October is the month for pumpkins, treats, and goblins. But did you know that it's also Adopt a Shelter Dog Month? Dogs end up in animal shelters for a lot of reasons. Some dogs are found on the streets and never reclaimed by their owners, while other dogs are brought in by people who can't keep them anymore. Most rescue dogs are accustomed to living in a home with a family. This makes them perfect for many households. This week, I've put together some tips to help you and your family choose the right shelter dog for your household.
Consider the Energy Level of the Dog
Some breeds are known for having a high energy level, while others are more sedate. This makes it essential to conduct research on the dog breeds you are interested in. If you have kids who love to go on walks and play in the yard, then you may want a rambunctious, high-energy dog like a terrier mix or a border collie mix. Alternatively, if you want a dog that's content to hang around the house all day, you're likely to lean more toward a basset hound or a bulldog mix. Choose a dog breed that fits with the tone of your household.
A Puppy or a Dog?
There is no question that most puppies are very cute. But if you adopt a puppy, you'll have to housebreak it. Plus, no matter the breed, most puppies are always ready to play, and they are known to chew things and get into mischief. It's smart to take these things into account before choosing to adopt a puppy. On the other hand, many families want a puppy so they can have a pet that grows up alongside their children. But an adult dog is likely to be housetrained and more mature than a puppy. Also, some people adopt adult dogs because they want a dog with an established personality.
Ask Shelter Volunteers About the Dogs
Most shelter volunteers are experts on the dogs they care for. If you see a dog you like, ask a volunteer about its temperament, its energy level, its overall health, and whether it likes children or other animals. Most volunteers will be happy to help so they can see every dog go to a good home. I suggest that you ask the volunteer to accompany you as you take the dog outdoors to see how it acts outside of the shelter environment.
Consider the Other Pets in Your Household
If you have a cat or another dog in your household, be sure to take them into account before adopting another dog. Choosing a dog that gets along well with other animals is critical. Some shelters even allow you to bring your dog in to meet the dog you want to adopt.
Don't Make a Quick Decision
If you see a dog trembling in the back of its cage or one that doesn't come over when you call it, you may be tempted to move on down the row of cages. But think about how scary it can be in a noisy shelter surrounded by strangers. Ask a volunteer about the dog and its personality. A dog that seems shy or unfriendly in a shelter may flourish in a loving home.
If you want to add a dog to your household, I hope you adopt one. Shelter dogs are not lesser animals; they're just looking for a fresh start with a new family. Thanks for reading. - Alan at Alan's Factory Outlet