October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! If you’re planning to adopt a dog soon, please consider going through a shelter. Giving a cute canine a loving retirement home is a very rewarding experience, and a great way to find your new pooch. Here, a Pasadena, MD vet discusses helping Fido adjust to his new life.
Before bringing Fido home, have all of his doggy necessities, such as food, bedding, and toys, ready and waiting for him. If you have other pets, put these things in a quiet spot, such as a back bedroom, for now. You can put a baby gate at the door. That way, your pup can see and hear you, and won’t feel isolated. Make introductions slowly and carefully.
Your new canine buddy may sleep quite a bit at first. This is normal. Being in a shelter is scary and stressful for dogs. Fido may need to rest and recuperate a bit.
We strongly recommend doing some petproofing. This basically entails removing or securing anything that could potentially be dangerous to Fido, such as toxic plants, medicine, chemicals, plastic bags and ties, and anything small or sharp. If you have a yard, make sure your fencing is secure. We also recommend keeping laundry in baskets, and keeping things like shoes, purses, and phones in closets or other secure spots.
Dogs are happiest when they feel safe and secure. One of the best things you can do to make your new pup feel at home is to keep him on a steady routine for meals, walk, playtime, and, if necessary, training. Fido also won’t mind getting his treats at the same time each day.
Schedule an appointment with your vet for a full nose-to-tail exam. You’ll also want to make sure Fido is fixed, microchipped, and current on his parasite control and vaccines. This is a great chance to get some specific advice on your canine pal’s care needs!
Set down any house rules, such as staying off the couch, from the start. Don’t punish Fido if he messes up: just reprimand him verbally. Focus on positive reinforcement instead. Always reward your furry buddy when he’s being a good boy.
Please contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Pasadena, MD veterinary hospital, we are always happy to help!