BEFORE YOU ADOPT A DOG OR PUPPY PLEASE THINK CAREFULLY
Adopting a dog is a decision that should be made with care and deliberation. A dog is not a toy or a clothing accessory; it’s a living creature. Too often, people adopt a dog because it is “cute” or “fashionable” rather than based on the merits of its behavior and energy levels.
The ideal situation is to visit your chosen dog several times before you take her/him home. You will already have begun the bonding procedure so your new companion won’t be completely terrified in the new surroundings. Bang Saphan is a wonderful place to take a few days holiday while you are bonding with your new friend.
Back home you should take your new companion to the room where he/she will have food and water. Talk to your dog softly and lovingly while you get the food and water ready. If your new companion eats immediately you will know that she/he has already begun to relax.
Buy a soft bed for your new friend and if you have been given a rug or sheet that your dog has been lying on put it in the bed. Familiar smells are a great way to get your new friend to relax. Put the bed against a wall to give your dog something solid to lie against for security.
If you don’t want your new friend to go outside for the first few days then buy a large plastic sheet and cover it with newspaper. Most dogs are usually very good at knowing this is the place to relieve itself. If you’ve adopted a puppy slowly move the sheet towards the door so he/she understands that outside is the new place to relieve itself.
Your chosen dog will settle in quickly if treated with patience and understanding. If you follow these procedures your new companion will be happily trotting round his/her new home within a few days.
We wish you both lots of luck and a future filled with great happiness.