If you are thinking of purchasing a new dog, have you considered all of the options available to you? The obvious choice people make when considering a new dog is to go to a specialist breeder.
A good breeder will be able to sell you a puppy whose genetic problems, diseases, etc. will have been checked out and that will very often provide you with a high quality dog, which should be exempt from the problems that affect many dogs.
It is ideal for many people, but of course it will come at a price. There is an alternative – adopt a dog: puppy or adult.
There are many dogs who are homeless in animal shelters or human societies. These animals are often victims of circumstances. Either an owner has died or an elderly person cannot cope.
Unfortunately, without it being their fault, they are found homeless. Adopting a dog can be a great way to provide a loving home for one of these dogs.
Many people fear that they will end up with an unhealthy dog or an aggressive dog while taking in a shelter. Most animal shelters check the health and good temper of a dog.
If you have any problems, you will be notified. In addition, many shelters offer internal training to increase the chances that a dog will find a new home. Which is great for everyone!
The best way to adopt a dog is to go to the nearest animal shelter. Explain to the staff on site what type of dog will be suitable for you and your family. Keep in mind that you have very young children, it may not be wise to choose a large dog.
Likewise, if you have an apartment, consider getting a small dog that doesn’t require a lot of exercise. A little foresight before your arrival will facilitate the search for the ideal dog.
When you bring your new dog home, try to imagine things from their point of view. Your new dog has likely gone through a lot of pain in the past, so it might be okay to take him to another new home. The best one you chose to do is keep on a leash at the start and gradually introduce to your home having breathed each room until she has an idea of her new environment.
Also take her to relieve her bladder outside if she has taken a long car trip with you.
Once she’s settled in, let her out of the leash inside your home (not yet off the leash). This gives him a chance to find “his” place. By that I mean his favorite place. We all have a favorite place where we like to go, dogs are no different. If you bought a new bed or blanket for your new arrival, this may be the place to put it. She will naturally go to this place, so she can settle into a new comfortable bed.
Your new dog may be very calm for the first few days, but don’t worry, this is part of the installation process. After a short while, your dog will become a new member of the family.
Adopting in an animal shelter is a great way to have a new companion and a great way to create a new and happy future for your dog.