Adopting Dogs In Shelters and Who Are in cages
Thursday, 16 March 2017 - 16:52 | Views - 359
If you decide to begin looking at shelters and dog rescues, keep in mind that a dog in a cage at a shelter will be difficult to appraise in terms of its level of energy.
Dogs in cages for any significant length of time can be frustrated and edgy.
It may help to have a professional or someone with some expertise assist you in gauging your potential dog's energy levels.
Before Adopting Take the dog for a walk
The dog walk is an excellent litmus test for a new dog. Find out from the shelter if you can “test drive” the dog that you're interested in.
Take him out for a spin around the block and see how the two of you get along.
Not only will you get an early idea of how you work together in a pack-oriented activity, but you’ll get a better understanding of his underlying temperament once you’ve drained away the frustration and pent-up energy he has from being in his cage.
Most importantly, do your best to leave your emotions at the door.
You will have plenty of time to bond with your new dog once you've brought him home and incorporated him into your family.
For his sake and yours, try not to let the environment of the shelter and the weight of the decision influence you to adopt a dog.
Dog rescues can be heart-breaking places if your thoughts are focused on the fate of every single dog present.
It’s crucial for you to choose the right dog, and not just one that you feel sorry for.
Feeling pity for a homeless dog won't benefit him or you in the long run.
Keep an open mind, do your research, and have patience! In the end, you'll both be better off for it.