Bringing New Pet Home

Congratulations! 

You’ve adopted a dog or a kitty from Amigos de Animales and she or he is arriving to the airport next week , so what’s next? 

we recommend to do the following upon arrival 

  1. Try to bathe your new furry kid with tick and flea shampoo as soon as you can, she or he traveled long ways from mexico to your home, and shared an airplane cargo area with all kinds of other dogs.
  1. Try to keep your new rescue kid separated from other pets in your household until seen by the vet. 
  1. Take your new rescue to your vet as soon as possible, we will not send a sick animal tomtravel to their family , but we are a rural poor shelter and all our rescues have at least anemia, majority have some kind of skin disorder, poor immune system,  problems that are easily fixable with proper nutrition and vitamins, our vet care is extremely basic, and your vet will either give your new pet a clean bill of health or will help you take care of the issues she or he has. 
  1. Remember , our dogs are not house broken, because our shelter is open air space and they live outside. They are normally extremely easily trained and very adaptable, but please, be prepared to house train and sign up for basic obedience classes as soon as possible. 

Before You Bring Your Dog Home:

  • Gather Needed Supplies – Leash, Collar, ID Tag, Crate or Gates(if needed), Bed, Bowls, Food, Treats, Toys, Grooming Supplies, Waste Bags, Enzymatic Cleaner.
  • Dog-Proof your house by looking for and removing hazardous items and valuable items that the dog could chew.
  • Setup your house for the dog’s arrival. Determine where the dog’s crate, bed, and bowls will be placed. Decide where food, treats, and supplies will be stored. Determine the house rules for the dog and make sure all family members know what they are.
  • Decide what the dog’s schedule will be for walks, play, training, feeding, and potty time and who will be responsible.

below are the basic guidelines for bringing your newly adopted pet to your home :

  • Determine ahead of time how the dog will ride on the way home. It’s best to have two people if possible; one to drive and the other to pay attention to the dog. Bring towels just in case the dog gets car sick.
  • Bring the dog straight home – try not to run errands on the way.
  • No welcome-home parties. Limit/discourage visitors for the first few days so that your new dog isn’t overwhelmed.
  • When you arrive home let the dog sniff around the yard or outdoor area near your home on a leash. Bring your dog to your designated potty spot and reward the dog with a treat for going there.
  • Introduce your dog to your family members one at a time. Keep it calm and low-key. Let the dog be the one to approach, sniff and drive the interaction. Offering a treat can help the dog to associate family members with good things(food!).
  • Stay close to home initially. No major excursions. You need to learn your new dog’s behavior before you can predict how it will respond to different stimulus. Establish a walk routine in an area you are familiar with. Structured play in the yard is also a good form of exercise, bonding, and training.
  • Bring your dog into the house on a leash and give it a tour of the house. Try keeping the mood calm and relaxed and redirect any chewing or grabbing of objects with a “leave-it” and offering an appropriate toy.
  • Bring your new dog outside often. Our Dogs are not house broken ! 
  • Make sure your new dog gets ample “quiet time” so that your dog can acclimate to the new surroundings. Be observant of the dog’s responses and go at the dog’s pace.
  • If you have a resident dog(s), have the initial meeting outside (one dog at a time if you have several). After your new pet have been checked by a Vet. Don’t rush it. Keep the leashes loose with no tension.  Make sure they meet in a food-free, toy-free zone.  Don’t leave them alone together until you are absolutely sure it is safe to do so. Watch and manage all interactions between the dogs initially. When walking the dogs a different person should walk each dog.
  • If you have a resident cat(s), keep the cat secure until you know how the dog will react to it. Our dogs are generally great with cats, since they grow up in a shared cats and dogs shelter, but it’s the best to manage all initial interactions. Don’t give the dog the opportunity to chase the cat. Make sure the cat has escape options. Keep initial encounters brief.

Establish Daily Routines:

  • Sleeping-Initially the crate or bed should be in the room you would like the dog to sleep in eventually. The area should be safe, dog-proofed, easily cleaned, cozy and quiet, with familiar scents. Don’t put your new dog in an uninhabited area like the garage or basement.
  • Feeding-Check with your vet about what the recommended food and amounts should be for your dog based on breed, size, age, activity level, and health. If possible, feed two meals per day for adults, that’s what they are used to in our shelter.
  • Walks – Keep the walks short at first (5-10 minutes) until you get to know your new dog’s behavior and how it responds to different stimuli. Keep to relatively quiet places at first. Avoid interaction with other dogs and unfamiliar people until you and your dog are comfortable.
  • Chew Toys/Interactive Toys – Use of the crate and appropriate toys are great ways to keep your new dog out of trouble. Management of your dog and the environment prevents problem behaviors. Chew toys are a great way to direct your dog’s attention to appropriate toys, and away from objects that you don’t want your dog to destroy. Interactive toys help your dog to use its mind and tire them out, mentally. With a new dog, avoid rough and tumble, slapping, wrestling, and chase games when playing with your dog.
  • Prevent separation anxiety – Use the crate and a toy in combination with leaving for short periods and coming back several times a day, starting with your first day with your new dog. Don’t make a big fuss of coming or going.

The most important of all please, have patience with your new dog,  with his or hers behavior and the time it takes to establish a bond with you.

At the end you will get the most loyal friend, devoted companion and loving furry child for life as so many of our Adoptive Parents did ! 

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