If you have been thinking about getting a new family dog, you might have already considered fostering. There are lots of dogs in pounds and animal shelters, all of which are waiting for a loving owner to take them to a new home. Everyone's a winner - a family gets a cute new pet, and the dog can now enjoy a safe and comfortable life.
Unfortunately, though, fostering a dog doesn’t always go as planned. Some dogs don’t get on with their new owners, or families just fail to consider all of the responsibilities that come with a new foster dog. There are ways you can make the transition from the animal shelter to your home easier for the dog, which can help it settle in. Here are some useful tips for a smooth transition.
Prepare Your Home
Your new dog will be very curious once he gets to his or her new home. He might spend most of his first few days sniffing around to see what’s what! But their curiosity might take them too far, and they could end up knocking off decor and damaging furniture. So it’s a good idea to look around your house before the dog arrives and see if there are any problem items that should be removed and placed somewhere where the pooch won’t be able to reach them. If your foster dog is going to be quite young, you should also move anything that they might want to chew as well. So put your slippers into a closet!
Buy The Necessary Equipment In Advance
Don’t wait until your dog arrives home to buy all the things it will need, such as food and water bowls and a leash. You should buy them in advance so that you have everything ready for them as soon as you bring them home. You can find the best dog beds for labs and large dogs in 2017 reviewed online on various sites. These websites will also have information on beds for smaller dogs as well. As well as a good bed, your dog will need a collar and leash that are comfortable and safe. Ideally, get a glow in the dark leash, as this will keep you both safe during nighttime walkies.
Prepare The Yard
Homes with a garden or yard are perfect for pups as they will have plenty of space to run around in. But, if you don’t prepare your outdoor space well enough, it could turn into quite a dangerous area for your new friend. You should check the fence or hedge boundaries to make sure there are no large gaps which your dog could escape through. It’s also a good idea to cover up a garden pond if you have one. You should keep the dog on its leash for the first few times you take it out into the yard. This allows it to explore safely while you are watching. Some plants are hazardous to your dog’s health, so be sure to find out what plants grow in your state that could harm your dog and have them removed.
Fostering a dog is a wonderful thing to do - and you now know how to make your new pooch feel right at home!