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How to prepare for adopting a dog

If you decided to adopt a dog from the local shelter, you deserve congratulations because you do an amazing thing for all the homeless pets in the world. You can start preparing for welcoming your furred friend home even before you choose them from the rescue facility.

Bringing home, a rescue dog, no matter if it’s a puppy or adult one, differs from raising them at home. Each option has its own pros and cons and you should know what to expect when you choose one. The more you prepare yourself for welcoming your new canine companion the smoother the transition will be.

Prepare your house for bringing your new companion home

 Before taking them home, ensure your place is safe for a pet. Inspect each room to determine if it’s dog-proofed. In case it’s not and the rescue centre can no longer keep your dog, take them to a kennel until you make all preparations. The experts from the kennel will take care of your dog and help them befriend with other dogs.

When preparing the house for your dog make sure they have access to a comfortable bed, fresh water and food, and have plenty of toys so they can play when you’re away from home. if you adopt a long-haired dog, take them to a hundefrisør to groom them before bringing them home to keep hairs to a minimum around the house.

If you want to crate train the dog, install the crate before they arrive so they can get used to it. Suppose your dog has a favourite toy in the shelter or foster home, take it home because it can help them feel more comfortable.  

Basic items to purchase before brining your dog home

You’re thrilled to bring your new friend home, but before heading to the shelter to pick them up, you should visit the local pet store to purchase a couple things they may need. If you don’t know what to purchase, ask the local hundepensjonat because they most likely know and could provide you with a couple of recommendations.

Most dogs need the following:

  • Dog food
  • Water and food bowls
  • Crate
  • Dog bed
  • Leash, ID tag, and collar

Make sure that your dog has a collar and ID tag when you take them home because if they run off and wander around the neighbourhood, someone can check the tag and bring them back home. Head to the local pet store and ask if they can customise an ID tag with your phone number in advance, so you can attach it to their collar. Keep in mind that your new pet companion arrives in an unfamiliar environment and they may be scared and stressed, so they may want to escape. Be extra careful with closing the doors and create a secured fenced area where they can spend time outdoors.

Ask the shelter employees what kind of food the dog prefers to have plenty at home. if you plan to change it for another option, do it slowly over a few weeks, so they can adjust to their new diet.

 

 

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