To Buy Or Adopt A Dog That Is The Question

To Buy Or Adopt A Dog That Is The Question

You’re happy at​ home,​ but there just seems to​ be something missing. Ah,​ it’s a​ dog. Remember when you​ were a​ child,​ the​ fun you​ had with your dog.

Whilst you​ can’t recapture your youth,​ you​ can fill the​ void. And for those of​ you​ who have children they will get to​ enjoy the​ love and attention of​ their very own dog. it​ will also help teach them ‘some’ responsibility. Hey,​ every kid will commit to​ taking the​ dog for walks before you​ get one,​ but when the​ chips are down! Teaching a​ love for animals and responsibility are only small side benefits of​ owning a​ dog.

So the​ first question you​ ask yourself – do you​ buy or​ to​ adopt a​ new dog. Both methods have their pros and cons. Most people head out to​ the​ breeders and pick up a​ purebred dog – sometimes paying large sums of​ money. That’s fine if​ you’re going to​ dog shows and competitions but some of​ the​ nicest and best tempered dogs can be found at​ the​ pound,​ or​ in​ foster care. It’s a​ much cheaper route and it​ gives a​ dog a​ much needed home.

But beware! you​ need to​ decide what type of​ dog,​ its age and size before you​ head out the​ door and then stick to​ it! Once you’re at​ the​ pound meeting the​ dogs you’ll see so many cute dogs that your heart can run away with you. So make a​ decision and stick to​ it,​ no matter how much pressure your children place on​ you!. Talk to​ your local rescue groups,​ go and see the​ fostered dogs. This is​ a​ great way to​ find a​ dog that suits your needs because you​ can ask the​ foster family about the​ dog before you​ commit,​ as​ well as​ seeing him in​ a​ family surrounding.

Consider an​ older dog,​ not just a​ puppy. While puppies are really cute and fun,​ once a​ dog reaches 3 or​ 4 its temperament and behavior is​ pretty well set. It’s also probably been spayed or​ neutered and it​ will be full grown. you​ will know exactly what you’re getting and be able to​ provide a​ loving home for a​ long time to​ come.

When you​ get your dog home there will be a​ period of​ adjustment. Depending on​ the​ dog's circumstances it​ may have been in​ a​ foster home,​ it​ may have been abused and it​ will have spent some time in​ the​ cages at​ the​ pound. This is​ a​ difficult time for your dog so extra understanding is​ needed. Your dog may bark,​ chew,​ scratch and even have ‘accidents’ while trying to​ adjust to​ a​ new life. It’s stressful so make a​ safe haven for your dog and give him some space and time to​ adjust.

Exercise is​ important so take your dog out and give it​ all the​ exercise it​ needs as​ soon as​ you​ can after taking it​ home. This will give you​ a​ good indication of​ how much exercise your dog requires and how well behaved it​ is. Training is​ important,​ no matter what the​ history of​ the​ dog is. This will give you​ valuable insights into your dogs behavior,​ (as well as​ your own!),​ and it’s great bonding time too. Make sure that you’re consistent so that your dog learns how to​ behave correctly.
Follow this simple advice and you’ll have a​ happy,​ healthy,​ loving,​ well behaved dog for you​ and your family to​ enjoy for a​ long time to​ come.

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