It brings joy to our heart to know just how many dogs get adopted from shelters a year. While there needs to be more people looking into adoption (give some old dogs some new hope, people), we thought it might be wise of us to give some new dog owners some tips about adopting dogs, be it from shelters or rescue groups. The process is relatively painless, and with some simple steps, you can ensure it is as easy as pie for you and your new dog.
First thing, don’t just pick a dog blind. Go to your local shelter and spend some time with the rescues. You will see, much like when you choose a dog from a breeder, that there will be the perfect dog there that matches your energy and what you are looking for. As much as the instinct as a dog lover is to save every dog, the best thing you can do is ensure you are taking a dog into your home so it will be a good fit for not only you are your family, but for the dog as well.
Next up, make sure to introduce the dog to your home properly. You need to be the alpha of the pack if you are introducing the dog to your new home. Let them know it is your space, but allow them the space to be curious and to learn at their own pace. Remember, this is not just new for you, this is new for the dog, too, so have patience.
And last and most important, lots of love. We know it sounds a little simple, but really, there is a chance, if the dog is being rescued or adopted, that is didn’t come from the best life, so lots of love and lots of patience is really important to help them transition into their new life.
A life they would have never gotten had you not chosen to adopt, so take a moment in between petting him to pat yourself on the back, too.