Preparing For A New Dog

A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Adopt A Dog Part 2

Prepare your house for your dog
If your home is not already set up for a pet dog, it is very important that you “doggie-proof” your house. Go through and remove and/or relocate any potential hazards that your pet may come across. Take into consideration its breed tendencies, personality, and size when preparing your home or your pet’s living area.

The first dog we had broke through our screen door and did their business all over our carpet. It was so bad that we had to hire our local Hawaii carpet cleaners. Take these precautionary steps before you end up having to call your carpet cleaners.

  • Block any access points that you want to restrict your dog from accessing or that may be harmful to them.
  • Get covers for trash cans or large containers without lids.
    Secure or enclose low storage areas that your dog may be able to access especially where you store food or chemicals.
  • Block or cover anything with sharp corners that could cut your dog.
    Cover toilets.
  • Ensure your dog’s living area is fenced off and block any holes that your dog may be able to get through or break through.
  • Relocate or separate access from other pets that are in your home (at least until your new dog is proven to get along with them).
  • Relocate or remove any plants that could be harmful/toxic to your dog.
  • Be sure the asses, or at least be conscious of, other areas of the home that may be of concern if your dog is in those areas.

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How To Adopt A Dog

A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Adopt A Dog

PART 1: FINDING A DOG

Research Dog Breeds
Different dog breeds have different personalities and breed groups tend to have similar traits. Different breeds also have different needs. Understanding the different types of dog breeds will help you to choose the type of dog that will fit your lifestyle and wants.

Here are a few tips on choosing the right breed:

  • Match the type of breed with your activity level. Some dog breed tends to be active and some mellow. If you are an active person that plans to go on walks/runs with your dog, choose a breed that is known to be more active and full of energy. If you are the mellow type that wants a house pet companion, choose a mellow type of dog breed.
  • Take account of your living area. Some dog breeds thrive in large spaces to run around and exert their high energy. If you only have a limited living space like a room or studio, a lower energy breed would be recommended.
  • Consider your available time. Adopting a puppy will require more time from you to nourish and train. If you are limited on time to do all of that, maybe an older, mature, and already drained dog would suffice.

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