BRINGING HOME YOUR NEW DOG
EVERYTHING is new to them. Please proceed slowly and patiently.
You must use a Martingale collar on your dog with a tag listing your personal contact numbers at all times.
REGISTERING THE MICROCHIP
- If you didn’t register your new dog’s microchip during the application process, please do so by creating an account with Petstablished.com. If you have any questions, email us at [email protected].
- For international dogs, the chip number can be found in your adoption papers. For local dogs, ask the adoption coordinator for the number if one wasn’t provided to you.
- This microchip registry accepts all brands of microchips. https://www.petstablished.com/microchip_search. It also registers you with American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
KEEPING YOUR DOG SAFE (INDOORS)
Since most of these dogs are used to roaming free, they must be kept on a leash until you’re confident they won’t bolt. Please keep the leash attached to them in the house for the first few days, allowing them to get used to the feel of it and giving you something to grab if they try to bolt out the door. Please be patient as you train them.
KEEPING YOUR DOG SAFE (OUTDOORS)
NEVER leave your new dog alone outside even if you have a fenced yard. Remain alert to what’s going on around you. A sudden, loud noise could frighten your dog enough that he’ll scale a 6-foot wooden fence in order to escape it. Stay vigilant! Keep that leash on!
Most of our dogs have never been walked, and before they can fully enjoy the experience, they must be eased into it, one paw step at a time. Begin by standing outside, your dog leashed at your side, and remain still as he accustoms himself to the sights and sounds around him. Then, once he seems comfortable, start with a walk around the block, gradually increasing the distance as he continues to gain confidence. If he waits until you return home to relieve himself, don’t be concerned; bring several poop bags with you anyway.
BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SITUATIONS
Before opening any front or back door, make certain you know precisely where your dog is. You don’t want to run the risk of his escaping. NEVER allow your dog access to an opened exterior door. If your dog is fearful, keep his leash attached to him as he walks around inside – the easier for you to pick it up when a door to an unsecured area is opened.
As for cars, NEVER open a car door without first holding onto your dog’s leash. And when putting him back inside, keep holding his leash until the door is almost completely closed. Please don’t let your guard down until your dog has bonded so closely with you that he has no interest in or reason for attempting to escape.
Since most of these dogs have never been in a home before, everything, from your furniture to the noise of your vacuum cleaner, will be alien to them. Please introduce them slowly to their new surroundings and above all, be patient with them.
Keep your own movements steady and calm while monitoring the signals your dog is sending you. If his tail is tucked and his ears are back, give him space and time. When you pet him, use long, slow strokes that are calming rather than quick, jerky ones that might make him anxious. Don’t introduce your dog to family or friends until he’s fully integrated into your household. And try as much as possible to keep both your voices and the noise level in your home low.
Start the transition to your dog’s new diet by feeding him rice with plain boneless cooked chicken and a bit of dry food. (It’s normal for a newly arrived dog to not poop at first, but if you’re concerned, contact your vet). Slowly add more dry food over one to two weeks to prevent diarrhea. But if your dog’s thin, feed him puppy food instead.
- With rice and chicken as your base, mix 3 tbsp. of tinned pumpkin into it per meal (pure pumpkin not pie filling) or applesauce.
- Give your dog Imodium or Pepto Bismol tablets ONLY every 12 hours.
- If severe, have him fast for 24 hours, call your vet and discuss buying Gastro food.
VISITING THE VET
While we encourage our adopters to visit their vet BEFORE the adoption is finalized, if you didn’t, don’t panic! Unless you have a specific concern or your new dog is ill or injured, simply book an appointment, preferably at a time when the waiting room is quieter (the less stress on your new dog the better). And remember to ask LALDR for your Free VCA vet check-up certificate.
Unless your new dog is extremely dirty when he arrives, avoid bathing him for a week or more, allowing him the time he needs to settle in. BUT please check him for ticks. Should you find any, the only way to get rid of them is by using a tick shampoo.
Please don’t yank back on the leash if your dog pulls or strains against it. It’s both ineffective and counter-productive. The best way to teach him proper leash manners is to remain where you are, calm and still, and don’t let him move forward until you feel the tension go out of the leash. Then proceed. Repeat this process whenever he pulls until, over time and with practice, he’s pulling less and walking politely beside you more.
Your new dog can be housetrained quite easily as long as you’re consistent. If he has an accident indoors, clean it up and make doubly sure that you’re taking him outside often enough. NEVER scold or punish him for an accident. This only teaches him to fear you. Use pee pads in the meantime and ALWAYS reward him when he potties outside. If you have a yard and catch him as he’s about to potty indoors, calmly redirect him outside to the yard and remember to praise him afterwards.
TRY to remain confident and calm at all times. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your new dog will be. Remember: you are the leader, and where YOU lead, your dog will follow.
What we do recommend however, is enrolling your new dog in appropriate training classes as soon as you can. And because most undesirable behaviours can be modified if caught early enough, you can, instead, consult a professional trainer and work together to help your dog. NEVER wait until you’re so frustrated that you no longer want to keep him.
Please contact us at [email protected] about any behavioural concerns you have. Although we’re not trainers, we do have years of experience and may have some suggestions for you that have worked for other adopters and their dogs.