Happy Friday everyone! Who's ready to enjoy the weekend??
We definitely are, but we also wanted to share with you another awesome article written by our friends over at Happy Writers Co. Just like buying a home, adopting a dog can be exciting but nerve wracking. Having a furry companion has plenty of benefits, but how do we know we are ready to adopt a dog? Take a look at a few different reasons on whether or not you're ready to bring a new family member to your household!
In case you didn't know, we also have dog bandanas for your 4 legged friends! Check out this good boy Gus rockin' one of our bandanas! If you are considering adopting a dog, here are a few local organizations that have dogs up for adoption who need loving homes.
Arizona Humane Society
Halo Animal Rescue
Arizona Small Dog Rescue
Am I Ready to Adopt A Dog?
Choosing to adopt a rescue dog is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make! It might feel as if you are ready to commit to bringing home a new member of the family, but there are some honest questions you need to ask yourself before making your final choice.
One reason alone is not usually enough to consider adopting a dog. For example, even if you want to adopt a dog to give it a new, loving home, that is not necessarily enough. Of course it is a great reason to adopt a dog, but you also need to make sure that you will be capable of giving your new dog a loving home at all times.
How can you know if you are ready to provide a loving home for a dog that needs one? Here are some of the main questions to ask yourself and your family before adopting a dog:
Do you have the time to devote to training an adopted dog?
Many adopted dogs come with the need for intensive training. Some might have been raised in dysfunctional families, or have gone through other traumatic experiences which make them fearful of humans or other dogs. These dogs will need plenty of care and attention, so it would not be wise to consider adopting a dog if you are going to be out of the home very often.
Is your job going to cause any issues?
Does your job require you to work long hours away from home? Do you have a history of being posted to other locations on a whim? These situations aren’t going to mix well with a new, adopted dog that needs your love and attention.
If you decide that you are adopting a dog but are going to be working away from home for more than 4-6 hours per day, ensure someone else is available to give your dog a walk and check up on them.
Is your home environment right for the dog?
First off, if you rent from a landlord, you must be told in writing that dogs can be allowed in your home. This way, you can avoid any major problems with your dog being allowed in your home after you have made the decision to adopt.
Also, remember that large and outdoorsy breeds like Border Collies or Greyhounds are not well-suited for apartments. Some breeds of dog need hours of exercise each day, so do your research carefully before committing.
Do you have previous experience owning a dog?
Whether you have owned one yourself or have owned one as a child with your parents, it is a good building block to have owned a dog before. This will have you better prepared for the potential challenges of adopting a dog from a rescue center.
Lastly, and most importantly… is everyone in my household ready to take this on?
You should ensure that yourself and everybody you live with is completely on board with the decision to adopt a dog. This is a major commitment, and the questions in this article are only a handful of the ones you should consider before extending your home to a new, four-legged member of the family!
Jack Vale is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with K9 Sport Sack, the top retailer for dog backpack carriers.