Adopting a dog is one of the most amazing things you can do. There are so many lonely, sad dogs in shelters who are just sitting there waiting for someone to adopt them and give them the best years of their lives! However, deciding to adopt a dog is one thing, but there are a few mistakes you can make that should be avoided if you want to get off to the best start with your dog. Read on to learn what they are:
1. Not Researching The Breed
First of all, make sure you look into the breed you’re considering bringing home first. While you can get a good idea of the dog’s personality at the shelter, you may need to be aware of any common health issues the breed faces, as well as personality traits you might discover later on. All dogs have different personalities, but certain breeds can be similar in terms of energy levels, whether they get along with kids, and so on.
2. Not Preparing For Any Behavioural Issues
Dogs that have been in shelters for some time may have a behavioral issue. You need to check this and take it seriously if you are told that they have one that needs attention. Many of these issues need work and won’t just disappear with love and affection.
3. Not Looking Into Safe Ways To Get Them To You
If you live far away from the dog, then you need to make sure you move your dog safely. Some people adopt dogs from overseas, but you’ll need to find a reliable carrier and ensure they will keep your dog as safe as can be. Rehoming dogs from other countries comes with its risks, so make sure you look into them.
4. Only Looking At The Young Dogs
It can be tempting to look at the younger dogs so you’ll have more time with them and get to bond with them while they get older, but you could be missing out. Wouldn’t it be lovely to give an older dog some joy in their final years? Plus, older dogs can be super sweet and loving. You could be missing out on a very special connection if you only look at the youngsters!
5. Not Spending Time Getting To Know One Another
Before deciding to take your dog home it can be a good idea to get to know one another first. Spending time together at the shelter and bringing your family along can give you a better idea of what it would be like at home.
6. Trying To Do Too Much Too Soon
Make sure you don’t overwhelm your new dog once they are home with you. Allow them to adjust before bringing them to a family party, for example. Make sure they are comfortable with you and your surroundings.
7. Being Inconsistent
You must be consistent with your dog. Try to come up with a routine, and when it comes to discipline, make sure you don’t send any mixed signals. This isn’t about shouting at and punishing your dog, but doing simple things, like never feeding them off your plate.