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How to Adopt a Dog from an Animal Shelter
By: Tippy & Turbo

One thing to keep in mind when you are going out to adopt a
dog is where to get that dog. There are many benefits from
getting a dog from an animal shelter or rescue organization.
One such benefit is that you can get an older dog that is
already trained and has been immunized and spayed or

But you must be careful to pick the right dog for you and
your situation. Some dogs would go crazy cooped up in an
apartment, where others would be very nervous on a farm. You
need to do a little research before going to pick out a dog
at a shelter or even from a breeder so you know what type of
dog is best suited to you and your situation.

Sometimes what we want can end up in heartbreak if our
choices aren't well thought out, so when you decide to go
out and adopt a dog you should know already what dogs are
suitable for your living arrangements and lifestyle, rather
than simply choosing in the moment and possibly having to
return the dog to a shelter or breeder to be re-homed.

Remember, dogs have feelings too and some just will not be
able to adjust to certain living conditions no matter how
much you love them. You have to pick a dog that will fit and
be able to stay with you. In other words, the dog must suit
you and you must suit the dog as well.

There is an easy way to go looking for a puppy that would
fit your lifestyle. There is plenty of information on the
Internet that will help you to research the many dog breeds
and weed out the ones that just aren't suitable to your
living arrangements.

Here are some questions that you should ask yourself before
going out to buy a dog:

1. Is the dog good with children should I have children or
children visit?

2. Is the dog good around other animals should I have other
pets of different species or raise animals?

3. Is the dog good in confined spaces if I live in a
small apartment?

4. If I live in an apartment are dogs allowed? Is there
a specific weight limit?

5. Is the dog good on a farm with wide open spaces with
plenty of room to run?

6. Is the dog a working dog or a lap dog and which do I prefer?

7. Do I want a puppy or an adult dog?

8. What kind of training do I intend to give the dog or has
the dog already had?

9. How much time can you spend with your dog?

10. How much exercise can you give your dog?

1. Is the dog good with children should it be around any or
I have children?

Having a dog that is easygoing and protective is a good
choice if you have children, are around children or intend
to have children. Some of these breeds include the Labrador,
Standard Schnauzer, Beagle, Springer Spaniel, Jack Russell
, Collies, most herding dogs, Poodles, and
Weimaraners and other gun dogs.

2. Is the dog good around other animals? If I get this breed
should I have other pets of different species or raise

Some dogs will not tolerate any challenger to their
territory, whereas some dogs are good at protecting other
animals. Of course there are exceptions to every rule, but
in general these dogs are better around other animals and
pets: Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Bichon Frise,
Bearded Collie and Old English Sheepdog.

Please see "Adopting a Dog from a Shelter - Part 2" for more
questions and help.

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