Rescuing a dog from a shelter is a great way to add an additional family member to your home.  These dogs are in dire need of attention and love.  They crave it and when you provide them with a stable, healthy loving house then they respond positive to the surroundings and the entire family.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind when adopting a shelter dog.

Volunteer at the Shelter

When you spend time at the shelter, you are able to see how different breeds interact with other dogs and people.  This gives you a better understanding if a specific breed dog is more suitable to your lifestyle and family make-up.  For instance, if you have other dogs in the house, then look for a breed at the shelter that gets along with others.  If you have an active lifestyle, adopt a dog that suits these attributes.  It helps to experience first-hand, which dog benefits the most from your home environment.  If you are unsure about volunteering, then spend some time at the shelter to attain the same information.  It helps you make the right decision.

Do Not Rule Out Adult Dogs

Puppies are adorable, and it is only natural to be drawn to them first.  However, take into consideration what comes with puppies.  Puppies take lots of training; engage in chewing up furniture and shoes.  There is the accident spill phase to get through ruining your flooring and furniture.  Why go through any of it when you could adopt an adult dog?  They are just as lovable, easy to train, and are able to adapt to the environment at a faster pace.

Prepare Your Home

Do not wait until you bring your new canine home to stock up on supplies.  Start collecting the right dog food, toys, bedding, leash, and collar.  These are all things you can do ahead of time.  Also, put away any electrical cords that might be in the way of the dog or other harmful objects lying around.  In addition, childproof your kitchen cabinets or anywhere you store cleaning materials.  You do not want your dog to digest something toxic.  Keep these items out of harm’s way.

To find out more about adopting a shelter dog, talk to a Florida dog obedience instructor or a k9 obedience teacher today.