Because you wouldn’t buy a friend: Don’t Buy, ADOPT!

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Adopting Advice

Sharing your home with a four-legged friend can be one of life's greatest joys. Dogs, cats, and other pets give us loyalty and unconditional love, provide constant companionship, and even help relieve stress after a hard day's work.

Before Adopting

Monkey Before making the decision of adopting a pet it is important that the family members discuss some of the next questions before obtaining a dog:

The right Dog for you...

Now that you've thought out your decision to adopt a dog , and are dedicated to becoming a responsible dog owner the big question is: What kind of dog should I get? In order to find out what type of dog is best for you, you need to think about what you expect from a dog.

Do you want a jogging partner? Higher energy breeds, such as herding dogs, or working dogs are ideal exercise partners. They do require a lot of exercise, so if you aren't prepared to spend several hours a day exercising with your dog, maybe these types aren't for you.

Do you want a dog who's content to snuggle on the couch? Some hunting breeds, such as Basset Hounds, are content with shorter periods of exercise, or a good walk twice daily.

Do you want a dog that you don't have to bend down to pet?

Do you want a dog that you can lift onto your lap, or cuddle in your arms while standing?

Once you've decided on size and energy, it's time to look at other factors. Are there children in your home? A breed known for tolerance in children might be a good idea. Although any dog can be trained to be a family pet, some are more known for tolerance to the things children do (ie: screaming, running around, jumping). Never bring a dog into your home until you have taught your children how to behave with animals. No animal should have to put up with a child's abuse.

After Adopting

Depending on the origin of the dog you just adopted and its age, you may deal with different behaviors from fear, anxiety, confusion or resistance. In short words: It's culture shock, pure and simple. Put yourself in his shoes. So, be reasonable in your expectations. Be sensitive but don't let yourself be held hostage by thoughts of possible past cruelties and abuse. Don't treat him like a victim. The key is CONFIDENCE. Build his with consistent training and you'll turn him around. Don't worry; He'll get past it all. He'll become your dog. Be patient and constant and marvel at the transformation!

Before bringing your dog home, one important thing is to determine where your dog will be spending most of his time. Because he will be under a lot of stress with the change of environment (from shelter or foster home to your house), he may forget any housebreaking (if any) he has learned. Often a kitchen will work best for easy clean-up.

Also prepare a Dog-proof area where your pooch will spend most of his time during the first few months. This may mean taping loose electrical cords to baseboards; storing household chemicals on high shelves; removing plants, rugs, and breakables; setting up the crate, and installing baby gates.