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FOSTERING 101

CHECKLIST: Dos and Don’ts

Don’t

  • Do not leave your dog unattended outdoors under any circumstances – even during the day
  • Do not crate your dog for more than 5 consecutive hours
  • Do not take your dog on a walk if  the ground is too hot – if you can’t keep your palm on the ground for more than 5 seconds the ground is too hot for their paws
  • Do not leave your dog in the car unattended – they can overheat and die in a matter of minutes
  • Do not jump to their rescue the moment they cry in their crate – they will never learn independence!
  • Do not use verbal or physical aggression to address misbehavior or potty accidents
  • Do not feed your dog table scraps despite how cute they may look when they beg
  • Do not leave doors to the outside open when moving in groceries or other items, your dog could escape
  • DO NOT PLACE A CHOKE CHAIN, PRONG COLLAR OR E-COLLAR/SHOCK COLLAR ON ANY DWB DOG FOR ANY REASON.

Do

  • Do set up a confinement space for your dog when you cannot keep an eye on them – crate or playpen will work wonders for both you and your dog
  • Do establish a routine, for feeding, potty and nap times to help your dog acclimate to your home and prevent accidents.
  • Do make fresh water available all day, in a clean bowl
  • Do walk your dog on a short leash when walking around sunset/evening time to avoid coyote incidents
  • Do regulate the temperature of your home when your dog is home alone
  • Do allow your dog an adjustment period – this is a whole new environment for her
  • Do keep up with training, even when you think they have mastered the skill
  • Do check your dog’s collar regularly to make sure it’s correctly fitted
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