Monday, May 1, 2017

My Adpoted Dog Friends






Myths of Dog Adoption - Did you know that most dogs do not have a home due to no fault of their own? It is a common myth to think that all dogs up for adoption in shelters and rescues are damaged in some way. But, nothing could be less true! Dog shelters and rescues are full of lovable, active and healthy adoptable dogs just waiting for someone to take them home. A majority of dogs are given up when their prior owner can no longer afford the financial requirements to keep them, got divorced, had a death in the family or other unexpected change in their family situation, or didn't realize how much time & attention a dog adoption deserves and needs. Even worse, the number of dog adoptions in need are compounded by a surplus of dogs bred for profit: approximately 4 million adoptable pets are killed each year due to overpopulation. By taking home a dog adoption from a rescue or a shelter, not only are you saving that pet, you're either making room in the rescue so they can save another pet from a shelter, or making room at the shelter itself. As you can see, dog adoption is truly a continuous cycle of saving lives, and it's the humane thing to do! Thank you for considering dog adoption, and please help us debunk the myth of homeless pets in the future. 


Your Newly Adopted Dog -
Just like us, dogs need order and leadership. They seek order, which you must provide. Your dog needs to know that you are the in charge and that you have a set of rules to live by. This makes the transition from the shelter to your home easier, faster and more rewarding. One idea to help set order is to hold a family meeting to create rules about caring for the dog. Purchase your essential dog care items such as ID tags, a collar and a 6 foot leash, food and water bowls, food, dog toys, a crate and bedding, and basic grooming tools. Just before you bring your dog adoption home, take him for a walk to tire him out a little. For starters when the dog arrives at home, limit your dog to one room or area. Most dogs instinctively like to den, and a crate makes the ideal place for your dog to sleep and get away from everything else going on. The next step is to plan a trip to the vet in order to make sure your dog is healthy and will not transmit any diseases to other local dogs. 


How to Introduce A Puppy to an Adult Dog -
First ensure your dog(s) are up to date on all their vaccinations, including bordatella (kennel cough) especially if the puppy is coming from a shelter or rescue kennel, or has been exposed to other dogs. Just having the new puppy in the house will throw off your older dog, begin by keeping the puppy in an isolated from the older dog. As for the first introduction, choose a neutral and unfamiliar territory, such as a street or park you don't usually visit. For a very young puppy (4 months and under): start by having a friend (not a family member) holding the puppy in their arms and letting your friendly adult dog


Dog Adoption Will Build Life Lessons for Kids of All Ages - Dog adoption provides a fertile opportunity to teach significant values to children. The decision to devote your resources and care to a dog in need sends a very clear message about the identity of a family and its underlying values. It is a great time to explore who you are as a family and what you stand for. It is through this process that a child learns things like, "We are a family with an important choice to make, and we are going to use the power of this choice to save a life." This teaches kids about personal responsibility and their impact on the greater good as they make choices in life. Children need to feel they can impact their world. We need to give them opportunities to do so in positive, pro-social ways. Choosing dog adoption can plant the seeds for that ethic. Dogs help children get outside more – to go for walks, run, and play – and enjoy all the associated health benefits. Kids also learn responsibility by feeding and caring for a dog's routine needs. Children with dogs display improved impulse control, social skills and self-esteem. And for emerging readers, reading to a dog is an easy way to feel comfortable.

Some Rescue Dogs Are Already Trained for a Home - Even though living in a dog rescue isn't ideal, most rescues (and some shelters) are assisting the dogs in more ways than just keeping it alive. Dogs can be socialized with other animals that help make them kinder and playful with all types of animals. Many rescue organizations use foster homes, where puppies and kittens for adoption are socialized with children and other dogs and cats, and given essential obedience training before they go to their new homes. This makes the transition to your home much easier for both pet and owner. Another positive aspect about dog adoption to point out, many dogs and cats in animal shelters and humane societies are already housebroken, trained and ready to go! Usually this is on behalf of the hard working shelter volunteers, and foster care givers, or it is because the dog has already lived in a home and has gotten to know the household rules like using the bathroom outside, or not jumping onto furniture.


FAQ for Dog Veterinarian Visits - Taking your newly adopted dog to the veterinarian should be your first priority. This is especially true if you have other pets. It's a good idea to make sure your new dog is healthy and doesn't have any diseases or viruses he or she could transmit to other animals in the house. The best way to find a veterinarian is by word of mouth. The animal shelter or rescue group where you got your dog may have a good recommendation for you. For proper preventative care, your dog or cat should be examined by a veterinarian twice a year. A typical vet checkup includes searching for fleas using a special flea comb. Taking your dog's temperature, and a physical examination which will include checking your dog's ears, eyes, nose, teeth, skin, legs, joints, and genitals, and lymph nodes and listen to the heart and lungs. It will be common for the veterinarian to stress the importance of avoiding parasites, and will suggest options for flea and tick prevention and control.

If you are sick and tied of watching TV commercials about dogs locked in a cage and waiting to be adopted or die you must take action and find the perfect dog to adopt near you!


Author: 
Ashley Maynard is a internet entrepreneur shouting out to the pet lovers and anybody who is looking to adopt a pet. Get a free copy of a 27,000 year bond special relationship, Dog Training download.