How to care for a stray dog

Thinking of adopting a stray dog ? If this is your situation, you must bear in mind that, due to the conditions in which the animal has lived and grown, the care it needs and the way of relating to you will be different from those of a dog that has been raised in an environment checked. In this article we are going to discover how to take care of a stray dog giving you a series of tips that will help you to make the integration of the animal in your life as simple as possible.

Steps to follow:


Before deciding to adopt a stray dog, it is important to know that its origin can come from different types because it is not the same to deal with an abandoned dog than with one that has always lived on the street, for example. Here we discover the situations in which you can find the animal that lives on the street:

  • Lost dog : you will notice that a dog has been lost because you will notice it nervous, circling without really knowing where to go. They do not usually smell the places where they walk and you will notice them anxious.
  • Abandoned dog : in your attitude you will also perceive a nervous tendency and a little scary. The animal will try to return home even if it does not find the way to do it. If the abandonment has been a short time ago, your way of relating will be very similar to that of a lost dog but if you have more time on the street you will notice how your attitude towards people is very affectionate (unless you have received some abuse) . In this article we tell you how to adopt an abandoned dog.
  • Stray dog : animals that have always lived on the street, most of them, are usually a mixture of different races. It is very difficult (almost impossible) to find a purebred dog that is stray, if you find it on the street it is most likely due to two of the options described above. The attitude of these dogs is more distrustful of humans and will be sniffing most of the time for food.


The moment you find yourself with a stray dog ​​you will have to approach it with stealth and with great care so that the animal does not leave running or, worse, end up having an aggressive attitude with you. Capturing these animals to take them home or to the veterinarian is not an easy task, so we offer you a series of tips that will make the approach easy:

  • Approach slowly to him observing each response movement. The most usual thing is that he either trembles, growls or puts his tail between his legs. These signs are normal since the animal does not know you at all and does not know your intentions. Therefore go slowly, let it smell and respect your space.
  • To capture a stray dog you can follow the technique of the blanket . Keep in mind that these animals are not used to human contact so their reaction can be aggressive so be very careful. The method is that you throw a blanket over the dog to cover the eyes, in this way, you do not feel threatened and you will feel more calm. You can also try to approach him with food so he knows you are a friend.
  • Especially while you are approaching him, do not look him directly in the eyes because, for animals, this look is one of challenge and authority. If you can, give her something to drink and / or eat so she can begin to trust you.


Once you have managed to capture the dog you have to take it, immediately, to a veterinarian because the stray animals are exposed to diseases and terrible hygiene conditions that endanger the health of the animal and yours too. The most common diseases of dogs that live on the street are the following:

  • Scabies : It is a dermatological disease that is spread by the scabies mite and can easily be passed on to humans. You will notice that the animal has this condition because you will see crusts and wounds on its skin and it will scratch continuously.
  • Distemper : it is not a contagious disease for people but it is very dangerous for animals since, once they have it, there is no cure to treat it. The mode of infection is between dogs and some of the effects it causes is the appearance of fever, respiratory problems, rashes on the skin, and so on. In this article we tell you how to know if your dog has distemper.
  • Ticks and fleas : are common parasites that live among the fur of animals and that, not being warned against them, it is very likely that they have them. For this reason (and to avoid a flea infestation in your home) it is essential that you take him to a veterinarian to deworm him and protect him against them.


In addition to doing a health check, we must also take the animal to the vet to check if it has implemented a chip inside it, in the case that it is a lost animal, what we have to do is make sure who is your owner and return it to the family. If you do not have any chip or identification badge, then you can enter it in your home but also following specific parameters so that the coexistence is the best possible.


To take care of a stray dog you have to take into account, first of all, that he is not accustomed to living in closed areas nor to follow rules of conduct; In addition, he did not usually get in touch with people and even less share his territory.

Therefore, the first thing you have to do as soon as you enter this type of animal in your home is to establish a zone of the home so that it is quiet, alone and adapts to its new surroundings. Equip it with everything you need to make the dog comfortable: water, food, a bed or blanket, and so on. Do not lock it up because it could stress and feel insecure but simply leave it there so that it is quiet for a while.

You will notice that, the first days, the dog will just leave its territory and you should not invade it constantly because it has to adapt. The relationship between you should not be forced because little by little it will appear and the animal will begin to show you its affection.


When you take him for a walk, try to take him to places where there are not many animals so he does not get upset or nervous; keep in mind that, as a rule, street dogs tend to be a bit more aggressive with animals because they have had to dispute the food. So, during this period of adaptation, the most appropriate thing is that you walk through quiet areas and play with him, so you will begin to establish the bonds of union and, little by little, the dog will begin to see you as his family.