Thank you for considering adopting a Hounds First hound. Before completing our adoption application we ask you to consider the following:
- Is a sighthound right for you? Please do your research. Speak to other sighthound owners.
- Can you afford to keep another dog?
- Do you have the time to keep another dog?
- Do you have any big changes coming up? A house move, change in work hours, or a new baby?
- Are the whole family in agreement about adopting?
- Do you have your landlord’s permission to adopt?
- Do you have any preferences? Lurcher? Greyhound? Or don’t you mind? Try not to be too fussy!
Please complete our adoption application form – please be totally honest with us about your circumstances.
Once you have completed your application a member of our pre adoption team will ring you within around 7 to 14 days (keep checking your answer phone). Please bear with us, they are all volunteers doing this in their free time. They will go through some further questions with you and this is your chance to ask anything you would like to as well. They will not, however, be able to discuss any specific dogs with you at this stage.
We will then arrange for someone to come out to your home to complete a home check and we ask that all the family are at home for us to meet.
What does the home check involve?
A home check is nothing to worry about. It will be arranged at a time convenient to you.
Your home checker will ask you questions about your circumstances and experience with sighthounds, some of this may feel repetitive but it is essential. They will ask you to show them where the dog will be living and will also ask to see the garden. The home checker will check your fences and will see if your garden is safe.
The home checker will talk to you about feeding and caring for your dog, they will discuss some health conditions.
We don’t expect you to run round cleaning or making any special effort for your home check. We want to see you as you normally are. However it is a good idea to make sure that your garden is safe and your fencing is secure. If you have never owned a sighthound before try and do some research (you can always ask us for information).
Your home checker will not let you know if you have passed as they do not make the decision. Your home checker will then send all the paperwork back to us and we will review it. We will contact you as soon as possible to let you know if you have passed. We may need a further vets reference.
We may not have a suitable dog for you at the time of your home check, so please keep an eye on our facebook page and our website for any new dogs coming into our care. You do not need to apply again.
Please let us know if you are interested in any of our dogs. If we feel that they could be suitable we will put you in touch with their foster carer for a chat. You can then arrange to meet the dog if all goes ok.
Before we allow you to complete the adoption and take a dog home we will ask you to complete the BFF Award through us.
The BFF Award is a simple self study short course which will take you no more then a few hours to complete if you are a new dog owner. It is normally quicker. You can do this in your home, in your own time.
All you have to do is read through a fantastic booklet which gives you lots of great information about dog behaviour and body language. You then need to answer 8 simple multiple choice questions and email the document back to us. We will then send it to the course providers and you will get a certificate sent to you.
If you have already done this course and are able to show us proof then you will not have to repeat the award.
Some people may be worried about doing this course, but we would like to assure you that it is nothing to worry about and will really help you understand your dog. Even experienced dog owners have been saying that the course has taught them something.
If you struggle with reading, or have any issues with doing this course please get in touch with the trustees. We will help you all we can. [email protected]
**The BFF Award**
Would you like to understand your dog better and be able to read his body language, but don’t want to study long-term to gain a qualification? Then The Dogs BFF Award is for you! Dogs are our Best Friends, and this short course aims to help you to be a Best Friend Forever to the dogs in your life. You’ll receive an illustrated 73 page course textbook in PDF format, and a multiple choice questionnaire to complete and return after you’ve read the book. After your questionnaire has been assessed, you will receive The Dog’s BFF Award certificate. This will demonstrate that you have a good basic understanding of dog behaviour.
Here’s the Introduction in The Dog’s BFF Award course book:
It’s no wonder that dogs have long been known as our best friends. They are our companions, our helpmates, and their presence can lower our blood pressure and heart rates and help us to stay healthier. Trained service dogs, search and rescue dogs, and dogs trained to sniff out cancer cells and bombs all save lives. We have a special relationship with our canine companions.
But what about the other end of the lead? The relationship you have with your dog begins with you, and this course is aimed at helping you to understand your dog so that you can truly be his best friend forever, too.
During the past fifteen years, especially, dog psychology and behaviour has become the subject of a great deal of scientific research, and new discoveries are being made on a regular basis. We’ve discovered that dogs have evolved alongside us, and that their brains have developed in such a way that they look to us for guidance and affection. To our dogs we are family. This short course is aimed at increasing your understanding of the dogs in your life, and helping you to develop happy, harmonious relationships with them that are based on trust, mutual respect and cooperation.
Dogs, like us, are emotional, social creatures. They communicate eloquently through silent signals, as well as through barks, yips, growls and howls and through scent and touch. Once we learn to read their body language this opens the door to a wealth of understanding that enriches our relationships. This is why you’ll find a strong emphasis on communication in Part 3 of this course.
It is our hope that through this short course you will discover new ways of helping your dog to be a well-mannered, much loved family member, and that you will gain insights into how to avoid the basic pitfalls that commonly disrupt what should be a mutually beneficial relationship.
Once you have completed the course we will then proceed with adoption.
All Hounds First rescue dogs are neutered where possible, assessed and given full veterinary treatment, microchipped and vaccinated wormed and deflead before going to their new homes.
We will be here to give you help and support for the rest of your dogs life, and if for any reason you cannot keep your dog, we will take him/her back into our care.