Foster dogs are experiencing a lot of change! Remember, moving to a new home suddenly is hard, even if that home has a lot of friendly people and tons of fun treats! Give your new foster pup a few days to get used to his or her new home before introducing new people, pets, or traveling to new places, even if it’s just to a coffee shop around the corner. Remember to take introductions carefully, whether with new people or dogs. Not all foster dogs will want to meet new people or new animals right away, and that’s alright! If you plan to introduce your foster to any other animals, make sure both dogs have all appropriate vaccinations. Keep in mind that what is scary for a dog is different from what is scary for a human! Loud noises, fast moving bikes, and even people with funny hats can spook dogs. Make sure to be patient and let your dog experience new environments at their own pace.
What do foster dogs love? Routine! All dogs, especially foster dogs, do best with a predictable schedule. Try to feed and walk your new pal at the same time every day. This can be especially helpful for puppies that are learning house training, since you will know exactly what time they need to use the bathroom! Dogs will also need scheduled regular playtime, where they can run, jump, chew and tug! It’s also beneficial to schedule downtime, where dogs can be either created or allowed to rest in their own bed. Creating structure for your dog not only allows them to feel safe and comfortable but also means they’re less likely to find stuff to do for themselves (like chewing on those flip flops you left out).
Above all else, show your foster dog lots of love! Many foster dogs may have never had their own toys, treats, or bed. Make sure you allow your foster dog to feel safe by allowing them to have their own space in the house, especially if you have another dog at home. Many foster dogs will need their own space, so make sure other pets, children, and family members respect your foster dog’s new space. However, when your foster friend isn’t alone they’ll need lots of attention! Be ready with plenty of treats and toys and make sure to always reward him or her for good behavior. Don’t forget that there are some foods dogs cant eat so make sure you check with your vet on what is safe to feed your new friend.