Think you’re ready to take on a dog? Have a trial run!

Think you’re ready to take on a dog? Have a trial run!

Fostering a Dog

There are few things that give you huge responsibilities, like real, life changing responsibilities. The usual one for most people is having a kid, then a high-powered career, and then, there is getting a dog.

Babies, naturally, are the most responsibility, and once you have one, your world changes forever. From the minute they come in to the world, to the minute you depart it, they ware permanently bound to you. Even on your death bed, they’d probably still ask you if they can borrow £20 to pay for their parking.

The high-powered career really goes without saying. You can’t have it all, and you need to make sacrifices. It’s like the 3 Circle Chart, most can only have 1, too can stretch and have 2, and very few can manage all 3.

We’re currently on our second foster puppy, a 3-month-old mongrel called Pee Wee. He’s nice enough, if a little clingy, and he’s quite bright. We only had in his first few hours 3 accidents, he soon got the point, my lounge is NOT a toilet.

Although we did have 4 poops in the lounge last night, he had a very upset stomach after a stressful day yesterday. He was taken away from his mother and litter, jabbed and then given to a couple of randoms who put him in a big scary thing that moves and then put him in a room full of chews, toys and food. I suppose I didn’t help the situation by giving him wet food as a way of bribery and gaining his trust, but if I can get his trust, a couple of puddles of semi liquid poop doesn’t matter. To Hell with what my neighbour says!

In countries the world over, there are dogs that are either waiting to be re-homed, but due to timing it can take several weeks before the adoption is complete. That’s where you come in. Especially with puppies that haven’t had a good start in life. You are the ones that build them up to be what puppies should be. Little bouncing balls of fluff with a penchant for all things expensive. Also, it has the added benefit of giving you the feel-good factor, not to mention extra exercise and unconditional companionship.

The idea of fostering is that you get the dog used to sights, smells, day to day activities, house training, and basic training like Sit, Stay, Wait and Paw. You take on all the responsibility, so you’re responsible for any jabs and vets appointments, socializing (where allowed), ironing out any aggression (easier said than done) and asserting yourself as a pack leader, so when they enter a new pack, they don’t immediately think they’re top of the chain of command.

It takes time, but you will gradually see the difference. You start off with a doleful, whiney puppy that won’t do anything, and end up with a little furry monster that wants to play 24/7.