5 Tips for Adopting a Rescue/Shelter Dog:
1. Choose WiselyThere are thousands of dogs available for adoption. Because of this, you have a wide range of breed, personality, and age of dogs to choose from. Do not feel bad if you get an "easier" dog because you are self-aware enough to know your limitations. This is a good thing, just be realistic and spend as much time as possible with the dog you are thinking of adopting to make sure you see all aspects of their personality, good and bad. In some cases, rescues will allow you to foster a dog first for a week or two without commitment to ensure you and the dog are a good match. Remember though, most dogs can be a good match with a little work!
2. Don't PanicYou may have thought at first you could deal with a dog who barks a bit too much or pees on the rug but you are quickly losing your patience. Believe it or not, most problem behaviors can be resolved with a few weeks of consistent effort and training. There are many talented local dog trainers who can help you with this. Chances are your dog ended up in a shelter because no one took the time to teach him how to behave. This is an opportunity to take on this satisfying job your dog and you will both benefit from!
3. Exercise and ActivityThis is why you got a dog, right? Get out with your dog. Exercise and socialize as much as possible!
4. Health and NutritionA proper diet is key to a long healthy life for your dog. Many dogs who come from shelters are malnourished or have health / behavioral issues due to poor diet. A high quality diet plus additional vitamins and supplements can really make a difference in optimizing your dog's physical and mental health.
5. Look WithinThe reality is, not everyone is suited for dog ownership. Although most people can be great dog owners, some humans are just too busy or have personalities that are not conducive to the logistical and emotional responsibilities associated with dog ownership. Before you adopt, look within and ask yourself if you are ready for the potential challenges of owning a new dog. If not, there are always goldfish.
Brett Endes Brett Endes (The Dog Savant) is a Los Angeles-based dog trainer and behavior expert who has 22 years experience working with severe problem behavior and rescue dogs. Brett is a graduate of the State University of New York and is the owner of Ican! K9, a state of the art training, boarding, and aqua therapy facility in L.A. He is known for his unique personality and effective style of dog communication he has developed by his years of work as an applied canine behavior expert. Brett lives in Los Angeles with his daughter Skylar and their Rottweiler Boo. To learn more about Brett visit www.dogtrainingla.com. Please forward all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.