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 […]
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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 […]
Meeting Your Prospective Dog
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.
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.
Selecting a Dog Breed
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.
Adopting a Dog: Ways You Can Get One
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).
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 […]