Getting a dog is probably one of the happiest moments of a person’s life. There are many ways by which you could get a dog, but the most animal-friendly way is adoption. However, getting a dog can be very overwhelming at times considering the fact that it could be your first pet. The first few days after bringing your dog home are very crucial and it is very important for you to develop a routine to help your pet make the transition from the shelter to your house. Here are some important decisions you need to make as a family before adopting a dog:
• It is necessary for the family that is adopting to think about who will be taking care of the dog and how much time each member of the family can devote towards the dog. The reason is that the dog once brought home cannot be left unattended. The process is quite similar to bringing up a child.
• Another major thing that the family needs to think about is the financial aspect of adopting a dog. Since the dog is being adopted, there is no money to pay at the shelter, but there are a number of things that go into taking care of the dog. The family needs to make sure that they can afford everything that the dog requires.
• A major aspect to consider while adopting the dog is the training process. Once the dog is yours, it needs to be trained to have basic manners. There have been cases where the dog adopted has not been trained and is left to do whatever it wants. The outcome of these cases turns out to be peeing in the house, biting the owners and outsiders and growling at outsiders among others.
• Something that is not spoken about often but needs attention is deciding the size and breed of the dog. Obviously, while adopting a dog these choices are not very open. If you do have any specifications, you can mention them at the shelter and the workers at the shelter will definitely try to meet your needs. The size of the dog should ideally be decided by the house it would live in as well as the environment around the house. For example, people who live in an apartment should get a smaller dog as a bigger one wouldn’t have a lot of space to move around.
Getting a dog is a pleasurable experience, but one must take their time, consider all the basics and then decide to get one.