Guide for Foster Carers and Adopters

BRNA conducts an extensive due diligence in finding a perfect match for the boxer and the family. As part of the adoption and fostering process you had extensive communication with BRNA about the dog and you. Despite all efforts no one can assume that everything works out perfectly fine even if the start is promising.

BRNA has tried to obtained as much information about the dog as possible. However, the information may not be complete or correct and is often biased.

Below are a few tips foster carers and adopters should take on board until the dog and you know each other better.

As adopter or foster carer, you need to assume that the dog has gone through a stressful period before coming into custody at BRNA. Please remember, coming to a new home is also stressful for the dog as this is another change on top of all the existing issues.

  • Let the dog settle in at your home and try to keep excitement low to allow the dog to relax and to explore the new environment. Best to keep any interaction to a minimum for the first day. Your home is new territory with plenty of new smells, items and boundaries.
  • Let the dog to settle into the new home for a few days before you take the dog for walks.
    On walks the dog experiences plenty of excitement from the many smells. For dogs a walk is like going to the carnival with all the rides. This will be good after the dog has settled and is important for the dog and you. This stimulation should be avoided for a few days but walks should be taken up again after the dog has settled.
  • Prepare a place/bed for the dog where the dog can retreat and feel safe.
  • When you get home show the dog around the new home. This is best done with the dog on the lead.
  • Consider some obedience training on the lead in the backyard to keep the dog stimulated
  • Toys and ball catching do not stimulate dogs but increase their excitement. The goal is to stimulate and keep excitement on a low level while the dog is settling in. Do some obedience exercises in the back yard with the dog on the lead. This training stimulates the dog’s mind and keeps the dog occupied. Another positive effect is that you and the dog get a better bond and the dog gets a better understanding of their place in the house.

When you have another dog

In addition to the above points you need to be mindful of some additional items when you introduce a dog to a home with a resident dog.

When you have another dog in the home you will have a meet and greet to see how the dogs get along before you will take the dog home.

Meeting a new dog is an exciting moment for dogs and leads to overexcitement at times. Therefore, the introduction needs to take place ideally on neutral ground with sufficient space and time.

Bringing the new dog home can be stressful for the new dog as mentioned above. At the same time the new situation may also be stressful for your dog. A critical moment is often when your dog realises that the visitor will stay and is not leaving.

  • In the initial days you should take enough time with your dogs to see how they get along.
  • Be prepared that the dogs may try to sort out their places among themselves. You need to be prepared to step in early to make clear that you are in charge.
  • Feed the dogs separately to avoid fights over food. The same applies for treats.
  • If necessary, you need to be able to separate the dogs to give them time for themselves.
  • Have separate places for each dog to sleep and have them in different areas if needed.

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