Congratulations on adopting a DogWatch dog
Thank you for choosing to adopt one (or more) of our rescue dogs. Please see the information below for useful information and tips.
If we can help in any way please do not hesitate to CONTACT US and we’ll do our best to help.
Please download and complete the relevant adoption form – if your dog is from an overseas rescue please use the overseas adoption form.
Collecting your dog
When you collect your dog …
Change the microchip
Your dogs microchip must be changed to show your details, we can do this for you.
Please fill in this Microchip Change Form
Keep In Touch
Here at DogWatch UK our favourite thing is following the progress of dogs who have been adopted and seeing Happy Homed photos, so it would be great if you would like to stay in touch.
If you are on Facebook please join our DogWatch UK Facebook group – its a great place to post photos, look at photos and also get help and advice from like minded doggy people.
You can also subscribe to our newsletter – a great way to keep up to date with everything that’s going on.
Settling your new dog into your home
Mandy from Yes Good Dog Behaviour and Training regularly helps us with advice and training plans for our foster dogs, here she gives us some tips on settling your new dog into his new life.
Your new dog is coming to his new home but he will not know what is happening. Some dogs take it all in their stride but to some may be scared or anxious. Planning how you will introduce your dog to his new home and family can make the whole process easy for everyone.
Have a think about the type of dog you are adopting. What are the characteristics of his breed, or breeds if a cross. Have the rescue or foster home any details about how he walks when out, what is the best walking equipment for him and what his exercise requirements are? Does he favour a particular type of bed or toy?
Keep to good routines and start as you mean to go on.
The first two weeks are a honeymoon period, you must remain consistent, your dog will not understand bending the rules! So if your dog is not allowed upstairs or on the furniture start this straight away, new home new rules. Start as you mean to go on.
If your dog is showing signs of being anxious Adaptil collars, plugs in’s or sprays can help anxiety with new situations
Ensure your home is a calm place on arrival, so don’t invite all the neighbours round to meet the new dog or do new and unusual things. Give your dog a chance to settle in and get to know you and his new home before introducing new people and experiences.
Never use a crate as punishment, dogs love a covered crate if positively conditioned. A crate can be successfully used to give your dog somewhere to go if everything is too overwhelming, it should be a quiet place where no one will bother him.
Allow your dog time to sniff and look around his new home in a quiet undisturbed way.
Use a lead and calmly walk around your garden, allow him to take his time and sniff,
Take your dog out for a short walk so he can sniff the surrounding areas.
Do not give your dog toys or food chews until you have got to know him, this is especially important if you have other dogs or animals.
Make introductions to children quietly and calmly, positively reward your dog whilst this is happening
Watch your dog and take note of uncertain body languages, your new dog maybe uncertain and a bit fearful of the outside world in general or with unknown dogs, take your time with letting your dog adjust and give plenty of reward based training around these possibly fearful situations.
Feed your new dog away from any hustle and bustle until he has settled in
If the rescue think your dog may be nervous consider having a blanket from his previous bed to put into his new bed (as long as this does not have negative associations).
Do not leave your dog alone in the house until he has settled into his surroundings – but do not allow constant shadowing, you can use the toilet on your own!
Introduce as much interactive play as you can, this will really help you to get to know your dog’s personality.
Introducing a new dogs to other dogs in the house
· Introduce your new dog to you own dog outside the house on neutral territory and take a walk prior to entering the home.
· Keep all toys and food chews away especially if you have other dogs or animals until you know your new dog
Make sure your other pets receive attention too
Introducing a new dog to your cats
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