Adoption Tips

The first few days are exciting for you and your new dog. Your dog may be confused about the new surroundings and unsure of what to expect from you. To make the transition as easy as possible, setting up a clear structure for your dog is very important. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. 

The following tips may help with the transition of your new dog or puppy!


Before You Bring Your Dog HomE

  • Decide on a place where your dog will be spending most of their time. A new dog may forget housebreaking rules (even if they have learned them). 

  • A room with an easy clean-up floor. 

  • A crate, we highly recommend crate training your dog.

  • Be sure to have a crate set-up and ready to go when you bring your new dog home.

  • Dog-proof the necessary areas of your home

  • remove or tape loose cords to baseboards

  • store household chemicals out of reach

  • remove plants, rugs, and breakables 

  • install hallway gates (optional)

  • Get a collar and an ID tag with your phone number on it.

    Upon Arrival

  • Take the dog to their bathroom area immediately. Spend a good amount of time there so they can get used to the area and know where to relieve themselves.

  • Be prepared for accidents.

  • Give your dog time to acclimate to your home and family. Make sure children know how to approach a dog without overwhelming them.

  • For the first few days, remain calm and quiet around your dog. This will allow your dog to settle in easier and give you more time to get to know their likes and dislikes.

  • To avoid an upset stomach, feed your dog the same food they have been eating. 

  • If you wish to switch to brands, spread it out over a time. Start by adding one part of the new food to three parts of the old for five days, next switch to a 50/50 blend for 5 days, and then one part old food to three parts new food.

Following Weeks

  • Your dog’s true personality may not show until several weeks after adoption.

  •  Be patient and understanding while also keeping to a schedule for feeding, walks, etc. This schedule will show your dog what is expected of them, as well as what he can expect from you.

  •  You may wish to take your dog to group training classes. This will help with basic obedience and socialization. 

  • If you encounter behavior issues you are unfamiliar with, ask your veterinarian or rescue for a trainer recommendation.

  • Work with a trainer who uses positive-reinforcement techniques to help you and your dog overcome these behavior obstacles.