|Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue
Helping Labs Find Their Fur-Ever Homes
|Preparing for you new Lab
|Find a vet in your area, if you don’t already have one. Talk to people you know with dogs to get|
|recommendations. Check our Resource pages for links to vet listings.|
|Look for a dog obedience program. While some adoptions require obedience training, we strongly|
|encourage adopters to attend at least one formal obedience class with their new dog – as much |
for you as for her! Check our Resource pages for information on types of training and accrediting
|If you know your way around a kitchen, bake a few treats for your new friend! Nothing says LUV like|
|home-baked doggie treats. Check out our collection of recipes here.|
|A new leash and collar might be in order, maybe even a few toys, but don’t rush out and spend lots|
|of money for items that you may not need for your new dog. Depending on his situation, he might |
come with his own suitcase of items or even his own crate! Check with your volunteer for guidance.
|Decide what areas the dog will have access to and what areas he won't and make sure everyone|
|in the house is clear on what the rules are. If you don't want the dog to sleep on the sofa, make |
sure everyone knows it!
|A change in environment is stressful enough without a change in diet as well. If you know that you’|
|re going to be feeding a particular brand of food, transition the dog to the new food S-L-O-W-L-Y. |
Your dog should be coming with a small supply of his own food to make that transition easier. Don’
t invest in a large quantity of the new food, until you have determined that the dog can tolerate it.
|Pick up items around the house that might be of particular interest to a new dog – your new leather|
|briefcase for example. Better not to tempt the new dog with an expensive “snack”. Keep items you |
don’t want chewed picked up until you can assess the “chewiness” of your new friend.
|Enjoy thinking about all the fun you’re about to have with your new family member!|