Getting a dog with the looks and personality that you want in a 4-legged companion is one of the things that dogs can do.Adoption from a shelter is one of the ways to get a dog, as is working with a breeder.Regardless of where you decide to find your new friend, make sure you are working with a trustworthy organization and prepared for the responsibilities that come along with having a dog.
Step 1: Consider what kind of breed you want.
If you want a dog that is simply a non-mixed breed, you should make a decision.You don’t need to look for a dog with a champion or prestigious bloodlines if you’re just looking for the personality of a specific breed.This is what matters most to people who want to show their dogs.Ask your vet for recommendations on breeds with personality profiles that match what you want in a dog.
Step 2: Evaluate your living situation.
Finding the right breed of dog depends on a number of factors.A large, active dog might not get enough stimulation in a downtown apartment with an owner who is gone 8 hours a day.A small, nervous dog might be uncomfortable in a large space.Use online resources, breed guide books, and dog magazines to help you figure out what kind of dog is right for the amount of space you have and the activity levels you can offer.Do you know what it takes to care for a particular breed of dog?
Step 3: Review the needs of the breed.
Common needs for different breeds of dogs should be considered.Pomeranians may need more regular grooming.Many breeds are prone to medical problems.Large dogs are prone to early arthritis while small dogs have hip problems.Consider both the monetary cost and level of commitment involved in caring for a breed’s specific needs.Is it possible to brush their coat out once a week?Will you be able to keep them on their daily medication when they are older?Discuss breed-specific needs with a vet.They can give you an idea of what is needed to keep that breed happy and healthy.
Step 4: Check for breed rescues.
Once you know what breed of dog is right for you, look for a breed rescue.These rescues specialize in taking in dogs of a specific breed.If there is a breed rescue in your area, look for it.If there isn’t a rescue near you, check with further away rescues.Some rescues are willing to work with people from outside their home area if the person can come in-person to pick up the dog.If you decide to work with a breed rescue, you should ask the staff for tips and instructions on how to care for your new dog.They have experience with that breed and may be able to give you valuable information.
Step 5: You can search for local shelters.
If you want a dog from a certain breed, you should check with your local Humane Society and other animal shelters.There are a lot of common dog breeds in the shelters.If your shelter doesn’t have the breed you want, ask to be placed on their notification list.If someone brings in a dog that matches the breed you want, this will let you know.Shelters are not like breeders.They don’t know if they will get the type of dog you are looking for.If you want to give an abandoned dog a second chance at a happy, permanent home, you should adopt from a shelter.
Step 6: There are online listings.
Many websites allow owners, breeders, and rescues to post their animals for adoption.You can look for breed specific listings on websites.There are online listings that allow you to look at multiple shelters at the same time.
Step 7: You can find a breeder.
If rescue or shelter adoption is not feasible or acceptable, consider working with an ethical breeder.Before you adopt a puppy from a happy and well-cared-for mother, check your breeder’s background and meet with them to make sure you are getting a healthy puppy.All dogs should be healthy, clean, and free of parasites, as well as the breeder’s facilities being clean.A good breeder will let you know if they screen breeding stock for common health problems.Both parents should have undergone genetic testing.You should ask for proof that the screening tests have been done.Wait for a litter to become available if you want a breeder.A sales agreement that clearly spells out the obligations of all parties with respect to the dog is required by a good breeder.Books, grooming equipment, pet care supplies, and more should be suggested by the breeder.
Step 8: The paperwork needs to be filled out.
You will need to fill out paperwork if you want to take your new pet home.Once you have found the dog you want, you should request the adoption paperwork so that you can begin the process of bringing your new pet home.You will need to fill out an adoption agreement form with a shelter or rescue.You will probably have to agree to a contract specifying the obligations of the breeder at the time of adoption.
Step 9: The adoption fee is paid.
There will be an adoption fee that covers the care for the dog while at the shelter, as well as vet fees such as spaying or neutering, vaccines, and any other care.The puppies are usually sold for a profit rather than a fee.Depending on where you live, the shelter, and what kind of care the dog has received, adoption fees will vary a lot.The cost to adopt a dog from a shelter is between $75 and $300.They can vary greatly because they set their prices at their discretion.Quality breeders often charge thousands of dollars for their puppies, making it more expensive to adopt from them than from a shelter.
Step 10: Prepare your home.
Make sure your house is ready to handle your new dog before you bring it home.All areas you don’t want the dog to access, moving any potentially dangerous objects or products, and ensuring your house is stocked with necessary dog care items are all part of this.
Step 11: You can find a vet.
It’s a good idea to find a vet who is taking new patients before you adopt because your adoption paperwork will likely require you to have a vets picked out.You should know from the second you bring your dog home that you are prepared.If there is a vet in your area with experience caring for a new breed of dog, call or search online.If they are taking on new patients, ask to be added to their new patient list and get an appointment to bring your new pet in quickly.
Step 12: Bring your dog home.
Bring your dog home once you get approval from your shelter.If necessary, take the day off and spend it at home with your new companion.Allow the pet to get to know you on the first day at home.Pick up your new puppy after 8 weeks of age if you are adopting from a breeder.Puppies separated from their mother before this may be fearful.It is illegal to sell puppies before 8 weeks of age in some places.As soon as possible, get your dog to the vet.This will allow your vet to meet your new pet, and make recommendations for care based off the dog’s current condition as well as likely future needs.
Step 13: You should register your pet.
If you want your dog to have papers, you need to register them.You can research the various kennel clubs in your area.Find out how they set guidelines for dog breeds.Before you register, make sure you have the necessary paperwork.It’s important to shop around to find the right club for you, as some clubs are controversial for their strict and over-controlling restrictions on both dogs and their owners.
Step 14: Positive training methods can be used in an obedient school.
Ask your vet, breeder, or rescue to suggest a facility that uses positive training methods.Puppy training or rescued pet training are programs that cater to your pet’s special needs.Enroll in a class early so that you can bond with your pet.Consistency is the key to successful training.In between classes, practice your training behaviors at home.
Step 15: Spend time with your dog.
It is important to take time every day to make sure that your new dog is getting enough food, water, activity, and socializing.Setting aside time every day to care for and play with your new dog will make it feel safe in your home for the rest of its life.Walking the dog is one of the responsibilities that you should give up if you live with other people.Adopting a dog is a long-term commitment that takes care and work every day.If you don’t think you can provide for your new pet for at least 20 years, do not adopt.