Adopting a Dog
Adopting a dog from a shelter or a rescue home is a big responsibility. First you, your family and your home must be approved for the adoption before you take your new dog home. If you own a garden, you must make sure it is safe for your new dog. Some dogs are capable of escaping over high fences, so you need to be sure your home is safe and secure!
Dogs that are adopted have usually already been examined by a vet, vaccinated, neutered and dewormed. It is important to find the right dog that suits your and your family. If you have other pets or small children, make sure your new dog is comfortable around them – and vice versa!
Shyness is completely normal
When a dog joins your family, you need to remember that your home and surroundings are new and strange to it. If your new dog is shy and reserved, don’t worry, this is completely normal, and it just needs time to get used to everything.
If you have other pets, give them time to get used to one another. However, sometimes pets just don’t get along. If this is the case, then unfortunately it’s not meant to be, and you may have to return your dog to the shelter. Sadly, this can be a very painful experience, but it is for the best.
Owning a Dog is Time Consuming
A new dog in the family means you need to spend time on walking it, playing and caring for it. Dogs need proper care, especially during the first few months. It is important not to leave your dog alone for hours, while it gets used to everything. Puppies need additional care and extra time for all sorts of training. Just as you wouldn’t leave a child alone, neither should you leave a puppy!
Keeping a Dog Costs Money
Future dog owners should be aware that owning a dog costs money. It’s not just food and treats that cost money, but also insurance, care and vet bills.A dog needs all the basic equipment so that it is comfortable at home. A cosy bed for your dog, a leash and collar for walkies, food and water bowls and toys to keep them entertained! All of these things can cost a pretty penny. You should consider your finances before you buy a dog. Can you afford the long-term care a dog needs?