freaking out initial misgivings about her medical needs, Ginny has been an easy foster dog. I could see people lining up to adopt her. She’s
- easy to walk
- not a big barker
- house trained
- plays well with other dogs
Oh, and did I mention she’s cute?
What makes some dogs easy to foster while other dogs create more challenges? Is it their innate personality? Breed mix? Age? Energy level? Training?
Any of those factors could make a dog easy or hard to foster. But with the dogs I’ve fostered, socialization is the key.
How much was the dog exposed to people, noises, and places when they were young? Dogs who don’t have a range of safe experiences when they are puppies become fearful, like our former foster dog, Cherie.
Our current dog, Ginny, was well socialized.
I know nothing about her previous family. But even if they don’t know the term “socialization,” they may have done it just by having a lively household with lots of people coming and going. And since Ginny was hit by a car, twice, I know she’s spent time outdoors even if it didn’t end so well for her.
Because Ginny easily accepts new people, other dogs, household noises, and noisy cars and trucks, she’ll find it easy to fit into her new home. As easy as we’ve had her fit into ours.
A dog who has been easy to foster can only be even easier to adopt. Because her new family won’t have to prepare to say goodbye.
If reading about Ginny has made you love her as much as we do, visit the SPCA of Tompkins County in New York to learn more about adopting her.
Your Turn: Whether you’ve fostered or not, what do you think makes for an “easy” dog?