Adoption Handbook – Dog

Thinking of adopting a dog? Read the SF SPCA adoption handbook to learn more.

Learn how to meet the needs of your new four-legged friend to ensure everyone’s safety, health and comfort. This guide will inform you of all the equipment and adjustments to expect with dog-ownership so that you can enjoy your new life with a loving canine companion. The following topics are covered in the Dog Adoption Handbook:

Set Up for Success

  • Meeting your dog’s needs (supplies checklist)
  • Setting up your home
  • For a happy and well-behaved dog (mental and physical stimulation)

Arriving Home with Your Dog

  • The first hour
  • The first day
  • The bedtime routine
  • Leaving for the first time

House-Training and the Crate

  • Crate training your dog
  • House-training your dog
  • Golden rules of house-training

Dog Training and How to Train

  • Practice positive reinforcement
  • Why it works so well
  • A word on punishment
  • Unwanted behaviors
  • Dog training principles
  • Foundation behaviors (recall, sit, down, stay, focus)
  • Dog training classes

When Problems Arise

  • Troubleshooting problem behavior (barking, chewing, jumping, pulling on leash, fearfulness in new environments)

Common Misconceptions

Additional Resources

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