Looking to adopt but unsure whether the dog is a good fit for you? Before you adopt, please do your research before bringing home the cutest puppy you see at the shelter. Often times, new pet owners learn that there are a lot more responsibilities to owning a dog, and then end up returning them to the shelter. Here are some factors to consider before committing to a dog.
1. Every dog is different. The breed of the dog plays a large role in personality and temperament. Breeds such as Huskies, Australian Shepherds, and Corgis are high energy dogs that will need a lot of exercise. which means lots of walks, runs, hikes, and dog parks! However, low temperament dogs such as Basset Hounds, Chow Chows, French Bulldogs can spend an entire Sunday watching movies with you. It is so important to do your research on the personality of dogs before committing to a furry companion.
2. Small or large breed? Don’t forget that a puppy will grow and will not stay in its puppy size. Know the breed of the dog before adopting to see how large the dog can grow up to. If you’re living in a small apartment, you might want to consider adopting a small sized dog rather than a large sized dog. You’re going to have to make room for them to sleep, eat, and play. Read our blog post on deciding between small or large breeds.
3. Where will they be doing their business? Backyards are great for dogs to play and run, and eliminate. Dogs will need proper housetraining to learn where and where not to urinate and defecate. How often will they be able to access the backyard?
4. Are you looking for someone to do outdoor activities with? If camping, hiking, swimming, are all on your bucket list during the summer, then you’re looking for an athletic dog. You want to find a dog who will also find joy in doing these activities with.
5. Does your house or apartment allow for pets? Please check to see if your landlord allows for dogs. The worst case is to bring a pup home, only to realize that the dog will have to be removed from the premises. You don’t want that to happen!
6. Are you or any of your family members allergic to dogs? Several breeds are known to be hypoallergenic, such as the Bichon Frise, Poodle, and Yorkshire Terrier, and Maltese. Read more about dog allergies in one of our previous blog posts.
7. Do you have time to train the dog? When the dog exhibits bad behavior, proper training will be necessary. While not all dogs will be destructive, have separation anxiety, or is extremely vocal, bad behavior can be altered when you have the time and patience to train the dog. Teaching basic commands can help control and socialize the dog.
8. Are you able to seek veterinary care? This is so important! Every pup should be up to date with their vaccines, and get annual checkups to ensure great health. Veterinary attention can be expensive, so be sure you’re able to handle a new family member financially.
Every dog deserves to be loved and cared for. If you don’t have the time to commit to a pup, it’s best if you don’t bring one home. Best of luck in finding your perfect match!