As tempting as it is, you might want to immediately take home that cute little puppy you saw across the street.
Another situation could be that you encountered an injured puppy that you want to immediately rush to the vet. Whatever situation you might be in when you see a stray puppy, here are some basic guidelines on dealing with a stray puppy.
Find a nearby dog shelter
A dog shelter might not be the first place in your mind to deliver a stray puppy. You might want to check in with the shelter to see if anyone is looking for a lost puppy in case the owner drops by at the shelter.
File a “found dog” report in the shelter even if you do not want to leave the puppy there. This report will help reach the owner if there is, and also secures your right to the dog in case anyone claims or adopts the dog in the future.
Take a photo of the dog and put out fliers
Fliers are very helpful in reaching out to the owner of a lost dog. Most of us are unaware of how neighbors know so much of the dogs in the community, therefore they might be a great help in pointing you in the right direction.
Secure the health and well-being of the dog
If you plan to take home the dog after the steps above, it is important to secure the dog’s well-being and health by checking him out first. Notice if there are any injuries or cuts and bruises on his skin that needs cleaning and bandaging. Also, check for ticks and fleas to make sure you are also protected. Observe the dog’s behavior before trying to bath him or bringing him inside the house.
Provide a safe space
A stray puppy might be traumatized or anxious from being lost and wandering in the streets. Make sure to give him a safe space to relax and rest for the night. It is also an extra precaution to separate the stray dog from other pets in the house if you have any or kids that might play with him. It pays to be extra cautious guarding against fleas that might transfer to your things and pets at home. Also, be wary of strange dogs around your kids.
A crate is perfect for securing a stray dog overnight as it is very sturdy and also very portable. It has a wide surface area for medium to large-sized breeds. This will create a safe space for the stray pup even in a new environment, so you can easily bring him in the house or travel with him in the car.
Visit the Veterinarian
Book an early appointment with your veterinarian to get the stray dog checked immediately. There might be needs that you are not aware of or health concerns that you are not noticing. It will be good for you both to get him checked by the vet so you can also give him medicine and vitamins if needed.
Get to know the stray dog
Once you have done the steps above, you should get to know him especially when you have decided to give him a home inside your home. Observe how he responds to you by playing a few fetch games or bringing him along to the park and see how he interacts with other dogs walking around there. Make sure to get a good, comfortable harness when walking your new dog.