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5 Must Haves For Adopting a Dog

2nd Jan 2019

There are so many dogs out there without families who need a home. So rather than shopping for a new dog, it’s ideal to adopt one!  Although most dog adoptions go smoothly and the transition into their new life is successful, there is still a lot of potential for challenges along the way.

Bringing a dog into a new place and changing their way of life as they know it can take an adjustment period for all of you.  However, with enough perseverance and love on everyone’s part, you can ensure that your dog adoption experience is a success. Just make sure that you have the following on deck to see you through.

Proper Fencing

It’s vital that your yard is blocked off so that your dog doesn’t escape.  Sometimes curious dogs bolt out of the yard through even the smallest gap, so if you already have fencing make sure that it’s secure. Otherwise, you may want to consider installing a new one.

If cost is an issue for you, then you should consider putting off the adoption until a later time.  Dogs are pricey, and this is only the beginning of many dog-related expenses.

Obedience Training

Since your dog may have had a challenging upbringing or even a history of being abused, it’s important to make sure that they have a fresh slate.  Getting rid of any negative associations or bad habits isn’t just better for you and your family, but also the well-being of the dog.

Make sure to find someone that comes recommended and always stay consistent.  Failing to follow through with the rules every time after you set them in place will only stunt their obedience.

A Crate

Your dog will need a place which they can call their own.  A crate is their own secluded territory which offers them comfort and shelter.  In addition to giving them a space to call their very own, it can also help pups who aren’t potty-trained yet.

You can talk to your obedience trainer about how to properly crate train so that it goes as smoothly as possible.

Quality Food

Buying your dog cheap dog food may be linked to illnesses like cancer.  It’s ideal to feed them a high-quality rich product which is full of all of the vitamins and minerals that they need.

In addition to making their coats shiny and smooth and their teeth stronger, you may also find it makes their poop more tolerable.

A Reliable Vet

Things go wrong with pets all the time.  Whether they get an injury or fall ill, it’s important to know that you have a good vet who you know you can trust with your beloved pet.  

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