Steps to Take After Adopting a Stray Dog
By Laura McElroy

Adopting a stray dog is a noble deed as it helps a lonely, abandoned creature get a new loving home. Consider specific points before adopting a stray dog, like its temperament in the shelter of the rescue center, the dog’s age, and whether it has any health risks. 

Stray dogs are as loving as any domesticated dogs and will show enormous care towards their owner. It is emotionally touching to see a filthy, agitated creature transform into a beautiful, affectionate family member. 

Proper grooming 

Stray dogs receive minimal checkups and care in the rescue centers and shelters as they have too many dogs to attend. Take the adapted stray dog to the groomer and have them give it a complete in and out cleaning concentrating on the teeth, ears, coat, and paws. 

According to, every house wants a new dog that don’t smell rather than a stinking, matted and dirty dog. They might have ticks, fleas, or other allergens stuck to their coat, and thorough cleaning will ensure they do not pass on any road infections to the family members.

Vet visit and shot schedule 

Take the dog to a reputed veterinary doctor and check whether its eyesight and teeth are in good condition. If the dog has a tooth infection, it will lead to germs passing into its intestine, which will cause various issues like kidney problems in the long run. 

Check whether the dog’s eyesight is okay and give proper treatment if it is flawed because impaired vision will lead to frequent accidents harming the dog’s limbs and bones. Ensure the stray dog gets all the necessary shots to prevent common diseases and spay it if necessary.

Buying things for the dog

Stray dogs are not used to posh toys and soft beds as they mostly lived eating from the garbage and would continue the habit for quite some time. Buy only necessary things for them like a crate, pee pads, and leashes. 

Stray dogs might get scared if you try to fix them in a harness or with a leash at first. But, ease them into using those things by placing treats on them and tying them up with a leash or harness when they are exhausted. The dog will start understanding those things will not harm it eventually and stop trying to rip them off. 

House training the dog 

Most adopted stray dogs are in their pre-teen or adulthood state though they look small because of their limited diet. Making them understand not to mess with the essential things in the house can be tricky but manageable. Warn them with an assertive voice if they try to chew or pull on chords and train them to play with only their toys. 

Stray dogs need to be kept in the garden or outer part of the house until they are appropriately toilet trained. It is vital to avoid the kids or other family members stepping on their poop or pee and avoiding nasty smells in the house. Use dog deterrent sprays on areas they chose to pee in the house.

Be strict with diet

Stray dogs usually eat anything, and mostly leftovers dug from the garbage and the small animals they hunt. Be careful if there are other small pets like pigeons, rabbits, kittens, and hamsters in the house because they look like a treat to most stray dogs. Make them eat flavored dog food first and use bone broth as a topping if necessary. 

Gradually shift their diet to natural and healthy meals filled with fresh meat, veggies, and energetic dog food. Handle the dogs with patience and keep praising and petting them if they take proper food, eventually changing their food choice.


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