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10 Really Important Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before You Adopt a Dog

Adopting a dog is no joke. It is a commitment. You can’t just adopt one because you find it cute or you felt pity for it. The moment you decide to adopt a dog, it becomes a major responsibility. This means that you have to devote some of your time in making sure that the adopted dog is safe and healthy.

This means that there are important questions you must ask yourself before adopting a dog. For instance, do you have enough time to take care of it? You are bringing home a living thing. The dog has to be fed, taken care of, brought to the park for a walk, groomed, and many others.

It is more or less like having children. If you think you can do it and you have enough time to spare, go for it. Otherwise, suspend your plans of getting a dog. Later on, when you can safely say that you can take care of the dog, it is time to revisit the idea of adopting one.

Your health must also be taken into consideration. Do you have allergies or anyone in the family? If the dog’s presence at home may cause allergy, it is best to just drop the idea of adopting one. If not, choose a breed that is considered hypoallergenic. You can’t risk the health of your family members because you want to have a dog.

Below are other questions you need to take into consideration before adopting a dog as presented in the infographic. Study it well so you can make the right decision.

10 Really Important Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before You Adopt a Dog

We’re Having A Doggie!

The holidays are a popular time to bring a new dog into your home. They make a wonderful family addition and bring many years of love and fun. Adopting a dog is also a big decision and requires planning and research. Selecting a new pet can also be a very emotional event. Cute puppies with tails wagging and lots of cuddling are often all it takes to win the hearts of a family, but are only part of the criteria used to choose the right pet. We have some ideas on how to choose your match that will bring years of love and companionship to you, and a forever home to a furry friend in need of a loving family.

Whether one chooses a purebred or mix breed dog, pet adoption is available. Approximately 25 to 30 percent of dogs in shelters are purebred, and there are also shelters for specific breeds from which one can adopt. When selecting a dog it is important to understand the general characteristics of the breed. Is the dog very active or is it more of a lap dog? How large will the dog grow and how often will it require grooming? Are their common health traits of the breed that could require special treatment during its life? The answers to these questions will make one more aware of the care required and will help in the selection of a companion who is likely to be a part of a family for a decade or more.

Review your lifestyle to determine the amount of space available for the dog and the environment in which the dog will live. Space is more important to dogs with herding characteristics like Collies or Shetland Sheepdogs that like to run and bark and may nip at people to “gather” them. As a result, an apartment may not be the easiest environment in which to raise dogs with these traits. Older dogs have more mellow personalities and may be easier to introduce and play with children than young puppies.

It is hard to resist a puppy? The young canines are loving, playful and become “forever friends” to their owners. Puppies also offer an opportunity for children to learn responsibility by taking the dog on regular walks or grooming the pet on a regular basis. However, puppies require more time and attention to train and socialize the pet as it adjusts to a new home and family. Housetraining, puppy-proofing a house, and teaching the pet to obey are just some of the tasks of bringing a young dog in to the family. People with full daily schedules may consider adopting an older dog with arrangements for daycare that affords the dog time to walk or run and socialize

There are many other considerations to ponder when bringing a doggie into a family. Dog-Harmony’s “We’re Having a Doggie” program offers consultations on how to select the proper pet and will help find the best match for you. Adopting a dog through Dog-Harmony includes selection consultations, spay/neuter, vaccinations, obedience and crate training, bedding, harness, leash, and socialization for a nominal fee. To encourage a long-lasting relationship, Dog-Harmony will also provide follow-up consultations and training as needed. As you consider a gift for our family this holiday, think about adopting a pet. It will bring many years of happiness to your family and to a dog in search of a loving home.

For more information about adoption services, contact Dog-Harmony at hello@dog-harmony.org or 850-376-4190.

Protecting Your Pup from Mosquitoes

Such a great post on The Bark this week. Check it out…

This summer’s routine insect-prevention strategies are taking on a new urgency as public health experts warn that certain parts of the U.S. may experience outbreaks of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in Latin America.

As you protect yourself from any and all mosquitos this summer, don’t hurt your dog in the process!

The Centers for Disease Control recommends people use insect repellents that use of these ingredients:

  • DEET (used in Off, Deep Woods Off and Cutter)
  • Picaridin
  • IR3535
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • Para-menthane-diol.

Unfortunately, DEET can be poisonous to your dog. Ingesting it can cause your dog to have stomach problems, conjunctivitis, breathing difficulties and seizures.

Read more here.

Why Support Dog-Harmony?

The reason we feel people should become involved with Dog-Harmony or to donate is we are the only proactive rescue using education as a tool to lessen Shelter population. Behavioral issues are the number one reason dogs are surrendered to a shelter. By having a certified trainer running the organization – we can be sure our dogs do not have any behavioral issues before they leave our care therefore reducing the risk of return. To this day we have had one return and it was due to a family situation not any fault of the dog.

Dog-Harmony is a necessary community organization to help lower the euthanasia rate. By providing education we hope to lessen the number of dogs surrendered to a shelter.

Our mission statement is to create lifelong adoptions by providing personalized and ongoing education support and training for people and dogs.