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Monday, September 26, 2011

Welcoming Your Adopted Dog Into His New Home - Guest Post

With the country's animal population exploding out of control, adopting a dog is a smart move, and it's usually a cheaper option to boot. There are millions of shelter dogs in the U.S. — and once you’ve found your next lifetime companion, it takes a bit of work to make sure he is able to acclimate to his new home. Dogs – especially shelter dogs that have been exposed to a variety of people - can be timid, and it's necessary to ease them into their new surroundings. Whether you live in the hustle and bustle of a big city, or enjoy the calm, quietness of the lush outdoors, take the following steps to give your new adopted dog a proper welcome into his forever home.

1)      Secure his identification

Not only is it required in most states, but should your dog make a great escape off his leash (or out the back door), you’ll need identification including his name, your phone number and address. This will help kind strangers return your friend to his rightful owners.

2)      Puppy proof your home
Make sure your living quarters are safe and clean for anything within (and above) a dog’s reach.  Sharp corners should be padded down if they're in a well-traveled area (ie. between the doggie door and the food bowl).

3)      Stock up on supplies

Ensure you’re well stocked with the dog goodiesneeded to care for your new furry friend. This includes: dog bowls – one for food and one for water; veterinarian approved food – try to have at least two months’ worth on hand; indoor and outdoor toys – these will help keep your dog occupied and busy when he is indoors, while balls and other outdoor accessories will help encourage exercise and interaction; doggie bed – the most important area to note is the size of your dog. Anticipate how large your dog will be in adulthood. This will allow you to gauge the size of the bed you’ll have to purchase for his bedtime routine.

4)      Determine his training requirements

When adjusting to a new environment some dogs go through a range of emotions including an abundance of energy due to sheer joy and excitement, to high anxiety and uneasiness. As your pup is adjusting to his new quarters, many opt to crate train their dog. Crates, or kennels, are used to secure dogs when owners are out of the house. This ensures your property won’t be damaged from jumping or while your dog “explores” his new home when you’re out of the house. Crates are a calm area where pups can catch up on rest while you’re away, and many dogs grow to love their crates and see it as their sanctuary or peaceful nook.

5)      Enroll in puppy school

If your dog isn’t already trained, obedience class helps dogs learn simple commands such as “sit,” “down,” and “stay.” These techniques will not only let you control your dog, but it will be one of the first steps to learning how to communicate together. Puppy schools also offer socialization with other dogs – a key to their development. When selecting a school, note that your trainer is comfortable with your breed of dog and knows the best methods of communicating with him.

6)      Exercise!

Dogs require daily activity not only to help burn off their innate energy, but also to help bond with their owners. Spending a set amount of time together allows you to get to know your dog’s personality, and it shows him that you are his leader and protector. 

Adoption is one of the most selfless gifts you can give. By adopting a dog, you’re not only saving a life, you’re also giving hope to another homeless animal. When a pet is adopted, his spot is then free to provide shelter for another animal looking for a forever home. The next time you’re greeted by your loving companion, you’ll be reminded of the life you saved – and, most likely how you can’t imagine living without him.

When she’s not trying to energize her lazy Golden Retriever, Liz Demcsak writes for Wet Nose Guide, a nationwide dog care directory for owners on the go. When you're on the road, let Wet Nose Guide find dog businesses in your neighborhood to help cure your canine's cravings.


Amber DaWeenie said...

I only wish that more people would adopt these homeless guys. The rewards are never-ending.

Mariodacat said...

Those are excellent tips on how to get off to a good start with your new doggie. Remember to adopt from a shelter.

Bailey said...

The proofing and traing applies to dogs of all ages, not just puppies. It is important to evaluate what the dog can handle and not expect that an older dog will necessarily be "safe" in your new home without being taught. Our second rescue was two and she had to learn about what was safe and what was not as she had not been introduced to much in her previous home. We also had to work on training her.

Benny and Lily said...

Those sure are some good tips to pass along
Benny & Lily

Chicco said...

Very good tips as always.
i hope that all is good.
Have a nice week.
Woof, woof,


Max the Quilt Cat said...

Great advice....

pawhugs, Max

Brian said...

That sure sounds like lots of great advise, excellent post!!!

Luna said...

Don't forget about treats!

Lots of treats!


meowmeowmans said...

Excellent post. Thanks for sharing, Liz!

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