So you adopted a new dog? Congratulations! You’re now one of the millions of people who have opened their homes and hearts to new four-legged family members. Having a family pet is one of the most impactful and rewarding experiences one can have. A lifetime of love and memories with a companion that will stay true to you.
Here is a list of five to-dos after adopting from the experts at Unleashed Pet Rescue, a licensed nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter founded in 2011 that works to save the lives of homeless pets:
Let Them Decompress
For many dogs, new home environments can be quite overwhelming. Lots of new sounds, smells and experiences can take some getting used to. It’s important to give your pet space and time to adjust. Limiting visitors and crate training are good ways to start. Giving new dogs time to decompress allows them to get used to your routines, feel more at home and to be themselves!
Find Time to Play
Regular exercise for pets is a must, but it can be fun! Get some rope toys, fetching balls or plan activities to get your pets energized and exercised. Keeping dogs from getting bored through play and athletic activity can also help curb the development of unfavorable behaviors.
Find a Vet
All dogs need regular veterinarian care. From monthly flea, tick and heartworm protection to annual checkups and vaccinations, it’s important to find a vet and schedule regular appointments so you can be sure your pets are happy, on the right diet, healthy and properly taken care of.
Double Check That Chip
Most pets that are adopted from shelters now are microchipped. It’s a good idea to contact the microchip company for your pets to verify your information has been added, updated and is current. Making sure the chip has your correct information will help your pets return to you quicker in the event they get lost.
Basic obedience training is a great way to stimulate your dog’s mind. Teaching basic commands such as “sit,” “shake,” “lay down,” “stay” and “leave it” is a solid foundation for good behavior. Training is also a great way to build trust between you and your pets, which provides a loving and loyal relationship for life.
Unleashed Pet Rescue, located in Mission, Kansas, is a licensed nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter founded in 2011 that works to save the lives of homeless pets and strives to improve the image of bully breeds in society. The organization works daily with high-kill shelters throughout the area to pull “unwanted” pets to safety while also working to find homes for pets of all ages, health, temperaments and history. Each adoptable pet is given the opportunity to thrive.