Thinking about adopting a shelter dog? Shelters are a great place to find the dog you’ve always wanted, and rescuing a dog means you’ll have a thankful, loyal companion for life. But how do you know you are getting the dog of your dreams and not your doggy nightmare? Making the right choice at the shelter means you’ll have years of happiness ahead of you. Use these tips to find the right dog for your home.
Start by choosing the shelter or rescue you adopt from carefully. There can be a big difference from one shelter to the next, and this can have a big impact on the health and wellbeing of your dog now and for years to come. Make sure the shelter is clean, the workers and volunteers are engaged and helpful, and the dogs appear to be well taken care of and socialized properly. Shelters that do some initial training and work with the dog can save you a lot of headaches later on, though if you have the time and patience you can do this yourself later on.
Remember that your first impression of a shelter dog may not be accurate. Some dogs don’t respond well to the noisy, overwhelming environment of a shelter. Where they may act scared or shy inside their cage, they may act like a totally different dog once you get them outside and given a little TLC. Ask the volunteers about the personality of the dog you are interested in; they’ll likely have a more accurate impression of the dog since they’ll be interacting with them one-on-one during the day. Don’t be afraid to ask to take the dog for a walk or play with them in an enclosed area on their own. Most shelters encourage this, and many will allow you to take the dog home on a trial basis to see if they are a good fit.
Because you probably won’t have an accurate health history on your new dog, be sure to take preventative measures ready for them when you get them home. Take them to the vet for a thorough check up, and start them on our dog joint supplements right away. Our supplements can help heal and prevent joint deterioration in your pet so you don’t experience health problems down the road. Find the right dog and give them the help they need to feel great and enjoy many great years with you!