The Steps to Take Before Adopting Your First Dog

The Steps to Take Before Adopting Your First Dog
09 Mar 2021

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If you’ve never owned a dog before, taking the step to adopt one for the first first time is a big move to make. It’s all too often that people rush into these kinds of decisions without first taking the time to think through their implications. And that’s exactly the kind of mistake you’ll want to avoid if at all possible. Here are the steps to take to ensure you’re making the right decision and to ensure you’re prepared for life as a first-time dog owner.

Get the Planning Basics in Place

First of all, you’re going to need to make sure that you’re getting the basics of planning right. That means ensuring you have all the things you need in order to take care of your dog properly. Plan out everything you’ll need and put in place measures to ensure your home and property is going to be suitable for your dog when it arrives in your home. This basic planning stage is essential.

Learn How to Care for a Dog Properly

When you’ve never had direct experience of taking care of a dog yourself, it’s very easy to underestimate the scale of the challenge in front of you, but that’s something you should be very careful not to do. It’s a good idea to spend some time learning about what it takes to care for a dog properly. The basics of exercise, feeding, interacting and training are all really important. And it’s up to you to learn about all of those things.

Research Different Breeds

Before you go ahead and adopt a dog, you obviously need to take the time to research the different breeds out there. Some will suit you far better than others depending ons variety of factors and what it is you’re looking for. Places like can help you find specific breeds when you eventually decide which breed is going to be the right one for you.

Meet Breeders or Adoption Agencies

It’s a good idea to start meeting with breeders and adoption agencies depending on what kind of dog you’re looking for. It’s a good idea to spend time researching the options so you can get an idea of what’s out there and how you can buy it or adopt from a reliable and ethical source. This is not a stage of the process that you simply want to rush through because that probably won’t end best for you or the dog.

Get to Know the Dog You’re Interested in Adopting

Once you find a particular dog that you think you might be interested in adopting, it’s a good idea to get to know that dog and build a relationship. That way, you can start to find out whether it’s the right dog for you and whether you’re the right owner for the dog. You’ll then be able to make a much wiser and informed decision.

Before you take the huge step to adopt your first dog, it’s important to fully understand what you’re getting into and what you should expect. Adopting a dog is always a big decision and not something that should be undertaken lightly. So get ahead and make the most of the steps and advice discussed above.

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, father, team leader, travel and food writer, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, and social media strategist. He likes to travel, go camping, go on road trips, watch movies, build stuff, operate the grill, and sing with his band. Craig is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and Travel Media Association of Canada. If you are a PR agency or brand and would like Craig to review a travel destination, vehicle, restaurant, product or service, please send him an email.

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