Don’t just drive up to a shelter and pick any dog up for adoption. The first thing you must have is a love for dogs and really want them to be your constant companion and best friend. Adopting in a hurry would be an exercise in desperation for both you and the dog if unconditional love was lacking.
In many countries, many dogs are put to sleep annually because no one wants them. Shelters cannot maintain them due to space and budget limitations. So, in that context, your ‘dog for adoption’ business can save a life!
What is the best approach to use when searching for a shelter dog that is up for adoption? Here are some tips you can follow:
1. What type of house do you live in? The answer to this question is very important because you need to give the dog some space to move and play.
2. Do you have children in the house? Are they well versed in dog care? If not, it’s wise to let the animal shelter staff know about this so they can recommend the best type of dog to have. Don’t assume that dogs don’t mind being poked or prodded.
3. What is your lifestyle like? Are you in a quiet or active lifestyle? It is necessary to take this factor into account. For a quiet lifestyle, an older dog may be right for you. Tell this to the guy at the animal shelter too and he should be able to help you choose the perfect companion for you.
4. Well, let’s say the dog adoption process is over and the canine is now home. Remember, you are taking him into a completely new environment, so he may need time to adjust to it. His appetite may suddenly “go away” and he cannot go to the bathroom for days. Do not panic. Shower him with love and be patient. Before you know it, things will be fine when his stress level decreases and he relaxes.
5. Do not try to force your dog to respond to your whims and fantasies by snapping your fingers. You must understand that he has lived before with different owners and he needs time to adjust to your “behavior”. For example, if you want him to snuggle with you while you watch TV, you need to remember that he may not want to because his previous mistress didn’t like that act. So be understanding and give him time to adjust to his new surroundings.
6. After bringing the shelter dog home, tell the children not to sit on it, pull its tail, go near its food, or make fun of it. The poor dog needs time to adjust to his new surroundings, and therefore you must let him do it on his own time, not yours, or his fear and stress may cause him to bite his children. .
Remember these tips because many lovable animals have ended up in shelters simply because their owners didn’t understand that dogs have needs and feelings, just like us humans.