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Helping Your Shelter Dog Get Settled

October 1, 2020

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! We love seeing shelter pets going to wonderful forever homes! Of course, getting adopted is a huge deal for Fido. Big changes can be a bit unsettling to dogs, so you may want to take some steps to make the transition easy on your new pup. Here, a Bend, OR vet offers some helpful advice on helping your furry friend settle in. 

Be Prepared

Before you bring Fido home, make sure you have all the necessary doggy supplies ready and waiting for him. Your list should include bedding, toys, treats, dishes, grooming supplies, a pet first-aid kit, a tie-out line, a leash and collar or harness, and a crate or carrier.


You’ll need to do some petproofing. Remove or secure anything that isn’t safe for Fido to chew, eat, or play with. This includes things like toxic plants, wires and cords, plastic bags and ties, chemicals, medications, and anything small or sharp. If you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure. 

Safe Space

You may want to put your pup’s things in a quiet back room at first. Don’t be surprised if your furry pal sleeps a lot. Being in a shelter is very scary and traumatic for dogs, so Fido may need time to relax and recuperate.

Meet The Roommates

If you have other pets, keep them separated in the beginning. Make introductions slowly and carefully, and supervise all interactions. (Note: if you have another pooch, introduce them before finalizing the adoption, to make sure they’ll get along.)

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is schedule a veterinary appointment. A thorough exam is definitely in order. While you’re there, feel free to ask for tips on Fido’s specific care needs. That’s what we’re here for!

Daily Routine

Pets tend to thrive when they’re on a steady schedule. Get Fido started out on his new routine for meals, walks, and playtime right away. 

Lay Down The Law

Consistency is very important when it comes to training and interacting with dogs. Start Fido out on the right paw by setting out and sticking to house rules from the start. If you don’t want your canine buddy on the couch, make that clear from Day One. 

Please contact us, your local Bend, OR vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help! 

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