How to Adopt a Happy, Healthy Dog or Puppy

Congratulations! You have decided to adopt a dog or puppy. Now you have some other decisions to make. What size dog is best? Will a dog fit your lifestyle?

Perhaps you are not sure if you want to adopt a dog or not. Or, maybe someone in your family wants a dog but others do not think a dog is a good idea. How will you decide what to do?

These questions and many more are answered in our Free Course on Dog Adoption.

There are lots of reasons for wanting a dog:

You just lost a dog who you considered your best friend and feel frantic to get another dog.
Your friend just got a great dog.
A family member is lobbying for a dog.
You fondly remember a dog you had in earlier years and think that is what you need or what your children need.
Whatever your reasons for wanting a dog, you need to evaluate carefully whether you are prepared to raise a dog and what type of dog fits your current lifestyle or family.

Are You a First-time Dog Owner?
Dog ownership lasts for the whole life of the dog – for many dogs that is 12 to 15 years. Getting a dog is a lot like having a baby – there is much to do to prepare.

There is a baby stage which is very labor-intensive on your part, there is a toddler stage and an adolescent stage which can both be a bit trying on your patience, then comes the long and happy relationship (if you got through the earlier stages successfully), and then there is a “senior” stage during which your dog may be on medications or need your help. The commitment is long but should be rewarding.

There is nothing like the devotion of a great dog. Be sure you deserve that devotion and unconditional love.

Which Dog to Adopt?
There are lots of dogs from which to choose – over 250 breeds worldwide plus many designer dogs and untold numbers of mixed breed dogs. You can get a puppy, a grown dog, or an older dog. You can get a male or a female. You can get a dog from a shelter, a breeder, or a friend. You need to take your time to get the right dog for you.

Every year 5 to 8 million dogs are relinquished to shelters. Why? In most cases, the family is simply not prepared for the type of dog they have. Many of these dogs are later euthanized.