DOG ADOPTION CHECKLIST
Best questions to ask before deciding on dog
Why do you want a
Is it because they're "cute", your favorite celebrity has one or your kids really, really, really want one?
These reasons can all lead to one BIG mistake. Adding a
dog to your family should be a lifelong commitment and the dog's lifetime could easily be 15 or more years.
Make it a well thought out responsible decision. Dog adoption is a serious choice.
Dogs require a lot of quality time. If you work long days, are tired at the end and just don't feel
like it, that is never an excuse. The dog still needs fed, groomed exercised and lots of companionship.
Do you have good plans for who will care for your dog while you are on vacation or slipping away for a
weekend trip? A friend, relative or kennel will need to be lined up.
Do you have time for a dog?
What about your living arrangements?
Many rentals and communities either ban or restrict dog ownership. Do you have an outdoor space for
your dog to play and burn off excess energy? If not, are you prepared to devote time to frequent dog
Can your finances support dog
The cost can add up quickly. Many people don't think about all the expenses involved. These
include: license fees, Vet. bills, grooming, food, toys, training and the possible cost to repair any items your
dog may destroy. Which leads to another consideration.
Are you prepared for the
Are you prepared for chewing of household items and personal belongings, furniture and floor scratches,
piddle, puddle and poo accidents on your nice carpet or shiny hardwood floors?
Shedding dogs will aggravate this. There are breeds of dogs that are considered hypoallergenic or
non-shedding but even those dogs can wreak havoc with a person that is very sensitive.
Do you freak out if your house is not perfect at all
Dogs can be messy. They don't pick up their toys, wipe their paws
or exercise any caution around breakable items. And the fur and dust does accumulate.
Think about any major future plans.
Having a baby or moving. Might want to wait till after these things
happen to adopt your new dog. Some dogs are better with children than others.
Once the new baby has arrived, there are ways to help assure that the dog and baby are good
Finally, are you willing to make a forever commitment to
To be there when he needs you , even though it may be inconvenient,
expensive and messy?
This dog adoption checklist can only serve as a guide. If you are
sure about dealing with all these considerations and your commitment to see them through, dog adoption may be for
you. You will have a very valued and dedicated friend in your new family addition.
Check here for further help in selecting just the right dog for you and your family.
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