Ready to Adopt

Before taking on that furry friend one should consider many things. Caring for a dog is more than simply providing food and water; it requires a lot of time and hard work. This responsibility should not be entered into lightly. If you plan to adopt a dog you should understand that you are making a commitment to that animal for the rest of his life. Shelters are full of dogs brought in by people who were not ready for the responsibility and time involved in taking care of them. Or they plainly had unrealistic expectations. You should do a lot of research and talk to people who know what you are about to get into before you just dive right in.

Keep in mind these key points when deciding if a dog is right for you and your family.

* Supplies - In addition to food, dogs need treats, collars, leashes, toys, bowls - well the list goes on and on.
* Veterinary care - Regular trips to the Vet for yearly checkups and to keep immunizations current. You must also be prepared for the unscheduled visits when your dog is ill or injured.
* Training - Most if not all dogs need to be trained if you want to the behavior you desire. You can train your dog yourself but obedience classes are highly recommended because the help socialize your dog to many different types of people and other dogs.
* Daily exercise - You should have the time to walk your twice a day for 30 minutes or more depending on the size and energy level of your dog. Daily exercise will keep your dog happy and healthy.
* Grooming - Dogs require regular baths and grooming. Depending on the type of dog you have daily brushing may be necessary. Some breeds need to be taken to a qualified groomer to keep them looking and smelling their best.
* Size and breed - A major consideration for anyone contemplating adopting a dog is the dogs size and breed. Many breeds have certain traits that go with the territory. For instant Chihuahuas are notorious for yapping. Working dogs like Sheppard's, Collies and mixed breeds need a lot of exercise.
It is very wise for an individual to do some research related to dogs before adopting one. Learning about what to expect can better prepare the new dog owner and thus lead to an easier transition for the dog. The decision to adopt a dog should not be made without first giving some deep thought to all that is involved.
Take the time to find a dog that will fit into your lifestyle. The decision to adopt a dog should be made by all family members involved, even the children.
Dogs are like people, they are not perfect and they do make mistakes. Before you decide to adopt a dog consider whether you can be as forgiving toward your dog as he will be toward you. If you are prepared for the responsibility and the unconditional love, then it's time to go adopt your new best friend!
As you can see, the decision to adopt an animal should not be taken lightly. There are many important factors that should be considered when you are thinking about bring a new furry friend into your life. After weighing these and other factors, if you do decide to adopt, you will know that you are doing a beautiful and responsible thing by providing a lifelong home to an animal who, in turn, will be your devoted companion for many years to come.