Foster Dog and Cat Care and Training
As a Foster Home, you will provide for your foster dog/cat as if it were your own, including food, bedding, toys, collar, ear wash, shampoo, etc. TLC and training are very important to the newly arrived dog, the cats train you ☺. Lots of hugs and affections will help them feel secure in their new surroundings. Please remember it can take days, weeks or longer for your foster dog/cat to feel secure and for its personality to emerge.
It is also important that the Foster Home work with them on basic commands such as sit, down, stay, come, off and how to walk on a leash without pulling, as well as housetraining, crate training, socialization and other appropriate behaviors to help them learn to be good canine citizens and increase their adoptability. Meet and greets are often arranged and the Foster Homes are asked to make their foster dog/cat available for these events at which time they may meet an approved applicant who would make a wonderful family for your foster.
An excellent sourcebook is “Culture Clash” by Jean Donaldson. This book helps you see your dogs for who they are, not as little people who think like us.