Monday, October 18, 2010

October is Adopt-a-Dog Month

Originally posted on The Wellness Blog

October is Adopt-A-Dog Month. Are you considering adding a furry friend to your family?

Adopting a pet is a big decision for any family and not one that should be entered into lightly. With such a wide variety of pets and breeds, you want to find one that will fit well into your family dynamic.

CP's foster Hodgins ( in North Carolina)

The following tips will help you find the perfect pet for your family.

1. Involve all family members in the household in the decision process of selecting your pet.

2. Determine any constraints of your home. Will your pet of choice need a large yard or do you need a pet best suited for apartment living?

3. Determine any constraints of your schedule. Are you able to devote enough time for the exercise, grooming and training that your pet will need?

4. Make sure you can afford the pet. Pure bred pets can cost quite a bit, as opposed to adopting a pet from a local animal shelter. You need to factor this in when making your decision.

5. Do you have the time and patience needed to devote to the training of a young pet, or would your family be better suited with an adult?

6. Identify what temperament and personality you would like in a pet.

7. Do your research. Familiarize yourself with pet breeds to find one that is well suited for your family and lifestyle.

8. Have each family member spend some one-on-one time with the pet prior to adoption.

9. Find a reputable breeder or adoption center. Know the history and background of your pet before you bring him into your home.

10. Go with your gut. If a particular pet “just feels right” chances are he will fit well into your family dynamic.

If you would like to know more about Hodgins or the other cairns that Col. Potter has available for adoption, please click here.

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