To Buy Or Adopt A Dog – That Is The Question
You’re happy at home, but there just seems to be something missing. Ah, it’s a dog. Remember when you were a child, the fun you had with your dog.

Whilst you canít recapture your youth, you can fill the void. And for those of you who have children they will get to enjoy the love and attention of their very own dog. It will also help teach them ësomeí responsibility. Hey, every kid will commit to taking the dog for walks before you get one, but when the chips are down! Teaching a love for animals and responsibility are only small side benefits of owning a dog.

So the first question you ask yourself ñ do you buy or to adopt a new dog. Both methods have their pros and cons. Most people head out to the breeders and pick up a purebred dog ñ sometimes paying large sums of money. Thatís fine if youíre going to dog shows and competitions but some of the nicest and best tempered dogs can be found at the pound, or in foster care. Itís a much cheaper route and it gives a dog a much needed home.

But beware! You need to decide what type of dog, its age and size before you head out the door and then stick to it! Once youíre at the pound meeting the dogs youíll see so many cute dogs that your heart can run away with you. So make a decision and stick to it, no matter how much pressure your children place on you!. Talk to your local rescue groups, go and see the fostered dogs. This is a great way to find a dog that suits your needs because you can ask the foster family about the dog before you commit, as well as seeing him in a family surrounding.

Consider an older dog, not just a puppy. While puppies are really cute and fun, once a dog reaches 3 or 4 its temperament and behavior is pretty well set. Itís also probably been spayed or neutered and it will be full grown. You will know exactly what youíre getting and be able to provide a loving home for a long time to come.

When you get your dog home there will be a period of adjustment. Depending on the dog’s circumstances it may have been in a foster home, it may have been abused and it will have spent some time in the cages at the pound. This is a difficult time for your dog so extra understanding is needed. Your dog may bark, chew, scratch and even have ëaccidentsí while trying to adjust to a new life. Itís stressful so make a safe haven for your dog and give him some space and time to adjust.

Exercise is important so take your dog out and give it all the exercise it needs as soon as you can after taking it home. This will give you a good indication of how much exercise your dog requires and how well behaved it is. Training is important, no matter what the history of the dog is. This will give you valuable insights into your dogs behavior, (as well as your own!), and itís great bonding time too. Make sure that youíre consistent so that your dog learns how to behave correctly.
Follow this simple advice and you’ll have a happy, healthy, loving, well behaved dog for you and your family to enjoy for a long time to come.