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Before Your Adopt a Dog

Before You Adopt a Dog
Adopting a dog is great fit for many families. A dog can be a loyal friend, a workout companion, and more, but owning a dog is also a lot of work. Caring for and training your dog requires time and money, and adopting a pet is an important decision you should consider thoughtfully. Also, puppies are about twenty times harder for the first couple of years than an adopted dog. Adopting an older dog is an excellent shortcut to an incredible companion.

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Number & Ages of Household Members
Adopting a dog is a big decision, requiring time, money, and dedication. Make sure to match your lifestyle with the type of dog you select, because most likely he will be with you for more than 15 years. For instance, children under age seven are not usually a good fit for puppies or toy-sized dogs. A medium sized dog or larger that’s over five months old is a better choice.
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  1. Primary Caretaker
    All family members should have input on picking the family dog. Sharing the selection experience enables each person to feel a sense of ownership and responsibility. By doing some research and asking everyone what they value in a dog will help narrow down the ideal fit.
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  2. Setting a Budget
    The question of budget is as much about money as it is about the time and energy you have to you give to a new dog. Age and particular breeds create diverse demands on time. Likewise, a puppy or young dog needs more supervision, training, and exercise than an older, adult dog. The first year with any new dog, despite breed type or age, will be more demanding on you than any other time. This is when you set routines and house rules that will last a lifetime for your dog.

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When you are budgeting for your new dog, make sure to consider the following factors.

  • Socialization and discipline (dog training)
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  • Spaying or neutering
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  • Pet insurance
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  • Healthcare
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  • Grooming
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Sharing your home with a loyal friend is one of life's greatest pleasures. Dogs provide unconditional acceptance and love, are faithful companions, and can even help alleviate stress after a long day at work. Deciding to adopt a dog is one of the most enjoyable decisions you can make, and you’ll be saving a life. Considering all the reasons you want to adopt can help you select the ideal companion as long as you willing to make the necessary commitments to your lifelong friend.

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