Things To Consider Before Adopting a Dog
In continuing with the October is adopt a shelter dog month, there are things to consider before adopting a dog.
The first thing to consider is talking to all your family members and make sure everyone is on board with adopting a dog. If you have younger children, a puppy will be energetic, but it is good to consider that they still have their “milk teeth” and tend to like to gnaw and chew and bite without training. Make sure that your small children know that a puppy is a lot of work and go over training with them, if you decide to adopt a puppy.
It would be ideal to have all your family members go to the shelter and see and meet the dog in that environment, so that you know how the dog will react to each family member. It will also help in seeing if this is the right dog or not. Taking a dog home from the shelter, having it not work out and then having to return the dog can be devastating for both the dog and the family.
Make sure that you have enough time and money to invest in your new friend. Food, bowls, bed, leash and collar, vet bills, spaying/neutering, all of these things must be considered before taking your new friend home.
For more information on this difficult, but very rewarding decision, here is an article that can help.
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