October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. There’s certainly no wrong time to bring Fido into your home. However, if you are considering getting a pooch, this is a great time to look, as many shelters are offering promotions or discounts to coincide with this awareness event. A Las Vegas, NV vet offers some advice on adopting a shelter dog in this article.
Adopting a dog isn’t something to take lightly: you’re taking on the responsibility of caring for Fido for the rest of his life. That could mean signing on for well over a decade of providing great TLC. Don’t move forward unless you’re ready for that sort of commitment.
We may have known Fido for thousands of years, but we’re learning more and more about him every day. Even if you’ve had dogs all your life, there’s always more to learn. Take time to get to know your potential pet, and find out as much as you can about him. We recommend doing some breed-specific research as well.
You’ll want to have everything ready and waiting for your canine buddy before you bring him home. Some things, like dishes and pet wipes, you can get in advance. However, many products, such as food, treats, bedding, and harnesses, should be chosen with your pup’s age, weight, health, and breed in mind.
Petproofing is also important. Remove or secure anything that isn’t safe for Fido to eat, chew, or play with. That list includes anything long and stringy, such as ropes, cords, and wires; plastic wraps and ties; chemicals; medication; toxic plants; and anything small or sharp. If you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure, and pick up anything that could be hazardous out there as well.
It’s going to take Fido a while to really feel like he’s home. Prepare for the unexpected, and give him lots of time to adjust and settle in. Getting your furry buddy started out on his new routine can help him feel more secure. Address any behavioral issues by focusing on training and rewarding positive behavior. With time, patience, love, and TLC, you’ll have that cute tail going before you know it!
Do you have questions about caring for your canine pal? Please contact us if we can ever be of assistance. As your Las Vegas, NV animal clinic, we’re here to help!