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Reasons For Adopting A Dog From The Dog Shelter

Feb 28, 2008
When getting a new pet many people are wary or shy away from looking in the dog shelter. They feel that dogs that have ended up in the dog shelter must have behavioral problems or that there is something not right about them. This is generally untrue.

The truth is that very few animals at the shelter are there because they have been bad or have socialization problems. The few animals that do fall into this category are never seen by people looking for a new pet as the staff decide that the animals can't be re-integrated into a new family.

The majority of dogs in the shelter are there because their previous owner has had second thoughts. These could be completely legitimate thoughts. They may be moving overseas with a new job and can't take their pet. The marriage may have broken down and neither party can look after the animal. There are also many dogs that are sent to the shelter purely because the owner has lost interest in the dog. Sad as it is, many pets are bought for the wrong reasons and once the initial honeymoon period is over the owner doesn't want the responsibility of looking after an animal. So in reality most dog shelter animals are perfectly normal dogs. This article will cover some of the advantages of adopting a dog from a shelter.

The main advantage of a shelter dog is that it may have already been trained. This may simply be the most basic obedience training and toilet training or it could be quite advanced. This will help greatly for you and the dog as it settles into it's new environment. It will have the skills to adapt to it's new surroundings. Contrast this with a new puppy that would require toilet training and all the rest. Again, this depends on how much time you have to care and give your new pet attention. A puppy needs a lot of attention whereas a young or fully grown dog needs less.

As the dog is likely to be mature or nearly mature you will be able to evaluate it's temperament and how it fits in with people and other animals. When you visit the shelter make sure that the whole family attends. Everybody can help in selecting the new pet but you can also see how the dogs interact with your children. This can help you decide on which animal is right for your family. Also given that the dog is grown up, it temperament is unlikely to change much.

The people that work at the shelter generally have a good idea of the temperament of the dog because they spend time with it and see it socialize with other dogs. Ask these people what they think of the dog and what you want from a dog. They can probably make some good suggestions about whether the dog will be suitable.

Although a shelter dog may not have the instant appeal of a cute puppy, it can make up for this because you know what you are getting. It can be an instant family member and be loved and cherished.
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