Most people have a lot of questions when they’re considering to adopt a dog. Questions range from responsible ownership to feeding schedules and from training to grooming. One thing is for sure though, when you decide to adopt a dog, it’s important that you know you are capable of giving them a loving home that will last a lifetime. Once you know that you can, create a little list with questions and visit a few shelters before you make any decisions. To help you along, we spoke to a shelter worker and asked what they would ask if they were and aspiring adopter.
Don’t judge a book by its coverIt’s relatively easy to walk into a dog rescue shelter or dog adoption charity, peer through the doors and choose a dog based purely on the first bright eyes that fixate on you. But this is not the best way to choose your companion for the next 10-15 years. Even though you'll always be drawn by the appearance of a certain breed or size (who isn’t?), it's far better to choose a dog with a temperament that suits your own personality and lifestyle. Take a Husky for instance, they look fluffy and cute but they need their human companion to be the leader of the pack.Ask shelter workers about the temperaments of the various dogs that are up for adoption. All shelter or adoption dogs will have undergone thorough testing, so employees will be able to give you all the info you need:
- Will this dog suit an active lifestyle?
- How much room do you have available?
- Do you like a dog that needs a lot of exercise?
- Do you have a lot of friends that visit often? If so, you’ll need a dog who will enjoy meeting new people