There are various different routes into dog ownership, but one of the most rewarding absolutely has to be fostering, where you take a pup in for a certain amount of time, either to help a family out during a difficult situation, to save a dog from euthanization, to help them recover from injury, to help a puppy practice being in a home before adoption… there are many reasons why fostering may be necessary at some point.
As well as providing benefits for the dogs and shelters, there are all sorts of advantages for foster parents, as well – which is, no doubt, why people are interested in helping out their four-legged friends.
First of all, let’s talk about the emotional reward you’ll get. Lending a hand to a paw in need inevitably makes you feel good and, in many instances, you’ll actually be saving a life, which is not something to be sneezed at. So if you’re looking to make an impact in some way, this could be a great fit for you.
Second, foster dogs make for wonderful companions so if you’re feeling a little on the lonely side, bringing a pup home can help you as much as it helps them. It’s a very real win-win in this regard.
And then there’s the physical benefits you’re sure to reap. Dogs need to go for regular walks and, depending on the breed, they could need to go out for several strolls each day, which will help keep you fit and moving well, as well as enjoying lots of lovely fresh air and getting to know your local community in a new way.
Finally, if you’ve been hankering after a dog for a long time but aren’t sure whether you’re ready for the lifelong commitment that comes with it, fostering can help you see whether it’s something you’d like to do long-term. If not, you can always carry on fostering as there are always going to be dogs in need.
Just brought a foster pup home and need help with schooling? Get in touch with Sean today to discuss dog training in Vauxhall and the surrounding areas.