Amidst the pandemic, animal adoption rates have soared. Back in March and April, many of us were locked down at home and preoccupying themselves by adding a new member to their family. Many shelters around the country were able to clear out completely, a great thing! Now it’s August and clear the shelter time again, and it’s always important to make sure your home is ready for a new dog, especially if for the first time. Here are some things to consider before we head to the shelters:
Do Your Research
Research breeds you’re interested in and what to expect from them. Even if you’re a current dog owner, it’s important to read up-to-date information on dog care. There’s no such thing as being over prepared.
You Have the Time
Dogs are a big responsibility. If you are away from home for many hours each day, a new dog is probably not for you unless you have proper help. Puppies cannot be left alone for long periods of time and adopted dogs may suffer from stress or anxiety when they are left alone in a new home. Also, be prepared to be up early and often to let your dog out.
You Have the Money to Spend
Having a new dog isn’t just buying a dog bowl and a leash. From their food, to dog toys, to their vet bills and any other unexpected costs or medications, dogs carry considerable expenses with them from puppyhood throughout their lives. While some puppies may have had their first rounds of shots or may even be spayed or neutered by the time you take them home, you’ll want to check in on these things before leaving the breeder or shelter.
Are You Okay with a Mess?
Potty training is a process and there will be accidents. Dogs, especially those with separation anxiety, may take a toll on your home. From mud, to wet fur, to scratch marks on doors, to chewed up clothes, shoes, and furniture, you need to expect some destruction. Be patient with your dog as they adjust to a new home.
You Love Dogs, Not Just Puppies
You need to be a true dog lover to be able to give your dog a full, happy life. Think about whether you want a dog for several years or just a cute puppy to play with until that initial adorableness wares off and they grow up. If you just want a puppy, you may want to consider fostering. People dumping their dogs in shelters once they realize that they can’t handle them is a big issue in this country that can be avoided if everyone takes time to think about their decision.
Once you consider all these things, and you are ready for the new family member, contact our local shelters. Here are a few in DFW that need your help!