How to welcome your adopted dog (cómo darle la bienvenida a su perro adoptado)
Before you decide to adopt a dog, make sure that you have the time and the opportunities to take good care of it. Furthermore you should consider the age of the dog and which breeds or mixtures you should look for because it differs a lot how much they need to be taken care of, exercised and activated.
It's important to keep in mind that being adopted is a radical change for the dog. It has just left its “home” and at one time has to get used to new people, new surroundings and maybe other animals. This might take some time, therefore it is necessary that you stay patient, calme and caring. Perhaps the dog is timid and nervous but many dogs in shelters used to live in the street and/or have been ill-treated, therefore you might see some unexpected behaviors. If you keep showing your dog that you are reliable and considerate you will get a devoted friend for life!
When you bring your new dog home the best is if it gets a “private” and quiet place with a basket, feeding bowl and water. It must always have access to water, and if you feed with dry food you are certain that it gets the right nutrition. The first couple of days the dog needs peace just to settle down by experiencing the new home, sniffing and getting to know the other individuals who live there. Also give it plenty of opportunity to get out to pee etc., it's perfect if you have a fenced garden. Otherwise you should take the dog for frequent but short walks on a lead, it probably feels anxious and unfamiliar in the new surroundings so don't take the risk that it might run away!
How to raise your dog (cómo criar a tu perro)
Dogs are gregarious animals, they want to collaborate and please their owners, and if you use praise and reward they actually enjoy learning. It's by far the best way to teach them new things, and your tone of voice is as important as dog treats. If you need to rebuke your dog it has to be done within 3 seconds after the misbehavior. After that it has forgotten what it did, therefore punishment is completely useless and will only confuse it, no matter how frustrated you are. Say “No” in a hard tone and especially at first you will probably need to repeat it, maybe raise your voice - but don't yell. When the dog behaves as wanted it also requires immediate reward, first and foremost praise it in a soft tone. Further rewards can be treats or petting, some dogs might prefer a special favourite toy, for instance a ball.
Like human beings dogs are individuals with a past so they react and learn in different ways and paces. They also get bored and need encouragement therefore it's a good idea to vary the practices and always finish with a successful one. If you stay calme, caring and patient, in time the dog will learn.
When you adopt a dog from “el Cau” it's up to date with vaccinations , dewormer etc.; some are also neutralized. As the first you have to visit the veterinarian in Vinarós to get it mikrochipped, that gives the dog an identification number which is mandatory and very important if it gets lost. Furthermore you can get a pet passport and all of this you have already payed for; the volunteers at the shelter will help guiding you.
Adoptions: Puppies (cashorros) Small (pequeñas) Medium (medianos) Medium/big (medianos/grandes) Big (grandes)
This society was founded by a group of people in 1999 aiming to protect dogs from abandonment and abuse with the object of finding them a home.
Volunteers work for this private society. If a home cannot be found, the dogs stay on in El Cau and are not put down. All dogs are under the medical supervision of a vet.
Operations are performed on animals that have been injured or they are treated with the necessary medication until their complete recovery. All dogs are vaccinated and wormed.
El Cau is financed by donations alone and a membership fee of 3 euros per month. This society would gratefully accept cleaning products and items such as leads, toys, collars etc. Any left over medication appropriate for dogs would also be appreciated.