Potential adopter or foster home name * Name of person completing this form * Date of home visit *
Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
Neighborhood Does the neighborhood seem safe and welcoming for a dog?
Get an overview of the neighborhood. Note any red flags: Is the residence on a busy street? Near a major highway? Are there dogs running loose?
Household Does the household seem to have a realistic idea of what life with a GSP will be like?
Talk with the household about whether they are prepared for life with a GSP.
How does the household plan to address any special needs of the dog?
Now or in the future.
Will everyone pitch in to make it work?
Is everyone in the home on board? Is there any tension between household members?
Resident Pets Are current pets healthy and well cared for?
Note grooming, weight, if nails are trimmed, are they wearing ID tags, are they well-trained, etc.
How do current pets interact with each other and household members?
Are they well-socialized?
If you've brought your own dog along for the visit, how do the resident pets react? Other pet safety
If there are other pets in the home (cats, birds, hamsters, reptiles, etc) does the household have a plan to keep them safe from a GSP who might view them as prey?
Interior of Home Is the interior of the home GSP-proof?
Check the inside of the home. Watch for and point out:
Items that a GSP could easily destroy or break;
Objects, plants, or chemicals including outdoor chemicals and fertilizers that could cause harm;
Accessible open wastebaskets
Does the household seem willing to make changes as needed to ensure the safety of both the dog and valuable household items? Where will the GSP stay when no one is home?
Is that area safe and comfortable? If outside, is it protected from the elements with plenty of shade? Is there fresh water accessible?
Where will the GSP sleep?
Is the area free of drafts? Does the bedding appear clean and warm?
Did the household indicate to you that the dog will be required to sleep in the garage, basement, or outside? Test all exterior doors for security. Select all that apply. Describe any exterior door potential problems. Are other areas of the house safe for a dog? Include all areas the dog will have access to.
Examples: basement, garage, storage area(s).
Yard and Fence Is every part of the fence in good condition?
Walk the perimeter and push on the fencing and gates to test. Point out any issues - loose boards, gaps, holes, places a dog could dig out or climb over. We can't stress enough how important this is. GSPs are fast and clever!
Fence height Fence material
For example, wood, cinder block, chain link, etc.
Do you notice any?
Select all that apply, take photos, and upload them below. These materials are NOT appropriate for our dogs.
Are gates secure?
Describe: Can any gates be locked (against children and thieves)? If the dog jumps against the gate, would it be possible for the dog to hit the latch and cause the gate to open? Note any special circumstances such as electric gates.
Does anyone have to enter the yard on a regular basis, such as a gardener or meter reader?
Describe the household's plan for containing the dog during these times.
Describe the condition of the yard:
Is it reasonably clean and well-kept? Is there adequate shade, shelter, and water?
Anything stacked near the fence that a GSP could climb on to get out? Point it out to the household and instruct them to move items that could present problems. Any signs that dogs have been tied out on a chain or otherwise neglected for long periods of time in the yard? Are there any poisonous plants? Are there flower beds or other landscaping the dog might destroy? Are any animals in adjacent yards not adequately contained? Is there any livestock the dog would have access to? Are there children in neighboring yards that might harass a dog? Are there any balconies or decks that a dog could leap off of and get hurt? Are there any drowning hazards, such as a pool, hot tub, fish pond, etc? If there is a pool or water feature, is it separately covered or fenced? Is there a doggie door? Will the GSP have unsupervised access to the yard when no one is home? Provide more information on any of these areas of concern, or any other red flags or issues in the yard that would make the area unsafe. Do all household members understand that a GSP should not be off-leash in an unfenced yard unless fully trained, eg 100% solid recall? Conclusions Are there any special needs, unusual circumstances, or concerns that we should consider when placing a GSP in this home? Did you notice anything odd, inconsistent, or not adequately explained? Was anyone evasive? Would you entrust the care of your own dog to this household? Will this household provide a loving home and responsible care for a rescue GSP? * Recommendations & Concerns
Please list any recommendations you made to the household such as fence repairs, items that need to be moved, etc, so that we can follow up. You can also list any concerns you may have, no matter how minor.
Photos Home Visit Photos
VIRTUAL home visits - please upload a good representative sampling of photos of your home and yard. Include any areas of concern.
IN-PERSON home visits - if you have identified areas of concern you may upload photos here. Examples might include fencing, gate, and yard concerns; interior hazards; or anything else you think we should see.
For Potential ADOPTERS
These 2 questions are related to adoption applicants only.
Do any household members seem skeptical or concerned about adopting? Do they understand this is a lifetime commitment? Is the fencing and yard secure and appropriate for the particular dog the household wishes to adopt?
Enter N/A if you are uncertain as to which dog the household is interested in adopting.
PUPPY Home Visit Info - for puppies under 6 months
Please also complete this section ONLY if the home visit is for a foster or adoption applicant for a dog under 6 months old. Keep in mind the dog may be as small as 10 pounds. The main focus is on helping the household puppy proof during the home visit.
PUPPY Review: Any gaps in fencing that a small dog could get through? Under? PUPPY Review: Wrought iron or any type of slat fencing with gaps between them?
A puppy can fit through a 4-inch opening, so this type of fencing is a huge no-no for puppies.
If fencing needs more attention, please provide more information.
If the fencing is wrought iron or slat fencing that can not be puppy proofed, please indicate that here.
PUPPY Review: Is there a pool or any water feature, regardless of how small or shallow, that is not in a separate fenced area that the dog cannot access or is not securely covered in some manner? PUPPY Review: Lots of small decorative rocks? Need to be blocked off from puppy or removed. PUPPY Review: Bark chips/nuggets? Will be chewed, verify they are not cocoa mulch which is toxic PUPPY Review: Poisonous plants inside or outside? PUPPY Review: Any sharp objects, particularly outside? PUPPY Review: Any cleaning supplies or chemical anywhere within reach? PUPPY Review: Rugs with tassels? Very attractive to chewing puppies! PUPPY Review: Electrical cords? Will be chewed so need to be hidden or door to area kept closed PUPPY Review: Wooden objects? All are chewable, should be removed PUPPY Review: Breakables or valuables within the puppy's reach? PUPPY Review: Cat litter boxes within reach? PUPPY Review: Cords from curtains or blinds? PUPPY Review: Lots of things within reach that puppies might chew?
Get down at puppy level and consider: books, magazines, newspapers, any wooden or leather objects, shoes, children's toys of all kinds, tissues, tv remotes, throw pillows. and so on
Please list any specific puppy-related recommendations you made to the household that still need to be addressed. Puppy-specific photos
Please upload photos of anything concerning so we can follow up.
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