As you begin the process of getting a new dog and you’re thinking about supplies and dog training, something that is likely to be at the top of your mind is where you want to get your dog from. One option that is always popular with those who want to help dogs in need is to get a dog from the shelter. Shelter dogs are fantastic, loving dogs that make great new members of the family.
However, there are a few things Unleash Fido wants you to be aware of before adoption.
1. Your shelter dog will need dog training classes.
When you adopt a dog that may have had a previous owner, there is no way of knowing what training your dog has previously received or if it has been trained at all.
Sometimes shelter dogs have been trained in a different language than the one you speak, especially in diverse areas such as Jacksonville and Tampa. That’s why it’s a good idea to put your new family member into dog obedience training immediately so you two can learn to understand each other better.
2. Your dog will have an adjustment period.
One of the reasons that it is so important to have your new dog in training with a highly skilled dog trainer is because there is going to be an adjustment period.
Professional dog trainers often talk about the Rule of Threes, which states that your dog will generally become accustomed in levels, beginning with three days, then becoming more adjusted at three weeks and finally feeling at home at three months.
3. You should bring your dog to the vet.
Along with your dog trainer, the vet is the person who could be the most helpful to you in making sure you have a healthy relationship with your new dog.
There’s no guarantee that your dog has been properly spayed or neutered, something that is important for your dog’s health. The vet is also the best person to microchip your dog so that you never have to worry about losing them. They also should get checked out for allergies and have some bloodwork done, something that many shelters cannot provide. And this should all happen within seven days of adoption.
Unleash Fido Is Here to Help!
This may all seem like a lot, but you’re not alone. For assistance with dog obedience training, dog boarding and doggie daycare in Tampa and Jacksonville, count on Unleash Fido. Unleash Fido has a group of fantastic professional trainers who know just what your dog will need, and are ready to help you two become the best of friends.