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Tips for Adopting a Dog

October is American Humane Society’s Adopt a Dog month. If you’re thinking about adding a new member to your family, then there are a few things to research before impulsively bringing home the first cute puppy you see.

This post was inspired by CBS’ recent post, Top Tips for Adopting a Shelter Dog which offers lots of great details on what to consider when adopting a new pet. I have simplified some of the key points into a list, but I urge you to also read their article if you’re about to adopt!

  • Determine what kind of dog will best fit into your home. Consider size, energy level, exercise requirements, and grooming requirements.
  • Research dog breeds to find out which personality would best fit with yours.
  • When you figure out which dog(s)  you are interested in, gather information about their history, temperament, and socialization
  • Learn about its medical history. Will you be making frequent trips to the vet or pharmacy for its current conditions?
  • This one’s obvious: meet with the dog(s) in person. See if the shelter will allow you to take it on a walk or into a private room so that you can observe its behavior without the influence of other shelter dogs.
  • Be sure that the whole family meets your potential new dog first. This includes your current pets!

Do you have any tips that we missed? Please share them by leaving a comment!

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

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