Fostering a Dog

Dogs, more than any other pet, provide humans with friendship, love and loyalty. Dogs also are a 10 – 15 year commitment. People, who love dogs, don’t always want the 10 – 15 year commitment. Fortunately, there is a way to enjoy the company of a dog and keep your life flexible…fostering a dog.

Foster families are essential to rescue groups and animal shelters. These folks provide a safe, temporary home for a homeless pet. Without foster families, rescue groups would not be able to save as many pets as they do. Fostering a homeless pet at your house is a huge benefit because fostering a homeless pet transitions a rescued pet into a family pet.


Challenges to Fostering a Pet

Some rescued dogs, but not all, have bad behaviors. Hana was rescued from a puppy mill. The people at the puppy mill bred her over and over again. Because of this bad experience, this cute, little munchkin is extremely reactive to other dogs. She reacts so vehemently to another dog that she will actually attack another dog. Fortunately, you can teach a reactive dog to calm down.

There are tools such as, a gentle leader or head collar to control a reactive dog on walks. I do not recommend halters because a dog can still pull on a halter. A Gentle Leader keeps the dog’s nose down which prevents the dog from pulling on a leash. (Check out the blog Dog Equipment)

In addition to a Gentle Leader, another idea to control a reactive dog is to tie a knot on the leash. This knot provides an extra grip to keep the dog at your heel. Dog trainers do not advise tying a knot on the leash. Nevertheless, when you have an extremely reactive dog, having the extra grip is helpful.

Walking a reactive dog is doable when you use common sense. You see another dog; then, cross the street and guide the dog behind you. Blocking your dog from seeing the other dog prevents a reaction from your dog.

In Conclusion

Being a foster parent means setting the foster dog up for success. By correcting a bad behavior, you create a good future for your foster pet. Foster families feel satisfaction volunteering their time; providing a home; and teaching the foster pet how to be a family pet. Many foster families become so attached to their foster pet that many times it is the foster family who adopts the foster pet. By your being a foster parent, your are saving a cat or dog from being euthanized.

Plus, foster parenting gives your life flexibility. After you have successfully found a furever home, you have free time. Many folks foster another homeless pet, and enjoy teaching another homeless pet how to live with humans.

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