Although you love dogs, you might be skeptical about the responsibilities of owning a pet. Or you may be confused about owning a pet while living in an apartment or a small space. You can try your hand at pet parenting by fostering dogs.
But, you need to understand that shelter animals are special. They may come with some rough life experiences including being abandoned by the previous family, having an abusive owner, or living as a stray or in a kennel surrounded by unfamiliar dogs. So, when a shelter dog enters a new house, he is bound to be confused and scared. Here are five ways you can ease the process of adjustment for your foster pet.
Set Your Expectations Right
Moving in will be stressful for both you and your dog, so arrange the supplies and food supplies before he comes home. Designate specific places for water and food bowls. Since it’s a new home with new smells and sounds, your dog might be anxious and may urinate in the wrong place. So be ready for such accidents.
Understand Body Language
During the first few days, watch how your pet reacts and behaves to specific actions. The first step in learning how to communicate with your pet is to understand why he behaves the way he does. Learn to recognize what scares him; if you learn to comfort your dog when he is afraid, his trust in you will increase.
Treat with Patience
All dogs come with their own life experiences, so they take time to get accustomed to your home and family. Don’t get irritated or worried if they don’t behave in the expected way even after a week. Take it slowly and find out what makes your dog uncomfortable or if he needs his space.
Set a Routine
Foster dogs need extra care, pampering, and proper monitoring in the initial days, so it is better to plan your schedule accordingly. Follow a particular timetable for feeding, walking, potty breaks, sleeping, and even cuddle time. This will make training and disciplining the dog easier.
Pamper with Nutritious Food
Your pet might be reluctant to eat food during the first few days. Adding wet dog food or a small amount of chicken broth may help your dog enjoy his food.
The best part about pet fostering is all the different dogs you get to spend time with. Also, shelters give you the opportunity to foster Indies. It is extremely gratifying to foster Indies as they are sensitive, agile, smart, and extremely loyal. If every 1 in every 50 people adopt an Indie, then there would be no stray dogs left alone to fend for themselves on the streets of India.