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Adopting A Dog – So You Have Decided To Adopt
There can be many reasons why people adopt a dog as opposed to buying one and each way has it's merits provided one takes the time to weigh up the pros and cons. Those folks at the dog rescue/shelter provide an outstanding service by giving mistreated, unwanted dogs another chance at life, but they need others to make their efforts worthwhile by adopting a dog and continuing the love and care in their own homes. Dogs find themselves in shelters for a whole host of reasons from being mistreated, neglected, abused and abandoned, and it's very difficult for the rest of us to fathom why.
It's much easier said than done, with a roller coaster of emotions and challenges, one can soon start thinking, maybe it's not what they initially hoped. It must be said that adopting a dog is an extraordinary thing for anyone to do. It's the responsibility of the new dog owner to make things as comfortable as possible for the new addition to the family.
When you first bring a dog home watch out for those little accidents and territory markings. It's very likely that your new rescued dog will have numerous behavioural problems, so be ready for a lot of chewing and possible destruction to your furniture. Adopted dogs can react to their new home in many different ways, so it's best to be prepared for the unexpected.
It's also advisable to check out the shelter itself. Possibly one of the best places to get advice on adopting a dog is at the shelter, simply by talking with the staff and others who have adopted before. While a suite of furniture and a dog aren't remotely the same, visiting the shelter will give you a much better appreciation for the look, size and temperament of your potentially new best friend!
After the initial adjustment period, you could find that much of the tedious work of training and socializing a dog may have been done for you already. Another bonus you can get from an adopted dog is it may have already been potty trained at the shelter or by the previous owner.
Dog adoption is not always a bed of roses; there are negatives you need to look for too. You need to question why the dog is left in the shelter in the first place, has the dog some behavioural psychological problems that you need to be aware of.
Therefore, you can be confident of your choice of dog and your ability to care for it. Don't be too disappointed if your newly adopted dog doesn't take to you or it's new surroundings right away, some may, just give it time.
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