FODS Shelter Initiative
Education information in conjunction with our Canine Behaviour Shelter Courses
All the articles on this page are directly related to adopting a shelter dog. We hope they will help inform you before you decide to get a shelter dog and also help your new addition to settle into your home.
THANK YOU for giving a shelter dog a home!
The first 2-3 weeks when a dog goes to a new home are crucial (known as the Honeymoon period). It is during this period that if the dog has any behaviour problems they are likely to be surpressed, or occur at low frequency and intensity due to the dogs insecurity. This is also the ideal time for new owners to set in place House Rules, so that the dog knows exactly where it stands and what is, and is not allowed.
We have supplied you with articles on Before Getting a new Addition as well as After Getting the new addition
Meet your Match - Questionnaire for helping to match dogs and new owners - this can be used by potential new owners and also by shelters/rescue centres, to help to match dog and new owner.
A Questionnaire for you to complete BEFORE you decide to get a pup or dog. The questions are based on the common reasons people surrender their dogs. Please put the thought deserved into the decision to take a living being into your home, one who could be with you for well over 15 years of age.