With a new release of the Diamond Edition of 101 Dalmatians, pet adoption, pet protection, and pet-consious and humane treatment of animals has been raised again. The Cruella DeVilles of this worlds are still around. However, we have the responsibility to know facts as they are and put into place anti-cruelty laws across this land.
Cesar Millan is a well-know activist for dog’s well-being, training, and adoption. Today, he shares the Adoption Tips we all could keep in mind when we head for a Dog Adoption. Once you’re read it, you would imagine these tips are applicable to any animal adoption! That’s the beauty of them!
Whether your family has had dogs before or this is your first time, here are ten important things to remember about getting a dog. Most important, please adopt a shelter dog instead of buying one at a pet store. There are lots and lots of wonderful dogs in shelters waiting for their forever homes!
1. Adopting a dog is a very big responsibility, because you’re promising to take care of her for her entire life, which could be for fifteen years or more. Be sure that you are ready to care for her.
2. It can be expensive to own a dog. You have to buy dog food, toys, treats – and your dog will occasionally need to visit the vet. So you and your family should talk to be sure you can afford a dog.
3. Dogs need a lot of your time. You need to walk them every day, feed them, train them, wash them, clean up after them and play with them. Your parents need to have time to take them to the vet regularly. So be sure that you and your family have enough time for a dog.
4. If you or your family aren’t sure if you’re ready to adopt a dog, you can foster one. Fostering a dog is when you take care of a dog from a shelter at your home until it is adopted. The dog gets to live in a home instead of the shelter – and you practice to see if you are ready for a dog.
5. When you are looking for a dog to adopt, find one with energy that is the same or less than yours. If you and your family are not very active you shouldn’t adopt a high energy dog, but if you love hiking or running or other outdoor activities, then you can.
6. Puppies take a LOT of time to raise and train! If you’re not sure you have enough time and energy for a pup, consider adopting a grown dog. He may already be trained, housebroken and ready to love you.
7. Don’t reject a dog just because she isn’t “perfect.” Dogs who are older, blind, deaf or disabled don’t let their handicaps slow them down, and they will love you just as much.
8. Don’t choose a certain kind of dog because they look cool, you saw one on TV or everyone else has one. Look first for a dog that fits you and your family. That may very well be a “mutt” or a mix of different breeds.
9. When you go to the shelter to look for a dog, do it at a time when it isn’t busy. This way, the dogs won’t be distracted or excited by lots of people, and you can see them the way they usually act instead of really excited. And you can take your time to observe the dogs and make a better choice.
10. Once you’ve adopted and brought a new dog into your home, remember that you need to be the Pack Leader. This means that the people make the rules, through consistency and love, and the dog follows them. You and your parents can find lots of ways to be a Pack Leader at our Cesar’s Way web site.
Make sure your parents have your dogs spayed or neutered. It is our responsibility to help there be fewer unwanted puppies in the world.