chi mix two months ago and she has been wonderful except now she has started urinating in living room not sure what to do?
                                    [100] => Hes also terrified of stairs and doorways, are there any ways I can try to correct these behaviors?
                                    [101] => “Oh, look!
                                    [102] => When my daughter tried to walk her, she wouldn’t move, but then when I got up, she followed me closely.
                                    [103] => Ever heard of this happening?
                                    [104] => “Sit, lay down, etc” I’m home right now until the end of the summer, but I begin teaching again when the new school year begins, how can I encourage her to at least listen to my oldest daughter, as she will always be the first one home from school, and will be the one walking her.
                                    [105] => ????????????
                                    [106] => When I let her(Bonnie) and our 8yr Shiz(Dexter) out side she does real good,but continues to be nervous to come up to my husband or me.
                                    [107] => We love her but can’t figure out how to get her to come out of her shell?
                                    [108] => What’s the best way to go about this?
                                    [109] => Any advise?
                                    [110] => Is a harness a better alternative for him?
                                    [111] => Any suggestions?
                                    [112] => Thoughts?
                                    [113] => How do you suggest bonding and getting him to use the restroom?
                                    [114] => Have I made a mistake?
                                    [115] => Or will she get better over time?
                                    [116] => Is she likely to stay like this or can she turn into a crazy lady?
                                    [117] => Is this normal behavior?
                                    [118] => Or is there something we should be doing?
                                    [119] => Any recommendations?
                                    [120] => My question is, when do you think would be the right time to really commit to teaching him the basic cues?
                                    [121] => So do you recommend that I keep trying a few times every day, or simply let him be for a few weeks or months before trying to give him the basic training?
                                    [122] => I’m sure she will feel stressed and scared but I have taken everything you’ve said on board and hopefully she will settle quickly????
                                    [123] => But i hope that eventually he can fit right in and we can feel safe not always having to supervise beacause that’s just not sustainable long term.Any tips on keeping these introductions positive and building comfortable and trusting relationships between our rescue dog and small children?
                                    [124] => I have two articles I recommend you read: Dog Body Language/ and Why Do Family Dogs Bite Kids?
                                    [125] => What is your opinion on leaving her alone come Tuesday?
                                    [126] => Do you think that’s wise?
                                    [127] => How do dogs do by themselves?
                                    [128] => Any suggestions?
                                    [129] => Has the dog been left along before?
                                    [130] => And if so, what did they do when they went to work?
                                    [131] => I don’t know what to do Thank you Reply “Just”… meaning days, a week?
                                    [132] => Was the growling leaping attack a random thing or what.
                                    [133] => Reply Random?
                                    [134] => By attack, do you mean he lunged, barked, did he bite?
                                    [135] => What are your thoughts?
                                    [136] => Do you have any tips on how to balance her need for exercise with need for a calm, confidence building adjustment to our home?
                                    [137] => When I called, he looked at me over his shoulder and increased speed.
                                    [138] => So my question is, how long should I wait, and what methods should I employ, to introduce him to being off leash at home without worrying that he’ll take off?
                                    [139] => How long will depend on the amount of time you spend training him.
                                    [140] => Were they a bonded pair when you adopted them?
                                    [141] => Is he aggressive toward his sister?
                                    [142] => Or other dogs in the house or on walks?
                                    [143] => Reply Agreed he’s doing so well on his second week with us ????????????
                                    [144] => Do you have any suggestions that could help?
                                    [145] => Should we wait a bit longer?
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                            [body] => The 3-3-3 Rule and bringing home a rescue dogAdopting a rescue dog brings excitement, stress, and worry all at the same time. You may be wondering what the phases of a rescue dog are… how long does it take a rescue dog to adjust to your home? What can you do to help them through the transition of coming home with you? What is the 3-3-3 rule of dogs?The list of questions can go on forever. Lucky for you, you are in the right place. Rescue Dogs 101 has everything you need in your journey of adopting and raising a rescue dog.BEFORE You Bring Home Your Rescue Dog. If you haven’t brought your new rescue dog home yet, here are 4 things you should do before bringing any new dog home:Dog/puppy proof your house and make sure no electrical wires are hanging on the floor, pick up small items a dog may find enticing to chew, gate off areas of the home you don’t want the puppy to have access to.Walkthrough your yard and make sure the fence is in good shape with no areas the dog may squeeze or dig under the fence. Check the gates to make sure they are closed and latched.Purchase a crate and set it up in a quiet place, such as your bedroom. A crate will give your dog a safe place to decompress.Purchase necessities such as food, food/water bowls, collar, leash, and ID tag. Of course, a few toys and a bone would be nice too.Most of our dog food, toys, and supplies I buy online at Chewy.com and Amazon. Here is my Amazon shopping list for my recommendation dog products.Bringing Home a Rescue Dog Advice. We have adopted seven dogs and fostered many more over the years, so to say I’ve gone through this phase many times is an understatement.These steps work and will make your life easier and your dogs transition into your home much smoother.1. Outside before inside. When you first get home, introduce your new dog to the outside of your house before bringing him inside. Let him take in all the new smells. Show him where he will go potty and make sure to read our post on how to potty train your puppy fast. Then take him for a walk to burn off any extra energy.2. Bringing a new dog home to another dog. If you have another dog at home, introduce them outside before bringing him inside. Even if they’ve already met at the shelter or foster home.Take them for a walk together or put the resident dog in the backyard, bring the new dog to the outside of the fence to let them smell each other.It is important not to let the new dog “invade” your resident dog’s territory. Take this step very slowly.As hard as it may feel, you should wait 24-48 hours before fully introducing the new dog into your pack. Keep them in separate areas of the house for the first day to let everyone decompress.IMPORTANT: Please read The Best Way to Introduce a Second Dog Into Your Pack. Take the time to read this because it is so important to do introductions the right way.3. Introducing your new dog to the inside of your home. Enter and introduce your dog to your house slowly. Restrict his access to one area of the home. He is going to be stressed for the first few days (read the 3-3-3 rule of dogs below), so the smaller the new area is, the more comfortable he will be.Keep him on a leash for at least the first day, preferably the first 3 days. You don’t always have to hold on to the leash, he can drag the leash around with him, but this gives you quick access to him if needed.I do this with each of our foster dogs. It helps the dog not get overwhelmed and helps me limit potty accidents.4. Keep the first few days quiet and low-key. Don’t overwhelm him with visitors coming to see how cute he is. Don’t take him to the dog park. Avoid overwhelming situations altogether.Wait until he has a chance to get to know you and his new home first. Give him plenty of quiet time to settle in.Give your new rescue dog a safe area to decompress, this will help him feel more comfortable. An open crate is a great tool to create a comforting den-like area.5. Create a routine starting day one. Creating a routine will also help your dog feel more comfortable. Schedule his feeding, walks, sleep and playtime.The sooner you establish a routine, the better you both will feel. A feeding schedule will help with potty training.6. Training. Research dog training classes. Training is just as much for you the owner, as it is for the dog. Training your dog is so important, please don’t skip this part of being a responsible dog owner.We have a lot of training resources on our website, take advantage of them. Be proactive, don’t wait until you see the bad behavior.7. Kids and Dogs. Don’t leave kids alone with your new dog. For the first few weeks, your dog is going to be stressed from moving to a new home he is not familiar with… add a child that just wants to hug and kiss the dog, and it’s a recipe for disaster (i.e. dog bite). Even the nicest dog can bite out of fear and protection.Recommended reading:Adopting a rescue dog the first seven daysWhy Do Family Dogs Bite Kids?What is the 3-3-3 rule when adopting a dog?The 3-3-3 rule represents the phases of a rescue dog or common milestones your new dog or puppy will go through.The 3-3-3 rule is the first 3 days, 3 weeks, and 3 months after bringing your dog home from the shelter.If you’ve ever started a new job or moved to a new school, you know this feeling. The feeling of being in an unfamiliar place, new surroundings, new people, new rules.Download this 3-3-3 rule poster along with other great adoption resources in our Rescue Dogs 101 From Rescue to Home – Your Survival Checklist.The 3 Days, 3 Weeks, 3 Month Rule (3-3-3 Rule). How long does it take a rescue dog to adjust? The honest answer is, it depends. Every dog and situation is unique and will adjust differently. Some will follow the 3-3-3 rule to a tee, others will take 6 months or a full year to feel completely comfortable.The 3-3-3 dog rule is a general guideline of when a rescue dog will adjust to his new home.Give your dog space and allow him to go at his own pace. You will look back someday and be amazed at the transformation.In the first 3 days,. your new dog will be overwhelmed with his new surroundings. He will not be comfortable enough to be himself. Don’t be alarmed if he doesn’t want to eat for the first couple of days, many dogs don’t eat when they are stressed. He may shut down and want to curl up in his crate or under the table. He may be scared and unsure of what is going on. Or he may be the opposite and test you to see what he can get away with, kind of like a teenager.Feeling overwhelmedMaybe scared and unsure of what is going onNot comfortable enough to be “himself”May not want to eat or drinkShut down and want to curl up in his crate or hide under a tableTesting the boundariesAfter 3 weeks,. he’s starting to settle in, feeling more comfortable, and realizing this may be his forever home. He has figured out his environment and getting into the routine that you have set. He lets his guard down and may start showing his real personality. Behavior issues may start showing, this is your time to be a strong pack leader and show him what is right and wrong.Starting to settle inFeeling more comfortableRealizing this could possibly be his forever homeFigured out his environmentGetting into a routineLets his guard down and may start showing his true personalityBehavior issues may start showing upAfter 3 months,. your dog is now completely comfortable in his home. You have built trust and a true bond with your dog, which gives him a complete sense of security with you. He is set in his routine and will come to expect his dinner at his usual time.Finally completely comfortable in his home.Building trust and a true bondGained a complete sense of security with his new familySet in a routineIn conclusion. Enjoy your new rescue dog, he will be your best friend!The first thing most people want to do is show off their new puppy. Just take it slow, I know you are excited but keep in mind how your dog is feeling. He has been through a lot, he may have lost his family, abandoned in a shelter… it’s all very stressful. He needs time, so give it to him.Remember the 3-3-3 dog rule is a general guideline. Your dog will go at his/her own pace, it could take 4, 5 or maybe even 6 months. Each dog is unique. Just be there for them, comfort them when they need it and create a positive safe environment and you will be on your way of creating your perfect dog. Up next:The First 7 Days – Bringing Your Adopted Dog HomeAdopting a fearful dog and how to helpShopping List For New Dog Parents Sharing is caring! 4887 shares About the [email protected] McKee is a mom of three kids, three dogs and the creator of Rescue Dogs 101... where she guides you in your journey of adopting and raising a rescue dog every step of the way. She also volunteers for a local dog rescue and Humane Society.
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                            [body] => Adopting a Dog: The Complete Guide for New Dog Owners By Gilad Rom on December 23, 2021 Adopting a dog is no small feat. Adding a new member to your family is a major life event that will take hard work and careful preparation — not to mention the years of dedication to taking care of your new pup. For anyone who hasn’t been through the adoption process before, it can get very overwhelming, very quickly. That’s where we come in. We’ve compiled the ultimate guide for new dog adopters, beginning with the questions you should ask as you’re considering getting a dog, all the way to what to expect on adoption day and the days and weeks that follow. For any dog adopter, it’s a must-read. Before we dive in, we should note: This is general advice that’s good for most dog owners. But keep in mind that all dogs are different, with different temperaments, personalities, needs, and levels of training. Because of that, some of these tips will vary from dog to dog. The bottom line: Your dog is a living thing with a unique personality, wants, and needs. It’s up to you to learn about your pup and adjust as needed to take care of him or her as best you can. What to Research Before You Decide You’re Adopting a Dog. The hard work begins before you even make a decision about adopting a dog. There’s so much research and so many questions you should ask yourself before deciding on a dog. Here are some considerations you should take, as well as what shelters will be looking for in a potential adopter. Is a Dog Actually the Right Pet for You? There are a number of things any potential dog owner should consider before deciding that a dog is the right pet. These are just a few of the most important ones: Lifestyle: A dog will require a lot of your time and energy. Unlike a cat or other pet, you’ll need to take your dog outside for exercise and to potty. You can’t leave a dog home alone for as long as some other pets. Dogs are pack animals and require as much time as possible with their person to be happy. How will that fit into your work and social schedules? Will your lifestyle fit a dog’s needs? Budget: Like any pet, dogs can be expensive. Even a routine vet visit can cost hundreds of dollars, and a minor injury or illness can rack up a four-figure vet bill in no time. And that’s just medical care. Your dog will need toys and supplies, high-quality food, treats, and other supplies. If you’re an inexperienced dog owner, you may need to pay for a trainer. And if you ever take a trip or go on vacation, boarding or an in-home dog sitter will be another major expense. Space: Can your living space actually accommodate a dog? For example, if you live in an apartment complex on a busy road, your space may not be ideal for a pup. Dogs are the kind of pet that do best when they have a safe, secure home with a fenced yard where they can safely get their needed outdoor time. If you don’t have a lot of space in your home, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t have a dog. But it could limit the type of dog you should look for — for example, a large, high-energy breed might be a bad fit if you live in a small apartment. Possibly the most important question you should ask yourself when considering adopting a dog is this: Are you and your family ready to commit to a dog for up to 10-15 years? If the answer is no, a dog is not the right choice for you. In addition to those questions you should be asking yourself, most reputable animal shelters will look for certain traits and qualifications before approving someone to adopt a dog. Here are just some of the standard questions a shelter or rescue might ask you when you consider adopting a dog: Do you own your home or rent? If you rent, do you have permission from your landlord to own a pet? Can we contact them? Do you have a yard? Is it properly fenced? Do you have children? How many? How old are they? Have they had experience with dogs before? Who else lives in your home? Do they agree with your decision to adopt a dog? Do you have other pets? How many? What kinds? Are they fixed? Are they comfortable around other animals? Do you live in a city? If so, are there adequate nearby areas to walk your dog? Have you ever had a dog before? Are there any breeds you have experience with? How many hours per day are you home? Where will your dog spend most of its time? Does your city or state have any dog-related rules or laws (i.e. licensing laws or breed restrictions)? Where Should You Choose to Adopt Your New Dog? You can adopt a dog from a lot of different shelters and rescues. How will you know which one to go with? First, this is a great place to say that you should avoid pet shops at all costs. In many cases, pet shops get their dogs from puppy mills, which are abusing and sometimes illegal breeding operations designed to produce as many puppies as possible, as quickly as possible. In buying a dog from a pet shop, you might be inadvertently supporting a puppy mill. Instead, look for a local Humane Society or rescue operation; they’re available in most cities. You’ll want to look for a shelter that’s clean, where the dogs look healthy, and where the staff are willing to work with you, one-on-one, to help you find the perfect new addition to your family. What Kind of Dog Is Right for You? If you’ve considered all of these questions and decided a dog is the right pet for you, it’s now time to decide what kind of dog. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and at an animals shelter, you’ll likely be able to choose from a wide variety of breeds, ages, training levels, and more. So when you’re looking for the perfect dog to adopt, here are some questions you should answer for yourself (and share you answers with the shelter or agency you’re adopting through — they can help narrow down their adoptable dogs to ones that fit your wants and needs). Puppy, adult dog, or senior dog? Which best fits your lifestyle? Can you provide for a dog’s needs at any of those ages (for example, a puppy will need more training and care, and a senior dog might have more medical needs)? Do you have the time, patience, and resources to work with a dog that has bad habits or behavioral problems? How much daily exercise can you provide your dog? Would you rather have a couch potato, or a dog that will go running with you every day? What size of dog best fits your space? Do you have room for a very large breed? What kind of behavior are you expecting from your dog? Do you want an outgoing, confident dog that’s easy to train? Or could you handle a timid dog that needs time and affection to come out of its shell? Would you like a cuddly, clingy dog, or one that’s more independent? Do you have other animals in your home? Does your new dog need to be accustomed to being around certain other pets? Before deciding on a dog, try to have several meetings with your potential new family member in the shelter. Bring all members of your family (including other dogs) to a meet-and-greet to make sure everyone gets along. Watch the dog’s behavior closely for any red flags, like lethargy, panting or drooling, lungeing, or excessive barking, which can all be signs of illness, aggression, or extreme stress. Spend as much time as possible with the dog and try to get to know him or her a little, though keep in mind that the shelter environment may be stressful and meeting new people is exciting, so your dog’s behavior in this setting might not be quite normal. Adopting a Dog: Getting Ready for Adoption Day. Before you bring your new dog home, there’s a ton of work to do. Step 1: Dog-Proof Your Home. Carefully assess your home for anything that might be hazardous to a dog (for example, poisoning houseplants, cleaning supplies, exposed wiring for electronics, etc.). Try to see your home from a dog’s perspective. Look for things a dog might get into, and make sure they’re all safe and secure to keep your new pet safe. Another important part of dog-proofing is deciding where your dog is and isn’t allowed to go. With a new dog, you might want to limit their exploring to one small area for the first few days, so they don’t get overwhelmed. Step 2: Get all the Supplies You Need. Your new dog will need a lot of supplies. The checklist below will get you started, but keep in mind that there may be other supplies you need for your dog’s specific needs. Step 3: Find a Vet. You don’t want to be scrambling to find a vet when your dog gets sick or injured. Before you even bring a new dog home, find a nearby vet that you like. Step 4: Make a Plan for Family Introductions. The last thing you need to do before your new dog comes home is make a plan for how you’re going to introduce him or her to other pets and family members. Remember that your home will be a new place for your dog that might be scary or overwhelming. Plan to introduce new people and pets slowly, and provide lots of time for everyone to get comfortable around one another. What to Expect in the First 30 Days After Adopting a Dog. You’ve made it to adoption day! Congratulations! Now it’s time for you and your new dog to begin your lives together. Here’s what to expect over the first several weeks, and how you can help your new pup get as comfortable as possible. In the First Week. The first week that your new pup is home with you should be all about settling in, learning to trust each other, setting boundaries, and establishing a routine. Dogs are happiest when they have a clear, predictable routine each day, so during this week, decide on things like meal times, when to go for walks, and when to go out to potty, and stay consistent with those times from now on. Toward the end of the first week is also a great time to schedule an introductory visit with your new vet. In the Second Week. During week two, your dog should be getting more and more comfortable in their new home. As they get more comfortable, you’re likely to begin seeing any bad habits or negative behaviors emerge. That makes week two the perfect time to start positively reinforcing good behaviors, and working on basic training. Depending on your dog’s age and level of training, you may need to start with basic commands like “come,” and “sit,” or you may be able to work on more advanced training. If you’re an inexperienced dog owner, this is the time to enroll your dog in a training course you can take together. You’ll be able to learn from dog training experts, and the class will help you and your dog bond and further build trust. In the Third Week. By the third week, your dog should be getting pretty comfortable with you and your family, unless he or she is particularly timid or shy. If your dog seems to be settling in well at home, week three is a good time to begin looking for opportunities to socialize your dog with other people and animals. Walks around your neighborhood or a trip to the dog park can be good options. Remember to continue with your daily routines you established in the first week. Dogs are happiest when their days are predictable, and not knowing what to expect can cause them extra stress and anxiety in a new home. In the Fourth Week and Beyond. As your new dog continues to settle in, keep sticking to your daily routine, working on training, and building trust and your bond. Many experts say dogs need at least three months to fully settle into a new home, so keep that in mind as you move forward. Adopting a Dog Should Be Rewarding. Don’t worry if adopting your new pet feels overwhelming sometimes. Just keep trying to do the best you can for your dog. Remember that having a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences one can have, despite all the challenges involved. For more resources and information about how to keep your pets as happy and safe as possible, visit our blog. Congratulations on your new dog! Share Share on Facebook Tweet Tweet on Twitter Pin it Pin on Pinterest ← → Read more Can You Track Your Dog With a Microchip? How to Find Your Lost DogGilad Rom No, You Shouldn’t Take Your Dog to a ProtestGilad Rom First-Time Dog Owners: The Definitive Guide to Care & CuddlesGilad Rom Play it safe. 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                            [body] => Caring For Your New Dog. Essential Supplies:Leash & Collar - Your dog should wear a collar with an id tag (with an emergency contact number) at all times, for safety. A flat collar that buckles or clips is a good option for that kind of everyday wear. For walks, there are many different tools designed for all kinds of walkers; a martingale collar, or a slip lead, are designed with a similar cinching mechanism that is corrective when your pup is pulling, and is also designed to keep a pup safe and with you, should they attempt to back out of their collar when spooked. A trainer, or your adoptions counselor, can help guide you when picking the proper walking tools for your new pup.Food - Changing a dog's food abruptly can cause diarrhea, sometimes for several weeks. To avoid this, continue feeding the same food provided by the foster home, or mix the old with the new to gradually adjust your dog to a new diet. Instructions on switching to a new food as well as guidelines on how much to feed your dog and how often should be on the bag itself, however most dog food brands also have this information on their website. Check out our partner Ollie for more tips: https://www.dogfoodforthought.co/Food & Water Dishes - Pick a spot and leave them in the same place so your dog knows exactly where to go for water. Make sure the water bowl is clean and has fresh water at all times. If you are crate training your dog, feeding them in the crate is a great way to help build a positive association with their new safe space!Crate - Crates make the adjustment period less stressful for you and your new best friend. Crates are useful for establishing a housebreaking schedule, preventing separation anxiety and teaching your pup to settle! The crate should be big enough for your dog to stand up, turn completely around and lie down comfortably in. However, if the crate is too big your dog may have accidents in it, so pay attention to crate dimensions and the dog weight/height it is recommended for.Toys - Safe toys help dogs ease stress and, of course, have fun! Having toys available will ease the adjustment period. Always supervise your dog when playing with toys. You can leave him alone with heavy duty toys like Kongs, but check for damage periodically to avoid choking hazards. If you already have a dog at home and are bringing home a second dog, pick up toys and other high value items that could cause a scuffle! You can reintroduce them as your pups adjust. Puppy Proofing:Even if your dog is older, curiosity can get the better of him. Make sure your home is a safe place for him by putting yourself in his paws. Crawl around on the floor and check out any potential dangers. Electrical cords, poisonous houseplants, and any item small enough to swallow are just a few of the things that should be out of his reach. Veterinarians perform more surgeries to remove strange objects that a dog has swallowed than for anything else.Even after puppy proofing, it's a good idea to not leave him unsupervised in the house until he has learned what is off limits. That way he won't have the chance to develop any bad habits while you're not looking! You'll also avoid having to buy all new shoes because he chewed up one from each pair. Dogs have no concept of how much something costs, and they don't chew things to spite you; they do it because it is fun. Dogs also chew to relieve stress, so a dog who normally doesn't chew things may do so when under stress. Make available appropriate chew toys and keep items you don't want chewed out of reach, and don't hesitate to use the crate, especially at the beginning of your time together! It helps keep your pup (and your belongings) safe, but it also helps them to feel safe, as well.Meeting the Children:The kids are probably beside themselves with excitement about the new doggie. They probably can't wait to play with him and show him just how much they love him. Prepare your children ahead of time so that they understand that dogs need boundaries, compassion, and respect, just like we do when meeting new friends!Let your children meet the new dog BEFORE he comes home.When your dog meets your children, keep him on leash and have your children sit down to say hello. Sitting will help them be calmer which will help your dog be more relaxed. Take it slow and invite your dog to smell your children. Children should remember not to stick their face in a new dog's face; it's fun to get doggie smooches, but let it be the dog's idea at the beginning. They need to get to know new people before they trust them, just like us. It is our responsibility to show them compassion and respect until they feel comfortable enough to come to us!Always supervise children with dogs, no matter how small the dog. This is for the safety of your dog and your child.Teach your children not to pinch, pull, or squeeze the dog.If your dog is nervous, ask the children to give him a break until he gets comfortable with them.Don't let your children take the dog's toys, and don't let your dog take the children's toys. Toys and food are high value items to a dog and they may attempt to keep a human from taking them away. An adult should always take the time to redirect the dog to something more interesting and trade.Don't let children walk the dog without adult supervision.Set up a "safe" place for your new pet that is off limits to children. A crate is great for this. Instruct the children not to try and play with him when he is in his safe place. Meeting the Other Pet(s):Hopefully, the pets you already have are just as excited about the new addition as you are. It’s a big adjustment for your furry friends so expect a little bit of an adjustment period while they figure each other out!Let your pet(s) meet the new dog BEFORE he comes home, if possible. We recommend taking the dogs on a walk together so they begin to feel like a pack. Walking them in the same direction takes the pressure off a head to head meet and greet and will help with a smooth integration.When the new dog does come home, re-introduce all pets with the new dog in a crate for safety. Wait until all pets are calm and relaxed, even if that takes several hours, before introducing each pet on leash. Watch for signs that either pet is stressed, and separate if necessary. Do not try to push them to be friends too fast. Slower is better!Crate the new dog periodically to give your resident pet a break, especially if he seems stressed or annoyed with the new dog. Your new dog may spend a lot of time crated in the beginning, and this is more than okay! They need time to observe the rules and routines of the home. A slow introduction is better in the long run for everyone.Spend time individually with the new dog and the resident pet.Supervise playing with toys to prevent spats. Providing one more toy than there are dogs is a good practice. This way, if one dog gets tired of a toy, there is an option other than stealing from the other dog. Wait a couple of weeks before giving them something of high value such as a stuffed bone or rawhide.Enforce rules and instill a consistent and reliable daily routine right away with the new dog. Dogs thrive on rules and consistency, and the more consistent you are, the faster they will catch onto the patterns of their day. This will help with many things, including potty training.Even if the resident pet is not a dog, many of the same tips apply. Supervise all interactions. Observe all pets for signs of stress and separate them to give them a break. Cats should always have a quick escape route and utilize the crate to assess your dog’s interest in your cat. Adjustment Period:Moving to a new home can be stressful for dogs. It's an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people. Some dogs experience stomach upset and diarrhea, or exhibit a loss of appetite for a few days. House-trained dogs may regress and have accidents. Some will shy away from you for a while until you earn their trust. Be patient with your new dog. It may take a while for him to trust you as it may take a while for you to trust them. How long it takes is different for every dog. It could take anywhere from three days to three months for your new dog to settle in. Just be patient with him and show him in all of your actions that he is safe with you. If you are having any problems or have any questions during the adjustment period about a dog you adopted from Wags & Walks, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will do everything we can to help ease the adjustment period for both of you.If you're adopting a puppy rather than an adult dog, expect an adjustment period for yourself, too! Adopting a puppy is like having a baby. There will be lots of potty breaks because their bladder isn't yet fully developed. Expect to get up a couple of times during the night for potty breaks. If you work, plan to come home everyday at lunch to let your puppy outside to potty. If you can't come home, consider hiring a pet sitter. Or, use an X-pen instead of a crate and set up a potty area on one side. Just know that a puppy HAS TO potty several times a day and plan accordingly. We recommend writing down every time the dog goes potty (both outside and accidents) so you can begin to see their patterns and how frequently they need to go out. Puppies will also chew on everything available, so don't make anything available that he shouldn't chew on. Establishing the Rules:It can be tempting when you bring home a new dog to be a little lax on the rules. Resist the temptation now so you can avoid problems later on. It's much easier to prevent a bad habit from starting than it is to break one. Not only that, but dogs, like children, like rules and structure. It makes them feel more secure to know exactly what is expected of them and exactly what happens if they don't follow the rules. It also keeps order in the household. If you have other pets who already know the rules, they can get quite stressed out by an unruly newcomer. Whatever you do, do NOT feel sorry for your poor little rescue dog. Nobody wants pity, dogs included. For your dog's best interest, put whatever sad past he may have had behind him and live in the current moment. He's with you now, happy and cared for; he has no need for pity.Do not leave your new dog unsupervised in the house unless he is crated until he has learned the rules. This way, you can prevent bad habits from forming. If you don't see him, you can't stop him!No unsupervised time unless crated also helps with house-training. If he doesn't have a chance to make a mistake, the bad habit won't form. A good routine is triangular; the three points are: dog is in the crate for a period of time, dog goes directly from the crate outside to have an opportunity to potty, then the dog has some free time to roam in the house. Then, back to the crate they go, and the process starts again!Do not let your new dog on the furniture or bed unless they are specifically invited! This will help develop a relationship where the dog looks to you for guidance, and will help immensely when you need them to listen to you! Even if you don't keep it up for the rest of their lives, it's always easier to let dogs earn new freedoms than it is to allow certain freedoms only to take them away later.Expect your dog to break the rules frequently in the beginning. He is not being stubborn or difficult. Dogs have a hard time generalizing, which means that something he learns in the living room will have to be learned all over again in the kitchen and again in the bedroom. It's easy to get frustrated when you feel like he should understand already, but he still doesn't. It helps to have a sense of humor. It can take 30-50 or more perfect repetitions before a dog truly "gets" a command. Licensing & Identification:If your city requires dogs to be licensed, get this taken care of right away. Licenses can usually be purchased at the Vet's office. Even if your city does not require a license, it's a good idea to provide contact information on your dog's collar. If your pet is lost or stolen, microchipping is a good way to ensure his safe return. Collars can come off, but microchips are there to stay. Dogs adopted from Wags & Walks are microchipped prior to adoption - we will send you an email shortly after the adoption is complete to confirm your preferred contact information before transferring the microchip to your name. Training & Behavior:Just like children, dogs need to be taught good behavior. Whether you're bringing home a puppy or an adult, you can expect that he will do some things that you don't approve of and maybe have some bad habits. Your dog will need to be taught how you want him to behave. The easiest and most fun way to teach your dog is to take him to "school" (training classes). You both get to meet other people and dogs. You get the benefit of expert knowledge and immediate feedback. Your dog gets socialization. It expedites the bonding process immensely! Both of you may even make a new friend there.You can also work on teaching your dog yourself. There are lots of resources available, but it can be difficult to determine which information is bad and which is good. If your dog has habits you'd like to break, don't give up on him. Teach him instead! Consistency and persistency are key. Be consistent with your verbal cues and hand motions - "sit" and "sit down" sound very different to a dog. One word commands combined with a hand signal are best! Be persistent with your training and set aside time to practice every day until (and even after) your dog reliably responds to your commands.Training also makes dogs happy. Studies on the brain show that animals like to have their brains challenged. The mental exercise can be just as rewarding (and exhausting) to your dog as physical exercise. As long as you use balanced methods to teach your dog, he will LOVE learning. 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Their real personality will come out as they adapt to their new home.This page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to youUse reward-based training methods. Perhaps the most important thing you can do is to commit to using reward-based training methods with your new rescue dog. Even if you have previously used methods such as leash corrections, prong collar, shock collar, etc., don’t do that with your new dog. These are outdated methods and the scientific research shows they risk harm including fear, anxiety, aggression, and a worse relationship with you. (See: seven reasons to use reward-based training methods for more on this). You will need to reward your dog for good behaviours, and food rewards work really well. If you’re in need of suggestions, see my post on the best dog training treats.  Photo: Catherine Sheila/PexelsBe prepared and have a routine. Ideally, even before you bring the dog home, you will think about the dog’s routine.  Which family members will walk the dog and when? Who is responsible for things like pee breaks, feeding the dog, and taking them to the vet? What are the house rules about whether or not the dog is allowed on the settee and bed? It helps dogs to feel more safe and secure if they have a routine.  As well, if different rules apply with different people, that’s just confusing.Before your dog comes home, make sure you have everything you need: A collar, harness, and leash; poop bags; at least one dog bed; some toys including chew toys and food toys like a Kong; food, and food and water bowls; a crate, if you’ll be using one; a pet pen and/or pet gates, as needed; and pee pads or puppy pads if you’re planning to use them. Also consider how you will transport them in the car (e.g. in a crate or with a seat belt harness). Be aware that many of these are not crash-tested. The Kurgo Car Harness is crash-tested, while the Sleepypod ClickIt Sport and Clickit Terrain harnesses are certified by the Center for Pet Safety, as are the Sleepypod Pet Carrier and the Gunner Kennels.When you first bring the dog home, bring them into the house on leash, and walk them around. Also take them for a walk around the neighbourhood. Try to make their first experiences at your home positive. In the first week, you’ll want to take them to the vet for a check up (and to get a microchip if they don’t already have one), and you’ll also need to get a dog licence.So you know when your new dog will be taken for walks and get fed. What’s next? Turn your pet into a king or queen with this personalised pet portrait! Safety and management. Most people are very happy with their new shelter dog, but it’s normal to have a few things to work on. If there are issues, it’s important to be aware that the solution isn’t just training, but also management.It’s especially important to think about safety. If you have young children in the home, make sure the dog is kept separate except when you are able to supervise them closely. And always let the dog have somewhere they can go (like a crate or a bed in another room) if they want to get away from the kids and have a bit of quiet time and a snooze instead.Use pet gates or pens as needed to keep the new dog separate from children and other pets, and away from areas that aren’t dog-proofed. Also ensure that your yard (if you have one) is securely fenced so that they can’t escape from it.Another thing to remember is to leave the dog alone while they are eating. Never try to take food away from them. Giving up food willingly is a behaviour that you have to train, and it’s probably not going to be your priority in these first days and weeks. If the dog has something (food or a toy) that you need to take off them because it’s dangerous, swap it for a tasty piece of food or another toy. You can make it seem more interesting by playing with it or talking excitedly about it. Once the dog is distracted by the replacement food or toy, safely take the item away. Of course it helps if dogs don’t have the opportunity to get into mischief in the first place, so tidy everything away that is precious to you or dangerous to them. Especially for puppies and young dogs, be careful not to leave anything out that you don’t want to get chewed – and ensure you have chew toys they can chew on instead. And make sure cupboards are not openable by dogs and that food is not left out on counters where it will be a temptation.House training. One of the things that can easily go wrong in the first few days and nights with a new dog is house training. Sometimes, even with a dog that was house trained in their previous home, there will be a mishap, whether it’s due to stress or not knowing the routines yet. And some dogs will simply not have been properly house trained in their previous home, so don’t make assumptions. If your dog needs house training, that’s obviously going to be top of your list.The main tips are to take your dog out often enough that they always pee and poop outside, and to throw a little party for them with treats and praise when they do. At times when they can’t be considered empty, don’t leave them loose in the house; confine them to a pen, crate, or keep them on leash or on your lap. If there are any mistakes, unfortunately you have to see it as your fault for not taking the dog outside in time; don’t punish them, simply clean up the mess. For more on house training, see my post don’t punish your dog for peeing in the house.  Coming when called. To put it bluntly, your new dog doesn’t yet know that your place is their new home. They’ve just had a big transition, and it’s a bit scary. Also, they don’t know their way around the neighbourhood, and they probably haven’t been taught yet to come when called. So teaching recall is likely to be high on your priority list.Start by training this in the house, and then outside in a safely enclosed space such as a fenced yard. You don’t want to let the dog off leash until you’re absolutely sure they will come when you call them. As well, use really amazing treats for teaching recall. For extra tips, see the online course Recall for a Meatball from Doggy Geeks University.  It’s more common than you might think for dogs to go missing during those first few days and weeks in a new home, so this is also a time to be extra vigilant. Make sure everyone will keep external doors closed, that any gates to the yard or garage doors are kept closed, and the dog is always on a leash when outside. Also try to walk them round the neighbourhood (on leash) so that they know where home is.Your new rescue dog should have a microchip that has been transferred to you, but make sure the information is up to date and correct, just in case. Pulling on leash. Pulling on leash is one of the most common complaints people have about their dog. In a way, it’s nice to have a dog who likes being outdoors and enjoys finding things to smell and people to meet. But, while you train them to walk nicely on leash, and probably even after that, it’s a good idea to use a harness. That’s because if a dog pulls on their collar (or you pull), it can be bad for the dog’s neck.  For dogs that pull on leash, you want a harness with a front clip (a clip on the back can help the dog pull more). Great options include the RUFFWEAR Front Range Dog Harness, and the The Sense-ation No-Pull Harness. In some cases you might want to train your dog to wear a head halter.Alone time. Even if you are at home most of the time right now because of the pandemic, at some point you will want your dog to be okay when left alone. So do some practice sessions and make a point of everyone going out, even if it’s just for a drive round the block or a short walk. And feel free to make a big fuss of your dog when you return; doing so doesn’t cause any problems.Puppies. If you just adopted a puppy, you probably already know that it’s important to socialize them. The sensitive period for socialization is from 3 until 12-14 weeks and you want to make the most of this window. One of the best ways to do this is to sign up for a good puppy class. See my post on what to look for in a puppy class and how to choose a dog trainer.   House training is of course important for puppies too. Although we often use a crate in house training, you can’t just shove a puppy in a crate or they will hate it. You have to train them to like it. So you’ll probably have a few nights when you can’t yet crate them all night. See some tips on how to crate train your puppy (my article for Modern Dog).  For more tips on puppies, I recommend the books Life Skills for Puppies: Laying the Foundation for a Loving, Lasting Relationship by Helen Zulch and Daniel Mills, and Dog Care for Puppies: A Guide to Feeding, Playing, Grooming, and Behavior by Vanessa Charbonneau. As well, of course, my own book Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy. Jumpy/mouthy dogs. Many dogs need a bit of a tune-up of their manners. With a jumpy-mouthy dog, you are going to want to teach them to do something else instead; and you’re also going to want to ensure they get enough exercise and enrichment, because these dogs are often very excitable. Something your dog could do instead of jumping and mouthing is to sit, or to have all four paws on the floor. Decide which you want and train it using positive reinforcement (treats!). If the dog does jump or start mouthing, stand completely still until they stop. Alternately, you could leave the room for a few seconds and then come back in. Don’t expect ignoring the dog’s behaviour to work on its own. You should also be using positive reinforcement to train the behaviours you want.Exercise doesn’t just have to come in the form of going on hikes or accompanying you on a jog. Food puzzle toys, snuffle mats, other types of scent work, training basic obedience or tricks, are all things that can help to tire out your dog. You could also look at the kinds of classes dog trainers near you are offering and see if there is a sport, like agility, Rally, canicross, Treibball, dock diving, scent work, etc., that you feel like trying with your dog.Sometimes a dog can be so excitable that it’s difficult to get a harness on them. If that applies to your dog, check out the videos on the Pet Rescue Resource for some tips and videos. Although the website is aimed at shelters and rescues, you may find it helpful to look at some of the tips.If your dog is being reactive on walks, you can also check out the course Drama Free Dog Walks: Real-Life Solutions for Reactivity from Doggy Geeks University.  Fearful dogs. Sometimes dogs can be fearful, whether just a little or a lot. If you have a fearful dog, you’re not really going to be thinking about training right away. Instead, you need to concentrate your efforts on making the dog feel safe. See my posts on how can I tell if my dog is afraid, eight tips to help fearful dogs feel safe, and desensitization and counter-conditioning.  Sometimes very fearful dogs will be terrified to come near you and it won’t be possible to put them on a leash for toilet breaks or walks. Then you’ll need a way to let them in and out of a securely fenced yard. If you’ve adopted a dog this fearful, hopefully the shelter or rescue has already given you some helpful tips. Reach out to them for advice if needed, or hire a good dog trainer to help. As well, consider seeing your vet or veterinary behaviourist to talk about medications. When dogs are so fearful, they can have a hard time learning because everything is just too stressful. So you might need to make some modifications to the environment and wait for meds to kick in (if prescribed by your vet) before you start to see much progress. Dogs like this may be former breeding stock from puppy mills, sled dogs or greyhounds who are not used to living in a home environment, or dogs from hoarding situations. If you’re adopting this type of dog, do your research first so that you are prepared for what to expect. Dogs from a very difficult background (such as from a hoarder) may have lifelong issues – but if you’re the right kind of home, can still be very rewarding as pets.For example, dogs re-homed from puppy mills can be fearful of dogs and strangers, have compulsive behaviours, be sensitive to being touched, and need to be house-trained.  The good news is that many of these dogs can still make good family pets  if you are prepared to put the work in. Similarly, in beagles re-homed from laboratories, the most common behaviour issues are house-soiling, separation anxiety, and fear of loud noises. But again most people are happy with their pet, and it helps if they do obedience training using lots of rewards.The important thing is to be aware of the issues and make a plan for how to deal with them. As well, consider whether you have the right experience to adopt this kind of dog, and whether you are willing to learn how to provide what they need. For further reading on fearful dogs, I recommend The Cautious Canine-How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears by Patricia McConnell, From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog from Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias by Marty Becker et al, and A Guide To Living With & Training A Fearful Dog by Debbie Jacobs. As well, my book Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy has lots of tips that will help you understand your fearful dog, and chapter 13 is about fear and other problems. Modern Dog calls it "The must-have guide to improving your dog's life." Senior dogs. Senior dogs find it harder to cope with stress, so you’ll want to make their transition as stress-free as possible. Make sure they have a quiet room to spend time in so that they don’t get overwhelmed. It may take a senior dog a bit longer to adjust to their new home, so give them time to adjust.Senior dogs typically don’t need much training, but remember they can be trained, despite their age. And you can’t assume that they won’t need some training or a tune-up of their house-training. As for all dogs, use positive reinforcement to teach them what you need them to know. You may need to make some adaptations for senior dogs, such as having a ramp or step up to the settee, and making sure you’ve got non-slip surfaces so they don’t skid across your floor. They will need a bed that’s nice and comfy, such as an orthopedic bed. You might also need to block off stairs with a pet gate to keep them safe.Chapter 14 of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy deals with senior dogs and dogs with special needs. My own training priorities with my new rescue dog. Many of you know that I recently welcomed a 10-year old Shih Tzu, Pepper, into my family. So maybe you are wondering what my training priorities are for him. Well, he’s a little dog so even though he sometimes pulls on leash it really doesn’t matter, but it does mean he needs to wear a harness so as not to apply pressure to his neck. Although he let the harness be put on him, he did a lot of lip licking and yawning which suggested he found it a bit stressful. So I’ve been teaching him to like the harness. As well, being a Shih Tzu, even though he has a puppy cut he needs to be brushed regularly (especially his ears where his hair is longer) and to have his eyes wiped. Again, he lets all of this happen but there’s lip-licking and yawning that shows he’s not really happy with it. So that’s been something to work on too. Luckily, his stress about this was only mild and now he is already coming running when it’s the time of day for him to be groomed. In fact, if you want to make sure you never forget to groom your Shih Tzu, I recommend brushing at the same time each day and following it with a treat. He will make sure you never forget! We’ve been reinforcing house training by taking him out often and rewarding outdoor toileting. And since we work from home and the pandemic means we rarely go out, we have left him home alone for short periods of time. Now that he’s got to know us, we get a wonderful welcome home!Of course, he is still settling in so we may not be seeing his full personality yet, but so far he is cuddly, playful, and not interested in the cats, which is all great news. He’s a very sweet addition to the family.Summary: Settling in your new shelter dog. Those first few days with a new dog can sometimes feel stressful, but it helps when you’re prepared. Most issues are relatively easy to deal with once you know what to do. Remember to have a routine, use positive reinforcement, set your house up for success, and make a plan to work on any problems that arise. It can take up to six months for your new dog to fully settle in, so be prepared to give things time.If you need help with your new rescue dog, find a good dog trainer, and check out my book, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy for lots of evidence-based tips on caring for them. Congratulations on your new addition!P.S. Sign up now to get my free guide, Seven Secrets to a Happy Dog and learn how to have a better relationship with your pet.  Zazie Todd, PhD, is the author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, a BC bestseller and winner of the Maxwell Medallion for best book (behaviour, health or general care) from the Dog Writers Association of America. She is the founder of the popular blog Companion Animal Psychology, and also writes a column for Psychology Today. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband, one dog, and two cats. Useful links: Check out what the Animal Book Club is reading this month Get Companion Animal Psychology merch   Support me on Ko-fi Visit my Amazon store As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. As an Etsy affiliate, PopArtYou affiliate, Marks and Spencer affiliate and Doggy Geeks University affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
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                            [body] => Adoption: the quick route to finding the perfect dog Share on Intro Text There are thousands of unwanted animals awaiting a second chance in dog rescue homes. If you’re looking for a pet, why not adopt one? Content Ever considered a dating agency? Maybe not, but millions of people do every year, often finding the partner of their dreams. The same could be true for getting a pet. If you’re considering adopting a dog, there’s almost certainly a perfect match ready and waiting in one of the many rescue centres around the UK. Unless you have very specific criteria – a rare pedigree, perhaps – this is one of the best solutions to finding a new pet. Rehoming centres are skilled at finding you the perfect match. By then, they will have checked the animal’s health and given him a course of vaccinations. They will also have carried out tests on his temperament, increasing the chance of finding just the right companion to suit your personality. How to find your perfect pet The obvious destinations for dog adoption in the UK are the RSPCA (rspca.org.uk), The Dogs Trust (dogstrust.org.uk) and Blue Cross (bluecross.org.uk), but there are also many local homes (most famously Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, battersea.org.uk, which has three centres in the South East of England). You can find your nearest centres by searching for your location and ‘dog adoption’ online, or try a dedicated pet-rehoming search engine, such as Pet Adoption UK (petadoptionuk.co.uk). Whichever you choose, it’s important to go to a trusted and certified agent. Most rescue centres match you with a dog by letting you enter your criteria (size, age, breed, child-friendliness) to scan through potential matches. Don’t be surprised to discover that the old nugget about love at first sight applies. Going through the dog adoption process For organisations like the RSPCA, their first priority will be to match you and your family with the right pet. Once you’ve identified your new best friend, there are a few understandable hoops to jump through. It’s to be expected that centres want to be sure the dog is going be placed with a safe, caring owner who will be able to look after him long term. Different agencies will have different standards, but you should expect to have to register and fill out an application form providing proof of address. Following this, there may be a home visit to assess the suitability of you and your house. After this, you’ll be introduced to the dog. If you and your potential pet partner are deemed a good match, you’ll be able to bring him home. A fee will be payable to cover the centre’s costs for care, medical support, neutering, insurance and microchipping. There should be aftercare support available, because not all animals will be house-trained. There may also be settling-in issues. It’s important to accept there may be tricky moments –you’re introducing a new character to the household, and like any relationship it can take time, especially if the animal has had a hard life previously (you will be informed about his history). Rescuing a dog is a truly rewarding experience for both parties – a generous act you’ll never regret. Image Share on More of the good stuff New Owners Pet Name Generator New Owners The perfect partnership New Owners Activate 4 weeks free pet insurance! New Owners Best dog breeds for older people New Owners Instinctively Close Part 7 - The Strong and Silent Type New Owners Instinctively Close Part 6 - The Cat Napper
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                            [body] => Guide to Adopting: Dogs FacebookTwitterLinkedinCongratulations! You’re about to become a new dog parent. Few things are as rewarding as adopting and caring for a pooch. Bringing home a new dog is a big step. Here are some tips to adopting the perfect dog. Be realistic about your lifestyle and energy level. If you’re a couch potato, don’t adopt a dog who needs lots of exercise. Adopt a dog with the same or lower energy level as you. And if you work long hours or travel frequently, don’t adopt a puppy. They need lots of training and attention. Adopt a laid-back guy instead. Who else lives in your home? Do you have young children or other pets? It’s important to adopt a dog that will fit in safely and happily with all the members of your household. If you’re new to dog parenthood, have small children at home, and a demanding job, getting a high-maintenance dog might not be a good idea. You would probably do better with a chill, older dog who doesn’t need to be trained. Think critically about your future. Do you want kids? Plan on getting married? Every year, thousands of dogs are left at shelters because “family circumstances” changed. For a small number of people, there is a real, unexpected change. But most people simply decided to have a baby or are getting married. These are extremely common events in a person’s life. Plan ahead. Do you have a high-tolerance for fur and slobber? If you keep an extremely clean home, think hard before adopting a dog who sheds a lot or slobbers everywhere. Some people don’t mind the extra time it takes to brush their dog every day to reduce shedding or wipe slobber from walls. Remember that some dogs behave differently at shelters than in their own homes. Shelters can be loud, stressful places for dogs. They might act shy or aggressive in a shelter environment but be perfectly-behaved in a quiet, safe home. Observe your potential new family member. Watch how the dog behaves in his kennel and in the outside run. Yes, we just said that some dogs behave differently at home and in shelters. But you can still learn something about a dog’s energy levels, interest in play, and how he gets along with other dogs. Rely on the experts. Most animal shelters have adoption coordinators or other people trained to help you adopt the perfect dog. Use this free service! Adopt! Always adopt, never buy. Virtually all dogs purchased in pet stores or online come from puppy mills. For more information about the suffering caused by puppy mills, check out our Attorney at Paw resources page. And even if you do find a responsible, family breeder, you’re still supporting a larger, inhumane industry that treats dogs as products to be bought and sold. With rescue groups, animal shelters, and the entire power of the Internet, it’s easy to find and adopt the perfect dog. Sign up for our email list for more great tips and other ways to save dogs in need! Save Save Save Save Join our email list! Sign up for our email list for more great tips and other ways to save animals in need! Related Articles. Guide to Adopting: What animal is right for you? Guide to Adopting: Dogs Guide to Adopting: Cats
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                            [body] => height="1" width="1" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=659993921033594&ev=PageView&noscript=1"/> Skip to content Sponsor a puppy Donate now Home Good Advice Preparing for a dog Adopting a rescue dog Good advice to empower every dog owner to have a happy, rewarding relationship with their four-legged friend. Practical exercise Theory Video Adopting a rescue dog. There are a variety of reasons why a dog may end up in a rescue centre. These may include a change of circumstances of the previous people who had the dog living with them e.g. change in job or home, a partnership splitting up, starting a family, a death or an illness. Alternatively, the dog might be a stray or an ex-working dog such as a racing Greyhound who has been retired. Sometimes puppies may be brought in by a family whose dog has had a litter or sometimes a female that is pregnant arrives and the puppies are born at the centre. This means dogs from a rescue centre will have a variety of backgrounds. This advice page is designed to guide you through the process of finding a suitable rescue dog, how to assess whether they are suitable for you and your family and the process of introducing them to your home. Finding a rescue centre. There are several large well known organisations throughout the UK including the Dogs Trust, Blue Cross, Battersea, the RSPCA and the Scottish SPCA, National Animal Welfare Trust, Wood Green Animal Shelters and the PDSA; all have their own website for more information. There are also many smaller organisations that may not have dedicated kennels but work with foster carers who care for the dog in their own home. You are most likely to find details in your local area. Alternatively, you may wish to contact a specific breed rescue organisations e.g. Labrador Rescue. We do not recommend the rehoming of a dog from private advertisements or general internet sites. With private advertisements, there are no guarantees that the dog will turn out to be how they are described, either in health, future size, breed type or in terms of their behaviour.  It may be a stolen dog or have come from a puppy farm. We strongly recommended that you work only with registered organisations or Kennel Club assured breeders if looking to rehome an adult dog of a certain breed. Visiting a rescue centre. When first visiting a centre, you may have an idea of what type of dog will best suit your family (general size, energy levels e.t.c.), but you will still need to be flexible on the size, age, sex, and breed. You are unlikely to find a suitable dog on your first visit and we advise that you build up a relationship with the rescue centre through regular phone calls and visits so that you have the best chance of finding the right dog. This may take up to a year of investing your time but this is how many people have had success. When visiting a centre, speak to a rehomer who will be able to sit down with you to explain the adoption process and see if there are any dogs that would be suitable. Please click on each of the headings to learn more about the steps you would need to take. Next Steps. Step 1: Questionnaire. On your first visit to a rescue centre you may be asked to fill in a questionnaire so they can find out a bit more about you, your family and what type of dog you are looking for. Questions may include: What size of dog are you looking for,what age, male or female,do you have an enclosed garden with high fencing,who lives at home, the number and age of children in the home,will the dog be left alone,do you own other animals,how much daily exercise can you give the dog andwhat experience you may have with dogs? Step 2: View the dogs and talk to staff. Dogs up for rehoming will have information about them on the front of their kennels but these are only a guide. By the time a dog has settled into kennels and gone through their assessment, staff will have a good idea of the behaviour and trainability of the dog so the rehomer will be able to discuss the details about any dogs that may be suitable. If there are no dogs up for rehoming that are suitable, the rehomer may know of dogs that are not ready to be rehomed that may be a possibility. Staff are unlikely to be able to contact you about available dogs individually, so as mentioned, it is advised that you have regular contact with the centre through visits and phone calls. Step 3: Shortlist. Make a shortlist of dogs that may be suitable. The rehomer will then sit down with you and go through all the dog’s history and details to make sure that you and the dog are suitable partners on paper before you meet the dog. Dogs are likely to have undergone an assessment when entering the centre so find out as much information as you can. This may include temperament testing, checking whether the dog is happy to be handled, behaviour around  other dogs, their reaction to cats, and what they are like when they are left alone. If they have come from a previous home, hopefully detailed information on the dog should be available, e.g. how long they had the dog, where they obtained the dog, the health of the dog, if they have any ongoing health concerns and some description of the dog’s behaviour, e.g. whether they have ever bitten or if they have any fears or phobias. They should know if the dog has had contact with children, visitors, cats and other dogs and they may also know what kind of household the dog is from (e.g. busy or quiet, and what routine the dog is used to, such as whether they are used to being left alone, used to being handled and groomed, good with travelling and whether they respond to any cues). When a dog’s background isn’t known, the staff will advise you as best they can. Step 4: Meet the selected dog(s). Meet the dog you think you may be interested in.  To help you keep the important questions in mind when meeting potential dogs, we have put together a check list at the end of this page. If you think the dog is suitable then you can reserve the dog. The rescue centre will want you to be sure about your decision and will give you time to think about it away from the rescue centre. As an example, Dogs Trust will hold the dog for you for around 10 days in which time you will need to complete the rehoming checklist. In this time get to know the dog. It is advised that you visit the dog several times and see him/her both on lead outside and in a room off lead to see how they interact with all the family. Most rescue centres will require everyone in the household to visit the dog so they can see how people interact with the dog. If possible, take the dog for a walk. Step 5: Home visit. The rescue centre may want to conduct a home visit, make sure you are ready by having a secure garden and the house set up for a dog. You may only have 48 hours to rectify any problems. The centre may also ask for a reference. Step 6: Vet check. Most charities will want to ensure that their dogs have the best possible start in a new life and, as an example, all dogs from Dogs Trust are vaccinated, neutered, microchipped, and checked by the vet before being allowed home. Puppies that are too young to be neutered will be sent home with a voucher so it can be done later. Step 7: Pre-adoption talk. This may be a one-to-one discussion on how to make your new dog welcome in your home or you may be invited to attend a group pre-adoption talk. Step 8: Adoption. When both parties are happy that the correct match has been made and all paperwork has been completed, then you can formally adopt the dog. There is likely to be an adoption fee and this may vary between the organisations. Depending on the organisation, they may offer short term free pet insurance but it is strongly recommended that your new dog should be properly insured. Arrange to collect the dog from the centre in the morning so that the dog has the maximum amount of time to settle in before bedtime. Go to the centre with one other adult, who can drive the car while you look after the dog. Before the dog enters the car ensure they are wearing a collar. A dog will need to be confined safely in the car. Go equipped with towels etc. in case the dog is sick and take a bottle of water and a bowl. Try not to stop on the way home, however, if it is a long journey do stop so the dog can stretch and have a drink. Make sure a lead is attached to the collar before allowing them out of the car. Step 9: Going Home. Coming to a new home is a big change for a dog, they may be uncertain of you, your family and the environment so it is vital that the dog is given time to adjust. A new dog won’t necessarily initially enjoy a lot of fuss and attention, this will take time. Make sure the children are prepared for this. It would be good to provide the dog with plenty of quiet time and a safe space that is just for them. It is important to allow time for your dog to settle into their new home before teaching them anything advanced. Try to make things as easy to understand for the dog as possible, already decide where the dog will sleep, what rooms the dog will have access to and set up the dog’s safe space. Agree clear house rules with family members such as whether the dog is allowed on the sofa, upstairs, on beds. Keep visitors to a minimum. See Guide to living with a dog for the first time. Try to introduce the normal routine of the house, whilst at the same time recognising that you need to take time to build a bond with your dog so that he/she feels secure. Taking some time off work is a good idea, at least during the first week, but build up the duration you are away from the dog over a period of time, so that the dog learns to be on their own for a limited time. If you have children, try to avoid school holidays as this won’t be the normal routine and the household will be busier than usual. Work on building a bond and supporting your dog to become settled in the home. Through using kind, rewarding techniques, encourage calm behaviours such as waiting patiently and greeting people in a calm manner, and provide sufficient toileting opportunities. You can also start to teach the dog their name and the foundations of coming when called around the house. Try to notice and reward/praise the good behaviours the dog is showing such as lying down or sitting quietly, coming in from the garden when called and friendly responses to family members. Step 10: Advice & Support. You should be able to contact the rehoming centre for advice about your dog. They have animal behaviourists on hand that you can arrange one to one sessions with if there are any problems. They may even require you to attend some of their training classes. Help support our life-changing work... Imagine if everyday tasks were so challenging or physically demanding they affected your quality of life. For many people living with a disability of families with a child with autism, that is their reality. Now imagine if a specially trained four-legged friend could restore your, or your family’s, independence. The demand for our services is high and we can’t help as many people as we would like to without more funding. Please help us continue making life-changing differences for people with disabilities through the power of expertly trained dogs. Every contribution, whatever size, is important and helps us make a difference. Support us by Sponsor a puppy Donate now
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