So, you want to adopt a dog. But what in the world comes next?
The process of adopting a pet can feel complicated if you’ve never done it before. And even if you have, there’s always something to improve upon. That’s why we created a comprehensive guide to adopting a dog. No matter where you are in your pet adoption journey, understanding these steps will help ensure Fido comes home without a hitch.
Part 1: Should you adopt?
Before buying any collars or treats, you need to determine whether getting a dog is right for you. Pets can be a major drain on your wallet and freedom, but they can also be your best friends. Before you head to the shelter, research how to choose a dog. That way, you can make an informed choice about adopting a furry friend.
Part 2: Establish your rules
Prior to picking up your adopted dog, it’s important to establish some ground rules. Where will your new pup sleep? Will he be crate trained? What will he eat? How will you train him? Where will he go to the bathroom? Getting on the same page as the people who will interact with your new pup is necessary to avoid confusing him.
Just think—if you were a puppy and one human expected you to sleep in your crate while the other wanted you to cuddle up, you’d probably get pretty confused at bedtime. Establishing ground rules with everyone…