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Choosing The Best Dog To Adopt

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

When you’re at the shelter trying to choose the right dog for you and your family, keep in mind that many animals will be stressed out. Many times you won’t be able to see a dog’s true colors until he is away from the other animals and the shelter. Some if you walk past several dogs who aren’t vying for your attention, don’t rule them out, they may be stressed, scared or lonely.

A counselor can help you choose a dog that is best suited for you and your family. While choosing a dog, consider the following questions.

  1. How old is the dog? You may want a young dog but keep in mind that they may require lots of training and supervision. If you don’t have the time or the patience to train a younger dog and don’t want to come home to find your cushions or pillows chewed, you may want to consider an older dog.
  2. How shy or sensitive is the dog? Although an active, bouncy dog can catch your eye at first, if you’re a couch potato, you may want to consider a calmer dog who likes sitting with you while you watch TV.
  3.  Is the dog good with kids? Consult with your counselor on this one but generally if a dog likes to be touched, doesn’t mind loud noises and shows no sensitivity to people or kids, then this may be a good choice if you have kids.If you get a puppy for your kids, remember that baby animals can be fragile and that, regardless of the dog’s age or breed, you’ll want to supervise their interactions with kids.

All shelter pets deserve loving homes.  Go to the shelter pet projects website they may be able to help you with your search. Remember, you are choosing a family member that’s likely to be with you for 10 to 15 years. Make the right decision.

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