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10 Important Aspects of About Dogs for Adoption


1. Making the Best of the First Week with Your Dog - Just like us, dogs need order and leadership, especially dogs for adoption that aren’t accustom to a daily routine. They seek structure, which you must provide. Your dog needs to know that you are the boss and that you have a set of house rules. This makes the transition from the shelter to your home easier, faster and more rewarding. Hold a family meeting to create rules about caring for the dog. Purchase your basic dog care items such as ID tags, a collar and a 6 foot leash, food and water bowls, food, dog toys, a crate and bedding, and basic grooming tools. Just before you bring your dog into the home, take him for a walk to tire him out a little. At first, limit your dog to one room or area. Most dogs instinctively like to den, and a crate makes the ideal place for your dog to sleep and get away from household hubbub, a crate is where a lot of dogs for adoption already have spent a lot of time so it will feel familiar. Plan a trip to the vet in order to make sure your dog is healthy and will not transmit any diseases to other local dogs. For more tips, and advice read the full post at our blog.


2. Introducing A Puppy to an Adult Dog – First make sure your dog(s) are current on all their vaccinations, including bordatella (kennel cough) especially if the puppy is coming from a shelter or rescue kennel, or has been exposed to other dogs for adoption. Just having the new puppy in the house is enough for your older dog to get used to, start out by keeping the puppy in isolated from the older dog. As for the first introduction pick a neutral and unfamiliar territory, such as a street or park you don’t usually visit. For a really young puppy (4 months and under): start by having a friend (not a family member) holding the puppy in their arms and letting your friendly adult dog take a good sniff. For future meetings going on walks together is a wonderful bonding activity! For more tips follow along at our blog.

3. FAQ for Dog Veterinarian Visits - Taking your dog to the veterinarian should be your first priority. This is especially true if you have other pets. It's a good idea to make sure your new pet is healthy and doesn't have any diseases or viruses he or she could transmit to other dogs in the house. The best way to find a veterinarian is by word of mouth. The dog shelter or rescue group where you adopted your dog may have a good recommendation. For proper preventative care, your dog should be examined by a veterinarian twice a year. A typical vet checkup includes searching for fleas using a special flea comb. Taking your dog's temperature, and a physical examination which will include checking your dog's ears, eyes, nose, teeth, skin, legs, joints, and genitals, and lymph nodes and listen to the heart and lungs. It will be common for the veterinarian to stress the importance of avoiding parasites, and will suggest options for flea and tick prevention and control.

4. How to Prepare Financially In Order to Take Care of a New Dog - Being a good caring dog owner involves many things that don’t affect your wallet, like your time and love, but there are definitely some costs involved! While you’re searching dogs for adoption, consider the likely costs that come with caring for different types of dogs. If you’ve never owned a particular type of dog before, knowing how much your dog pet will cost can be complicated. When adopting there will usually be an adoption fee. Rescuing dogs is expensive work! The rescuer often pays to have the dogs spayed or neutered if they aren’t already, provides vaccines, and pays for all medical care needed while the pets are in their rescue. Food, beds, leashes, collars, tags, grooming, it adds up, but luckily much of that cost is not passed on. Typical dogs for adoption will have a fee ranging from $100 to $300. Next consider you basic supplies such as a collar, IDs, microchip, leash, pet bed, bowls, and toys. The biggest cost will be food, that depends on the size and type of dog you will be adopting. Asking the shelter what they are feeding the dog and the cost can help prepare for this. Other costs are mostly medical and will include regular vet checkups, and the potential for a trip to the vest because of an accident, or illness. If you will be away from your dog all day long, you may want to look into doggie daycare, or a dog walker.

5. How to Map Out a Dog Friendly Schedule – How much time your new dog will really needs is dependent on the type of dog, and what the temperament of dogs for adoption you are looking for. These factors include but not limited to the dog’s breed, age, amount of previous training, other pets & people in your home, and your current activity level and lifestyle. Matching the time a dog will take to the amount of time you want to spend with your dog is a very important aspect of searching dogs for adoption! A good first step is really thinking about your daily routine. How much free time do you have each day that you are willing to devote to the care, training, and attention of your new dog over the next few months, and then for the lifetime of that dog? For dogs, time spent just “hanging out” with you while you’re watching a movie or reading a book, counts too! Dogs and puppies vary the most in their time requirements, ranging from an adult, already-trained, mellow breed, to a high-energy puppy that would love a jogging companion and another high-energy dog friend. Be prepared to spend at least 4-5 hours a day with a high energy puppy who needs training, about 3-4 hours a day with a single adult dog.

6. Raising a Dog will Build Life Lessons for Children - Adopting a dog provides a fertile opportunity to teach important values to children. The decision to devote your resources and care to a dog sends a very clear message about the identity of a family and its underlying values. It is a great time to explore who you are as a family and what you stand for. It is through this process that a child learns things like, “We are a family with an important choice to make, and we are going to use the power of this choice to save a life.” This teaches kids about personal responsibility and their impact on the greater good as they make choices in life. Children need to feel they can impact their world. We need to give them opportunities to do so in positive, pro-social ways. Adopting and caring for an animal can plant the seeds for that ethic. Dogs help children get outside more – to go for walks, run, and play – and enjoy all the associated health benefits. Kids also learn responsibility by feeding and caring for a dog’s routine needs. Children with dogs display improved impulse control, social skills and self-esteem. And for emerging readers, reading to a dog is an easy way to feel comfortable.

7. Rescues Have Plenty of Purebred Dogs for Adoption - If you have your heart set on a specific breed, before you check out a breeder or pet store, why not search dogs for adoption from a breed rescue organization? 25% of all dogs in a shelter are purebred dogs. There are also lots of dog breed rescue groups that specialize in a particular breed of dog. Don't be fooled into thinking that dog shelters and dog rescues are filled with dog for adoption that were discarded because they're "bad". Shelter dogs for adoption are wonderful companions who became the victims of family tragedy, unlucky circumstances or irresponsible owners. Did you know that many backyard dog breeders and pet stores who supply the majority of purebreds simply are selling inbred dogs without care for preventing genetic problems? Mixed dog breeds have less inbreeding, generally less inherited genetic disease, and therefore overall lower vet bills and happier dogs! And the best place to find a mixed breed dog is at a rescue, SPCA, humane society or dog shelter.

8. Rescues Are Best at Finding the Right Dog for You – Dog Rescues are very careful to make sure their dogs for adoption go to the best homes for dog and owner. Each organization has its own application and screening process for potential adopters. Since dog rescues really get to know their dogs for adoption, they are able to match you up with the perfect companion for you. Volunteers also follow up with you after the adoption to make sure everything's going well. They can help you get through any rough spots by offering training tips and other advice. Adopting from a dog rescue group has another benefit: if, for some reason, things don't work out with your new friend, most dog rescues will take the pet back, saving you a lot of heartache and headache. Each dog rescue has its own process for screening pets; this process is designed to make sure you end up with the right dog for your family. In an effort to help people make good choices when they adopt a dog, many rescues even specialize in small dogs, some rescue only giant breeds. There are thousands of dog rescue groups devoted to a particular breed of dog too!

9. Some Rescue Dogs are Already Well Trained for a Home – Even though living in a dog rescue isn’t ideal, most rescues (and some shelters) are helping the dog in more ways than just keeping it alive. Dogs for adoption can be socialized with other animals that help make them friendlier with all types of animals. Many rescue organizations use foster homes, where puppies and kittens for adoption are socialized with children and other dogs and cats, and given basic obedience training before they go to their new homes. This makes the transition to your home much easier for both dog and owner. Something else to point out, many dogs for adoption in shelters and humane societies are already housebroken, trained and ready to go! Sometimes this is on behalf of the hard working shelter volunteers, and foster care givers, or it is because the animal has already lived in a home and understands basic household rules like using the bathroom outside, or not jumping onto furniture.

10. The Myths of Dogs for Adoption - Did you know that most dogs are homeless due to know fault of their own? It is a common myth that all dogs for adoption in shelters and rescues are damaged in some way. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Dog shelters and rescues are full of happy, healthy highly adoptable dogs just waiting for someone to take them home. Most dogs for adoption are given up when their prior owner could no longer afford them, got divorced, had a death in the family or other unexpected change in their family situation, or didn’t realize how much time & attention a pet deserves and needs. Unfortunately, the numbers are compounded by a surplus of dogs bred for profit: approximately 4 million adoptable dogs for adoption are killed each year due to overpopulation. By adopting a dog from a rescue or a shelter, not only are you saving that dog, you're either making room in the rescue so they can save another dog from a shelter, or making room at the shelter itself. As you can see, dog adoption is truly a continuous cycle of saving lives, and it's the humane thing to do! Thank you for considering dogs for adoption, and please help us debunk the myth of homeless dogs in the future.