Shopping List for Your New Dog

Crate – discuss with foster parents, as not needed for all dogs. Will need to know size to purchase.

GPS Tracker – there are options available (consider tracking ability, battery life, range, cost, etc).  In DIBS foster homes, we have decided to use Tractive GPS systems. It has great technology for tracking, has a battery life of 2-5 days, and is mid priced. It is approximately $100 (including shipping and tax)  and approximately $6 per month (DIBS found best value in 2 year subscription fee of $179).  If you shop via DIBS link, we do get 12% back to help fund our trackers.
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* Deer antlers or animal horns. This is something that they can chew on, but it’s non-toxic
* Toys – stuffies vs hard? Most dogs like squeaky. Durables may be needed
* Tennis balls for outside – big or small?
* Treat ball – and buy small treats to put in it. Some dogs like to learn this.
* Kong – don’t buy the treats to put in them. If dog likes peanut butter (many Mexi’s don’t!) can use in kong.

Harness – Ask foster parent what they recommend – best option for your dog, will depend on skills on a walk, dog size, etc. Pet Valu has good ones, as the dog can step in. (PetSmart sometimes carries, but not always). Ask foster for neck and underarm/belly measurements. Harnesses come in xs/s/m/l/xl. Please bring for adoption day.

Collar – Ask foster for neck measurement and recommendations (foster parent favourite is a martingale collar). Please bring for adoption day.  We ask that all fosters assist adopters with any required changes for collars, as this can be a scary time for a dog.  All rescue dogs are a flight risk, and having a dog bolt, without a collar on, is worst case scenario.  Please be mindful of which ring leash attaches to (it’s not the ring for the tag)
**New – If your dog comes from our rescue partners near Mexico City (Dog-Go Project), they are currently wearing a beautiful custom fit collar.  Adopters have the option to purchase the collar for $20, with all funds going back to the front line rescue partner.

Dog beds – HomeSense is a great source for this. Be sure to think about washability. Some – you can wash the entire bed (our preference) – some, you can just wash the cover. You may want several: upstairs and downstairs.

Poop bags – no need to explain!

Leash – different leashes work for different dogs. If you worry that your dog may not be used to walks or spook easily, you’d want to start with a few options (on the dog at the same time). Slip lead is often a good option if your dog may bolt.  Lots of bad press on retractable leashes, so perhaps not the preferred option.

Bells – PetValu sells these – attach to door handle so dog can signal to go outside. About 50% of foster dogs figure this out and use to request to go outside.

Coat/Sweater – Mexi’s may need additional layer to keep warm. Ask foster for size. If using harness on walks, ensure there is an opening at the back, between shoulder blades, for leash to attach to harness.

Dog food – ask foster what they have been using. Recommendations may be for sensitive skin or stomachs. Dry vs small amounts of soft. Meat vs seafood. Best to stay consistent or you may have irregular poops during adjustment period. Have canned pumpkin and cooked rice on hand if poop becomes irregular (soft, runny, too frequent)