I can bet just about every child has had “puppy” on their Christmas list at one point or time. As much as we all want to have our children’s eyes light up Christmas morning be prepared!
What are some tips for ensuring a successful adoption during the holidays?
Choose the right breed to match your lifestyle and budgetary needs. For example, if you are on a shoestring budget, it’s probably not advised to get a Bichon Frise that requires monthly and sometimes weekly grooming. Or if you work long hours or are a sedentary person, you do not want to adopt a high energy breeds like Pit bulls, Boxers, Jack Russell Terriers, Labradors and Australian Shepherds. Just remember- Lucky Dog Va can always help your new pooch release some energy with daily walks!
Have patience. Dogs, like people, need time to form relationships and bonds. It’s best to be proactive by engaging your dog in cooperative activities such as tug of war and fetch. Trust is earned over time. A new dog may take weeks to months to adjust to a new home and family. Don’t give up too early or you may miss out on a wonderful relationship.
Be prepared. Especially if you adopt a puppy, be prepared to invest the time and energy into raising a confident and obedient adult dog. Dogs become adults at 2 years old, so while not as long as raising a child, it does take some time. Until then, your furniture, shoes and other items may see better days:) And then when they are older, you will miss them being a puppy and take out photos and ask, “How did you get so big so quick?”
Bringing a dog into your life is amazing and rewarding and adopting a dog is truly special. Taking the proper steps will ensure that both you and the dog have a long lasting and loving relationship.
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