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2) Make sure you have enough time for this critter. Don’t foster a dog if you work 10 hours a day and the dog will be alone or you want to go on a vacation.
3) Don’t expect too much right away from your foster dog. Let him explore at his own will. Close doors to rooms you don’t want him to enter. Put up barriers in hallways and open areas. He will pee in your house. Don’t get mad, but make sure he is taken immediately to a place where he can pee – outdoors or piddle pads. Remember, he is nervous and may not realize he is doing this.
4) Give him lots of attention. If you do put up barriers, be sure they don’t exclude the dog from “common areas” where you and your family will be. Put beach towels down on areas where you want him rest and chew toys and bones. Keep his bed and food near you. Make sure he has a “safe” place where he can rest and relax. A crate is the desired vehicle. Put an old, worn t-shirt or nightie of yours in there with him so he has your scent. Dogs do not soil their crates. Do not feed him there, however.
5) It’s okay if you don’t fall in love with the dog – better, actually, since you will hopefully be helping your rescue organization with other dogs in the future and it’s best not to grow TOO attached to one dog. My job as a foster mom was to help this dog adjust to family life and be ready for a forever home. Remember, if you end up keeping your foster, you most likely will not foster again and then your rescue group is out a precious commodity – good foster homes.
6) Appreciate his habits. Watch his eating habits: Is he a grazer, chow hound, only soft food, has tummy issues? Adjust his food if need be. Buy several different kinds in small batches.