10 Things You Should Know Before Adopting a Dog
Adopting a new dog or puppy is exciting, a sympathetic decision and sometimes can be scary. You may feel like you are ready but worried about this huge commitment. So today we will break the barriers to get through adoption and find a new furry friend that’s right for you, your home and family members.
1. Pets from Shelters: Assumptions Vs. Reality.
Pets from a shelter have misconception that there’s something wrong with them which is why they were brought there. Fact is that this is not true as some of the reasons pets are given up have nothing to do with the pet themselves but could be because of some of these reasons: Owners are moving to a house that don’t allow pets, the owner is having financial problem and could not afford it anymore, the owner may be having personal issues and no longer has time for the pet.
2. Decisions, decisions, decisions. Are You Ready to Adopt a Dog?
Do you live in an apartment or a house? Is your landlord okay with having pets around? Who will watch after your dog or walk him if you travel a lot?
With all of the lovely pooches in need of homes, it is best if you can find a furry BFF that is highly compatible to you. Research your own lifestyle, temperament and activity levels in order to give yourself the best chance of matching with a highly compatible dog. Think about the type of person you are, along with your current, and potential future, lifestyle and commitments. Look for a dog that matches your lifestyle — not just one that’s cute or the right size but also complements your activity levels and preferences so you can have a successful relationship later on.
3. Dog Grooming: Your pooch’s teeth, nails and fur maintenance.
Don’t forget to brush your furry friend’s chompers several times a week. Gradually introduce toothbrush and make a routine to reward your pooch after brushing to make it more fun. Your pup’s nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid getting snagged on something and breaking. Also, keep your dog’s skin healthy by brushing them regularly. This will help to prevent matting and increase the circulation to the skin. When it comes to bathing, dogs don’t really need it very often unless they rolled into something dirty or if they have a skin condition. Use of too much shampoo can remove natural oils of their skin and it can dry it out too.
4. Vet visit for cure and maintenance.
A veterinarian is your trusted partner in keeping your canine fit and healthy.
Whether your pup is coming from champion show lines or from a local shelter, a first step is a trip to the vet. If you get your pup from a rescue or shelter, an immediate exam is important as it is where dogs have unknown backgrounds and may have been exposed to contagious diseases. Taking your dog to the vet regularly is an appropriate standard care to ensure optimum health.
5. Dog tags and microchipping are a must!
Dogs have the tendency to get lost or run away and may not be able to find their way back home. In the UK, it is mandatory for all dog owners to have their dogs microchipped. Also, dogs are required to wear an ID tag. So get a collar with dog tag with your pooch’s name and at least two phone numbers where to reach you.
6. Dogs need exercise, toys and entertainment!
We all know that pups need to run around but sometimes people don’t realise how much exercise their new dog will really need. Some dogs require a lot of mental stimulation, while others might like to lay around and are just fine and contented sitting on your lap.
A happy pup needs plenty of exercise and fresh air as it helps them to be well-behaved. Your new dog will need at least one long walk every single day. Playing games with them like fetch or “hide and seek” or leaving plenty of dog-friendly chew toys for them to play with can help release some of their wild energy.
7. Dogs Are Family Too. Give your furry pal plenty of love and affection.
A dog becomes a family once adopted. Showering shelter dogs with love and affection can be an amazing gift as a dog can make a wonderful companion for life and an incredible addition to your home. A dog’s life goes by quickly as they have a much shorter lifespan than humans. So be sure to show them love and care every single day.
8. Keep an eye on what your dog eats.
There are foods that are suitable for human consumption, even to other animals, but may be
toxic and even poisonous to your dog, posing a serious threat to their health and well-being. This is because all animals have very different rates of metabolism. Feeding your dog the same food we eat can cause injury to them if you don’t watch what they eat.
Dogs can get diarrhoea and upset stomachs from eating oily and fatty foods. It’s important to know what foods are toxic to dogs and avoid them. Some of the foods that are unsafe and unfit for canine consumption:
Chocolate, coffee, tea & other caffeine, grapes & raisins, onion, chives & garlic, macadamia nuts, Xylitol, peach & plum pits, raw bread dough and alcohol.
9. Start training your new dog ASAP.
Having a trained canine is not the same as having a balanced dog, but if your dog knows some basic commands, it help when dealing with your dog’s existing problem behaviors or those that may develop in the future.
So are you ready to start training your pup and where do you start with dog obedience training? Start training your dog as early as possible as proper training and socialization are basic needs of a dog.
You could take a class, but it’s not necessary. It can be overwhelming especially if it’s your first dog but you can do it yourself. With the right and positive attitude, it can be fun for both you and your dog!
10. Make sure your budget can handle big bucks of expenses for your new fur baby.
The truth is that taking care of a pooch is not cheap and it isn’t as simple as you might have thought.
There are a lot of upfront costs that you incur when adopting a pet so you need to be ready to spend money on regular and emergency vet visits, dog food & treats, toys, grooming, and outdoor accessories such as dog leads and dog treat bags. Owning a dog is shown to have loads of health benefits, such as keeping you active, calming your nerves and making you feel less socially isolated. You can start by having a separate savings account for pet-related expenses and keep contributing a certain amount each month toward it so you can handle anything that your dog may need.
Adopting a pet can seem like a gamble but they’re actually a great way to add a new member to your family. With patience you’ll find just the right dog for you. Shelters are a great option so try working with your local shelter to find a dog that’s a good fit for you and make sure to find out what shelters adoption process entails as this can vary from shelter to shelter. Best of luck finding a pet that’s right for you!