October 28, 2008

Preparing for a home visit for dog adoption?

Hi! we are in the middle of adopting a great dane pup from a rescue and they are doing a home visit…what should we expect? we have a fenced yard because we already have a dog. no wires and such just hanging out!

Honestly, you are probably fine with doing nothing! Most rescuers have homes that are in total disarray. They are not going to care if you have dirty dishes, or haven't vacuumed in a few days.

Now, are they going to be thrilled if someone has ten feet of junk piled up that they have to wade through? No. But the normal home, that is exactly what they are looking for.

A home visit is usually the final step before adoption. Unfortunately, a lot of people will lie, and claim to have a fenced yard or even live somewhere that they don't just to get a dog. This is really a formality just to meet you and see that you were telling the truth on your application.

They might even give you some pointers. For one example, a person had a lot of low lying objects for a dog that was a chewer. She wasn't denied, heavens no, but was told she might want to put those knick knacks up. She thanked them profusely, as she wouldn't have thought of it.

Good luck, I am sure you'll do fine!

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June 19, 2008

~~ Butterfly @ 1:20 pm

They'll just check out your living conditions and lifestyle to make sure it's safe for a great Dane puppy, as well as that they'll probably want to make sure your neighbourhood is safe and your yard is secure.

Don't worry, I'm sure you'll do fine and you'll have a new family member in no time!
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basham_2005 @ 1:21 pm

just make sure it is clean, no debris or waste. and make sure they can see that the dog will have plenty of water. a place to get out of the weather. maybe a bed. those are the main things they look for, as long as they cant get out or hurt themselves and will be taken care of they will probably ok
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Kalileigh says PEACE @ 1:23 pm

They'll make sure there is nothing used for dog fighting, it's clean and is dog/puppy proof.
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MJane @ 1:25 pm

Honestly, you are probably fine with doing nothing! Most rescuers have homes that are in total disarray. They are not going to care if you have dirty dishes, or haven't vacuumed in a few days.

Now, are they going to be thrilled if someone has ten feet of junk piled up that they have to wade through? No. But the normal home, that is exactly what they are looking for.

A home visit is usually the final step before adoption. Unfortunately, a lot of people will lie, and claim to have a fenced yard or even live somewhere that they don't just to get a dog. This is really a formality just to meet you and see that you were telling the truth on your application.

They might even give you some pointers. For one example, a person had a lot of low lying objects for a dog that was a chewer. She wasn't denied, heavens no, but was told she might want to put those knick knacks up. She thanked them profusely, as she wouldn't have thought of it.

Good luck, I am sure you'll do fine!
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HP @ 1:26 pm

They just want to make sure you do have a yard with a fence for safety and they'll most likely also want to see what type of sleeping arrangements you will have inside the home for the dog. I adopted my vizsla from a rescue last year and the home inspection took about ten seconds and then of course we visited in the driveway for an hour This will be a great time for you to ask any questions you may have, such as what they are currently feeding the pup, what kind of schedule he's been living by since being in rescue, etc. Good luck and congratulations!!!
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That Guy @ 1:27 pm

SInce you already have a dog the main focus will be on your current dogs behavior towards the new pup…I would recommend picking up any food dishes as some dogs are resource protective and if the new pup goes for the food your current dog might take offense…If you have made it to the home visit that means that they already checked your references and called your vet and they would know if you are a resposible dog owner or not…Good Luck and dont sweat it!!!
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Ticketyboo @ 1:30 pm

I am sure the they will want to check the safety aspects but also how long will it be left alone,do you understand the needs of a large dog, these should be important questions you will need to answer. Have you researched diet requirements. As a Great Dane is a v large dog are there small children who could be knocked over etc.
You should ask about the history of the dog,why it is in rescue,has it been socialised etc
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gill c @ 1:30 pm

be prepared to be questioned about training etc and diet. A dane puppy is one huge bundle of energy which needs to be utalised and trained. Do you have a crate, it will destroy your home without one. They will need to know that it will not end up back in rescue. Don't be afraid to ask questions as you need to be sure what you are taking on.
Do your home work, good luck and good on you for taking a rescue dog.
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brainsalad6167 @ 1:32 pm

Just be yourself. They want to see how you live but also "who" you are. They want to make sure you are suitable for the pup and that you're home is a good- safe place. Their number one concern is the animal's welfare. If you are secure in your lifestyle, just sit back and be excited to welcome your new pet. Also, since you show concern and are worried to "pass the test" that also shows character on your end - reiterating "be yourself" and you'll do fine.
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mo @ 1:42 pm

It shouldn't be a big deal. Besides all of the other great answers here, they will want to see how you interact with your current dog as well.
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suttonj16 @ 1:43 pm

We adopted an English Mastiff puppy through rescue 3 months ago. I didn't really do anything to prepare, picked up the house a little bit and made my son's friends leave. They basically came in, looked in the backyard and sat down and we talked for about an hour. I think they like to make sure they are sending the puppy to a home where he will be taken care of.
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