Adopting a Dog

There are many things you should consider before adopting a dog. Make sure to adopt from your local shelter, you can find one on Petfinder. Shelter animals are usually already spayed or neutered.

Are You Ready to Adopt? Dogs require more attention and care than a cat. While it is great to want to adopt a dog during this pandemic period, you should be concerned with your dog feeling abandoned if you expect to be away from your home for very long hours once workplaces once again open up. Separation Anxiety is common in shelter dogs who have often been abandoned by their previous owners. Dogs generally live between 10-15 years. If your life’s circumstances change, will you still be able to care for your pet?

Expect to see a lot of Pit Bulls and that’s OK. Pit bulls can make very sweet and loyal family dogs. There are many unfounded beliefs about this breed, just know that there is no such thing as one dog breed being more aggressive than others. The vast majority of dogs that come from a shelter are evaluated for behavior and health and should be regarded as safe.

Exercise. You will have to commit to regularly taking your dog outside. Exercise tends to help dogs avoid boredom, which can lead to destructive behaviors. Supervised fun and games will satisfy many of your pet’s instinctual urges to dig, herd, chew, retrieve and chase. Make sure to keep your dog on a leash. If you are sedentary, consider a cat instead.

Licensing and ID. Follow your community’s licensing regulations. Unlike most house cats, your dog will be going outside. Be sure to attach the license to your dog’s collar. This, along with an ID tag and implanted microchip or tattoo, can help secure your dog’s return should it become lost.

Shelter. Your pet needs a warm, quiet place to rest, away from all drafts and off the floor. A dog bed is ideal, with a clean blanket or pillow placed inside. Wash the dog’s bedding often. If your dog will be spending a lot of time outdoors in a fenced in yard, be sure it has access to shade and plenty of cool water in hot weather, and a warm, dry, covered shelter when it’s cold.

Prepare Your Home for a New Dog. Many dogs can be quite big and may knock things over with their wagging tails. Tightly seal your garbage cans and move any fragile decorations that may be knocked over.

Your Dog Will Need Time to Adjust. The new environment may be a bit of a shock for the dog at first. As a result, they may initially appear overly shy or anxious in their new surroundings. A lot of dogs may need some time to ease in.

You Will be Doing an Incredibly Kind Thing. It’s an incredible act of compassion to take a homeless lonely animal and give them a happy home and dogs are so transparently emotional you will able to witness their joy and gratitude almost immediately.

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