5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Adopting a Shelter Dog
1.) Does this dog’s temperament match my lifestyle?
When you’re choosing a dog at the shelter, it’s important to focus on personality rather than looks. The cutest pooch in the world may not necessarily be the best fit for you!
Consider the members of your household. Will this dog get along with them? If you have children, it’s important that you choose a kid-friendly dog. If you have other pets, it’s important that you choose a dog who likes other animals.
You should also ask the shelter staff about the dog’s energy level. Dogs with higher energy require more of your attention, and dogs with lower energy may not be as active as you expect.
2.) Can I commit my time to this dog?
Once you adopt a dog, your priorities have to change. You have to come directly home from work to put in even more work with your pup. That includes training, playing, exercising, housebreaking and more. It’s all worth it, but it’s time-consuming, especially when your dog is still new to your home.
If you have a busy schedule but still want a furry companion, an adult dog who is already trained might be the right choice for you.
3.) Do I have space for this dog?
Where you live should definitely impact which shelter dog you bring home. If you know the breed of the shelter dog you’re hoping to adopt, research what kind of home environment it needs to thrive. Some breeds do well in small spaces like apartments, while others need quick access to a big backyard.
If you’re planning to adopt a puppy whose breed is unclear, talk with the shelter staff. They may be able to give you some insight into how much the puppy will grow and, therefore, how much space it will need.
4.) Can I afford to take good care of this dog?
Dogs have needs that must be met, and they come at a price. As a dog owner, you must be prepared to pay for the essentials like vet visits and food. With some dogs, you’ll have to account for grooming, obedience school, and spaying or neutering.
The financial commitment may seem like a lot, but it’s what dogs deserve for being man’s best friend!
5.) Can I give this dog the best life possible?
It’s a given that your shelter dog will love you unconditionally, but you must be ready to do the same! They deserve a safe, happy home where you provide them with infinite belly rubs.
It’s also important that rescues undergo proper socialization, which helps them adjust to new experiences. If you choose to adopt a shelter dog, a great way to get them acclimated to their new life is doggie daycare at Hounds Lounge! Here, they can make furriends, burn energy and get lovin’ from lots of nice hoomans!