Adopting a Dog
Adopting a Dog Considerations
As a pet lover, adopting a dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Dogs can truly be a person’s best friend. Before entering into an adoption, however, there are some things you can do to make the process a whole lot easier (and gentler).
CHOOSE A SUITABLE BREED
You should firstly consider the breed of the dog. Will it suit your lifestyle? Some breeds require more exercise than others. Certain breeds also need more grooming. Do you have the time and energy to attend to these needs?
IS YOUR HOME READY?
Another consideration when adopting a dog is assessing your home? Do you have the room for a dog? Does your yard have a fence? Will other pets in your household get along with the new addition? Is the breed fine with children? Do you have other pets to keep it company? Dogs are social animals after all.
Perhaps you are considering adopting a special needs dog. It may have health or behavioural problems that require long-term attention. Do you have the patience and time to devote to these issues?
INTRODUCING OTHER DOGS
Another great idea when adopting a dog is to allow your dogs a meeting with the new addition on neutral territory. That is, take all for a walk at the beach or park. This ensures the first meeting is not full of the aggressive defending of territory. Once inside the house/yard, walk around with the new dog on a leash. After the settling period is over, first introductions should be with bedding and clothes from other animals and children. This will establish a relationship with others in the household whilst avoiding the anxiety of the face-to-face interaction.
A LIFE-LONG FRIEND
Adopting a dog is a beautiful thing. Find dogs to adopt at Where Pets are Found – the internet’s home & resource for lost & found pets and pets for adoption & rehoming. If you follow some basic concepts, it can prove to be uncomplicated and especially gratifying.