How to Bring a Newly Adopted Dog Home

A few simple steps can help your shelter adoptee get off to a good start in her new home.

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA,
Episode #046
Dog with home

Change Foods Slowly

And one last bit of advice before we’re done. Probably you’ll use a better-quality dog food than most shelters can afford. But keep Dogalini on the shelter food for a few days before you introduce the food you plan to use. Start with 1/8 or ¼ of the new food and increase the proportion slowly at intervals of several days or even a week. Abrupt dietary changes can induce abrupt digestive upset. I don’t need to explain why you might want to avoid that, do I?

That’s all for now. Visit me on Facebook, send your questions and comments to dogtrainer@ quickanddirtytips.com, or call them in to 206-600-5661, and I may use them in a future article. Thanks for reading!


Pat Miller, The Power of Positive Dog Training, 2nd ed. (Wiley, 2008).
Kim Saunders, The Adopted Dog Bible (HarperCollins, 2009).
Sue Sternberg, Successful Dog Adoption (Howell Book House, 2003).

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