Adopt a Shelter Pet Month

There are tons of dogs in shelters waiting to be adopted. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month – reminding people that there are lots of furry friends waiting in shelters.

This blog give a quick overview of what to consider when adopting a shelter dog.

Things to Consider when Adopting

  1. Finding the right match

Adopting a pet isn’t like buying a new wallet, you need to know what your needs are and the needs of your potential new dog. Are you active, or too busy to exercise? Do you have allergies? Do you live in an apartment? These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself to determine which breed of dog will be your best match. has a couple of quizzes to help you figure out your dog match:

  1. Time consideration

Remember that owning a pet can take up a lot of time. If you live on your own and have a very busy life make sure you choose a dog that doesn’t need constant attention.

Once you know what kind of dog you’re looking for it’s time to hit the local shelters. Sharon Maguire of says that it isn’t necessary to pick a dog from the first shelter you visit. You’re bringing home a new family member – it’s important to take your time and visit different shelters.

  1. Alpha dogs

Nicole Pajer of listed lack of training as the top reason dogs end up in shelters. Dogs are pack animals and packs have a hierarchy. You need to be able to train your new pup consistently. If you can’t establish yourself as the alpha dog your pet isn’t going to listen to you. Before you adopt make sure you have the time and ability to establish yourself as the leader

  1. Adoption Day

The day you adopt your dog will be the happiest day of your new pup’s life. But it isn’t all hugs and treats – here are some tips to be aware of before adoption day:

  • Don’t invade your dog’s space. Try not to smoother your new dog with hugs and kisses until you’ve exercised them and shown them their new home. In dog language hugs can be considered an act of dominance.
  • You’ll need a leash – take your dog for a super long walk before you go home. Dogs that have lived in shelters typically don’t get enough exercise and all that pent up energy can spell disaster at home. Always remember establish yourself as the leader during this first walk: enter and exits doorways and gates before your dog and make sure your dog heels.
  • When you arrive home keep your dog on the leash, it’s time for the guided tour. Lead your dog around the areas of the home she/he will be allowed in – always enter and exit the room before your dog. Do not show your dog areas that are off limits to him/her.
  • At the end of the tour show your dog his space – bed or crate area. You can put some treats down so your dog has happy thoughts about this space.

For more information on adopting shelter dogs check out:

If you need to learn how to clean up after your new pet check out:

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