Have you been dreaming about adopting a new puppy? Adopting an animal is one of the most beautiful gestures you can do. There are millions of poor animals out there that need a new home. You may have heard the motto “adopt, don’t shop” which tries to encourage people away from unethical breeding businesses.
Instead of funding the dog breeding industry you can adopt a beautiful new puppy from your local shelter or rescue center.
Here are X tips for adopting a puppy.
- Are You Ready?
It’s important to consider your current lifestyle before adopting your new puppy. Are you in a position to care for a puppy right now? Dogs are a lot of work, especially when they are puppies and need the right amount of space, play, and attention to feel happy and content with their new family. Don’t forget the initial costs including veterinary bills, food, play toys, and bed.
A puppy needs someone to be with him during the day, to feed him, to play with him, take him for walks, and teach him simple commands. Only if you can give your new puppy this amount of attention should you consider adopting a puppy.
- Think About Your Children
If you have young children at home, specifically ages 2-7, you need to ensure the puppy to adopt has the right temperament to suit them. This age range of children is the most common to fall victim to dog bites. Therefore, it might be worth asking a professional dog trainer to accompany you to the shelter to select the right dog for your family. Don’t worry you still get the excitement of discussing potential pet names with the rest of your family and the joy of owning a dog for life!
- Choose the Shelter Carefully
Take the time to get to know the employees at your local shelter, visit a few times, and ask if you can spend some time with your chosen puppy before making any final decision to adopt. It’s important to have the time and space to be with your puppy at least two or three times before taking her home. This allows the dog to get used to you, your smell, behavior, and it also gives you more time to think about the decision to adopt.
- Pet-Proof Your Home
Once your decision is made and you know that soon you will be able to bring your new puppy home it’s vital that you pet-proof your home. Puppies are much like small toddlers who will want to run, crawl, and play in pretty much every nook and cranny of your home and backyard that they can fit into. You will want to remove any immediate dangers such as electric wires or cables, shoes, kid’s toys or expensive items you don’t want to be chewed on.
- Allow Time for Socializing
We don’t mean going out for drinks with friends. No, your new puppy will need some special time to become accustomed to his new home. This requires extra special attention and time for the first few days. Try book some time off work to help with this socialization period or if you can’t get time off work plan to pick up your puppy before the weekend starts. For the first few days, it’s best to keep your puppy in one area of the house in which you spend a lot of time so he can gradually get used to you and your family.