3 Important Tips for Welcoming Home Your Newly Adopted Dog

3 Important Tips for Welcoming Home Your Newly Adopted Dog

Bringing home your newly adopted dog is always an adjustment for everyone involved. Here are 3 important tips to welcome your new family member.

Bringing home your newly adopted dog is always an adjustment for everyone involved. It’s exciting and it’s only normal for you to have concerns about your new pet’s transition into life at home. Here are 3 important tips to help you welcome your new family member into your home.

 1. Do Your Research

Prior to your new dog arriving at your home, plan out how you will train your pet and make sure all of your family members are on the same page. Providing positive reinforcement techniques is a great way to help your dog learn.

Do your research on the various food options for your new dog and how many times a day he or she should eat. Having these decisions made in advance will help make the transition easier on everyone involved.

2. Show Compassion

Your newly adopted dog may display signs of anxiety in the first few days or weeks of being at your home. It may be hard for you to experience, because you’ll be so excited about your new furry family member and wonder if the feeling isn’t mutual. Don’t worry–this adjustment period is totally normal and only temporary! Speak in a gentle, soothing voice to your dog and make sure to show lots of love. Once your pet understands you are there to love and protect, he’ll feel much more comfortable and start to see how great his new home (and family) really is!

3. Health First

Soon after adopting your dog, take a trip to the vet’s office and have your new buddy examined. Bringing along any past medical records for the doctor to look at is always helpful. Your doctor will perform a full examination and give your dog the necessary shots he needs.

 

Ready to adopt right now? Visit Adopt-a-Pet.com to find a lovable critter in your area who is looking for a home like yours!

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Do you know which real estate brand helped find homes for over 20,000 dogs?

Do you know which real estate brand helped find homes for over 20,000 dogs?

How about now?

What does the international real estate brand Coldwell Banker and the pet adoption website Adopt-a-Pet.com have in common? One word: home. The calling of Coldwell Banker agents is to help people find a place to call home, which with one small word change–“people” to “pets”–is the same mission of Adopt-a-Pet.com.

The two companies first partnered together in 2015 on the Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project to help 20,000 adoptable dogs find loving homes. The goal of 20,000 adoptions was achieved in 9 months and the Project has since grown even wider thanks to the help of Coldwell Banker offices across North America working with local shelters to host adoption events and bring awareness to this cause.  To that effect, a National Pet Adoption Weekend will be held September 9-10 to unite even more animals with a forever (fur-ever?) home.

The initiative was originally inspired by the welcome home dance any pet parent gets when they walk in the door after a long day. Coldwell Banker captured this magical micro-moment in our ad campaign titled “Home’s Best Friend.” That story then evolved to feature lovable pups doing funny things in our 2016 campaign, “This is Home. This is Awesomeness.” And this year, in 2017, the current Coldwell Banker ad campaign “Somebody to Love,” shines a light on the Homes for Dogs Project and the landmark number of homes and dogs connected through the program.

At Coldwell Banker, we know that a home is made up of all of the things we love, including our furry friends. To learn more about the Homes for Dogs project, visit coldwellbanker.com/homesfordogs. And if your home is missing a little “Somebody to Love,” visit adopt-a-pet.com to find an adoptable pet in your area.

How to Pet Proof Your Home and Yard

How to Pet Proof Your Home and Yard

Pet Proofing 101

As you may have guessed from our latest ad “Somebody to Love” we truly believe that a pet makes a house a home. Because our pets are so important to us ensuring they are safe is crucial. We reached out to our friends at HomeAdvisor to see if they had any tips to do so and as usual they came through with paw-sitively awesome advice.

When pet-proofing one’s home and yard, it is important to look at items from a pet’s standpoint and consider what things they are likely to play with, chew, or otherwise get into. If these items can hurt or even kill, then they should be removed or relocated into an area that the animal cannot access. Pet-proofing a home can take time and even some research so that it is done properly. Pet owners should also take into consideration the damage that a pet can cause to their personal belongings and take steps to prevent that as well. Ideally, pet-proofing should occur before bringing a new pet home; however, it can be done during a home improvement project or at any given time.

Bathrooms and Laundry Rooms

Toilet bowls are filled with water and often tempt pets to drink from them. This can cause a pet to drown, or it may poison them if toilet bowl cleaners are inside. The bathrooms and laundry room of a home are filled with a number of other items that are toxic to pets. Medications, both prescription and otherwise, are often kept in a bathroom, as are things such as bathroom cleaners, chemical drain openers, and deodorizers. Sharp items such as razors are also kept in bathrooms and can cut and seriously injure a pet that plays with or swallows them.

Laundry rooms are also a place where chemicals such as bleach and detergent are stored and regularly used. Fabric softener sheets may seem harmless; however, they are often impregnated with chemicals. Open dryers are tempting to pets that may climb inside to sleep, stay warm, or hide. This can be dangerous if the door is accidentally shut and the machine turned on.

  • Place any medications into a medicine cabinet and keep it closed.
  • Close the doors to the washing machine and dryer when not in use.
  • Check inside the washing machine and dryer before starting, particularly if it was left open and unattended.
  • Store laundry and bathroom cleaners and other chemicals inside of a cabinet. If a pet can nudge open a cabinet, use child locks or higher cabinets.
  • Close the lid to the toilet when not in use.

Living Rooms

In the living room, there are numerous items that are a threat to one’s pet. Unstable or top-heavy furniture can fall if jumped on or if bumped hard by a playful animal. Many types of potted house plants are known to be toxic if chewed or swallowed. The cords to drapery and window blinds are a choking hazard if they accidental loop around a pet’s neck, while electrical cords, if chewed on, can shock or electrocute one’s pet or start a fire.

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Certain items need to be protected so that pets do not damage or knock them over. Candles, for example, can either catch a pet’s tail on fire or may be knocked over and start a fire. Furniture and toys must also be protected, as they risk damage from chewing and scratching or they may cause a pet to choke. Certain items that contain batteries can be swallowed and will poison a pet or cause internal burns.

  • Move or cover cords and electrical wires so that they are not easily reached or cannot be chewed on.
  • Never leave candles unattended.
  • Place a fire screen in front of fireplaces that are in use.
  • Keep a toy chest for children’s toys and put them away when they are not being played with.
  • Properly dispose of old batteries and keep all others in a closed drawer or cabinet.
  • Check what plants are and are not poisonous to the type of pet in the home. Only purchase plants that are not toxic.

Kitchens

Kitchens are an overall dangerous place for pets to be. Jumping pets have access to countertops and tables, while all animals can easily get to anything that’s within their reach, such as kitchen trash cans or food on the table. When it comes to threats, food is the most obvious culprit, as certain items, such as chocolate and raisins, are toxic while others represent a choking hazard.

Kitchen cleaners such as liquid soap and bleach are also poisonous. Curious animals may crawl into a small space under and around the refrigerator or oven, while others may actual climb into an opened dishwasher and could be trapped within if someone closes it without checking it.

  • Only use garbage cans with secure lids, and ensure that they are closed at all times.
  • Keep cleansers locked away in a cabinet with childproof locks.
  • Block access to small spaces that lead behind the refrigerator or other appliances.
  • Put food in covered containers instead of leaving it exposed on a counter or table.
  • Keep utensils in a closed drawer, and push breakable china back on counters where it cannot easily be knocked down and broken.
  • Consider installing a safety gate to keep pets out of the kitchen while cooking.

Bedrooms

Although the bedroom may seem like an overall safe place for pets, it is the unexpected, little things that can prove problematic for pets. Electrical cords are dangerous to pets that are chewers, and small items such as earrings and hair pins may also be chewed or swallowed. Discarded shopping bags are a suffocation risk if a pet sticks its head inside and is unable to shake it off. Moth balls in closets or drawers are toxic, as are certain house plants that may be kept in the room.

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  • Keep windows closed, particularly on the upper floors, to prevent pets from falling out.
  • Check that all windows have screens that are secure and in good condition.
  • Place mothballs in a location where they cannot be reached. If there are cats, keep the mothballs in a container.
  • Use containers or jewelry boxes to store jewelry or hair pins.
  • Cover cords or keep them out of reach.
  • Check closets and drawers before closing them to ensure that kittens or other small pets are not hiding inside.

Garages and Basements

Garages and basements are two areas where a pet will likely spend the least time. Unfortunately, they are both areas that are highly dangerous no matter how much time a pet spends there. Because these are areas outside of the main house and protected from the elements outdoors, they are places where deadly chemicals and other potentially lethal items are stored.

Toxic items that are commonly stored in garages and even basements include antifreeze, which is sweet-tasting but can cause a cat or a dog’s kidneys to fail if consumed. Motor oil, gas, battery acid, and car wax are just a few other dangerous car-related items. Additionally, pesticides, rat poison, paint, and paint thinners are examples of items kept in either location that can be lethal to a pet. Sharp and small items can cause injuries if stepped on or if swallowed, and even machinery, including one’s car, can be lethal.

  • Store screws and nuts in jars with lids.
  • Install cabinets to store chemicals, and keep them closed when not in use.
  • Verify the safety of any plants kept in the room.
  • Regularly check the floor of the garage for spilled or leaked antifreeze. Clean thoroughly as soon as possible.
  • Always check for cats or kittens in the car engine by banging on the hood prior to starting the car.
  • Unplug electrical tools and store them where they can’t fall.

Yard

Often, pets such as dogs and even cats like to go outdoors for a little playtime or to bask in the sun. Nature, however, represents numerous threats to pets as they spend time in the yard. Gardens, weeds, and other naturally occurring plants and flowers can all seem appealing to a cat, dog, or other outdoor-venturing pet.

Certain items that are used on the lawn, flowers, and plants, such as fertilizers, pesticides, mulch, and compost, may contain chemicals or elements that a pet should not eat, drink, or lick. Cocoa mulch, for example, is toxic, yet the smell is tempting to animals, and compost may contain food items that pets can choke on or that is toxic to them. Care must be taken to also protect pets in yards with fire pits or outdoor fireplaces, pools, and ponds.

  • Install a fence around the yard to keep stray animals out and pets in.
  • Remove poisonous plants from the yard, and check with a knowledgeable nursery before planting anything new.
  • Put a barrier around gardens to keep pets out.
  • Never leave pets alone when a fire pit is in use.
  • Add fencing around pools to keep unaccompanied pets away.
  • Use an enclosed shed to store chemicals, or keep them in a cabinet in the garage.
  • Consider creating a fenced-off area specifically for a dog to play in when outdoors.

This content originally appeared on HomeAdvisor

12 Spook-Free Safety Tips to Keep Your Kids & Pets Safe this Halloween

12 Spook-Free Safety Tips to Keep Your Kids & Pets Safe this Halloween

Halloween is full of tricks, treats, ghoulish games, frightening frocks, cute costumes, glowing Jack O’ Lanterns, pumpkin packed parties and, of course, spookiness! Unfortunately, all of the  fall festive fun has dangers lurking. Whether you are a parent of two-legged loved ones or four-legged furry loved ones, it is critical to be aware of the true goblins hiding behind all the ghostly fun.  I called upon two experts who have simple tips for a safe, scare-free Halloween to keep your children and pets safe.

First up are the experts in keeping your little people pumpkins safe. They may have “boo” in their name, but there is nothing scary about Boo Boo Busters. As a leading professional childproofing service, they know a thing or two about keeping your kids safe. Next, are Halloween safety tips for your pets from Dr. Anthony George, doctor of veterinary medicine and certified veterinary acupuncturist. He has been taking care of all kinds of pets for over 20 years and his tips are sure to keep you furry friends from howling at the moon.

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Kid Halloween Safety Tips:

  1. Choking hazards: As a good rule of thumb, a choking hazard is anything that can pass through a cardboard toilet paper roll holder unobstructed. Look closely at all the items that you are putting out on display. From bats and ghosts to the pumpkins you roast. Hazards lurk everywhere!
  2. Flashlights: Child safe flashlights have a child safe battery door that is secured by a screw to prevent removal of the battery, which prevents the parts from becoming choking hazards. Use flashlights or electric candles to light up your pumpkin too, flames and kids don’t mix.
  3. Halloween lights: Look for Halloween light strings that have tamper resistant bulbs that can’t be removed easily and remember cords pose a strangulation hazard. All cords should be kept short, out of a pathway and tight. Take the excess cord and bind it up with a zip tie. Make sure the cord can’t be made in to a loop to be placed around a child’s neck.
  1. Pumpkin carving: Remember to only use child safe cutting tools while carving pumpkins, even as an adult. Kids learn by watching you, so if you use real knives know  they will want to do the same. As soon as you turn around to grab something you forgot… little hands wander.
  2. Costumes: As a kid it’s a joy to dress up. Our job is to make sure dress up is safe. Costumes should never obstruct movement, never cause visual impairment and never pose a tripping hazard. Stick to material that is form fitting. If it’s loose, baggy or long it could create a tripping hazard. Avoid masks that can impair vision. Face painting is the safest mask.
  3. Glow at night: Make sure your child’s costume is visible or is is equipped with something that makes them visible. Glow sticks are great and kids love them, but remember, never hang anything around their little necks unless you are using a child safe breakaway lanyard. A couple glow sticks secured to shoes can be seen from a long way away. Flashlights are a good eye catcher as well as fun.
  4. Candy: Remember to make sure you go through and check all the candy you are keeping. The candy should be in name brand with sealed packages. For candy bars, be sure you cut them into small pieces that are easy to chew. This also helps to ensure it hasn’t been tampered with. Unfortunately, ghouls are sometimes disguised as regular people. No candy treats, until Mom or Dad has taken a good long look at the loot!

Pet Halloween Safety Tips:

  1. Pet costumes: Yes, your pet looks absolutely adorable in that costume! Keep in mind, your fuzzy family member might not be as thrilled with the outfit as you are. Feel free to get an amazing photo, but respect the fact that your pet may want to get out of those duds as soon as possible. Make sure the outfit is comfortable, and pay special attention to straps that may impinge upon the neck and areas where the extremities meet the body. Never leave a pet unaccompanied in a costume to avoid any “wardrobe malfunctions!”
  2. No chocolate! : Most people know chocolate is toxic for their pets. Chocolate contains methyl xanthine, which can cause a variety of symptoms ranging from stomach upset to tremors, hyperthermia and seizures. At high doses, chocolate can lead to collapse and even death. Generally speaking, the darker and more concentrated the chocolate, the more dangerous it can be. There are helpful charts available (for instance on petMD.com) that can tell you what doses are dangerous for your pooch. If in doubt, it is always best to contact your veterinarian to see if immediate treatment is needed.
  3. Watch out for Sugar-Free: Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found commonly in sugar-free gum as well as other products, can be extremely toxic to dogs. When ingested, it can cause a significant release of insulin, which can lead to extremely low blood sugars. At high doses, it can also lead to liver failure. If your pup has ingested this substance, always contact your veterinarian immediately; your pet may  need treatment and supportive care.
  4. Healthy treat dangers: If you’re offering healthy alternatives this Halloween, keep in mind that grapes and raisins can be extremely toxic to dogs. Some pets are more sensitive than others. In some animals, the toxin can lead to stomach upset initially, followed by kidney failure within 24 hours. It is always prudent to contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has ingested these substances.
  5. Burning Jack O’ Lanterns: Flames and fur aren’t a good combination. Just as you do for kids safety, consider replacing that Jack-O-Lantern candle with a flickering LED light.

Now that you have the ghouls at bay, enjoy your Halloween! Wishing you and your entire family a night full of treats and no tricks!

Can’t Miss Pet Trick or Treaters

In case you missed it, we are still wagging our tails about reaching our Home for Dogs project goal of finding homes for 20,000 adoptable dogs this year. We reached out to our Facebook fans who believe that a house isn’t a home without paws looking for some of the funniest, cutest and most creative Halloween costumes and they didn’t disappoint!

Apple as Britney Spears

Harley as Marilyn Monroe

Rosebud the Howlaween Queen

Zelda as Ariel from The Little Mermaid

Zoey the Dino

Hinckley the Lovely Lady Bug

Benjamin the Frog Dog

Beau as a Pupacinno

Lovey & Mae are the cutest things we’ve ever seen!

Mack (Daddy!)

Blanche all tuckered out from Halloween festivities.

SUPER Frankie

Paisley ready for Trick or Treating!

There is a new sheriff in town and his name is Gizmo

Can we just talk about Daisy’s balancing skills?

Bumble Frida

Sky nailing 3 spooktacular looks

Daisy the Spider

Happy Howlaween from these animals! (Willow & Buster)

Mr. Felix is looks pretty dapper in his costume

Princess Lulubelle

Abby put up with this trick and wants to know where her treat is

Casey has street cred in her dog park

Angus ready to howl at the moon

Peanut is picture perfect

Penne & Luigi are double the trouble

Gizmo giving his friend a lift

Logan can visit our garden any time (Those ears!!!)

Blue gets down to business

Frida as Shark Bait

Jetta holding it down for the kitties of the world

And last but not least, my fur-baby Rory, who was less than pleased that I interrupted his royal slumber to pose for this picture.

Keep your pets safe this Halloween with these helpful tips.

Catching up with Adopt-a-Pet

Catching Up with Adopt-a-Pet.com

To celebrate 20,000 adoptions as part of the “Homes for Dogs Project,” we checked in with the executive director of Adopt-a-Pet.com.

At Coldwell Banker, we love pets – and especially dogs. You may have heard about our “Homes for Dogs Project,” a campaign to find homes for 20,000 adoptable dogs in 2015 – which we launched in February in partnership with Adopt-a-Pet.com.

Last month, we were excited to learn we completed our goal in less than eight months! To celebrate (and to hopefully find homes for even MORE pets) we caught up withAbbie Moore, the executive director of Adopt-a-Pet.com about why fall is a great time to adopt a pet, what some of the biggest misconceptions are about pet adoption, and more.

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Coldwell Banker: Why is fall a great time to adopt a pet?
Abbie Moore: At Adopt-a-Pet.com, we think any time of year is a great time to adopt a shelter pet – but fall is an especially good time to make the leap for many families. As children return to school for a new year, families are actively establishing new routines to manage their day that can make integrating positive pet-care behaviors easier to make habit. Pets thrive on routine, and consistency is perhaps the most important aspect of training, especially when it comes to housetraining a dog. When we, their humans, are on a routine, waking up, leaving the house, and returning home at the same times each day (and trying to approximate that on the weekends), it makes it that much easier for our newly-adopted family members to get used to feeding, walking, and playtime routines.

CB: What is one of the biggest misconceptions about pet adoption?
AM:
There are two big ones: One is that pets in shelters are somehow faulty. Some people feel that the pets in shelters must have serious behavioral issues or that they’re not trustworthy or healthy. That couldn’t be further from the truth.  When you think about it, that sweet, loving, loyal dog cuddled up on your couch right now could easily become a dog in the shelter with just a bit of bad luck – if something were to happen to you, say, or if a door gets left open and your dog gets lost.

The second myth is that you can’t find the kind of pet you want at a shelter. Whether you want baby or adult, big or small, adorable mutt or chi chi purebred, they’re out there at shelters and rescue organizations.  In fact, some estimates tell us that over 30% of dogs in shelters are purebred. On Adopt-a-Pet.com you can even sign up for New Pet Alerts, so we’ll email you when the exact type of pet you want comes into a shelter and is posted on Adopt-a-Pet.com.

CB: What’s the best piece of advice you have for someone adopting their first pet?
AM: Three words: Prepare, prepare, prepare.  Adopting a pet shouldn’t be an impulse decision. I’d suggest that anyone who is considering adding a pet to their family really take the time to get prepared before making the commitment to care for a pet for his or her entire lifetime. It’s easy to act on a whim when seeing the adorable face of a cat or dog who needs a home, but it’s a decision that will impact your life – and theirs – for the next 10 or more years. Start by reading up on the subject and getting a factual understanding of what pet guardianship entails. Also, the best time to learn how to train your dog or acclimate your cat is before you adopt; that way you’ll know exactly what to do from the moment your new family member enters your house for the first time. The Adopt-a-Pet.com blog has a ton of content on all things pets. And our first ever book, The Total Dog Manual, which is the essential crash course in dog ownership, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

CB: What’s in store for Adopt-a-Pet.com for the rest of the year?
AM: Oh, we have so much in store I don’t know where to start! We’re always working on new features and products that help good people connect with great pets. There’s so much I can tell you about, but one thing I’m especially excited about is a new process we’re putting in place to help new adopters tell us when they’ve adopted so we can help them through this exciting, new phase in their life. No matter how experienced the owner, no matter how great the new dog or cat, there’s a period of adjustment right after adoption in which everything feels a little chaotic.  We want to help people through that time and prevent pets from being returned to shelters. Everyone knows that Adopt-a-Pet.com is the search engine to find the best pets to adopt and now we want to help people keep those pets, too. It’s all very fun and exciting!