The first few days of having a new dog are nerve-wracking. You’ve got a strange animal in your house and you can’t quite be sure what they’ll do, but after a couple of days you start to develop a pattern and figure out how things will work. You get comfortable, which is why it’s so upsetting when your new dog also gets comfortable and is replaced with the actual dog you’ve adopted. Here are some tips for dealing with the first few weeks with a new dog. Some of it repeats advice about the first night with your new dog. That’s because you’re going to want to relax your guard after the original excitement is over, and that’s a big mistake. Read More Getting a Dog: Surviving the First Weeks
Adopting a dog is wonderful and exciting, but no matter how well you’ve screened your new pal, it involves bringing a strange dog into your house and seeing what they do. That might, and probably will, involve a few house training errors, a bit of nervous chewing, and a few surprises. For a dog, it’s an exciting, overwhelming, and scary experience, and there are new rules, faces, and places to learn. It’s a lot to take in and it can be hard to fit smoothly into an alien household. Here are some tips for making that transition go a little smoother. Read More Bringing Your Dog Home: Prepping Your Home and Getting Through the First Night
Well, you’ve done the prep, and it is time to meet your prospective companion animal. You’ll notice you say prospective, because until you have met this dog in the fur, you have NO BUSINESS thinking of it as your dog. Read More Meeting Your Prospective Dog
So, you’ve found a dog (or dogs) that you want to adopt on Petfinder, or at your local animal shelter. Now, chances are they are going to give you a very lengthy application to fill out. Here’s why they do it, and what they are actually looking for. Read More Applying for a Dog: What They Really Want to Know
So you know what you need to know, you know your life is suitable for a dog, and you’ve decided how you’ll get your dog. Now you need to select the dog you are interested in getting. Read More Selecting a Dog Breed
So, you are ready to have a dog. The next step is deciding how to get one. Not surprisingly, there are many ways people go about getting a dog. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, except for pet stores (just don’t). Read More Adopting a Dog: Ways You Can Get One
If you’ve waited to get a dog, chances are you were waiting until you had achieved another goal first. Maybe that goal is working fewer hours, having more money, or having a fenced yard. That’s good, because having a dog requires you to change your lifestyle in ways you can’t always predict. Before you do ANYTHING else, you need to figure out if this is the right time for you to add a dog to your home. You need to look at the way you live now, carefully and realistically. Read More So You Want to Get a Dog: Is Your Lifestyle Dog Friendly?