Talk About Adoption
"I only foster small dogs, but I have four of my own, so my new fosters are coming into an established pack. Here are some things that have helped…"
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I only foster small dogs, but I have four of my own, so my new fosters are coming into an established pack. Here are some things that have helped me. I spray all my dogs with the same scent before I introduce them. If possible, I start the introduction in as neutral and area as possible, one dog at a time. I try to take them for a walk early on in the intro.
Start your foster out in a cage (wire if possible so she can see what is going on around her). As to how you treat her, that depends on the personality of the dog. Try to remember that depending on what her past is, she may have certain illogical fears. It seems to take an average of two weeks before a dogs true personality begins to show through, so don't judge her by her initial behaviors.
Be patient and loving. I agree, have plenty of treats, but also be aware that depending on her background, she may not take them from you or even know what they are.
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"The adoption process would depend upon where you wish to get a dog from. A shelter? A rescue group? From an individual? From the dogs listed on this…"
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The adoption process would depend upon where you wish to get a dog from. A shelter? A rescue group? From an individual? From the dogs listed on this website? Or do you wish to purchase a dog from a breeder?
1. If from a shelter: Usually you can choose a dog and must fill out a form, as well an answer a few questions. There is a fee ranging from $50 to $200 or perhaps a bit more. The shelter in my area charges $80 for a young dog. Some shelters have something of a first come first serve policy.
2. If from a rescue group: From what I understand, they have a more rigorous adoption process than a shelter. You must fill out a questionnaire, and you are less likely to get the dog you want since they have only a handful of dogs and a bunch of people wanting them. Plus, I believe the homes are usually chosen by who would provide the best home rather than first come first served.
3. From an individual: Depends. Some have terms, some do not. Many individuals advertise the dogs they are "getting rid of" in the newspaper.
4. From the dogs listed on this website: For the adoptable dogs you click on "contact the guardian about adopting this dog" and go from there. No one on Dogster is allowed to SELL their dogs, so unless the dog is listed as part of a shelter or rescue group, it should not cost you anything to adopt any particular dog off of here.
5. If purchasing from a breeder: A good breeder won't sell to just anyone. They want the best for their dogs. They will have a contract having, among many other things, a spay/neuter agreement and that if you cannot keep the dog to return it to them. When looking for a breeder to buy from, it's important to do your research as to what to look for in a breeder.
Tiffany C., owner of a German Shepherd
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