Do you have a soft spot for dogs? Because we know we certainly do. And we’re huge advocates of adopting and not shopping, but before you adopt the newest addition to your family, there are some things you should consider and know first.
Each and every pet up for adoption is unique, this is why it’s important to talk to shelter staff before you’re fully set on taking a fur baby home because sometimes it simply isn’t a match. And that’s okay, the important thing is knowing up front. Dogs can have any number of issues such as behavior and/or health.
Before you bring home a new furry friend, you’ll want to make sure your abode is pet-proof to ensure your dog’s safety in their new home. While most things can be replaced, some things such as electric cords or certain substances can be harmful to dogs, so you’ll want to ensure curious little noses can’t get to these things.
Many people assume that dogs have ended up in a shelter because of their behavior, and while this could be a reason, it’s not the top reason pet owners have had to surrender their fur babies. The main reason? Housing issues. They may be moving, have restrictions on certain breeds in their neighborhood, or are forced to relocate for their job.
After sniffing all of the things and filling their belly with their new kibble that’s all theirs, there’s a really good chance that the next thing you’re newest family member will want to do is take a nap, so make sure they have their designated area where they can snooze, complete with their own dog bed and some cozy blankets.
If you meet the doggo of your dreams and before you know it you’re heading home, it’s important to know and understand that your dog will need time to adjust. The change of scenery can be shocking for a mutt causing them to be shy or anxious, but after they have time to adjust, it will feel like home to them in no time.
If you’re even considering adopting a dog, go ahead and start researching vets near you. Not only will this be the place you take your animal for unforeseen accidents or when your fur babe is sick, but this will be where you take your dog for routine appointments such as vaccines or basic check-ups so you want to ensure you’re choosing a vet with great reviews.
Be prepared to be treated like a hero. At least by your new four-legged best friend. And we hope you accept payments and thank yous in the form of love because that is exactly what you’ll be getting with your new loved one.