Making Pet Adoption Succesful

Choosing The Right Type Of Dog

In order for the partnership between you and your dog to be successful, you need to select a canine companion that is going to be agreeable with your way of life. It is common knowledge that different dog breeds have unique requirements, and this statement couldn’t be more accurate about the topic being discussed. Let us take for example a Labrador. These enormous and lively canines absolutely appreciate receiving a lot of opportunities to run about and play. It is possible that it will take up to five years before they even begin to exhibit any evidence that they are beginning to settle down, if that they do so at all.

If you live in a cramped apartment, have problems moving around, or are otherwise unable to provide appropriate space for a canine companion, a Labrador is not the greatest breed of dog for you to adopt as a canine companion. You will need to be a physically fit person who enjoys being outside, and you will need to have a location that is large enough for your pet to be able to exercise independently in addition to the activity that you and your pet will engage in together. Lastly, you will need to have a location that is large enough for you to be able to exercise independently with your pet.

Let’s take a look at the King Charles Cavalier. These canine companions thrive in a variety of residential settings. Even though they enjoy being out and about, they are quite content to spend the entire day lazing around on the couch and watching the world go by. They are a wonderful option to take along with you if you are going to be in a restricted space or if you struggle with mobility.

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Read And Research

Read and research as much as you can about the breed before you buy.  Make sure you have researched all the breed traits.  Look at what type of grooming is required and if you can afford it.  Some breeds needs virtually no grooming while others needs professional grooming as often as every four weeks.

Read up on their temperament and make sure it is compatible with what it is you are wishing for. Do not go for a protective or working type dog if a lap dog is what you require.

Ask Questions

When adopting a dog you should always find out why the dog is up for adoption.  It could be a most unfortunate situation that has led the pet to be in a homeless position in which case it is just your lucky day that you have found a compatible companion.  However, if there are other contributing factors you need to find out before you commit.

  • Why is the dog up for adoption?

Try to find out why the dog was put up for adoption and if you can get in contact with the previous owner even better. We have a real problem with overpopulation and with population control.  You can read more on population control and all you need to know about sterilization.

  • Are there any behavioural issues with this pet?

Sometimes behavioural issues can cause people to give up and surrender an animal.  Issues can include anything from excessive barking, destructiveness, resistance to house training etc.

  • Does the animal have aggression problems?

If the dog has issues with aggression, either towards animals or towards humans you need to make sure you know what you are committing to.  Some dogs can only cohabit in an environment where there are no other pets, children or people around.  If this arrangement is what you are looking for then there will be smooth sailing. 

If you have kids and family or other pets this is not the option for you.  You will also need to make sure that if there are any aggression issues, just exactly on what scale it is. Make sure you do not put yourself in harm’s way.

  • Does the pet have any medical issues or problems?

Unfortunately pets get sick. Sometimes with chronic medication it can be brought under control, but this does present a constant expense that not everyone can afford.  Due to this pets often land up in a homeless situation.  Make sure you find out about the dog’s medical history so you know upfront if there are any hidden costs that you will be taking on.

Giving Your New Dog Time To Settle In

Even if it is an adult dog, your new pet will need time to feel safe and settle into new surroundings.  Give your dog lots of time and patience.  It may take two weeks up to a few months for them to feel safe enough to start playing and be happy.  They will also need time to see that you mean them no harm and before they start to trust you.  Patience is all you need.

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