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Helpful Tips for Adopting a Dog

by Coach Lilly

Daydreaming of dogs? If you have made the decision to bring a dog into your home and your family, adopting a dog is one of the best ways to give an adorable, lovable dog a good home. May is National Pet Month, and it’s a great time to think about all the important factors you will need to consider when you are getting ready to adopt a dog.

You should make the commitment to be a responsible pet owner before you even bring your new dog home for the first time. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the creators of May’s National Pet Week, share a number of guidelines for being a responsible pet owner.

 

 

 

First, make sure that you are not selecting a pet impulsively. You should take care to identify what your family’s current lifestyle is and be prepared to take on the responsibilities involved with adopting a dog. For example, if you live in a small apartment and don’t have a yard for your new dog to play in, you might want to think of getting a smaller dog that will be comfortable in an apartment setting and be prepared to take your dog on frequent walks outside. If you have questions about what kind of dog is right for you, consider consulting a veterinarian and other resources to understand the different healthcare considerations and other needs of various dog breeds.

Adopting a dog is a commitment that lasts as long as the dog’s life, so you should have a good idea of what your own life plans are for the next ten to thirteen years and feel confident that you will be able to dedicate the necessary time and resources to caring for your dog.

If you are considering adopting more than one dog or other kind of pet, be realistic about only keeping pets that you will be able to provide for entirely, including food, water, veterinary care when necessary, and time and attention. You should be prepared to make sure your dog is well trained to behave around people and other animals. The more preparation you have done to research the training methods you plan to use, as well as information on dog nutrition, safety, and healthcare, will all contribute towards making your new dog’s transition home as smooth as possible.

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Shop for the essential supplies you will need for your dog before you even bring him or her home. Here are some of the things you will need for your new dog: a collar and leash for outdoor walks, a comfortable dog bed, dishes for food and water, and nutritious dog food that is appropriate for your new dog’s age. You can find cute dog food bowls that show your passion for your favorite sports team for sale at DoggieNation.com. After all, you’ll want the newest four-legged member of your family to know which team you cheer for!


Adopting a dog can be a rewarding, meaningful experience for you and your new best friend. Have you adopted a dog before? Let us know your own tips in the comments below!

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