4 tips to make adopting a dog an unforgettable experience

PETS AND ANIMALS — When you involve the whole family and plan ahead when adopting a new dog, you can be better prepared to provide a loving home and enjoy all the unconditional love that only a four-legged best friend can. can give.

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From preparing your home to finding the best dog for your family and completing the adoption process, these tips and ideas from the The “Ultimate Guide to Adopting a Dog” from PEDIGREE® can help you prepare for what to expect.

1. Prepare your home for adoption

To make the transition as smooth as possible, prepare your home and make sure you have all the necessary items for your furry friend’s arrival. You will need supplies like a crate or kennel, food and water bowls, a collar, leash, grooming supplies, and toys.

It’s also a good idea to stock up on puppy pads and cleaning supplies for the inevitable accidents when potty training.

Image of a gray and white puppy.

Image by Chris Arthur-Collins.

2. Find your ideal dog

When you begin your search, you will likely discover a multitude of choices and options. Think about your lifestyle and what type of breed, mix or size of dog is best for your family.

Some breeds require more exercise than others, so you’ll need a fenced-in yard or plenty of time for regular walks.

Also think about grooming and maintenance; long-haired dogs require more regular and convenient care. If you’re overwhelmed with all the options, try using a breed selection tool to help narrow down the choices.

Image of a speckled dog ripping a stuffed doll.

Image by Rafael Forseck.

3. Encourage kids to get involved

Childhood pets can create sacred memories later on, and having your children take an active role in choosing the family dog ​​can make the experience even more special.

Children aren’t always able to communicate what they envision, but they can often show you in a drawing.

Now, with AI technology and machine learning, you can have fun with the dog-finding process and use a tool like PEDIGREE’s Rescue Doodles to match your child’s drawing. with a similar-looking adoptable dog nearby, powered by adopt-an-animal.com.

Image from Rescue Doodles app. To pair a doodle with an adoptable pup, parents snap a photo of their child’s masterpiece and text it to the dedicated number to guide them to an available dog nearby.

Text ‘Doodle’ at 717-670-6675 or visit savedoodles.com to learn more.

4. Begin the shelter adoption process
Image of a border collie.

Image by Baptiste Standaert.

To find “your dog”, keep an open mind. It’s important to find the right dog for you, one that matches your lifestyle, family dynamics, and home. Be prepared to visit and meet potential matches as many times as needed.

Bring a notepad and pen so you can jot down relevant information and important questions you want to ask, including any information the shelter can provide about the dog’s background, health, training, and behavior.

Once you’ve found the right dog to join your family, be prepared for some paperwork. Adoption questionnaires help shelters ensure dogs go to loving, responsible families who are ready to provide forever homes.

Watch this short video on adopting a rescue dog.