So you want to adopt a dog. There are many ways to go about doing that. I do not approve nor promote buying a puppy from a mill or any store. They do not keep the dogs in sanitary conditions and are way over-priced. Often times dogs bought from various stores develop health conditions that are expensive and even deadly.
Because of the hurricanes in Texas and Florida, many pets were surrendered, especially dogs. Shelters should expect an increase in found dogs, so the adoption rate is going to rise. These dogs are scared and a long way from home. Shelters are a completely new environment for all the dogs who end up there, so adoption is the way to go. There are dozens of adoption centers in New York with little pups waiting for their furever homes.
Adopting a dog is a major commitment. A puppy is like a child in the sense that they need active attention, lots of patience, and a ton of love and care. Below are some tips to take into consideration before bringing your new best friend home.
Consider a Pitbull or Older Dog
Pitbulls and older dogs are usually most commonly placed for adoption. Pitbulls have a negative image that does not hold true for all of them. People breed pitbulls for fighting and ruin the dogs for life. But pitbulls are actually compassionate by nature. All dogs need to be given a chance. Older dogs in adoption centers have usually been there for a longer period of time. Older dogs usually don’t need as much training as younger dogs, but they’ll need more time to adapt.
Volunteer at the Shelter
Most shelters have volunteer programs for walks and playtime. Volunteering at a shelter will raise your awareness to dogs who need adoption, and it’ll be easier to meet the one you want. Spending time with a dog before bringing them home is a good idea. It gives the dog a chance to get to know you and you get to know them.
Read up on Dog Food
Choosing the right dog food is not an easy task. You want to make sure your dog is getting the highest nutrition and quality in the food that they eat. The problem is most dog food companies have similar claims, making it hard to choose. However, there are different options when it comes to feeding your dog. Personally, I think feeding your dog freshly cooked food is the best way to go. There are many websites that post recipes for homemade dog food that are super easy and healthy for your pup.
Know What Dogs Can and Cannot Eat
I cannot stress this enough: before you feed your dog anything, make sure it is safe for them to eat. There are many things that are a-ok for your dog, but some specific items are toxic and even harmful. Dogs fare well with peanut butter, apples, and carbs like rice and pasta. However, they cannot under any circumstances eat grapes, raisins, or garlic. A quick Google search before tossing a piece of food to your dog is prudent.
Dog-Proof Your Home
Puppies are chewers. But older dogs might even chew things in times of stress. Make sure there are no wires exposed or placed in a position available to your dog. Don’t leave anything on the floor you wouldn’t want to get damaged, and clean up anything they could pick up with their mouths. Baby gates are also a good idea to keep dogs corralled, or to prevent them from going up and down stairs.
Bringing a new animal into your home is not simple. Its always a little weird at fast as they’re new in your home, and the animal is still adjusting to you. It will take some time for them to adjust to home, so older dogs might need to be retrained for certain things. A dog will not behave or act in any way out of spite. It may seem that the dog will pee on the rug to be naughty when you think they know better, but in reality they are still learning and experiencing. Housebreaking takes time and some dogs understand rules quicker than others. Having patience is key for a new dog and it’ll help strengthen your relationship as they learn to trust you.
Decide on Training Words
Puppies need routine. They learn best by repetition and consistency. Therefore, having an established way of training is effective. Dogs do not respond well to negative reinforcement, so positive training is most efficient. Use the same words each time you want a command to be done, and the dog will begin to link the word with the action.