It’s easy to walk into a rescue centre and choose the cutest dog, however the cutest pooch won’t always make the best pet for your family. There are a few things that you will want to consider before looking into a bunch of those beautiful puppy dog eyes.
What to Look for When Choosing your New Best Friend
When thinking about how to adopt a dog from a rescue centre, there are many things you will want to consider before heading to your nearest pet rescue centre.
Temperament – Different dog breeds, or mixes of certain breeds, generally possess different temperaments. If you are looking for an active dog, who can round up the family, whilst keeping tabs on everyone, you may want to consider a Border Collie mix. If you are looking for a dog that will take all the love you can give, and work well with young children, you may want to consider a Golden Retriever. Consider researching different breeds before you start looking for your ideal pet.
Space – Whether you live in an apartment, or you have a home with a large yard, the perfect dog is out there. Smaller dogs quite often make better apartment dwellers, however this is not always the case, retired greyhounds love nothing better than to lay around all day. Active breeds will need plenty of space, or you must be willing to exercise them, at least once a day. Space is an important factor and some rescue centres will not allow you to adopt certain breeds, if you don’t have a fenced garden.
Patience – This is where your own temperament comes in. When you adopt a dog you need to consider the dogs past. It is quite often hard to know what has happened to dogs that are abandoned or rescued. Some dogs have suffered physical or emotional abuse, sometimes they have suffered both. These dogs may have behavioural issues that take time and patience on everyone’s behalf, to help sort through. If you don’t feel you have the patience to deal with these kind of issues, adopting a dog may not be the best choice.
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