There are all types of families and individuals that are looking for a dog to add as a new part of their family. There are several ways that you can acquire a new dog. You can look through classified ads both in newspapers and online. You can ask around friends and family to see if they know of anyone that is looking to part with a dog. You can contact a dog breeder and purchase a dog that way. There is one way that you can get a fantastic dog for your family that is often overlooked by most people and that is adopting a dog from a shelter.
With all of the problems that the United States has with pet overpopulation, adopting a dog from an animal shelter is a very conscientious thing to do. You will be saving a dog that has most likely not have had the best life and giving it the opportunity to live in a home where it will be given nothing but love and get to have an extremely happy and healthy life.
Some things to keep in mind when you are looking into adopting a dog from a shelter: First of all you should discuss the temperament of the dog that you are interested in adopting with the staff of the animal shelter. You should find out if it might be easily frightened or if it is somewhat hyper or if it is dealing with some other issue. You should also find out if the dog you want to adopt has any issues with going potty outside. This way you will know what kind problems that you will be dealing with when you bring your new dog home.
You are going to want to take the time to show the dog that you have adopted all around your home. This way you can familiarize your new pet with every inch of their new surroundings. If you have set up a place for your dog to sleep for example a dog bed and a small blanket you want to be sure to let them know that this is their special area.
If you have another dog in your home you need to know that it will be a process for them to get used to each other. They will need to lean to establish their own personal areas and one dog will likely establish themselves as the dominant dog in your household. Eventually they will learn to get along with each other and you will have two happy dogs in your household.
So when you have decided that you are in the market for adding a new dog to your household, you need to look into all the benefits that adopting a shelter dog can give you. You will be giving a dog who would really like the opportunity to live in a safe and happy home, while helping to end the pet overpopulation crisis. Shelter dogs are just as lovable as any other dog that you would have the opportunity to adopt or purchase so why not adopt when you are ready to add a new dog to your household?