By visiting this page you’ve taken your first step toward responsible pet ownership. Caring for an adopted pet goes far beyond providing food, water and shelter. It takes research and careful planning to bring the right pet into your home, and to make sure your lifestyle is the right one for your pet. Considering the following points will help get you started.
One of the biggest contributors to the plight of shelter dogs is a lack of commitment by owners. Most dogs live about 12-14 years on average. Much can change in your life in that amount of time, so it is important to be sure you are considering your new dog as a member of the family who will be with you through thick and thin.
Dogs are expensive. Vet bills can be very expensive. Of course we do not want to think about anything bad happening to our dog, but be sure you are financially prepared to handle vet costs if your dog was to get sick or hurt.
If you have another dog in your home, be sure you are prepared to handle the situation if aggression issues arise between the two. Dog aggression can technically develop at any point in their lives and occasionally as multi-dog “owners” we are forced to keep two dogs separated. It is never ideal nor something we hope for, but it is something to consider. Please also note that when adding a second dog to your home, you should always adopt a dog of the opposite sex, and the dogs should have a significant age gap between them. Both of these things reduce the incidence of dog aggression. Human aggression is NOT a trait in this “breed”.
Be sure you are able to do some formal training with your new addition. It is important for bonding, socialization and behavioral skills. Our contract does require formal training.
+Can I adopt a rescued dog if I've never had a dog before?
Yes. Everyone was a first time dog owner at some time in their lives! To find the right dog for your family, know what you want in a dog and seek out that personality. Look for a dog that suits your lifestyle as it is now, not as you might wish it to be. For example, if you already enjoy daily vigorous exercise, such as running, then find a dog that will enjoy that lifestyle with you. If you are a couch potato and love to stay home and watch movies, consider adopting a lower key “pit bull” dog. Be honest about what you like to do, then find the dog that matches your lifestyle.
+BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION
Make sure your city/town does not have breed specific legislation in place. If they do, be sure you are prepared to handle their particular regulations. We are happy to discuss this more case by case.
+PUPPY VS ADULT?
This is a BIG question that many do not put enough thought into. So many people are so quick to jump right into adopting a puppy. Sure, puppies are adorable- but have you really put thought into everything else that comes along with a puppy? Puppies are a lot of work, much more than you often think about prior to bringing one home. You must also realize that puppies need a lot of training; you are starting from the beginning. Large breed dogs grow very quickly. This means by 6-7 months you have a nearly full grown dog, with puppy mentality and puppy tendencies. They then enter adolescence, which can be a challenging period both physically and mentally. People often have the misconception that in order to have a good dog, you must raise one from puppyhood. This is false. A “good dog” also has much to do with genes. Each dog is an individual being and should be judged that way. When you adopt an adult dog, that dog has passed our thorough temperament test (and often times a test at the shelter or facility they came from). Adult dogs have a more developed temperament and you are able to “know what you are getting,” whereas a pup will change as they go through maturity. Especially in homes where there are children or other pets (dog, cat, etc) it is always advisable and wise to consider an adult dog.