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Tips for bringing your new dog home

Thinking of bringing a dog home over the holiday season? We have some tips to help your transition go smoothly.

Here are a few tips from our blog 6 Ways to Help your Rescue Dog Acclimate to their New Home, read the full blog to get all 6 tips on helping your dog adjust!

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    Start with teaching the dog a couple of simple commands like “sit” or “down.” This early interaction helps to create and strengthen the human-animal bond and helps your relationship with your dog to grow.

  2. Be patient – encourage the dog to come to you rather than you always going up to the dog to interact with them. Understand that although the dog may be new to you, he already has a complex personality. It can be very rewarding to figure out what the dog likes and dislikes and this really helps to build on your friendship with your new pet.
  3. Be consistent. Make sure that every person, everyday and every time is giving the dog the same message. Dogs like rules as they help the dog to better understand their new home and family. A dog that has figured out the rules can relax and it helps to build the dog’s confidence.
  4. Use “Anxiety Busters” such as food puzzles, problem-solving toys, nature shows and DVDs for your new dog to watch while you’re away. This is especially important if you are going to be away for several hours – dogs are bright and they need mental stimulation. Using a store bought food puzzle that slowly dispenses some of their daily dry food gives the dog a project to work on while you’re away. You can also make some puzzles for the dog out of common household items.  For more tips, visit the ASPCA’s fact sheet on Enriching Your Dog’s Life.

Using these simple tips can help make sure your rescue dog is comfortable and that the transition into your home goes smoothly!

To find an adoptable dog in your area, visit our Community Directory to find your closest Ontario SPCA Animal Centre or Affiliate.

iAdopt for the Holidays

Come into any of our Ontario SPCA Animal Centres and take part in our iAdopt for the Holidays campaign from November 1st to December 31st and find your purrfect match! Our goal is to get as many animals placed into loving forever homes as possible this holiday season. #iAdopt

If you already have a pet, enter our weekly contests by posting pics and sharing your story on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Enter to win free pet food for a year from Royal Canin by going to

Before you adopt

For more information to help you make an educated decision about adopting, on Before You Get a Pet’s website you can find a budget breakdown of all the things you may need for your first year, as well as a yearly breakdown for dog ownership. Not only is this a great tool for deciding if you should adopt, but it’s also useful once you have adopted. Being prepared for standard costs and also budgeting for emergencies is a big part of responsible pet ownership.

Before you get a pet has a very useful budgeting tool for this. To give you an idea, here is their diagram of estimated costs for the first year of dog ownership. It’s based on projections from the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.

First year of puppy/dog ownership

Physical exam and vaccines Puppy: 373
Dog: 133
Fecal exam 37
Deworming medication 30
Heartworm/flea prevention Puppy: 118
Dog: 140
Microchip 67
Spay/Neuter 415
*Pet insurance Puppy: 734
Dog: 734
Obedience classes 249
Municipal pet license 25
Food Puppy: 500
Dog: 580
Bowls 24
Leash and collar 35
Crate 104
Bed 50
Toys 55
Grooming 280

For information on budgeting, bringing a new pet home, budgeting for a cat, and more; visit today.

Nov 29, 2017
by Emily Cook