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Adopting A Dog Information

Adopting A DogIf you are considering adding a dog to your family, why not adopt your new best friend from an animal shelter or humane society (check your local yellow pages or the links below). You will not only help save the life of a homeless animal, you will also be rewarded with a loving and loyal companion.

The staff at animal shelters carefully check the dogs for sound health, good behavior and temperament. In addition, some shelter dogs have had the invaluable benefit of training so they develop good manners and behavior while waiting for a new home.

Through no fault of their own, a lot of wonderful dogs wind up in animal shelters hoping for a second chance at happiness. People surrender their pets to shelters when they are no longer able to adequately care for them. Sometimes this is because the owner was unprepared or unequipped for the responsibility that comes with caring for a dog. Often, however, loving owners who are struggling with life-changes or trying to cope with a family tragedy realize their pet would be better off placed with someone else who can give them the attention they need. These owners bring them to the shelter because they trust the animal will be well cared for and placed in an attentive and loving home.

Dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds are found at an animal shelter. Many times people underestimate how difficult it is to care for a litter of puppies and turn them over to shelters to raise and adopt out to a loving home. In other cases, young dogs and pups are relinquished because their previous owners didn’t have the time to provide regular exercise for the puppy. If you have your mind set on a pup, a shelter is an excellent place to look. If you would like a more mature dog that has a better chance of already being housebroken, you will find these kinds of canines at a humane society or animal center.

When the dogs arrive at the shelter, the staff carefully evaluate each animal for physical and behavioral soundness. They make note of any quirks and work with specialists to eliminate negative behaviors. Many shelters have adoption counselors who interview potential adopters to understand the pup’s needs and lifestyle so they can have a higher rate of success making that perfect match.

Bringing your newly adopted dog home is exciting for you, but may be a little overwhelming for puppy. Keep him on a leash as you take him from room to room, giving him plenty of opportunity to sniff around and explore his new environment. An excellent first stop on your tour is the backyard or wherever you want him to relieve himself. The excitement of a car ride and coming to a new place can give your pup the need to try out your first potty training experience.

Dogs are very much creatures of habit. The sooner you establish a firm routine, the more comfortable your new dog will become. Always feed him in the same spot and at about the same time each morning. Puppy’s will soon anticipate what comes next. For example, if you always feed him after you take out the garbage – you’ll notice he becomes very excited when you open the door to take the garbage out. Dogs catch on quickly. Consider also crate training your new dog so he’ll know he has a safe place of his own in this new adventure.

More information and resources for adopting a puppy or dog:

The Humane Society Of The United States

Pets 911 – Find A Local Shelter

Dog Rescues And Shelters – North America