Whether a family is adopting a puppy or an adult dog, it’s not a decision that should be made lightly. A canine will depend on its human family to meet its needs ranging from food to veterinary care. Adopting a dog is a commitment for the canine’s lifetime. Animals are not disposable or accessories.

Take it Slow

Never make a snap decision about adoption. Take your time and consider all the needs a dog will have and if you can meet them. Ask yourself if you have the time, money and space required – and if other family members are as enthusiastic as you are.  If you frequently travel, consider who will take care of the dog when you’re gone.

Money

Dogs will need a variety of vaccinations and they have healthcare and dental needs, along with emergencies, the same as people. Dog food can represent a considerable expense each month. Some of the things your dog will need include toys, visits to the groomer, and a collar/harness and leash. You’ll need to purchase a dog license each year, have their nails trimmed regularly, and have them treated for fleas, ticks and internal parasites.

Spay/Neuter and Microchips

Having your dog spayed/neutered prevents unwanted puppies that often end up in shelters where they’re euthanized. It also aids in minimizing the urge to roam. If your dog becomes lost, a microchip is a cost-effective way to identify him/her if they’re taken to a shelter. Dog tags with the canine’s name and at least two phone numbers are essential for helping your dog find their way back home.

Training

Don’t expect an adult dog, let alone a puppy, to be housebroken. It will require a considerable amount of patience and everyone doesn’t have the ability to gently teach a dog what’s expected of them. Training also encompasses basic commands and how to walk on a leash. Dogs aren’t born knowing these things.

Exercise

Your dog will need to be walked several times throughout the day to relieve itself. Smaller dogs will need more frequent walks and it’s just one small way that your dog gets exercise. They’ll also need time to run and play if you don’t have a fenced-in yard.

Lifestyle

Consider your lifestyle and the dog when adopting. Large dogs need more room and exercise than smaller dogs. Taking your dog on outings can be fun, but think about the activities you enjoy. All dogs are not safe or comfortable at the beach or able to endure long hikes. Never leave your dog outside on a chain, unattended in a fenced-in yard, alone in a vehicle, or without shade and clean water.

At Crown Products, we create high-quality, focused products that, in essence, improve the quality of life for everyone who uses your facilities and public spaces. Visitors benefit from a cleaner space and resources to keep it clean, staff can focus on important maintenance rather than cleaning up litter and waste, and you can enjoy a pristine and appreciated space!

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