Before Your Pet Comes Home
The first preparation you need to do is setting expectations both for yourself and your dog. You are doing a wonderful thing by giving a dog a home and, in return, you are getting unconditional love, the most loyal friend and more than a few laughs for the rest of your dog’s life.
Enter into this new chapter knowing that there will be an adjustment period while your dog learns what it means to be part of your family. Change is difficult for anyone and your dog will need time and patience before she realises that she has found a forever home. Some dogs may engage in stress related behaviours such as hiding, escaping, barking and it’s likely she will need a refresher course in toilet training.
All of this is normal and best handled by remaining calm, rewarding good behaviour and showing your dog what is expected behaviour in her new home. This means learning to communicate clearly with her by using clear consistent commands.
The absolute basics that your dog needs are:
- Good nutrition including constant access to clean water
- Daily exercise
- A frequently-cleaned toilet area
- Time every day to be with her human family.
Make sure you have all of your supplies:
- Dog Bed
- Crate (if using one – the door should always be open)
- A few weeks supply of pet food
- Food bowls
If you are changing your new dog’s diet, do so over a week, gradually replacing a portion of her food each time. It’s vital in our hot climate that she has access to clean water all day.