4 Things to Know Before You Adopt


Before adopting a new dog from a shelter or rescue group, here are a few things to know about in advance!

1. Many shelters have adoption restrictions. If you do not own your residence, you may not be able to adopt from a shelter. Some require written permission from the landlord. Check your local shelter website before looking for your new family member.

2. What kind of dog do you want? Do some research first! The most important issues to consider are size, gender and temperament (general demeanor, activity level, irritability level, etc.). Big dogs eat more and cost more money, girls are usually much harder to train than boys, and active, hyper dogs need frequent exercise and daily walks. Do your research and have a general idea of what you want. This leads to #3…

3. Adopting a “Golden Retriever” does not necessarily mean your dog is a Golden Retriever. Shelters take in dogs from a variety of situations and unless the dog has proper registration, there is no way to be 100% sure. When selecting your dog, ask if the listed breed is accurate or if it’s merely a guess.
——–>You can rescue a pure-breed by contacting a breed-specific rescue group in your area. Find groups like this by using a search engine and entering the specific breed you’d like and the words rescue and/or adoption.

4. The sweet, trained, good-with-other-dogs dog you met at the shelter may act completely different once you bring him home! This a reaction to the dog’s new environment; he’s either scared or overjoyed and both can cause problems. With love and proper training, he’ll come around but you must be ready for anything.

Readers, what else should people know before adopting a dog?


2 responses to “4 Things to Know Before You Adopt

  1. I think #2 is the absolute most important point. But I would add activity level as an essential factor to consider. If you don’t like to exercise or you don’t get around well, don’t get a dog that needs to run. It will drive you crazy with pent-up energy, and neither one of you will be happy. I would also add that female dogs aren’t *necessarily* more difficult to train–it just depends on the breed, temperament, your situation, etc. I will say that two female dogs seem to have a harder time getting along than one of each sex or two males.

  2. Thank you! I completely agree with you and would choose training a pack of boys over two girls any day 🙂

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