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Posted on 10-16-2014

Factors to help your decision to adopt a Dog into the family

Adopting a dog can be both thrilling and scary, especially if you’ve never adopted a pet before. These tips to adopting a dog will help your transition to life as a pet owner be as smooth as possible.

Pick the Right Breed

Picking the right breed of dog for your household is incredibly important to your personal happiness, and the happiness of the dog as well. What kind of dog should you adopt depends on the personal preferences and needs of the people in your household. When deciding which breed of dog to adopt, consider the following:

  • Energy level. Some dogs are high energy, others are more laid back.
  • Space requirements. As a general rule, big dogs need more space, and little dogs need less space.

Pick the Age of the Dog

Many families with small children are interested in puppies, but some pet owners may find happiness with older, more mature dogs. The difference between older and young dogs is usually in energy levels and training. Puppies can be high-maintenance, and usually require lots of TLC as they learn the rules of living in a household. Older dogs usually come pre-trained, and can be more laid back than puppies.

"Test Drive" the Dog

Once you’ve picked a dog that you’re considering adopting, ask if you can “test drive” the dog by taking him or her for a walk around the block. This will help the dog burn off any excess energy, and help you judge whether or not that dog is a good fit for you.

Be Prepared

Once you’ve adopted the dog, you’ll need to have products at home to help you take care of the dog. Over time, you may acquire a variety of products for your dog’s enjoyment and comfort, but here are a few of the essentials you’ll want right from the start.

  • Food dish and water dish.
  • Dog crate and dog bed.
  • Chew toys.
  • Collar and leash.
  • Grooming brush.
  • Nail trimmers.

Knowing how to prepare in advance will help you make a smooth transition to a life with a new pet. What other suggestions do you have for adopting a dog? Leave your comments at the end of this article.

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