What are some of the things that come to mind when you think of a new pet? Questions like, “What breed is he?” “Will I be able to take care of him?” “Can I really afford a dog?” “What if I don’t have enough quality time to spend with him?”
These are important questions to ask before you decide to adopt. But there are other questions that are just as vital to choosing the right pet for you and your family. Thinking about these things beforehand will help ensure that you’re able to offer your dog the best possible environment to grow and thrive in.
To assist in getting you on the right track, The Barking Lot put together a few tips to guide you in your search for the right pet.
Is He Healthy?
This is probably one of the most common concerns potential dog parents have when adopting from a rescue or shelter. Fortunately, many places have a trained specialist(s) on site to assess the physical health of each pet once they’re brought into the facility.
Reputable shelters also stay up-to-date on their vaccinations by providing health screenings for their dogs. Along with immunizations, health assessments usually include spaying or neutering and parasite treatment.
How Much Maintenance Does He Require?
Before you bring your furry four-legged friend home, you will need to assess the kind of care he’ll need long term. Whether you choose a dog with long hair or short hair, expect your pet to shed. Long-haired dogs typically shed their fur seasonally – meaning they tend to lose their double coat in both hot and cold weather. Whereas short-haired dogs shed a little bit of hair all year long.
Of course, there are other aspects to keeping your dog in tip-top form. Tooth brushing, nail clipping and dog bathing on a routine basis are only a few.
Is He Ready To Socialize?
Puppies need training. This will initially require a lot of time and effort on your part until he’s a fully domesticated part of the family. That includes potty and obedience training.
Keep in mind that your pet may have had a previous owner and received some training prior to his stay at the shelter. History and temperament play a big part in your pet’s socialization, as well.
How Active Is Your Family?
The thing about pretty much every breed of dog, is that exercise is a requirement. But there are some breeds that need more time jumping, playing and running than others – especially if they’ve never had the benefit of dog boarding services.
Herding and sporting dogs should get at least 90 minutes of exercise a day. Brachycephalic dogs have a harder time breathing and don’t usually need as much physical activity. Knowing your pet’s breed is a good way to ensure that he’s the perfect match for your family’s level of activity.