Tips for Adopting a Shelter Dog

By December 15, 2020 Uncategorized

It’s Adopt A Shelter Pet Month! If you’re ready to bring a new canine companion into your home, please consider getting a shelter dog. This is a wonderful way to find your new furry friend! A Goodyear, AZ veterinarian discusses adopting Fido from a shelter in this article.


Before bringing Fido home, make sure that everything is ready for him. Some puppyproofing is definitely in order. Remove or secure anything you don’t want your pooch playing with or chewing on. This includes things like plastic bags and wrappers, medicines, chemicals, and anything small or sharp. You’ll also need to remove toxic plants. (Tip: check the ASPCA site for a list.) If you have a yard, make sure your fencing is secure, so your canine pal can’t dig under it or jump over it.



You’ll need to make a run to the pet store. This should be done after you’ve chosen your pup, as many dog products are size/age specific. That said, your shopping list should include bedding, toys, treats, waste baggies, grooming supplies, a leash, a tie-out line, a harness or collar, a crate, and a pet first-aid kit.

Take Your Time

Adopting a dog is a big decision. While it’s easy to fall for an adorable furry face, it’s important to choose a dog that fits your lifestyle. That cute Pomeranian won’t be able to keep up with someone who loves hiking, while a playful pup may be too much for somebody who prefers reading over going to dog parks.

Don’t Overlook Imperfect Pups

Sadly, many dogs languish in shelters because they aren’t quite perfect. Some may have hearing or vision disabilities, while others may just need to work on their training. Senior dogs are also often passed over. Please consider these less adoptable pets. They’re just as full of love and tail wags as any other pooch! 

Be Patient

Don’t expect perfection from Fido. He may have to unlearn some bad habits, such as lunging after squirrels or sleeping on the couch. Set down ground rules gently but firmly from the start. However, don’t punish your furry buddy for slipping up. Focus on giving him lots of love, and just let him settle in. You’ll be getting tail wags and happy dances in no time!

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