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. Please let us know about any health concerns you have in the first week after adoption, prior to taking your dog to the vet. It is our goal to adopt out dogs that are deemed healthy during a vet examination, or if there are known medical issues that the adopting family is well informed.
If you do observe health concerns within the first week of bringing your new dog home, please contact us first so we can help you get the necessary care. It is common for dogs to experience symptoms such as diarrhea, lack of appetite, coughing/sneezing, runny nose/eyes, and we can easily provide you with medications during the first week. Please keep in mind that we cannot help cover costs incurred without prior approval and/or at unauthorized veterinarians.
Get a veterinarian!
These are the local vets that we recommend, and use for our own dogs:
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to help!
All the best, from our family to yours!