Helping a Shelter Dog Settle In

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! Are you planning to get your new pup from a shelter? If so, that’s great! We loving seeing dogs get second chances. However, going to a new home is a really big deal for Fido. Those first few weeks are very important! Read on as a Lakeville, MN vet offers advice on helping a shelter dog get settled.


You’ll need to do some shopping before the big day. Fido will need food, toys, treats, bedding, grooming supplies, dishes, and a leash and collar. He may need doggy clothes as well. We also recommend getting a crate. Of course, if you have a yard and you want to pamper your pet, you can also get your furry buddy a kiddie pool, doghouse, or sandbox.

Coming Home

Before you bring Fido home for the first time, take him for a nice long walk. This will help your four-legged pal burn off his excess energy, so he’ll be calmer when you bring him in.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things on your agenda should be a trip to the vet. We recommend that all dogs be microchipped, spayed or neutered. You’ll also want to get Fido a thorough exam, and make sure that your new furry friend is current on his vaccinations and parasite control products. While you’re there, don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations on your pup’s diet and care needs.


It isn’t uncommon for dogs to try to run away from new homes, especially during their adjustment period. If you have a fence, check to make sure your fencing is secure. It’s also important to realize that Fido may be scared of certain things, including some that you may not know about. He may try to bolt if something startles him, especially at first. Get a sturdy leash and collar. That way, if something spooks him during his walk, he’s less likely to break free.

Getting Settled

Don’t force attention on your four-legged buddy. Give him the time he needs to settle in. To win Fido’s trust, offer lots of foods, treat, walks, and playtime. With a little patience and a lot of TLC, you’ll have your canine friend’s tail going in no time!

Please contact us, your local Lakeville, MN vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!