Adopting a dog is a difficult procedure. When adopting a dog, there are a few questions you should ask to ensure you’re getting the proper pet for you and your family. These are questions for you, your family, and the personnel at the shelter. As you choose whether or not to adopt a dog, keep this list in mind.
A charming face, huge bold eyes, and floppy ears are hard to resist. Is, however, adding a new family member the best decision you and your family can make? Consider the top ten things to ask yourself before adopting a dog.
Is it possible for me to train a new pet?
In their new home, even the most placid and well-behaved animals will have to learn a few rules. It’s also unlikely that your new puppy will be completely obedient and submissive. Training necessitates patience and practice.
Choose a training method, tell your family about it, and stick to it. Anger and frustration will only make a new pet fearful. What’s required is calm consistency.
Do I have the financial resources, living space, time, and ability to care for a new pet?
From the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep, go over your whole day. Is your life and home ready to welcome a new family member? Is walking a dog in your area safe? Is there a dog park nearby where you can socialize your new pet? Can you afford the day-to-day expenses of owning a pet, such as food and supplements? Can you afford an unplanned expense such as a medical bill or an accident? You may not be ready to raise a pet if you have any doubts about these questions.
Is everyone in my family on the same page when it comes to rules, boundaries, training, and caregiving duties?
Make roles clear from the start if children or spouses will play various roles in caregiving. Consider turning it into a game. Make a contract outlining pet responsibilities and have the entire family sign it.
Agree on household regulations such as whether or not people food is permitted, and whether or not the dog is permitted to sit on the couch.
Questions to Ask the Shelter
Do you have any information regarding the dog’s background?
Shelters frequently have some understanding of where a dog came from or what their life was like before they arrived. Those particulars may assist you in making your decision. Don’t worry if there’s no history but you like the dog. In just a few visits, you’ll be able to get to know the dog on a one-on-one basis.
Is it possible for me to spend some one-on-one time with the dog?
Most shelters will allow prospective adopters to take walks with their dogs or play in a fenced-in area with them. If this isn’t an option, ask for it. Try some simple activities to get a sense of the dog’s personality. To examine how the dog reacts, for example, cautiously present toys and then slowly remove them. To connect with the dog, try teaching it a basic trick. Everyone will be better off if you get to know one another before heading home.
Do you know anything about the dog’s medical history?
All canines entering a shelter should undergo an examination. Any existing medical conditions should be disclosed. Do your study if the animal has a long-term or progressive sickness. You shouldn’t take on more than you’re capable of. Simple problems like bordatella (kennel cough) can be resolved quickly once the dog is no longer in the shelter.
Is s/he already neutered or spayed?
Spay/neuter services are available at many shelters. Enquire about their services and pricing. If they don’t provide the services, make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Do you have any recommendations for an excellent veterinarian?
Before you adopt, choose a veterinarian and schedule an appointment as close to the adoption date as feasible. The easiest approach to discover a veterinarian you’ll like is to ask around at the shelter, family, and friends for recommendations.
Final Points to Think About
Am I certain I’ve chosen the best animal for my family and me?
Have you been there a few times? Are you sure you’re adopting because you have a strong bond with your selected animal and not because you’re in a hurry? Is the dog’s energy level compatible with what you’ll be able to provide?
Is my physical space secure and pet-friendly?
Make sure all of your breakables are out of the way and that any things or toys that will not belong to your new puppy are picked up. It’s preferable to put them up for success from the start. Keep an eye on any dangling curtain rods or electrical cords.