Congratulations on adopting a Family Dog rescue! While they settle in as your new family member, we are here to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible. You may have checked off the new dog bed, the toys, and the treats, but what's next?
Our top priority for your new family member is that they are happy and healthy. It is our goal to adopt out dogs that are deemed healthy, and always disclose any and all known medical conditions prior to adoption.
While we cannot help cover costs incurred at vets beyond what has been provided at the time of adoption, we are always happy to give guidance and direct you to helpful resources! It is common for dogs to experience symptoms such as diarrhea, lack of appetite, coughing/sneezing, etc during stressful transition times, but we are always happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Get a veterinarian!
These are the local vets that we recommend, and use for our own dogs:
These are local Emergency/Specialty Services:
Register their microchip!
You can register your dog's microchip through Found Animals. Transferring the chip from the originating shelter to your personal information is an important step so that if your dog ever becomes lost, you'll be the first to know when the chip is scanned.
Get pet insurance!
Pet insurance can provide a safety net for your dog, and prepare your family for the life-long commitment of pet ownership. Having insurance also means financial stability for vet costs due to accidental injuries or unexpected health issues as your dog ages.
We recommend Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, one of the highest rated, affordable insurance providers and the insurance that we use to protect our own rescues. When you sign up and indicate Family Dog as your referrer, our rescue will also receive a $35 donation! Please email us for a Family & Friend discount code today!
When it comes to training your dog and understanding canine behavior, we highly encourage dog parents to seek out trainers and tools that employ positive methods focusing on reward-based motivation.
We strongly advise against training methods that use fear and intimidation to get results (such as Cesar Millan). These methods commonly misuse terms like "dominance" and being the "alpha-dog/pack leader," and research has shown that these aversive or confrontational training methods can lead to more fearful or aggressive responses from your dog.
We love positive training methods instead because they're more effective in producing desired behaviors, and we believe training your dog should be a fun bonding experience. Positive training helps build confidence in your dog, while encouraging them to listen and trust you.
If you prefer to do it yourself, Positively.com and the ASPCA provide great resources on common concerns like barking, chewing, separation anxiety, and proper dog-dog or dog-cat introductions. For new pit bull parents, the rescue group BAD RAP offers great tools to help shape your dog into a bully breed ambassador!
Boarding & Daycare
Going out of town can be a stressful time when you need to leave your pooch! Xena’s Clubhouse for dogs, the daycare/boarding that we share our shelter building with, offers discounts to Family Dog Adopters!
Keep in touch!
Now that you've taken home your new dog, please don't say goodbye to us for good! Rescue work is hard, and it absolutely makes our day to receive updates on the new lives of our dogs.
Our facebook page is updated daily with new faces, success stories from our adopters, and opportunities to get involved. You can also follow us on Instagram and Twitter @ilovefamilydog and tag photos of your new pup with #ilovefamilydog
If you have any further questions within your first week, please contact email@example.com and we'll do our best to help!
All the best, from our family to yours!