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Taking Your Pet Home

Taking Your Pet Home

Tips When Taking your Adopted Pet Home

If you follow these simple guidelines you shouldn’t have any problems for the rest of your dog’s life.

When You Get Home With Your New Dog

  • Take your dog off your property and go for a walk with everyone.
  • When you get home keep all the dogs on a leash and enter your property.
  • Walk around and if all seems fine drop the leashes.
  • Remain calm and monitor.
  • Stay with them until you are satisfied that all is fine.
  • The new dog must sleep indoors with the other dogs from the first night. 
  • Before you go to sleep, please  REGISTER YOUR DOGS MICROCHIP!    Woodrock Animal Rescue PROUDLY microchips any rescue animal that passes through our shelter.  Please ensure that you register the microchip into your name and that you keep the contact details up to date. For steps on how to do this click here


  • Always feed good quality food.  (Dogs need a fresh, varied and unprocessed diet if possible, not just dry pellets. )
  • Feed twice a day and three times if it’s a puppy.
  • In the beginning always stand with them to avoid fights.
  • Always pick leftover food up and just always leave fresh water out.
  • Your dogs stomach could be upset for a day or 2 – it’s just the change of food.

House Training

  • You will have the odd accident whether it’s an adult or a puppy.
  • Please be patient.  Keep taking your dog out and when he relieves himself always reward with praise.
  • NEVER rub his nose in it or smack the animal.  He doesn’t understand that and it will only make it worse.
  • Patience is the ONLY way.

Activities and Exercise

  • Dogs love adventures and being an active part of the family!  Going to the park or beach or just anywhere, is just awesome!
  • Being in the same yard all day is BORING.   The park has new sights, smells and things to see! 
  • Dogs are NOT yard ornaments! DOGS need to be loved pets, part of your family, STERILISED, sleep inside, go on regular adventures, get regular walks at the park/beach and get yummy fresh healthy food and tummy tickles!

Some More Tips for Taking Home Your Adopted Pet:

  • Your new family member will be confused about where he/she is and what to expect from you. Setting up some clear structure with your family for your new family member will be paramount in making as smooth a transition as possible.
  • Determine where your new family member will be spending most of his/her time. Because he/she will be under a lot of stress with the change of environment (from shelter or foster home to your house); he/she may forget the house-training previously acquired.
  • Dog-proof the area where your new family member will spend most of his/her time during the first few months. This may mean taping loose electrical cords to baseboards/ storing household chemicals on high shelves/ removing plants, rugs, and breakables and installing baby gates.
  • Bring an ID tag with your phone number on it with you when you pick up your new family member so that he/she has an extra measure of safety for the ride home and the first few uneasy days. Keep the ID tag on at all times. If he/she is microchipped, be sure to register your contact information with the chip’s company, if the Rescue or Shelter did not already do so or to amend the details to yours if necessary. 
  • Prepare his /her outdoor play area. Make certain there is covered shelter from the elements.
  • If the pool is uncovered, safeguard the access to the area. Take time to introduce your pet to the pool, showing them the shallow end and a means of getting in and out.
  • On the way home, your new family member should be safely secured, preferably in a crate. Some new family members find car trips stressful, so having your pet in a safe place will make the trip home easier on everyone.
  • Introduction to sibling animals must be done with sensitivity. Remember there will be a time period where all animals feel the need to get to know each other and where they fit into the packing order. Do not interfere-allow the process to fall into place without becoming over anxious. Animals will pick up on your emotions, thereby slowing down the process. 

First Day:

  • Give your pet time to acclimate to your home and family before introducing your pet to strangers. Make sure children know how to approach the animal without overwhelming him/her. Teach the children to be gentle.
  • When you collect your new family member, remember to ask what and when he/she was fed. Replicate that schedule for at least the first few days to avoid gastric distress. If you wish to switch to a different brand, do so over a period of about a week by adding one part new food to three parts of the old for several days; then switch to half new food, half old, and then one part old to three parts new, etc. 
  • Once home, take your pet to the potty area immediately and spend a good amount of time with your pet so it will get used to the area and relieve itself. Even if your new family member does relieve itself during this time, be prepared for accidents. Coming into a new home with new people, new smells and new sounds can throw even the most house-trained new family member off-track, so be ready just in case.
  • From there, start your schedule of feeding, toileting and play/exercise. From Day One, your new family member will need family time and brief periods of alone time. Don’t give in and comfort your pet if it whines when left alone. Instead, give your pet attention for good behaviour, positive reinforcement, such as chewing on a toy or resting quietly. 
  • For the first few days, remain calm and quiet around your new family member, limiting too much excitement. Not only will this allow your new family member to settle in easier, it will give you more one-on-one time to get to know your pet and its likes/dislikes.

Following Weeks:

  • People often say they don’t see their new family member’s true personality until several weeks after adoption. Your new family member may be a bit uneasy at first as it gets to know you. Be patient and understanding while also keeping to the schedule you intend to maintain for feeding, walks, etc. This schedule will show your new family member what is expected as well as what it can expect from you.
  • To have a long and happy life together with your new family member, stick to the original schedule you created, ensuring your new family member always has the food, potty time and attention he needs. You’ll be bonded in no time.

You are responsible for having a happy, healthy dog and for teaching your dog’s boundaries and what’s acceptable or not.

If you encounter behaviour issues you are unfamiliar with, please contact Woodrock Animal Rescue.

Congratulations! If you follow these tips, you’ll be on your way to having a well-adjusted canine family member.

​10 Commandment for Guardians of Fearful Dogs

Many dogs that are rescued and rehomed have fear issues due to neglect, abuse and lack of human companionship. Here are some tips.

1. Be patient—it can take a long time for dogs to overcome their fears.
2. Commit to helping your dog by putting in the time and effort to treat his fears.
3. Don’t force your dog into situations that you know induce fear.
4. Be open to the variety of techniques that may help your dog conquer his fears.
5. Handle any relevant medical issues.
6. Be gentle, positive and kind.
7. Never use punishment.
8. Protect your dog from scary situations.
9. Accept that many fearful dogs never become gregarious, go with- the-flow types.
10. Love your dog for who he is,
​Source: Samantha Walpole

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