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Adopting an Adult Dog

Deciding to adopt a new dog is a wonderful and rewarding experience. Adopting an adult dog has both advantages and drawbacks. To ensure a smooth transition into the home, there are few things to take into consideration.

  • Where are you getting your dog from? Many people prefer to adopt instead of buy. “Animal shelters are a huge asset to the communities they serve as well as surrounding residents – and, of course, to the animals. Unfortunately, their purpose and contribution to society are often misunderstood.” (Petmd.com) Contrary to what some may think, the shelter is a loving and affordable place to adopt a new pet.

  • What’s the dog history? It’s not always possible to know the answer to this question, but any information can go a long way to helping you understand a dog’s behavior.

  • Should I adopt a puppy or an adult dog? It really depends on what you’re looking for. “Puppies require the most work when it comes to house training. If you: (a) don’t want your things chewed up, or (b) don’t have the time or money to train the puppy, consider adopting an already housebroken, adult dog.” (Petmd.com)

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