If you’re going to adopt a dog (instead of buying one from a breeder), let us first congratulate you on the decision. As heartbreaking as it is, almost 3 million dogs are euthanized in the US every year, so adopting a dog from a shelter is definitely a praiseworthy option. Your new dog will get a second chance at life and you will get a new, loving best friend. Yet, there are still some things that you should keep in mind before the adoption. To be ready for this life-changing event, check out these 25 Things You Need To Know Before Adopting A Dog.
If you are about to adopt a puppy, make sure you know how big it will be once it is an adult dog. If you live in a small apartment without a yard, go for a smaller breed. Greyhounds also do well in apartments.
Adopting a dog from shelter is usually free but your new furry friend will definitely require money. You will have to pay for vet visits, dog food, toys, grooming etc.
Owning a dog is a lifetime commitment. Your new four-legged friend will develop a strong bond with you and become a new member of your family so you should be ready for the responsibility involved in that.
Training a puppy requires a lot of time and patience. If you don’t have it, choose an older, house-trained dog.
Make sure to pick a dog that matches your activity level. If you are a coach potato, adopt a French bulldog or a pug, not a retriever.