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May 23, 2019

The Basics of Owning a New Dog

Congratulations on your new dog and for saving a life! We have provided you with all the information we have on your new pet. Unfortunately, we don’t always have a complete background on our animals. We pull our adoptable pets from shelters in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, so sometimes we know very little about their past, and the behavior they exhibit in a shelter is sometimes different than it is in a home setting.

Sharing your life with a dog can be an incredibly rewarding experience! There are a lot of things to consider before bringing home a new dog. Setting up boundaries is extremely important, such as deciding where your new dog will sleep, will they be allowed on the furniture, what is your plan for training and more. And proper pet care is essential. All dogs need fresh water, nutritious food, a warm and safe home and exercise.


Dogs love to play and require enough exercise to burn calories, stimulate their minds and help satisfy their urge to run, chase, fetch, dig and chew. If they do not get enough exercise and stimulation, dogs will get bored, which tends to lead to destructive behaviors.

The amount of play your dog needs depends on age, breed, gender and personality. For example, a young Retriever will need more exercise than a senior Chihuahua.


Frequent brushing can reduce shedding, prevent or remove mats and help keep your dog clean. Some breeds require professional grooming. If you are comfortable bathing your dog at home, use a mild dog shampoo and rinse thoroughly. Fleas and ticks are very common. You should be checking your dog frequently and maintaining preventative flea treatment.


We require that all of our pets are given a safe shelter. We want your new dog to be treated as part of the family! Providing them a safe and quiet place of their own will be important as they adjust to their new home. We recommend getting an appropriately sized crate or just a dog bed in a quiet room. In Los Angeles, it is illegal to tether a dog for more than 3 hours within a 24-hour period. We do not adopt out “guard dogs” or outside animals.

Licensing and Identification

The city of Los Angeles requires all dogs to be licensed and up to date on their rabies vaccination. To obtain your dog license, you will need a copy of your pet’s spay/neuter certificate and rabies vaccination certificate. You can apply for a license by looking up your city’s website and applying online.

All pets adopted out from Adopt & Shop have a microchip. Microchips are a small electronic chip about the size of a grain of rice which is implanted under their skin. Each microchip has a unique identification number. If your pet gets lost, shelters and vets can scan them and look up your contact information. It is very important that you keep your pet’s microchip registration up to date if you move or change your contact information.

We require all of our dogs to leave our care with an engraved identification tag. Two methods of identification are best in case one fails. It is important to have an ID tag on your pet with your phone number so that a finder can call you directly and quickly.

If you have any questions about your new dog’s health or behavior, do not hesitate to reach out! You can call us at 310-933-6863.