Shelter dogs come in all shapes and sizes.
“It’s easy to fall in love when those soulful eyes are staring at you, but it’s important to choose a dog who… fits your family’s lifestyle.”
WILTON, Conn. September 23, 2018
October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, a time when pet rescue and shelter organizations across the country encourage pet lovers to visit and adopt a homeless dog.
“Adopting a shelter pet has so many advantages,” says Heather Corum, of at-home pet care services provider Canine Company. “They’re already vaccinated and spayed or neutered. And, because the staff has had time to assess their personalities, it’s easier to make a good match.”
But, she adds, bringing any dog into the household requires planning and preparation. She shares four tips to help turn a happy first meeting into a lifelong relationship.
- Do some research in advance. “It’s so easy to fall in love when those soulful eyes are staring at you,” says Corum, “but it’s important to choose a dog whose energy level and exercise needs fit your family’s lifestyle.” She recommends looking on the shelter’s website to see what types of dogs are available, and then investigating the traits of those breeds.
- Prepare both home and yard for the new arrival. Choose a safe area for the new family member – perhaps in the kitchen or family room — and set up his crate and bedding, food and water bowls, and a few toys there. “Outdoor safety demands a fence, like the Invisible Fence® brand system, which gives your dog freedom to run and play, but gives you peace of mind that she is safe in her yard.”
- Make a commitment to train. Training is an excellent way to build a happy and positive relationship with your dog, says Corum. “Whether you spend time teaching basic skills or a new trick, you are enhancing your bond with your pet.” She recommends seeking the help of a professional trainer, who can develop a plan customized for the dog and family’s needs.
- Practice patience. Dogs are most at ease when they have a familiar routine. The ebb and flow of his new home will be different from his routine at the shelter. “Be consistent, give him time to adjust and, with patience and love, your new family member will thrive.”
Most importantly, says Corum, take the time to prepare. There are thousands of adoptable dogs available year-round – not just in October. Both the ASPCA and Petfinder have searchable databases of available pets at local shelters across the country.
About Canine Company
Born of a family’s love for dogs, Canine Company has been helping families keep their dogs and cats healthy, safe and happy for 35 years. The company serves pet parents across New England, New York and New Jersey with the Invisible Fence® brand systems, Manners dog obedience training, and mobile grooming and pet sitting in select markets. Its charitable Canine Love® campaign supports pet rescue groups and donates pet oxygen masks to first responders.