When you adopt a dog there are many responsibilities and lifestyle adjustments to consider. We provide you with a reference packet after you adopt but the following are some general points to keep in mind while making your decision.
__ Your dog is more likely to get loose from you and lost in the first few weeks they are home than any other time. Be sure to provide them a secure collar and ID tag as soon as possible. Actually, its a great thing to bring with you when you pick up your newly adopted pet. And make sure they wear their collar at all times. Often people make the mistake of removing the collar when their dog is in the house thinking they will never get out of the house without it. Sadly, too often owners forget to put the collar back on or the dog slips out the door unexpectedly and is now lost without any identification. Get a collar and tag as soon as possible!
__ All dogs require a veterinary exam, a series of vaccinations and regular grooming. While we will given them their Parvo Distemper (DHLPP) vaccination, Bordatella (INB - kennel cough) and worming, puppies may require additional vaccinations and worming after adoption, so make sure and follow up with your vet for these if needed. Also all dogs will need their Rabies vaccination if they have not had it already.
__ Your home and yard should provide proper confinement and reasonable space for the size of your dog. When outside, your new dog or puppy should always be on a leash if you don’t have a safe enclosure.
__ New house pets should be closely supervised when with other pets and children while they become familiar with their new home.
__ Housebreaking your new dog should be done with encouraging words. They should be taken outside after meals and right before and after sleeping. Crate training is an effective training method. There is lots of useful training information on the Web and specifically crate training.
__ All dogs need exercise, so allow your dog to play outside everyday. Young dogs and puppies may have extra energy, causing them to chew. Try not to leave them alone for long periods of time and consider crate training to housebreak and curb bad habits. Organized training is also beneficial and there are several obedience training schools in our area. Ask friends or other dog owners for the name of someone you can trust. If you cannot find a trainer, HSOP will recommend someone for you.
__ In addition to a collar and tag, we also encourage microchipping which we also can do for you here at the Shelter for a small fee.
We hope every adoption is permanent. However, if you experience problems with your new pet that you feel cannot be corrected, please return the pet to us.