Choosing the Right Dog & What Parents Should Watch Out For
To end the week, I am sharing the last two articles in the “October is Adopt a Shelter Dog” month. The articles are extremely helpful and have many wonderful things to watch out for when adopting a dog.
Parents need to watch out for how the dog acts around your child. Bring your child with you to the shelter and once the dog is out of their kennel, and you have established the dog is a prospective member of your family. Give your child a hug in front of the dog. If the dog tries to get between you two, or shows any sort of aggression, this is the dog trying to show pack dominance and aggression and may not be a good match for you and your family.
Watch how the dog mouthes things and how they use their teeth. If the child (carefully) tries to play with the dog, and the dog nips hard or tries to growl and bite, this is not a good match.
When at the shelter, visit all the dogs in their kennels quickly at first and make notes of the ones that seem to be friendly and catch your eye. After, go back and slowly run your hand back and forth in front of their kennel, the dog should come up to you and try to get your attention. If not, the dog may be very timid or not interested, or trying to show dominance.
There are so many good points in these articles, that I suggest anyone read them, whether you are considering adopting a dog or not.
I hope that many dogs find warm and happy homes this month and I hope the articles help those who are considering adopting to go to their local shelter and pick up their new best friend now!
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