to Take Care of Your New Adopted Dog
Whether you and your
new dog have come together as a result of a dog adoption, dog rescue or other means, one thing is certain…you must
take the best care possible of your dog to assure the dog’s health and a long and rewarding life
Your new dog will need
time to adjust to his new home and family. He just left a kennel or shelter where there were strange sounds and
people.. Now he is in a new place with another set of new people and an environment that he needs to get
He’ll want to explore.
He’ll want to get to know his new home.. He’ll probably have some accidents as he gets to know his surroundings and
will chew a few things. Keep on eye on him but expect this to happen. It’s all common during the adjustment
Here’s a few tips on dog care to get you started:
· Make sure your dog has been
micro-chipped . This is a simple little device injected
under the skin and will help identify your new adopted dog in case the dog ever gets lost and is brought to a
dog shelter or dog rescue.
Another important accessory is a soft dog collar with an id tag attached.
The ID tag should have your name and a current phone number that you can be reached at in the event someone
finds your newly adopted dog after a doggy adventure. Many careful dog guardians have discovered that their pal
has slipped out a door, through a fence or run out to play only to get lost. Proper identification will
enhance the probability of a quick and safe return home.
· Make sure you keep
your dog on a leash at all
times when you go for a walk. This will protect your dog from
potential dangers such as cars and other dogs. It also will help you
control your dog and protect her in the event the dog becomes excited at the site of other dogs or
· Spay or Neuter your
Dog- Spaying and neutering is a very basic procedure that will
help your dog live a longer and healthier life. Spayed or neutered fogs have fewer behavioral issues such as
And finally, spaying
and neutering helps control the exploding dog population. This will reduce the stress on overpopulated dog shelters
and help reduce the number of unwanted dogs that are euthanized
· Choose the Perfect
Veterinarian- Your adopted dog should receive regular vet
a preventative medicine function and to treat any problems that may arise. Certain vaccinations
are required by law such as one for rabies.
choose a vet, ask the doctor what his/her philosophy is as to vaccinations, nutrition and general treatment
protocols. One you select the vet that you feel is best for your
dog, you will be started on a lifelong relationship for good canine health.
· Feed a high quality dog
food.- There are a number of different philosophies
on the best type of food to feed your adopted dog. Some believe that dogs should eat RAW food as they would in the
wild. Others believe that kibble is the best way to go.
Yet others decide to cook
meats, veggies and rice as a diet. Talk with your vet as
to what is best for your dog nutritionally and as to quantity and frequency of feedings. If you choose a
commercial dog food make sure that it is not mostly filler.
You can determine this by
looking at the first agreements on the package. When you
see grains and by products mentioned and the price is a
bargain…leave it behind. Your adopted dog needs a nutritionally based diet that will help keep him healthy,
not junk food. When in doubt, ask your vet.
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Dogs enjoy playing in the yard but should have a safe and
comfortable place to rest . And never under any circumstance chain your dog and
leave her unattended. Your dog wants to be
with you and share your time and space. Having a companion is why you brought your dog home in the first place, isn’t it?
Exercise your dog with frequent walks and
play. Both you and your dog will benefit from the
exercise, making your relationship stronger . Walk your dog at least 2 times a day. Exercise and
meeting other folks along the way with friendly dogs will also help you to socialize your dog.
Ask your vet how much exercise your dog should receive.
He may be
scared and his reaction may be unexpected including fear or aggressive behavior as a defense mechanism. When
you have a question or don’t know what to do next, consult with your veterinarian, dog
behaviorists, trainers or dog rescue folks who have probably seen the exact same situation
Your adopted dog is now a member of your
family and is counting on you to be a guardian and a pal.