Science shows that dog owners are less stressed thanks to hormonal and chemical changes that occur from spending time with their pups! All the more reason to snuggle a shelter buddy.
Dogs have been in combat with US soldiers during every major conflict, but they were not officially recognized until WWII. There are about 2500 dogs in active service today and about 700 deployed overseas.
Hold a family meeting to create rules about caring for the new family member.
- Will he be allowed on the couch, the bed, and in all rooms of the house?
- Where will he sleep and eat?
- Who will walk him and clean up after him?
- As a family, you must all be consistent with your decisions or you will confuse the dog, usually resulting in the dog making his own rules and causing unnecessary tension.
Have the necessary items your dog will need from the start: ID tags, a collar and a 6 foot leash, food and water bowls, food, dog toys, a crate and bedding, and basic grooming tools.
Bring your new dog home when you can be there for a few days (ideally) so you can supervise him as he learns your house rules.