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4 Pre-Adoption Considerations For Your Next Dog

Adopting a rescue dog is a great thing to do. It is the best way to bring a dog into your lives because you are giving a home to one that needs it the most. 

But there are some things that you need to consider before you head to the rehoming center to look at the dogs that they have available there.

Making sure that you have the right dog for you is going to be very important, but it is essential that you are the right people for the dog too.

Here are some things that you need to think about before you get a rescue dog

4 Pre-Adoption Considerations For Your Next Dog

What Type Of Dog Are You Best Suited To 

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are quiet, some are lively.

Different breeds have different qualities, and it is important that you look for a breed that is well suited to your life.

For example, when looking for the best dog breeds for elderly people, you will need to consider the energy levels of the dog.

You wouldn’t want a dog that requires lots of high energy walks and playtime.

Similarly, if you are looking for a dog that will need to be quite relaxed around the home, you wouldn’t want to get one that is constantly bouncing around and won’t settle. 

Make sure you do your research to work out what breeds have the temperaments that will suit your life. 

4 Pre-Adoption Considerations For Your Next Dog

Walking Your Dog

Before you get a dog, work out how much time each day you will be able to spend walking it.

Think about the fact that some dogs will need walking more than once each day, and that some walks may need to be a couple of hours long.

If you are not able to provide this, then it will be unfair to get that dog. 

If you are getting a dog that needs to run, make sure you have somewhere you can take them off the lead to allow them to run free. 

Feeding Your Dog

Dogs can eat quite a lot of food and they can be quite expensive to keep.

Remember, dogs are much like humans in the fact that they can get quite ill from eating a poor diet.

Make sure you are looking for good quality food which is high in the right type of nutrients for your pet.

If you just buy the cheapest food you can find, it is not likely to be very good for your dog’s health overall. 

Time And Attention 

Make sure that you are getting a dog that does not require more time and attention than you are able to offer.

Some dogs will need someone around all of the time, particularly if they struggle with separation anxiety.

If your dog needs to be left for a few hours at a time, make sure you pick one that has a strong sense of independence, but also ensure you are providing them with enough stimulation when they are alone. 

In Conclusion

Dogs have a great bond with humans. You can train them to offer protection or have them as pets at home.

But, before you can set out to adopt one, assessing whether you need one is critical.

You need to ensure that the dog will have excellent living conditions and healthy meals to keep them in good shape.

In addition, you need to follow due process to ensure that you are paying for the correct prices for the dog you want.

Also, you need to ensure that you have adequate time to provide care services. This is essential because dogs have feelings and emotions and can act depending on seeing the owner. 

They will demand your time even if you don’t feel like it. Therefore, you need to have a pet sitter when you are always occupied with work. The pet sitter will step in to perform responsibilities that might consume more of your time that you should be channeling to your business to promote growth.

You also need to be prepared for illness and/or an accident and the death of your dog. In such a case, Pet Urns can help you preserve their memories.


Friday 15th of September 2023

My last rescue dog was older and clearly his spirit had been wrung out of him; I told him every day what a good boy his was and how much I loved him. Been several years since he passed and I still feel that way

michelle Combs

Sunday 17th of May 2020

I would love to adopt a homeless dog

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Friday 17th of April 2020

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Molli Taylor

Thursday 26th of March 2020

these are important. i almost never follow them, and it always works out in the end but i always wish i had been more prepared.

Mia E.

Sunday 22nd of March 2020

This is great advice. My family likes to be outside to hike and walk so our dogs have been ones that like their walks and are happy when active.

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