Dogs enjoy living in a group which helps them fit right into a human household. If you are considering adopting a dog, think about how your family or living situation may change over time. Big family changes are one of the most common causes for dogs losing their homes.
Ask about training and behaviorIf you picture yourself hiking and camping with a new canine companion you'll be looking for a completely different dog than if you plan to sit by the fire and read books while your dog rests beside you. Consider the energy level and interests of dogs you consider adopting and make sure they are a match for you. Some dog trainers assist adopters in choosing the right pet. Mixed breed dogs may resemble 1 breed, but have behavior of another. Selecting a dog based on his appearance can be a sound idea, as long as you aren't attracted to a tall, dark, handsome type that's wrong for you. Always consider the dog's temperament and skills as well as his appearance.
Common Reasons Dogs Lose Their HomesAnimal shelters* and rescue** groups understand that dogs lose their homes when families undergo big changes; moving, loss of income, and new babies. But dogs also loose their homes when they don't get the training they need. Be prepared for the dog you adopt.
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