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Jess of 101Fosters Shares Her Fostering Experience

What has been the most rewarding? The most rewarding aspect of fostering is definitely watching the dogs move onto their amazing forever families, especially if I am able to stalk them on social media or get updates! Knowing that you were the bridge to help them become more comfortable and confident being part of a family and city life, especially fosters who have health or behavioral issues, is nourishing to my soul. Isn’t it hard saying goodbye? Some are harder to say goodbye to, but I always remember “Goodbye is the Goal” and think of it as a celebration of another life saved! Having to say goodbye is one of the main reasons I started a separate Instagram for our...

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Fostering Puppies Tips: 5 Things You Should Do

Fostering puppies can be extremely rewarding, especially in the form of lots of puppy belly rubs and cuddles. A few tips for fostering puppies include: Select the Right Time - Foster a puppy when you can spare a few hours of sleep. From needing midsleep potty breaks to missing littermates, you should foster a puppy when a great night’s sleep isn’t critical. Puppy Proof - Remove all cords or potentially hazardous things in the area your puppy will be spending time in. Pretend you are babyproofing your home because that is essentially what you are doing when you bring home a foster puppy! Play Pen - Get a playpen or gate in addition to a crate to keep your foster...

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Obedience Training a Foster

Obedience training a foster is one of the best gifts you can give your new foster dog because training skills can be critical in helping to find his forever home. The key to successful obedience training is to focus on yourself as a dog trainer instead of focusing on the dog’s performance. Progress is not linear so there will be times where your new foster dog does great and other where more work is needed. Don’t give up and have faith in your ability to help them key foundational commands, including “sit,” “down,” “stay,” “place,” and more. Positive, Calm Energy – Dogs are extremely sensitive to humans’ energy so channeling positive, calm energy will set your training session up for...

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5 Tips for Feeding a Foster Dog

The first day with a foster he or she may not have an appetite (or even go to the bathroom) - don’t be alarmed! This is totally normal for dogs who need a bit of time and space to adjust to new surroundings and stress may be causing a lack of appetite. Dogs are creatures of habit and thrive with routines so the commotion of being transported to a whole world of new smells, sights, and sounds can be disorienting. Feeding a foster dog should be done with purpose in order to help accelerate your foster’s acclimation to his or her new normal. A top insider foster dog tip is that food - not just treats – should be used...

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How to Make Crate Training a Foster Much Easier

The crate is a critical tool for ensuring your new foster dog’s safety, your safety, and increasing the adoptability of your dogs. Crate training a foster dog can vary in length of time, but for new foster dogs who are not immediately drawn to their crate, a few tips for creating a positive association between your new foster dog and his crate: Routine and Structure – Begin with using crate time for the easiest routine times and in small increments. Some favorite starting points include at night, during mealtime, and while you are watching TV so your foster dog does not associate the crate with times you are gone. Consistency – Whichever routine points you choose to introduce the crate,...

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