Adopting a Dog From a Shelter – A Few Considerations

Adopting a Dog From a Shelter - A Few Considerations

My family recently experienced the joys and frustrations involved with adopting a dog in the local humane society. Though the process concluded with the addition of “Dakota”, a beautiful Flat Coat Retriever, there have been bumps and detours on the way. The process also required a great deal of patience and willingness to compromise. Now that I think about our experiences, I provide the following tricks to those that may be thinking of adopting a creature using the humane society or other animal shelters.

There is certainly not as exciting as deciding to enhance your family if the addition is a touch person or a pet. If you have decided to look at the local pet shelter looking for children dog, congratulations on doing something positive for dogs or puppies that may not otherwise get the opportunity to experience home. Though it seems safer to obtain a puppy from the breeder or to purchase one free from the friend, there’s something form of rewarding with regards to a shelter adoption. Yet whilst still being, before you go and pick-up Fido, please take into account the following lessons learned from my family’s experience.

Know what you’re looking for, and do not waiver on “critical” elements.

Simply stated, it is advisable to understand what kind of dog you’re searching for before to the animal shelter. This involves some soul-searching, as they say, with an honest assessment in the needs and wishes of your household and yourself. You also must consider your thoughts, personal preference, housing situation, and budget among other things. It is also a good idea to come to an over-all consensus with the ones that will probably be most directly associated with the dog. If you want a big dog and your partner wants a smaller dog, which will acquire a wish?

It can be important to prioritize your dog wish list. Decide what traits you need in a dog, what traits are negotiable, and which traits are of little importance. In my case, I knew I needed a dog having a relatively “low-key” temperament. Our home will become quite … Read the rest

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