Final foster evaluation – week 3
Myra would be suited to any home, she is very quiet and obedient so would suit elderly.
Toilet training is still needed. She has been going to out to toilet every 3-4 hours and saying toilet as she goes. She hasn’t had an accident for a couple of days so she is nearly there.
She has never tried to get on the couch, she may chew toys but never touched slippers.
Foster care summary – week 2
Myra has begun to settle in more this week. She is learning the house routine and has worked out that if someone is in the kitchen it is worthwhile checking out just in case something drops to the floor. She has only recently started eating properly. Until now she has only been nibbling. She has shown no outward signs of stress but must have been feeling it. She is also starting to get up and follow me when I leave the room. She always comes when called and knows her name and understands what out means and always obeys. She walks very quietly on the lead and doesn’t react to other dogs. We are still struggling with toilet training. She thinks it’s ok to just get out of bed and wee nearby. I am taking her outside every few hours and saying toilet and praising her when she does it and I have moved her bed out of the lounge at night. I make sure she goes as soon as she wakes up and before bed at night. She still doesn’t realise she is free to go outside whenever she likes.
Foster care summary – week 1
Myra has been very quiet this week. I think it may be some time before she realises she is free to do as she pleases. She is not really toilet trained. Although she can go outside any time she does not know this. I take her out every few hours and she loves to watch the people and dogs walking through the park but wont go out voluntarily. All other dogs have followed the movements of my dog, correctly thinking that she must know something is going on. She only seems to need to wee a couple of times a day so as long as I put her out she is ok. The rest of the day she sleeps, all day. She goes into her night sleep at around 6.30pm and doesn’t stir again until I get up around 7.00. She always comes when I call her and seems to know what out means. She has learnt she is not allowed near human food and gets quite excited when new people come into the house and of course when she is going walking. She seems to like my partner more than me and is awake more when he is here and frequently goes up to him for a snuggle. I think she will always be a quiet dog but time will tell if she learns to decide for herself what she can do.
ADOPTION – Self Foster
Adoption Self Foster is where you adopt and undertake the role of fostering yourself, meaning that your dog learns the rules in your home from the start. They settle in and start to bond with you and learn exactly what you want them to. If things aren’t the right fit then you have 28 days to find that out and you return them to the program along with a completed foster report and receive a full refund and you have helped transition a greyhound to a pet home and gathered information that will assist us to find the right home for them. You will receive a collar, lead, muzzle and coat plus the adoption fee is reduced if you foster adopt.
The reason behind Gaptas fostering a greyhound out prior to offering them for adoption is to prepare them for the many different situations & experiences they will encounter in their new life as a pet. The other aim of foster care is to gauge & provide feedback on the dogs temperament and responses to different situations to determine the most appropriate home to suit the dog. The entire foster period is an information gathering phase as well as setting firm rules and boundaries to help the greyhound transition.
To help the dog along we ask of the following in foster care.
- House training
- Sleeping on their own bed
- Walking calmly on lead
- Walking up and down stairs
- Get in and out of a car
- Alone time
- Basic commands – No, On your bed, Wait