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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!

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