Adopt A DogSo you’ve decided to get a dog. Good for you! Why not consider adopting a dog or puppy one from your local rescue group? Reputable organizations carefully evaluate dogs coming in to rescue to ensure they are placed in appropriate homes. Consider the following benefits associated with adopting a previously owned dog:

Rescued dogs have generally been in a foster home for a number of days or weeks and are usually housebroken.

No Puppy Teething
Older dogs have gone through the “teething stage”, (some of them end up in rescue because of the teething stage) and are content chewing a Dog Toy or bone.

What You See Is What You Get
How big will that cute puppy get? What kind of temperament will she have? These questions can be readily answered when you adopt an older dog. You can pick a dog that is mellow or active, large or small, goofy or brilliant. Rescue groups will help you choose a dog that will fit into your lifestyle.

Instant Companion
With an older dog you instantly have a companion that can go everywhere with you. You won’t have to wait for your pup to grow up, and you have the benefit of being able to choose a dog that suits your needs.

Bonding With Adopted Dogs
Often times a dog that has been uprooted from his previous home tends to bond very quickly and deeply with his new owner.

Rescue Dogs – A Match Made in Heaven
Choosing the right dog is imperative, and mismatches often result in a dog being surrendered. Consider that your dog will live anywhere from 12-17 years – that’s a huge commitment! Rescue groups diligently work to match you with the right dog so that everyone involved will live happily ever after.

Establishing and Maintaining a Happy Relationship
The key to success lies in your commitment to making the relationship work. A second-hand dog comes with baggage: she will need time to adjust, and you must make the effort to integrate her into your family. Realize this living being is counting on you…that nobody is perfect…and that adjustment and training take time.

Signing up for obedience classes is a great way to bond with your new dog. Be sure to choose a dog school that offers positive reinforcement training. Take time every day to interact with your dog one-on-one.

Pet ownership is a lifetime commitment. Make sure that you are prepared to bring in the correct dog supplies for your pet’s future. That means a comfortable Dog Bed, a durable Dog Collar and Leash, and of course, a Dog I.D. Tag to ensure your pet will always make it back home.

Most importantly, don’t get a dog until you’re sure you have the resources and time to care for an animal for the rest of his or her life. In return, you will be rewarded with unconditional love.

Related Dog Care Tips
Preparing For Your New Dog
Bringing A New Dog Home: Teaching Two Dogs To Get Along
Choosing The Right Dog For Your Family