What To Do If You Find A Stray Animal
- Try to avoid calling animal control initially as these animals may end up in a County shelter and potentially put to sleep.
- Talk to neighbors first, see if a local pet has been lost.
- Check the collar for the pets name and phone number
- Visit a local veterinarian or shelter and have the pet scanned for a micro chip
Choosing the Right Dog For You
Dogs are very social creatures and are not happy left outside or chained up alone for long periods of time. If you choose to adopt a dog, you must make a committment to spend several hours a day with him or her. Your new best friend will be with you when you begin each day and will anxiously await for you to return; a walk, bellyrub, playtime, and any other activity that you do together.
You have to consider where you live, how much space you have and what you lifestyle is. All dogs should be exercised outside of your home or apartment at least once a day but some need more than others. Keep in mind that some small dogs are more active while some large dogs are less so. You will want to learn about the traits of your dogs so it is very important to ask our Rescue’s staff members questions about the dogs you are intersted in adopting. Our goal is to achieve campatability between you and your newly adopted companion.
Whatever dog you choose, it is a long-term commitment for most dogs live 10 years or more. Your dog will need love, attention, and food; not just from you but from your entire family. He or she will thrive living with you and as a member of your family – a “pack” as your dog sees it!
You must also consider the expense associated with owning a dog. They require a high-quality food, routine veterinarian care, license (if required), training, grooming, leashes, toys, chews, and some sort of soft place to call his or her “home.”
Bringing Your New Dog Home
The key to helping your new dog make a successful adjustment to your home is being prepared and being patient. It can take anywhere from two days to two months for you and your pet to adjust to each other. The following tips can help ensure a smooth transition. Try to arrange the arrival of your new dog for a weekend or when you can be home for a few days. Get to know each other and spend some quality time together. Don’t forget the jealousy factor – make sure you don’t neglect other pets and people in your household!
Work out your dog-care regimen in advance among the human members of your household. Who will walk the dog first thing in the morning? Who will feed him at night? Will the dog be allowed on the couch, or won’t he? Where will he rest at night? Are there any rooms in the house that are off-limits?
Dogs need order. Let your pet know from the start who is the boss. When you catch him doing something he shouldn’t, don’t lose your cool. Stay calm, and let him know immediately, in a loud and disapproving voice, that he has misbehaved. Reward him with praise when he does well, too! Sign up for a local dog obedience class, and you’ll learn what a joy it is to have a well-trained dog.
A crate may look to you like the canine equivalent of a jail cell, but to your dog, who instinctively likes to den, it’s a room of his own. It makes housetraining and obedience-training easier and saves your dog from the headache of being yelled at unnecessarily for problem behavior. Of course, you won’t want to crate your dog all day or all night, or he will consider it a jail cell. Just a few, regular hours a day should be sufficient. The crate should not contain wire where his collar or paws can get caught, and should be roomy enough to allow your dog to stand up, turn around, and sit comfortably in normal posture. If a crate isn’t an option, consider some sort of confinement to a dog-proofed part of your home. A portion of the kitchen or family room can serve the purpose very well. (A baby gate works perfectly.)
Dogs need an active life. That means you should plan plenty of exercise and game time for your pet. Enjoy jogging or Frisbee? You can bet your dog will, too. If running around the park is too energetic for your taste, try throwing a ball or a stick, or just going for a long walk together. When you take a drive in the country or visit family and friends, bring your dog and a leash along.
Finally, be reasonable in your expectations. Life with you is a different experience for your new companion, so give him time to adjust. You’ll soon find out that you’ve made a friend for life. No one will ever greet you with as much enthusiasm or provide you with as much unqualified love and loyalty as your dog will. Be patient, and you will be amply rewarded.