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By | May 6, 2016

Tips for Choosing a Shelter Dog You’ll Love Thousands of shelter dogs are adopted each year by responsible, loving families. But how do you choose a shelter dog? 1. First impressions don’t always cut it. Usually, dogs will show their true colors once they are separated from other animals at the center. That means even if a dog looks snobbish on your first meeting, don’t count him out right away. He’s probably just shy, lonely or even afraid.
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2. Visit the shelter frequently.
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If you come to the shelter often, you can get a clearer idea of the different dogs’ personalities. And do talk to the staff every time. These people know the animals best, so the more you become familiar to them, the better they can match you up with the right dog for you. However, before dropping by at the shelter, make sure you’re already prepared to adopt. You don’t want to fall in love with a dog that you can’t take home yet. When you’re actually ready, there’s no telling if he’ll still be there. 3. Find a dog who fits your lifestyle. That golden retriever was great, but if your apartment is small, he’s probably not the best fit. When deciding on a dog, consider his size, exercise needs, temperament, and compatibility with children if you have kids living with you. Puppies are endearing, but they’re very work-intensive. If you’re usually at work all day, a puppy may not be great for you. An older dog who has lived with a family will need less of your time and attention. 4. Know what you want, but be flexible. If you’re keen on a particular type of dog, think hard why. Your lifestyle may be the most important reason, and in such a case, factors like age and size will actually count. However, there are other factors such as color and gender that don’t really impact your ability to provide him a good home. 5. To think that all shelter dogs are “damaged goods” is a huge mistake. That’s a common misconception that shelter staff deal with almost everyday. Truth is, only a few shelter dogs were actually abused by their owners, though they were probably neglected at a certain time. Shelter staff are there to tell you which dogs require special care and attention. For instance, a neglected puppy may have never been potty-trained, so if you decide to adopt him, that will be your job. Generally speaking, however, all shelter dogs only want a loving and caring family they can be with for the rest of their lives. Finally, if you’re going to adopt a dog, don’t do it out of a whim, but rather because you want a friend you can have for life.

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