How to Foster Dogs: From Homeless to Homeward Bound (Kindle Version) - Karen Pryor Clicker Training
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How to Foster Dogs: From Homeless to Homeward Bound (Kindle Version)

by Pat Miller

You can build a bridge to a better life for dogs.

Pat Miller's How to Foster Dogs is the first book on the market to deal specifically with the care and training needs of foster dogs and to explain the fostering process within a formal organization like a shelter or breed rescue group. Fostering dogs involves caring on a temporary basis for puppies and dogs that, for whatever reason, cannot be housed with their owners, shelters, or rescue organizations. Many shelters now have formal fostering programs for dogs that are too young, too unhealthy, or have behavioral issues. These dogs must be housed with a foster family or face euthanasia. Breed rescue groups often seek foster homes for the dogs they rescue, using foster homes as temporary havens until a dog can be adopted. Many dogs can end up in what is basically a fostering situation when families move or have a similar disruption and a friend or relative agrees to care for the dog temporarily.

You will learn:

  • The various organizations that seek foster families for dogs
  • What a typical formal arrangement between a shelter and a foster parent involves, including expectations of care and training and support from the shelter (covering medical expenses and other legal issues, for example)
  • The common behavioral issues facing foster dogs and puppies, including fear and separation anxiety, a likely undeserved reputation for "dominance," and irritating but usually solvable problems such as house-soiling, chewing, and barking
  • That not all fostering situations will succeed, and how to recognize when that happens
  • How to integrate a foster dog into your home successfully if you own other dogs

How to prepare to say goodbye to your foster best friend, knowing that you have done your best to build a bridge to a better future for him or her