Before you get a child a dog, make sure you have the time, energy, and financial resources to care for a new family member.
Adopting a dog saves its life and brings you immeasurable benefits. But before you decide to adopt a dog, you need to ask yourself some serious questions. Start with why you want a dog and be honest. Do you have time for a dog? Can you pay to take care of a dog? Are you willing to commit to daily dog walks?
What type of dog breed is best for you? Do your research to make sure your lifestyle and the breed's needs align.
Next, decide where to get your dog. Most neighborhood shelters are filled with adorable puppies and dogs that need a good home. Petfinder also is an excellent resource to help find a new dog.
Once you decide to bring a dog home, get your home ready.
Thinking about adopting? Take your time and do your research. These articles can help.
- Choosing a dog to join your home is a huge responsibility and should be done with considerable thought. Here are three decisions you need to make before adopting a dog.
- Figuring out why you want a dog is the first step in pinpointing the right breed for you. Use this 10-question guide to help you decide whether you can take on a dog.
- Visit your local shelter or search Petfinder to find the right dog for you.
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