Updated on:15 Dec 2017
Animal welfare groups prepare for abandoned pets during summer

Updated on:26 Jan 2017
Fur, feathers, but no fable: Abu Dhabi shelter does not quit on animals

Updated on:25 Jan 2017
Animal abuse could turn into human abuse

Updated on:09 May 2015
Pioneering vet founded capital’s Falcon Hospital

Updated on:01 Feb 2015
International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) under International Cat Care (ICC) Certifies Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital Pet Care Center Membership.

Updated on:03 Feb 2013
Abu Dhabi animal shelter rehomes many more pets

Updated on:28 Feb 2012
Thinking of getting a dog? Thinking is how you get it right

Updated on:27 Oct 2011
Abu Dhabi Animal Shelter hosted a Stray Animal Welfare Conference on 23rd to 27th October 2011.

Updated on:11 Oct 2011
Paws For Thought - Khaleej Times

Updated on:10 Oct 2011
Rescued animals find solace in Abu Dhabi shelter - the National

Updated on:20 Sep 2011
H.E Michael. H. Corbin, US Ambassador to the U.A.E. visited the stand of the Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Animal Shelter during the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2011

Updated on:15 Apr 2011
Dr. Margit Gabriele Muller was one of the prestigious judges on the Abu Dhabi Dog Show 2011

Updated on:15 Apr 2011
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital and Abu Dhabi Animal Shelter had sponsored the Abu Dhabi Dog Show 2011

Updated on:15 Apr 2011
18 dogs were adopted during the Abu Dhabi Dog Show 2011

Updated on:15 Apr 2011
Official launching of the Abu Dhabi Animal Shelter Website

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Good Care for Dogs

How to Choose a Dog

Puppy or mature dog? Short-hair or long-hair? Pure bred or mixed bred dog? A lot of decisions have to be taken before deciding for the perfect dog. With a puppy you may not know how large he will become, or what sort of disposition he will have. With a grown - or nearly grown - dog, what you see is what you get! And this can be a loving beautiful unique mixed bred dog!

Do you want an adult dog or puppy?
It's easy for almost anyone to fall in love with a puppy. But it takes a special person or family to adopt an adult pet. But once you adopt and adult dog, you will find that there are many advantages. The love and companionship you will share with a mature are only the beginning.

However, it's important to remember that what you don't see is your new pet's past. The dog may or may not have been housebroken or trained. He has certainly learned to live in different environments. Be patient and give him time to become accustomed to your lifestyle.

Feeding and Grooming
Now you have your dog – and need to take proper care of her: this means proper bathing, feeding, and grooming and training.


  • Commercially available dog food includes everything that your dog requires. But never offer your dog chicken bones -- they can splinter into sharp pieces and get stuck in your dog's throat which is an emergency and can be life-threatening.

  • Free access to water is essential for dogs as they have to go for walks and might dehydrate easily. This can lead to urinary and kidney problems. You should fill your dog's water bowl daily with cold tap water and freshen it often. Let your dog drink as much water as he likes especially after long walks in hot temperatures.

  • If moist pet food is not eaten within one hour, refrigerate it. Dry food and biscuits are the only foods that can be left out for any length of time.


  • Brushing of dogs should be done daily especially for long hair dogs. They often suffer from matted or tangled fur.

  • In general, a dog only needs a bath when its coat gets soiled. It also depends on the
    breed of dog and the place where it is kept. If your dog is kept inside your home, you will probably want to bath him more often (e.g. twice a month or even once a week). A dog that lives outside will only require an occasional bath. Human shampoos should never be used to bath a dog as this may lead to skin problems. In most cases, it is better to get it done by professional groomers as special dog breeds or long hair breeds require regular hair cuts.

  • Professional grooming place like the Royal Grooming Parlour of the ADFH Pet Care Center have not only extensive experience and specialized staff, but also special equipment to care for all different dog breeds. Before you get your dog for adoption, it will be bathed and combed already.

Husbandry and training:


  • Your dog requires its own place, special dog toys and dog chewing bones to keep them happy and healthy.

  • Daily walks at least mornings, midday and evenings are mandatory as dogs need to go for toilet. Moreover, they require exercise in order to stay fit. And this will keep you fit and healthy, too! But never walk them during the hot summer midday heat as they might collapse due to a sun stoke.

  • On your dog’s first day home, show him where he is to sleep, where fresh water is always available, when and where he is to be fed. If he is an indoor dog, take him outside at frequent intervals (every hour or two) so that he may relieve himself and understands that he should do his toilet outside the home. Until your dog learns the new routine in his new home, you will have to be very watchful and patient with him. Mistakes will happen, especially during the first few days when the dog feels strange in his new environment. Stay patient and give your dog a chance. Nobody is perfect – not you and not your dog!

  • When you are traveling and do not have somebody taking care of your dog, do NOT throw your dog in the street and abandon him. You have always a possibility to bring your dog to boarding facilities like the dog kennels of the ADFH Pet Care Center where you can keep him for the time of your stay abroad. Very competitive boarding charges enable everybody to keep their dogs in boarding and to take them back home after your return.


  • Obedience training can be very helpful to the adult dog and should always be regarded as essential for a good relationship between dog and owner. However, it is not the same as training a puppy with no prior training. Your dog may have learned commands other than the ones you use. Take time for him to adjust to your commands.

  • You can train the dog yourself or take him to an obedience class with a qualified trainer. Our dog trainer will be happy to assist you and to assess your dog’s needs. 


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