First, you most likely already know which dog you want, large or small, longhair or shorthair, puppy or an adult dog, as well as a specific breed. On the other hand, you may like a completely different type of dog that will it’s right for you – this is often what happens, therefore say no until you see your pet yourself.
Perhaps you think you will have the opportunity to walk around to kennels and examine dogs until one of them “hits” your imagination. However, it damages dogs and causes them stress, so this approach today is practically not is used. Instead, you can consult your family and find out which dog will satisfy everyone, and based on of this, you can get photos and descriptions of suitable dogs and Become familiar with them. Arrange a meeting with a specific dog you can as needed
Please do not think that there is a “perfect” dog. Of course, not all dogs are in the shelter due to problems with health or behavior, but also moving the dog from the shelter to a new home can bring some problems.
Be prepared to ask a few questions about the dog, which Interested in or recommend you in a shelter. Past dogs may be covered in mystery, but be sure to find out what the shelter knows about her age, state of health, character and behavior. Staff in a good shelter should be honest – if they they know something, they will tell you about it, since all parties interested in that. Be careful if you are answered evasive or dismissive. But you also need to be realistic and honest with oneself if the dog has health problems or behavior, ask yourself if you can handle it, and if you really not enough time and resources (even with the help of a shelter), it’s better to say so, so as not to get into a difficult situation for you, and for the dog.
Among other things, before you take the dog home, find out whether it was sterilized, vaccinated, microchipped and deworming. Most likely, you will be required to pay for carrying out these procedures, so you should know – almost everything organizations require payment for helping the dog.
Be prepared that in a shelter or nursery they will want to know about you and your home in more detail. This is a good sign, as it means that they seriously care about the welfare of the pet and want him got his home forever and never returned to them. Sometimes also you may ask about a visit to your home to make sure that the dog will have a safe, reliable and happy family. Be careful with any organization that does nothing of of this.
In the right and good organization they will not put pressure on you either, so that you adopt a dog. Take time so that everyone think it over, and don’t rush to make a decision, no matter how many and when do you want to take the dogs. You may also it takes time to get ready to bring your new dogs to the house – the shelter must respect your time and wishes to to this.
Ask what help the shelter can provide if you already adopted a dog. Perhaps they themselves will want to do to you a few visits, but anyway, they should give you the opportunity to ask questions by phone or email, and also consult with them. And in the worst case scenario, if something unpredictable, you should be able to return them the dog back.
And finally, if you follow the guidelines and tips, which will be given to you in the shelter, and take the dog that suits and you and your family, then you can expect a happy future along with his new friend.