Shelter dogs come in different breeds and sizes. But a dog is unique from one another. Surely, from their variety, you can find the dog type that you want in a dog shelter.

There are a lot of benefits that you can get from adopting a shelter dog. You’re giving a home to a homeless dog but you’ll also reap the benefits of a trained dog. First and foremost, you’ve to be 100% sure that you really want to have a pet in your household. Otherwise, you’ll end up doing the same as the previous owners of shelter dogs.

Be a responsible dog owner

There’s an increasing number of shelter dogs because dog owners buy pet dogs on impulse. They didn’t realize the responsibility that goes with dog ownership. After buying a puppy, they realized that they don’t want a pet dog. So they give up and leave the poor dog in a shelter.

So before adopting, you’ve to understand the responsibilities that go with it: dog vaccinations, maintaining dog’s health and grooming, regular exercise needs, and food and water. If you think of giving a puppy as a gift, be sure that the person you want to give the dog to knows the responsibilities of a dog owner.

Puppy or adult dog?

Once you’ve decided to adopt a shelter dog, there’s another decision to make: are you going to adopt a puppy or an adult dog? The advantage of having a puppy is that the puppy hasn’t yet developed its own habits. You’ll train the dog yourself according to what habits you want him to adopt. However, training a puppy requires more care, training and supervision.

Adult dogs

Adult dogs are usually the ones whose original owners are dead and the relatives don’t want to take care of the dog. They don’t want to euthanasia the animal so they just leave him with the dog shelter facility.

Dogs aged between 10 to 18 months old are already as adult dogs. Adult dogs have learned to adopt into their owners’ lifestyle. If you’re a busy person, adopting an adult dog might be the best for you. You don’t have to train the dog from scratch. They tend to be calmer, trained and with developed household manners.

Adjustment period

Taking an adult shelter dog needs patience while he familiarizes with a new environment. At first, you can take him home for the weekend or a short vacation. It’s good if there’s minimal activity at first while you’re adjusting to each other. He’ll be upset if there are lots of activities and this will make him nervous.

It’s good that you’re constantly with him during this stage. While you’re adjusting with each other, you can already set the ground rules of your relationship. Normally, the adjustment period for an average dog is 90 days. So, if you want to live peacefully with each other, be patient and determined with your new dog – and everything will follow.

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