Many pets will be surrendered to shelters this year because of unresolved behavioural issues. When adopting an animal in need of help be certain that you are willing to get them the help they need.
Ask the shelter some details about your new dog’s background. This will help you to get an idea of what they were used to before. Any likes and especially dislikes should be kept in mind.
Your dog’s breeds, age and state of health will influence the amount of space, stimulation, exercise and interaction they will need.
While many dogs are happy to interact with anyone, some prefer only adults or only one gender. Some will not be familiar with a leash walk or meeting a child. Many will react fearfully or aggressively (stressed) during these new experiences.
Senior dogs will benefit from a quieter lifestyle while a new puppy will need training and socialisation. An adult may be shy or need more time to adjust. Long-haired breeds require regular grooming.
If you have existing pets it is important to choose a dog who is socialised with other animals. Ask a behaviourist’s help with the socialisation or introduction process if necessary. Equally important is that existing pets will welcome your new dog into their home. 🐾💚