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Adopting a Dog - Tips to Avoid Disappointment

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Tips to Avoid Disappointment When Adopting a Dog or Puppy.

Introduction.

Congratulations! You have decided to adopt (or Buy) a dog or puppy. Now you have some other decisions to make. What size dog is best? Will a dog fit your lifestyle?

This is the second of 3 posts that will guide you to Adopt a Happy, Healthy Dog or Puppy:

  1. How to Adopt a Happy, Healthy Dog or Puppy.
  2. Adopting a Dog - Tips to Avoid Disappointment.
  3. Bringing Your New Adopted Dog Home.
  4. eBook Guide to Dog Adoption.

    Tips to Avoid Disappointment. 

    adopt a dogWhen you are planning to adopt a dog or puppy, there are some very important points to keep in mind to make sure that you are delighted with your new dog or puppy. They can mean the difference between regretting your decision and having a wonderful new friend whom you will enjoy and cherish.

    1st mistake.

    First mistake to avoid is buying a dog on the spur of the moment. You may see a dog in a pet shop, or read an ad in the newspaper, and decide that you absolutely must have that dog.

    A hasty decision in purchasing a new dog is never a good idea. Instead, you should read through this posts, buy a book, learn all there is to know about the breed of dog you are thinking about, and decide if he will fit well into your life and your home.

    2nd mistake.

    A second mistake is to underestimate the cost of a new dog or puppy. Whether you choose an expensive purebred or a mixed breed, buying a dog or puppy is far from being the only cost involved.

    Your dog or puppy will need food and other supplies and visits to the veterinarian. As you want your dog or puppy to always be in the fine condition as when you first bought him, you need to know that you can afford his upkeep.

    3rd mistake.

    Another factor in disappointment is trying to recreate a relationship you had with a dog or puppy in your childhood or youth. You may be tempted to think that all dogs of this particular breed are exactly the same.

    You can avoid disappointment by realizing that every dog is an individual-- just like people. Your new dog’s personality and needs may be much different from the dog or puppy you had before, even if he is the same breed.

    4th mistake.

    You should also avoid getting a dog or puppy solely because a member of your family wants one. Regardless of which person is actually in charge of the dog’s daily upkeep and maintenance, when a dog lives with a family he is a part of the family.

    Only if you know that he will be welcomed by everyone should you purchase him and bring him home.

    Know what to expect.

    If you have never owned a dog before, your first dog can be a pleasure.

    adopt a dogIt does mean, however, that you need to do your research well in advance of making your final decision. You must know what to expect, and that you are ready to become a dog owner.

    Adopting a new dog or puppy can be a great experience. Owning a dog or puppy can greatly enhance your life. When you do some research and apply common sense, you are taking the first step toward acquiring and enjoying a brand-new friend.

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