When you get to the point in your life when you’re finally ready for a dog, it’s a huge commitment and responsibility to take on. With this said, you need to make sure when you do adopt a dog, it’s the right dog for you and your family. Here’s a quick guide to adopting the perfect shelter dog for you!
First and foremost, when choosing a dog for you and your family you need to consider what type of energy level you want and need. If you have a young, active family, it might be more appropriate to get a dog with a lot of energy. Not only will this help keep you in shape but it’ll give your children something to do to help use up their energy too! On the other hand, if you’re older or not as active, don’t get a dog that requires a lot of exercise and has a high energy level.
Almost every dog owner has to deal with leaving their pet alone during the day unless you work from home, and this can sometimes be a huge challenge, especially if you’re not prepared. Crate training is a popular method to training your dog while you’re at work for the day, but this doesn’t always work for everyone. Find out what the shelter dog has had in the past and if it has been effective for them. This can help you determine whether you want to continue training in a crate or try something different.
Once you’ve decided you have the appropriate resources to get a dog, there are many additional things that you need to consider aside from simply buying food and the yearly vet visits. Dog breeds differ when it comes to grooming, and some can go a lifetime without ever visiting a groomer. Do your homework and find out what type of dog you can afford, especially since grooming can cost up to $75 per visit.
This tip is an extremely important one to keep in mind, and everyone should re-evaluate the time they think they’ll have to dedicate to their new pet before adopting. Some dogs require a lot of time and attention, while others are more independent and can be left alone a lot. Remember that a lot of this has to do with the age of the dog you’re looking at, so if you have your eyes on a puppy, be prepared to set aside a big chunk of your time to teaching, training and spending quality time with your pup.
Breeds and behavior
Finding the right breed and temperament for your family might be the most important tip of all, and the most difficult. While dog breeds don’t necessarily dictate what the dog’s personality will be like, it’s a pretty good indication of a lot of characteristics. Some breeds are better with adults, some are better with children, and some are better with other pets. Once you’ve looked at your current situation and realize exactly what you’re looking for, then you can visit a shelter and see if they have the right dog for you.
Whenever you do decide to adopt a dog, make sure you do your homework first. Not only will this make a huge difference for you and your family but it will also make for a much happier and healthier home for your new dog. Finally, always ask questions when getting a dog. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to before you adopt and you’ll be sure to make the right decision and find the perfect dog in no time!
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Ann Michaels is a freelance writer and dog lover. When she’s not playing with her beautiful dogs, she’s working on making her garden look pristine. She even has dog statues specific to each of her dogs, which she purchased through Saint Francis Garden.