If you are at the stage in your life where you are considering introducing a dog into your family fold, or else are wondering how to start looking for the perfect dog to give a warm, loving and entertaining home, then you have definitely come to the right place.
Here, to help you make your decision and guide you along the way, is a step-by-step guide to adopting a dog from the shelter.
1. Find the Right Dog for You
Once you have decided that it is the right time to get a dog, the first step is to visit your local animal rescue center or dog shelter to meet all the dogs who are looking for their forever home.
The beauty of adopting a dog rather than buying a puppy, is that the staff and volunteers at the center will not only be more than happy to give you all information they have about a particular dog, but will always genuinely care and love the dogs and therefore always put the dogs’ interests first – they want the right dog to go with the right person.
2. Analyze Your Lifestyle
The breed of dog you choose should largely be based around your lifestyle, as well as both your personal and professional commitments.
The most important things to think about when creating a mental shortlist of suitable breeds, include how much experience you have caring for a dog, the size of your home and garden, how much you enjoy walking, how adept you are at training and any allergies any family members may have.
Remember that, unless you are exceedingly lucky, dogs can also be a huge financial issue and you must be confident you can take your dog to a registered and reputable vets in Utah as regularly as they need.
3. Prepare Your Home
Once you have researched into the breed of dog you want and one that is best suited to you and found a deserving dog to adopt in the local shelter, there is no time to waste in preparing your home for your new arrival.
Remember that dogs from shelters have sometimes led traumatic lives beforehand and it is your moral obligation to treat them like a prince or princess from the moment that they step paw into the door.
At the very minimum, you need healthy food and food bowls, copious water bowls, harness, leash and collar, balls and other toys, a crate, a soft bed and plenty of comforting blankets. It is illegal to walk your dog in any state without a collar and ID tag, so be sure to have one made with your contact details before you bring your dog home.
4. Spend Quality Time with Your Dog
Any dog, regardless of their past history and younger years, needs constant affection, love, attention and physical and emotional stimulation.
Your new dog will be overwhelmed in the first few days and even weeks and it is your responsibility to be as patient and loving as possible while they settle in to their new and happy life with you and your family. Give them time and space, simply being in the same room and talking in a cheerful calm way will help to begin with.