Tips for Adopting A Dog
There are more than 6,000,000 animals that are surrendered each year to shelters in the United States. This is the perfect time to adopt a dog. Adopting homeless pets is a critical matter. However, it’s important to take care when matching people with dogs. The dog could end up being homeless again if the person adopting is not right for him or her. Before you adopt a dog, here are some things to think about.
#1: Find out if you’re ready to adopt a dog
You must first decide if you are ready to adopt a dog into your home.
Take a look at your finances
Your new puppy will need regular vet care and food. While a yearly exam is not too costly, monthly heartworm and flea-and tick treatments can add up.
Take a look at your schedule
Dog parents need to have enough time for their pets. While working full-time can have dogs, they should consider bringing in family members, dog walkers or dog daycare to help them when they are not home.
Take into consideration other family members
You should consider whether everyone in the home is open to the idea of adopting dogs. Children, spouses, and extended family members should feel comfortable caring for and welcoming a dog into their home. It is important to have young children. Children should be taught to interact with dogs and not be left alone with animals, even if they are well-behaved.
#2: Choose the right pet for you
Start Searching Online
We can now easily search for photos and descriptions online of the dogs that are at our local shelters. You can start your search online. Keep in mind that these profiles will only give you so much information. To get an idea of the temperament and personality of your dog, you should meet him in person before making a decision to adopt.
Complete an Application
Before they can meet dogs, some shelters or rescues require that potential adopters fill out an application. The rescue may need to verify your references and conduct a home inspection. This can take up to a week. The home visit is not a test of your housekeeping skills. It’s merely a safety check to ensure that the pet can live in your home. You will need to show proof of your dog’s ownership if you live in an apartment.
Take Care of Your Options
Shelter and rescue volunteers can help you determine the right dog for you. They are familiar with bringing dogs and their owners together and have the advantage of getting to know the dogs’ personalities. Some dogs are happier with only one pet, while others prefer to be around other dogs.
#3: Meet Your New Dog
Some dogs are not the most attractive pets, just like some people. You can take your time and allow your dog to be open, then you can think about who your ideal match would be.
Make Key Observations
Shelter workers might allow you to take your dog on a walk or play-date if the first meet-and-greet is successful. This will give shelter workers a better idea of the dog’s personality and activity level. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of it. Pay attention to how your dog interacts with you, your family and friends. Is he excited to be with me? Do you know his commands? What is his interaction with other dogs? There are no universal answers. You can only answer your questions by determining what makes a dog right for you.
#4: What to Do When Bringing Home A New Dog
Before you can bring your dog home, you need to plan.
Begin by dog-proofing your house. This involves removing dangerous objects from your dog’s reach, and putting away any items he might chew.
Also, you will need to visit the pet supply shop. You’ll need immediately
- Liner and crate
- Treats and food
- Set of two dog bowls
- Collared or harness with leash
- A few toys
A dog obedience class is also an option. You can teach your dog basic commands and help him socialize. This training is beneficial for even older dogs. It also allows you to make new friends with other dog owners and build a bond with your new friend.