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By on Hit 'Em With Your Best Shot: Taking Great Photos of Shelter Animals, Part 4 - 9/26/2016 at 5:29am

The "Empty cages" photo is KC Pet Project, in October 2013, after the Mega Match-A-Thon!

Great ideas. Thanks! Keep them coming!

First Day, New Dog: 5 Things To Tell Your Adopters

How can you help smooth the transition period for your new adopters and their new dogs? Dr. Patricia McConnell offers sage advice to pass on in her webinar, "Increasing the Odds of a Successful Adoption." 


  • Go home. Encourage new adopters to take their dog straight home. As tempted as they may be to stop for pet supplies or show off their new pup to friends and family, the sooner they get the dog home, the sooner they can all settle into their new lives. Providing calm and routine will make that happen a lot quicker.
  • Leash up. It is critical that new adopters keep their dogs on a leash at all times during transport. Suggest that they bring someone along to help with the dog in the car, especially if the dog is not going to be crated--and tell them to be prepared for the possibility of the dog trying to bolt once the door opens.
  • Enjoy the outdoors. Once they’re home, adopters should remain outside with the dog on leash until she urinates and, ideally, defecates. From day one the dog will start to learn where she is expected to relieve herself.
  • Control the environment. Inside the house, adopters should keep the dog on a leash for a while in order to slowly introduce her to the new environment. Once the adopter is comfortable, the leash can be removed.
  • Introduce slowly. If possible, introduce the dog to each family member separately. That way she’ll have the opportunity to get to know the sight and smell of each individual without being overwhelmed.

More like this? Get additional tips from Dr. McConnell in "Four Paths to Adoption Success." 


Related links:

Facebook Photo Album: Adopt A Shelter Dog Month

"Four Paths to Adoption Success"

Webinar recording: "Increasing the Odds of a Successful Adoption" with Patricia McConnell

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I'd put the need to complete your new pet's microchip registration pretty near the top of the list. Pets are born escape artists, and it would be natural for a dog especially to try to bolt from an unfamiliar situation. It would be sad if a dog who is just finding his or her forever home went missing and ended up back in a shelter.


Also teach your dog to come when called! Never ever call a dog to you to punish them. Reward them. Do it all through the day all through your tasks. Love on them alot when the come. That way no matter what your dog will come to you. Saves lost pets and lives!

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