Plan Before Adopting Puppy

Many people who adopt dogs do so just because they woke up one day wanting to have a pet. Dog adoption is not something you can decide overnight.

If you are considering to adopt a dog, it is highly advisable to first think it through. Remember, dog adoption is not something you can take very lightly. It is a major decision as it does not only affect you, it affects the life of the dog you are about to bring home.

Here’s some help you decide if adopting a dog is right for you and how the process works.

We see this happy image all the time. A smiling child and happy family bringing a cuddly little puppy with wagging tail home for the first time.

The excitement often wears off quickly. Because the dog needs to be fed, watered and begging for walks. It may even mess on the carpet, jumping on people, bark a lot, dig in the yard, uproot plants, and causing disruption every chance it gets as most dogs do.

Adopting a dog involves many responsibilities such as grooming, taking it out for exercises, training and caring as well as feeding and watering. This is the bigger scene not usually imagined but just as real.

When decided to adopting a dog, plan for the following:

– Supplies

The basic supplies that the dog will need are bowls for water and food, a dog ID tag with name address and phone number, a bed, a comb, a collar and a leash, and dog food.

– Setting Limits

Even before the dog is brought home, the family should agree on tasks, assignments and other dog duties for the caring of the dog. Assignments should include who should feed the dog on particular days, who should take the dog for walks, and who should groom the dog.

When limits are not set and the dog is allowed to do as it wants, the dog will attempt to dominate. To prevent this, do not play games with the dog that will teach him to challenge you.

When the dog starts to nip, it is a signal that the dog has had enough, let the dog rest and do not allow another occasion to reach that point as it also teaches the dog to become dominant. Do not allow nor encourage wild behavior.

The dog also appreciates hierarchy. If it learns from the start that you play dominance or is the alpha male, it would be easier to make the dog follow your commands.

– Dog Training

Dog obedience training must start as early as possible because the dog has to learn manners and to follow commands. Excessive barking, jumping on people, quarrelling with other dogs and house pets, chewing on furniture, scratching the carpet are just some of the examples untrained dogs do that often results to embarrassment to their owners.

Different dogs have a variety of temperaments. These do not only differ from one dog to another, it also differs depending on the breed and the size of the dog.

Large dogs on the other hand are slower and more placid. If you have the time to get the dog out regularly for walks and exercise, a large dog will fit in nicely even when the space is limited. Larger dogs though cost more to maintain.

If you properly plan before adopting a furbaby, both you and the dog’s life will be happier.

Even before the dog is brought home, the family should agree on tasks, assignments and other dog duties for the caring of the dog. Assignments should include who should feed the dog on particular days, who should take the dog for walks, and who should groom the dog. Agree on areas that are off limits to the dog and areas where the dog is allowed. When limits are not set and the dog is allowed to do as it wants, the dog will attempt to dominate. These do not only differ from one dog to another, it also differs depending on the breed and the size of the dog.

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