Adoption Tips

The first few days are exciting for you and your new dog. Your dog may be confused about the new surroundings and what to expect from you. Setting up clear structure for your dog will be important in making the transition as easy as possible.  Please contact us with any questions or concerns. The following tips may help the transition with your new dog/puppy.

Before You Bring Your Dog Home:

  • Decide on a place where your dog will be spending most of his time. This is often a stressful time for the new dog due to change of environment and may forget any housebreaking (if any) he’s learned.
    • A room with a tile floor will work best for easy clean-up.
  • We highly recommend crate training your dog.
    • If you choose to crate train be sure to have a crate set-up and ready to go for when you bring your new dog home. Let us know if you need more info about crate training your dog.
  • Dog-proof the area where your dog will spend most of his time.
    • remove or tape loose cords to baseboards
    • store household chemicals out of reach
    • remove plants, rugs, and breakables 
    • install baby gates
  • Get a collar and an ID tag with your phone number on it

Upon arrival:

  • Take the dog to his potty area immediately and spend a good amount of time there so he will get used to the area and relieve himself.
  • Be prepared for accidents. Coming into a new home can cause the most housebroken dog to have accidents, so be ready just in case.
  • Give your dog time to acclimate to your home and family . Make sure children know how to approach the dog without overwhelming him
  • For the first few days, remain calm and quiet around your dog. Not only will this allow your dog to settle in easier, it will give you more one-on-one time to get to know him and his likes/dislikes..
  • To avoid stomach upset, feed your dog the same food he has been eating.
    • If you wish to switch to a different brand, do so over a period of two weeks by adding one part new food to three parts of the old for five days, switch to half new/half old food for 5 days, and then one part old to three parts new food for 5 days

Following Weeks:

  • You may not see your dog’s true personality for several weeks after adoption. Your dog may be a bit uneasy at first as he gets to know you. Be patient and understanding while also keeping to the schedule for feeding, walks, etc. This schedule will show your dog what is expected of him as well as what he can expect from you.
  •  You may wish to take your dog to group training classes. This will help with basic obedience and socialization.
  • If you encounter behavior issues you are unfamiliar with, ask your veterinarian or rescue for a trainer recommendation. Select a trainer who uses positive-reinforcement techniques to help you and your dog overcome these behavior obstacles.