Has your heart had enough of seeing all those heartwrenching photos and videos of rescue pups waiting in shelters for their furever homes? Finally made up your mind to go and get one of these deserving pups yourself?

Congratulations! Before you run out the door to the shelter to go get a dog, here are a few things you should consider:

One – Take your time. This is hard when you’ve made up your mind to adopt. But take a bit to calmy consider your decision and take into consideration such things as your living situation, who will be there during the day to take the pup out and who will be responsible for training?

Two – Look at your budget. Don’t underestimate how much money it will take to give your dog the care he deserves. Vet bills for microchipping and vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, heart worm test, collar and leash, grooming, food, toys…all these and more add up.

Three – Plan to have your pup spayed or neutered if this has not been done already.

Four – Prepare to start training your dog right away by setting clear boundaries. Praise your dog and guide his behavior with positive rewards. If he “misbehaves” don’t ever punish him by locking him in a crate or yelling at him, as the dog will only become afraid of you. 

Five – Shower your new dog with plenty of love! Time flies, especially for dogs, so enjoy your life together.

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