April 30th is Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. If you are considering bringing a furry friend into your home, Richard and Vicki Horowitz help you get a head start on the big transition.
How do we make the transition from the shelter to your home easier, faster and more rewarding?
-Hold a family meeting to create rules about caring for the dog.
-Have the necessary items your dog will need from the start
-Bring your new dog home when you can be there for a few days
-Just before you bring your dog into the home, take him for a walk to tire him out a little.
What rules should be in place?
-At first, limit your dog to one room or area.
-Initially keep your dog on leash
-Slowly introduce your new dog to existing pets
Keep in mind:
There may be some housebreaking accidents. Dogs instinctively like to den themselves. Most rescue dogs have been given basic vaccinations and many have already been spayed or neutered. Be sure to arrange to a vet visit. For the first few days, limit guest visits to allow your dog to get comfortable with his new family.