Hi Fellow Foster Folks
We have been fostering greyhounds (and lurchers) on and off for about 10 years. One of its many rewards is the learning that comes from the wide range of personalities and backgrounds the hounds bring into our lives. Some of this learning would have been nice to have had sooner. So I thought it might be interesting and helpful to share some top tips for successful fostering.
Here's 3 I wish I had known from the beginning starter -
1. Stair gates between rooms are great. Dogs with separation anxiety or going through the 'attached to the hip phase' don't damage these, unlike a closed door....
2. Administering a dose of an oral flea treatment, such as Nexguard 30-60 minutes before the dog comes into the house prevents any fleas on the dog infesting the house. All our dogs are given a dose and then taken for a walk. We have never had to de-flea the house since we started this doing this and the dogs enjoy the walk!
3. Basic but free camera security systems are great for keeping and eye on new hounds. We use a piece of software called 'Alfred' software. I use my ipad/ an old smartphone as the camera and my current smart phone as the monitor. Some of out adopting households who we have recommended it to have also used it and found it helpful to build up the time hounds are left.
Love to hear others top tips, so do please consider sharing!