Before You Adopt
things to consider when adopting a dog
Do you have any other pets? How your other pets react to a new dog?
Is your current residence suited to the needs of the dog you’re considering?
How will your schedule affect your ability to care for a dog?
How do the other people in your home feel about having a dog in the house?
Are you, your spouse, partner or roommate intolerant of hair, dirt and other realities of sharing your home with a dog, such as allergies?
What breed mix of dog is the best fit with your current lifestyle?
Is there tension in the home? Dogs have the ability to sense stress and tension, and it can exacerbate their health and behavior problems.
Is there an adult in the family who has agreed to be primarily responsible for the dog’s care?
What do you expect your dog to contribute to your life? Do you want a running and hiking buddy, or is your perfect pet a couch potato who will hang and watch TV with you?
If you are thinking of adopting puppy, do you have the time and patience to work with the dog throughout its adolescence on house-training, learning commands, and behavioral corrections?
Have you carefully considered your lifestyle and determined whether a younger or older dog would be a better match for you?
Do you have the time to train and handle a dog with behavioral issues or are you looking for a better trained dog?
Do you have children, or will your dog be around children regularly?
Are you financially prepared for dog ownership, both routine care and unexpected emergencies?
Will your be home large enough should your dog grow to be bigger than expected?
Do you plan to travel with your dog? How big of a dog can you travel with comfortably?
Do you have a plan for your new dog during vacations or travel?
Most importantly, will your dog be your best friend and beloved family member?