One of the most rewarding undertakings you can do is bring a shelter dog home for good.
Of course, there are many different routes into dog ownership and there’s certainly nothing wrong with buying a pedigree pup from a reputable and trustworthy breeder, but equally there are lots of dogs out there who are sadly stuck in shelters through no fault of their own… and you could make a huge difference to their life by adopting instead of shopping.
However, it’s important make sure that you’re ready to bring your new best friend home and that you’re fully prepared for what it all entails, as owning a dog is a big commitment that involves keeping them healthy, safe and well fed, with a roof over their head for the rest of their lives.
Once you’ve decided on the kind of breed you’d like (one that will fit in well with your particular lifestyle), it’s time to go to your local animal rescue centre to see who you can find.
It can be helpful to spend as much time with your chosen pup before bringing them home so you can find out more about their temperament and personality, as well as learning more about their personal history and background. Ultimately, the more information you can get the better prepared you’ll be if and when you decide to bring them home.
Once you’ve made your doggy decision, it’s now time to make sure the house is ready and welcoming. Set them up with their own designated space that includes a bed, toys and blanket. You may also want to consider getting a crate so they have somewhere to escape to if it all becomes a bit overwhelming.
Also make sure the house has been dog-proofed! Your new addition to the family may be a little destructive at first (especially if they’re a young pup), so move items out of reach and close off areas you don’t want them to access. Also keep them safe by putting any cleaning supplies and other potential poisons well out of reach.
With just a few simple steps, you’re sure to be ready and excited to welcome your new pooch home with open arms. Have fun!
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