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
5-minute read
Episode #46

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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About the Author

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Jolanta holds professional certifications in both training and behavior counseling and belongs to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also volunteered with Pet Help Partners, a program of the Humane Society of the United States that works to prevent pet relinquishment. Her approach is generally behaviorist (Pavlovian, Skinnerian and post-Skinnerian learning theory) with a big helping of ethology (animal behavior as observed in non-experimental settings).