Are you ready to adopt a dog?
When adopting, you agree to take care of a four-legged friend for the rest of their life.
Below are some tips to help you make a paw-fect decision:
Personalities are important
Choose a veterinarian
Choose a veterinarian in advance and schedule a visit for the first few days after the adoption. You’ll want to take any medical records you received from the adoption center during your first visit. Don’t forget to have your new friend spayed or neutered.
Prepare everyone in the house
here are a few tips on how to successfully introduce two dogs, and HERE how to introduce dogs to cats. Go slow when introducing your dog to new friends and family. It can take several weeks for a pet to relax in a new environment.
Establish a schedule
It’s a good idea to establish a schedule of family members who will help care for your new dog, including walking, playing, feeding, and grooming.
Socialization is key
Socialization is the key to a happy and confident dog. All puppies must be enrolled in a puppy class where a portion of the time is spent in supervised play with other dogs.
Basic manners classes can help adult dogs hone their skills or learn new ones. But be patient, training often takes time.
Budget for the expenses of a dog
Protect your home against dogs
Make sure your home is safe before adopting. A new dog will quickly teach you not to let things drag on. Close your trash cans tightly, beware of dangerous decorations during the holidays. Keep toxic foods, plants unsuitable for pets, and dangerous household items out of paws’ reach.
Be sure to include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan. You probably have a plan in place to get your family to safety in the event of an emergency. Adjust this plan to include your pets. Add the phone numbers of your veterinarian and the nearest 24-hour veterinary hospital to your “in case of emergency” call list.