8 Things you might want to know

Before Adopting A Dog

Here are some tips and myths you might be interested to know:


#1. Tips for Your Newly Adopted Dog's First Week

Dogs, like humans, require order and leadership. They seek order, which you are responsible for providing. Your dog must understand that you are in charge and that you follow a set of rules. This simplifies, expedites, and enriches the move from the shelter to your house. One way to help establish order is to organize a family meeting to establish guidelines for dog care. Purchase basic dog care materials such as identification tags, a collar, and a 6-foot leash, as well as food and water dishes, food, dog toys, a crate and bedding, and basic grooming tools. Take your dog adoption for a walk shortly before you bring him home to wear him out a little. To begin, confine your dog to a single room or area upon his arrival. Most dogs have a natural want to den, and a crate provides the ideal environment for your dog to nap and escapes from the outside world. The next step is to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to ensure that your dog is healthy and will not transfer any diseases to other neighborhood canines.

#2. Introduction of a Puppy to an Adult Dog

To begin, check that your dog(s) are current on all immunizations, including Bordetella (kennel cough), especially if the puppy came from a shelter or rescue kennel or has been exposed to other dogs. Simply having a new puppy in the house will confuse your elder dog; start by isolating the puppy from the older dog. To begin, choose a neutral and unknown region, such as a street or park that you do not frequently visit. To begin with, a very young puppy (4 months and under), have a friend (not a family member) carry the puppy in their arms, and let your friendly adult dog take a good sniff. Walks serve as a wonderful bonding activity for future meetings!

#3. Dog Adoption Myths

Did you know that the majority of dogs lack a home through no fault of their own? It is a widespread misconception that all dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescue organizations are damaged in some way. However, nothing could be further from the truth! Dog shelters and rescue organizations are teeming with adoptable canines that are affectionate, active, and healthy. The majority of dogs are surrendered because their previous owner cannot afford to maintain them financially, got divorced, experienced a family death or other unforeseen upheaval in their family status, or did not know how much time and attention a dog adoption deserves and requires. Even worse, the need for dog adoptions is exacerbated by an oversupply of dogs bred for profit: each year, roughly 4 million suitable canines are murdered owing to overpopulation. By adopting a dog from a rescue or a shelter, you're not just saving that pet; you're also helping the rescue save another pet from a shelter or making room at the shelter itself. As you can see, dog adoption is a never-ending cycle of life-saving, and it is the humane thing to do! We appreciate your consideration of dog adoption and ask that you assist us in debunking the myth of homeless pets in the future.

#4. Certain Rescue Dogs Have Already Been Trained for Adoption

While living at a dog rescue is not ideal, the majority of rescues (and some shelters) benefit the dogs in ways other than simply keeping them alive. Dogs may be socialized with other animals, which helps them become more tolerant and playful with other species. Numerous rescue organizations utilize foster homes, where puppies and kittens available for adoption are socialized with children, other dogs, and cats, and get necessary obedience training before being placed in their new homes. 

#5. Rescue Organizations Are Experts at Assembling the Perfect Dog Adoption Match

Shelter employees take a great effort to ensure that their dog adoptions go smoothly and that their pets are placed in the finest possible homes for both dog and owner. Each group has its application and screening process for dog adoption applicants. Because pet rescues spend so much time with their pets, they can match you with the ideal companion. Additionally, volunteers will contact you following the adoption to ensure that everything is going well. They can assist you in overcoming obstacles by providing dog training techniques and a variety of other pieces of advice. Another advantage of adopting from a pet rescue group is that if things do not work out with your new dog, most rescues will take the dog back, saving you a lot of bothers. Each rescue organization has its screening process for dog adoption; this process is designed to ensure that you get the proper dog for your family. To assist consumers in making sound decisions regarding dog adoption, many organizations specialize in little dogs, while others focus only on gigantic breeds. There are also countless rescue organizations dedicated to a specific breed of dog or cat!

#6. Rescue Organizations Have a Large Number of Purebred Dogs

If you have your heart set on a particular dog breed, before visiting a breeder or pet store, why not consider dog adoption as a possibility? 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred. Additionally, other dog breed rescue organizations focus exclusively on a particular breed of dog. Also, don't be deceived into believing that animal shelters and dog rescue organizations are teeming with dogs who were euthanized due to their "poor" behavior. Shelter dogs for adoption are lovely companions who have been abandoned due to a family tragedy, unfortunate circumstances, or irresponsible owners.

Lastly, did you know that many backyard dog breeders and pet retailers that supply the majority of purebreds are merely selling inbred pets with no regard for genetic health? Therefore, you can also consider adopting a mixed breed dog. Mixed breed dogs suffer from less inbreeding, have a reduced incidence of hereditary genetic disease, hence have cheaper overall vet expenditures and happier pets! And the greatest places to look for a mixed breed are rescue organizations, SPCAs, humane societies, and animal shelters.

#7. How to Create a Schedule That Is Dog-Friendly

How much time your new dog adoption will require is determined by the breed, age, amount of previous training, the presence of other pets and humans in your home, and your current activity level and lifestyle. Matching the amount of time a dog requires to the amount of time you wish to spend with your dog is critical while searching for your new best buddy! Consider your everyday routine as a starting point. How much free time do you have each day to spend on the care, training, and attention of your new dog adoption over the following few months, and then for the remainder of the dog's life? Time spent simply "hanging out" with you while you watch a movie or read a book counts as well for sociable creatures such as birds, rabbits, dogs, and cats! Dogs and puppies take the most time, ranging from an adult, already trained, peaceful breed to a high-energy puppy who would enjoy running alongside another high-energy dog friend. Prepare to spend at least 4-5 hours per day with a high-energy puppy that requires training, and approximately 3-4 hours per day with a single adult dog.

#8. How to Budget for a Dog Adoption 

While many aspects of being a responsible dog owner are non-monetary, such as your time and love, there are fees to consider. If you've never owned a particular sort of pet before, determining the cost of your new pet can be challenging. When adopting a dog, there is typically a price associated with the adoption. Pet rescue is a costly endeavor! Often, the rescuer pays to have the dogs spayed or neutered if they are not already, gives vaccinations, and covers all medical expenses incurred while the creatures are in their care. Food, beds, leashes, collars, tags, and grooming all add up, but fortunately, a large portion of that expense is not passed on to the owner. Adoption fees for dogs typically run between $100 and $300. Consider your essential supplies, which include a collar, identification tags, a microchip, a leash, a pet bed, bowls, and toys. The largest expense will be food, which will vary according to the size and breed of dog you adopt. Inquiring as to what the shelter feeds the dog you wish to adopt and the cost can assist you in preparing for this. Other fees will primarily be medical and will include routine vet appointments and the possibility of a trip to the clinic due to an accident or illness. If you will be away from your dog for an extended period, you may want to consider a doggie daycare or hiring a dog walker.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Veterinarian Visits

Your priority should be to take your newly adopted dog to the veterinarian. This is particularly true if you have more pets. It's prudent to ensure that your new dog is healthy and free of infections or viruses that could be transmitted to other animals in the house. The most effective method of locating a veterinarian is by word of mouth. The animal shelter or rescue organization from which you obtained your dog may be able to make a recommendation. To ensure good preventative care, your dog or cat should be inspected twice a year by a veterinarian.

A standard vet examination includes the following:

1. A flea hunt using a specific flea comb.
2. Taking your dog's temperature.
3. Performs a physical examination by inspecting his ears, eyes, nose, teeth, skin, legs, joints, genitals, and lymph nodes.
4. Listening to his heart and lungs.
5. Flea and tick prevention.

* For a detailed examination, a blood test might be performed.