The day is finally here! You get to bring your pup home! It is best to have some plans in place so when your pup arrives you are comfortable and ready to get settled in to your new routine. Here are some quick tips to consider as you prep for your dog’s arrival:
Will he be allowed on furniture? What about the beds? Where will he sleep and eat? Who is in charge of walking him? As a family, you should aim for consistency with your decisions to avoid confusing the dog. Consistency will also prevent the dog from creating his own rules!
ID tags, a collar and a 6 foot leash, food and water bowls, food, dog toys, a crate and bedding, and basic grooming tools.
We always recommend making sure you have some serious time at home with your pup when you first are fostering or adopting. Ideally, try to work from home for a day or two, and be sure to plan on spending a lot of time home for the first few weeks as he gets settled in and you establish a routine together.
This is a great opportunity to tire him out, and also to let him start getting used to his new neighborhood, the sites and smells.
Even the best-trained dogs can forget their manners in a new home. Try not to get too upset if he goes to the bathroom inside. It could be nerves, stress or confusing. Immediately upon arrival in the house, take the dog to the yard or bathroom area. Spend some time with him back there, and be sure to reward him heavily when he uses the facilities properly!
Remember to temper your expectations. This is a whole new world for your dog, so give them time to adjust to your home and your lifestyle. Be patient, and you will be amply rewarded.
Under no circumstances should you leave a foster or new adopted unattended with child or another family pet. We suggest waiting a very good amount of time until you are confident your dogs get along fully, and recommend crating or separating the dogs when you’re not at home.
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For check ups, dental work, injuries, or general medical needs, we love Rock Creek Veterinary Hospital!
Dr. Patrick Kalenzi, DVM, is not only a great vet, he is a proud supporter of Underdogs Animal Rescue!
For serious orthopaedic, neurology, ophthalmology, cardiology, or oncology needs, we recommend VRCC, Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital.
When Tarek and I initially started doing our research regarding puppy adoptions we quickly became discouraged about the process. Many rescues and adoption agencies felt so cooperate and competitive that we put our search on hold. When a friend recommended…
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When Tarek and I initially started doing our research regarding puppy adoptions we quickly became discouraged about the process. Many rescues and adoption agencies felt so cooperate and competitive that we put our search on hold. When a friend recommended…read more
I first saw Moonoi (Moon) from photos that Mo (of Underdog Rescue) had shared of a little dog from Thailand looking for a home. There was one photo that stuck in my mind of this little cutie in her bandana. Oh! Such sweetness and pride! I thought about her for three weeks…read more