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Top 10 Things You Need To Know About Adopting Or Fostering A Dog

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Making a decision to adopt a pet is one of the greatest and most rewarding decisions you can make. It’s a huge decision though, and to be fair to your future pet, you need to make sure that you’re absolutely ready to offer your new furry friend a forever home. Here are ten things you need to know before you adopt a dog:

  • Dogs take up a lot of time and energy. This is a no brainer, but make sure you have the time and resources to care for your new pet.
  • There are many reasons to adopt dogs of different ages. Think about what makes the most sense for your lifestyle and choose an appropriately aged pet based off that.
  • Research breeds before choosing a dog. Each breed has its own temperament, so find the best one for you.
  • Be prepared for medical expenses: Even though pet medical insurance exists, it can be pricey. Be sure to save up for unforeseen events.
  • Even adopted pets need training. Even if you get an older dog instead of a puppy, you’ll still need to train your dog to transition it to its new home.
  • This may be tough, but never adopt a pet on a whim. Make sure to do your research and pick the best pet for you.
  • Find a local dog park. Your dog will get some much needed exercise and socialization, and you can make new dog-owner friends!
  • If you have kids, schedule a home visit first. It’s important to find a pet that loves your children, and one your children loves too.
  • Owning a dog is a lifelong commitment, but it’s worth it. In return, you’ll be rewarded with your dog’s unconditional love. There’s nothing better than that!
  • This will change your life… for the better! Ask any adoptive pet owner, and they’ll say that their pet rescued them.

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