If you are thinking to adopt a dog, consider adopting a dog from an animal shelter or humane society.

You’ll not only get a good feeling from helping a homeless dog, you’ll get an outstanding companion. One of the main benefits of adopting a dog from a shelter is that the staff at these organizations carefully check the animals for sound health and good temperament. In addition, some shelter animals have had the benefit of training to develop good manners while they wait for a new home.

Through no fault of their own, a lot of great dogs wind up in animal shelters hoping for a second chance at happiness. People relinquish their pets to shelters when they are no longer able to care for them. Sometimes this is because the owner was unprepared for the responsibility that comes with caring for a dog. Often, however, caring owners struggling with life changes or trying to cope with family tragedy realize their pet would be better off with someone else. They bring them to the shelter because they know the animal will be well cared for and placed in an excellent home.

how to adopt a dogWhen looking to adopt a dog, you will find just about any age, size, and breed of dog at an animal shelter. Often, people underestimate how difficult it is to care for a litter of puppies and turn them over to the shelter to raise and adopt out. In other cases, young dogs are relinquished because their previous owners didn’t have the time to provide regular exercise for the pup. So, if you have your mind set on adopting a puppy, a shelter is a good place to look. However, if you would like a more mature dog that is likely already housebroken, you’ll find these kinds of canines at a humane society or animal center.

Upon arrival, shelter staff carefully evaluates each animal for physical and behavioral soundness. They make note of quirks and work with specialists to eliminate negative behaviors. Most shelters have adoption counselors who interview potential adopters to understand their needs and lifestyle so they can make the perfect match.

Bringing your newly adopted dog home is exciting for you, but may be a little overwhelming for her. Keep her on a leash as you take her from room to room, giving her plenty of opportunities to sniff. You may want the first stop on your tour to be the backyard or wherever you want her to relieve herself. The excitement of a car ride and coming to a new place can give her the need to empty her bowels or bladder.

After a while, you will notice that your new dog will tend to settle down in the same place in your home. This is where your dog feels the most comfortable, it is their spot. Once you have identified this spot, put your dog’s bed here and their favorite toy. This will give them somewhere to retreat to when they want to sleep or have quiet time.

dog-journalDogs are creatures of habit, so the sooner you establish a firm routine, the more comfortable your new dog will become. Always feed her in the same spot and at about the same time each morning. You’ll find she grows to anticipate what comes next. For example, if you always feed her after you bring in the newspaper, you’ll notice she becomes very excited when you open the door to step outside. Dogs catch on quickly.

To adopt a dog from an animal shelter or humane society is a great way for you to get a loving companion and a great way for a dog to get a new lease of life with a loving owner.

Everybody wins!