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Tips for Adopting a New Dog

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Adopting a dog is a big decision. First of all you must ask yourself the question, “why do I want a dog?” There are many reasons such as for example: having a companion because you are alone, saving a dog from euthanasia, participating in dog shows, or safeguarding your house. If you really want a dog, make sure your whole family is okay with it. Then, choose the breed depending in particular on the size of the dog to best suit your place of residence.

Where to adopt a dog?

There are many adoption sites and animal shelters to adopt dogs that are unfortunately abandoned. You can know the criteria, expectations and conditions to get the dog of your choice by reaching out to these places. The dog behaviorist Orange County is a good option for consultation if you’re looking for training lessons for your new dog or puppy.  

Choosing the right breed

For the choice of the breed, it all depends on your tastes and what you expect from your dog: whether he is calm, sporty, small, medium or large, and whether he is a companion, hunting or guard dog. 

Here are 5 mistakes to avoid when choosing a dog:

  • Choosing the breed according to a physical criteria
  • Giving in to fashion
  • Choosing a dog not suited to your lifestyle
  • Choosing your dog without knowing the character and needs of the breed
  • Listening to the advice of a non-specialist

You should also consider the following criteria:

  • Your home (small, large, with or without a garden, with or without neighbors)
  • Your family situation (single or in a couple, with or without children, with or without a pet)
  • Your daily trips (with or without your dog)
  • Your age (to determine your ability to support your dog’s daily needs)
  • Your availability (how long your dog will be home alone)
  • Your finances (for food, vet, groomer, doghouse, etc.)

These criteria are important. Once set, you can determine which breed is right for you. Remember that purchases made on a thunderbolt, without prior preparation, are often a mistake because your dog may not meet your expectations.

This step is essential since it will condition the behavior and future obedience of your dog. The family integration is carried out during the analysis of canine behavior. Once the behavioral assessment is complete, we will explain all the rules of hierarchical insertion. The arrival of a puppy is always a moment full of joy and happiness so take the opportunity to start on a good basis.

Socialization

This is a very important phase in the development of your dog.  It is during this decisive phase that your dog learns its membership in the canine species. It is also during this phase that he will learn to communicate with other dogs and pets. Once your dog learns the codes and rituals of communication between dogs and other pets, he will be able to master the signals of canine communication.

 

 

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