Many people are becoming more aware about puppy mills

Many people are becoming more aware about puppy mills. In case you do not know all of the details, the majority of puppies in pet stores are obtained from puppy mills. These are basically factories that force breeding and “make” dogs just like a factory that makes TV’s or curtains or any other product. Dogs are stacked on top of one another and live in horrible conditions until brought to a pet store where you will pay huge amounts of money. Your money then helps keep the puppy mills going. For this reason, many more people are adopting dogs.

It is not true that dogs in rescues or shelters are “bad” dogs. Most are sad. Most have had a rather difficult life. Most have been abandoned. They are simply waiting for someone to love them. So, if you are considering adopting a dog, that is wonderful! Just ask some questions first so that all goes well.

Adopting a dog is a commitment; akin to adopting a child if you think about it. You will be responsible for feeding your dog, making sure your dog is happy and comfortable, bringing your dog to the vet for regular checkups, being there if the dog is ever ill, providing a healthy living environment with fun and exercise and giving humane punishment when the dog needs to learn something. We stress the world humane, as in firmly saying “no” and other training techniques.

So, let’s make sure you adopt the dog that fits you and your family.

As you family or yourself if you are living alone what type of dog you wish for. What age? Size? Gender? Are you open to several different breeds? Does breed matter at all? Will you be happy with a hyper dog? A relaxed one? Know what you want before you want into the doorway of a shelter or animal rescue.

Then, it is time to ask the shelter or animal rescue workers some questions. Do not be shy!

What do they know about the dog’s history? Is the dog afraid of people? If so, no worries, your love can slowly fix that. Ask his age and what breed he is. Ask if the dog has been spayed or neutered. Most rescues have this done before adopting out. If not, this will be one of your first priorites if adopting that dog. Is the dog housebroken? If not, no worries, you can house break a dog by following simple instructions for this. You may ask what the dog’s personality is like, but remember, the dog is going to act much different in a lonely shelter where the dog is afraid and has no idea what is happening as he is going to act once in a peaceful and loving home.

If deciding to adopt, get a complete medical history. This is important regarding heartworm prevention, vaccinations, etc. Ask if they reccomend a certain vet, if you do not know which one you will be using.

Finally, in the rare case the adoption does not work out, ask out this. Will they take the dog back? Ask for something in writing. Now, it is time to go out there and find a sad dog that is silently crying out for a human to love him.

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