Adopting a shelter dog is one of the kindest things you can do, and it is also among the best things you can do for yourself if your house is ready. Here are a few points to think about before you adopt a shelter dog, and a few tips for choosing a dog that is going to be the best possible companion for you. You should be emotionally Prepared before you go into a shelter, especially if you will go with children. It is no secret what happens to a shelter dogs, and a few of us may get very emotional over having to pick out only 1 dog. When you filter out the puppies that you don’t want so much, you will inevitably come down to two or three puppies which you care very deeply for. If you can just take one home, that means that you will be leaving one behind. Work out how you are going to deal with this situation with your kids, or even with your spouse if the both of you are getting a puppy together. When my boyfriend and I went to pick our dog, we ended up bringing home neither of our first choices… we chose the puppy that has been the best overall compromise. That dog has been one of the greatest joys of our life ever since.
Is Your Home Dog-Friendly?
Unless you live in an apartment, your home will require a fence or a fantastic place to tie up your puppy although it is outside. Possessing the fencing is vastly preferable it is hard to get a dog to run and play with a long, heavy rope attached. Many shelters actually won’t allow you to adopt a dog unless you have got a fenced area. If at all possible, the fenced area should be big enough to toss a ball, but an enclosed patio is much better than nothing. Just be ready to spend part of Saturday morning in the dog park. When You Have the homeless dog shelter, including a doggie door can be a massive relief for the dog. Most men and women go to work during the day, and even an adult dog can’t be expected to hold it over six hours.
Puppies under four months can’t hold it over an hour their bladder control muscles aren’t developed enough. So, you will have to work out if a doggie door, or newspapers, or a daily visit from a dog walker will work for you and your pet. Finally, you should Be Ready For how much a puppy expenses. Vet bills for dogs in the first six months will probably be approximately $300. Then is dog food, which is $30-$60 per month. You will also need to acquire leashes, a dog bowl, a dog collar, dog treats and at least one dog toy. That is the way your free shelter puppy ends up costing you $500 in the first month, in addition to the adoption fees you will pay.