Prepare for your new pet to ensure they experience a smooth transition to your home. Give them time and attention to build a healthy bond.
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.
Select the right dog breed according to your personality by determining the size, energy level, intelligence level, bark level, and friendliness level.
A Cavapoo or Cavoodle is a smart, friendly doodle dog with moderate exercise needs. This designer dog is a Cavalier King Charles spaniel-poodle crossbreed.
Raising a puppy takes a lot of work and patience. Use DogsBestLife.com’s Puppy Training 101 guide to help get your puppy started on the right paw.
Choose the right pet for apartment living: consider pet size, exercise requirements, animal noise and mess, money to spend on care and landlord permission.
The Rat Terrier makes a terrific pet for families with young children or for senior citizens. They need 30-60 minutes of exercise per day.
Older dogs usually accept a new dog, but some struggle. Let the dogs work it out. Step in only if the situation could become violent.
If you plan to leave your dog during the day while you are at work, it may be better to have two dogs so that they can keep each other company.
Right time to add a dog: Are you prepared to care for and love a pet? If you are not ready to make that commitment, you are not ready for a pet.
If you’re adding a second dog to your family, gender matters with a second dog. You also need to consider the breed and energy level.