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Home Visits
All first-time Labs4rescue adopters and fosters must have a home visit. All family members residing at the residence must attend the home visit. Exceptions are made for college students living away from home and for military personnel currently deployed away from home for an extended period. A satisfactory home visit is a prerequisite for receiving your dog.
Important Reminders
  • Labs4rescue requires all adopters to administer heartworm preventative (chemoprophylaxis) monthly, regardless of the season or their location.
  • The dog may not be left outside unsupervised, even if your yard is fenced in.
  • The dog may not be left off leash in an unfenced area, including your yard.
  • Some dogs have been fostered in single story homes and may need to learn how to go up and down a flight of stairs safely.
  • If, for any reason, an adopter cannot keep the dog for its entire life, it must be returned to Labs4rescue.
The Transport Journey
Your Labbies may be extremely tired after their long journey to their forever home and it may take a couple of days for them to "come out of their shell." They will have been on restricted food so do not let them chow down huge amounts immediately after picking them up as you will probably see "the return of the puppy chow." Feed them a little at a time (1 cup or so for medium to larger dogs).
House Breaking
Expect an adjustment period of at least 2 weeks for your pup ...don't leave your new Lab unattended in your home until you are sure that they are housebroken and won't get into mischief! Also, expect an accident or two as they get used to your home...take them out frequently and praise for pottying outside. Take in and out through the same door and watch for the "potty dance"...the signs that your lab will need to go out to do business. Your pup may experience some constipation or diarrhea after their journey- this is normal- however if it continues for more than a couple of days, take to your vet immediately.
Crate Training
We strongly recommend crate training for all new may not need it after the first week, but it provides a safe place for your lab to rest and keeps them out of tempting things such as furniture, counters, etc.
Me, Me, Me, What About Me???
Many of these Labs will be starved for attentionm so please be patient as they adjust. If you have rules for your household (such as no jumping on the furniture, etc) be firm and consistent so they will understand who is "boss." A spray bottle with water can do wonders for jumping up on people...just carry with you and when they jump, spray the face and say No!
When Harry Met Sally...
Introduce your dog to other dogs and cats slowly and expect spats. Feed them in separate rooms for the first week or so until they get used to eating since many spats happen over food!
Adopting a Young Lab
If you are adopting a young Lab please read this article by Traci and Bob Montefusco, two experienced Lab owners who forgot how a younger Lab could be. They offer practical advice for all Lab owners who are adopting a young Lab after sharing their home with a older, more mature Lab. Traci and Bob's advice is a "must read" for ALL first time dog owners too!
More Training Tips
Please click the links below for some helpful advice from trainers we have worked with over the years. There's also a link to website that will help you locate a trainer in your area.
Feeding premium quality food makes all the difference in your dog's life - energy, health, coat, and behavior. It also makes a difference in how many times a week you need to scoop the yard and how much vacuuming you do in the house. Consult your veterinarian for recommendations. Please call your local pet or feed store to see what premium pet foods they carry. Be adviseed that most grocery stores and large pet store chains do not carry premium quality pet foods. Please see for additional information and reviews.
Hazardous Items to Avoid
  • Antifreeze
  • Bread dough containing yeast
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Fatty foods
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy food
  • Onions and garlic
  • Poultry bones
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Xylitol, a sugar substitute found in many foods and chewing gums.
Free Guide Book
Adopting a Rescue Dog: The First Seven Days From Shelter to Home.

Veterinarian Dr. Susan Wright and Editor Misty Weaver take you through the first seven days, from selecting a dog that will be a good fit with your family through to establishing routines, and socialization. Each chapter ends with a real story from a family that adopted a rescue dog, sharing with you the joys and the challenges that accompany any adoption. This free book guides you through the first seven days of Adopting a Shelter Dog. With seven simple lessons, the book helps you ease the transition from shelter life to home life for you and your pup. You can download your copy here.
Additional Questions
If you have any additional questions, please consult your Adoption Coordinator or click here to contact us.

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