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paw print Four Step Guide to Adopting Puppies

Raising a puppy is a wonderful experience and adopting one in need from a shelter or rescue is incredibly rewarding. Puppies are excellent partners, playmates and family pets’ weather it is a companion for just you, or a new member of your family to bring home. Choosing the right one is a very important decision, and can turn out to be quite a difficult when faced with so many options. Fallow these steps when looking at prospective puppies to help you adopt the right one for you.

Step One: Be smart and do your research. Whether you are looking at adopting a puppy from a shelter or a rescue you will need to know what breed type will be the best fit for you and your family as an adult. For example some herding group breeds may seem like the perfect mid size dog for your condo, but keep in mind these dogs are bred to run and have the mental intensity to stare down livestock. Unless your daily routine involves a morning jog and some quality face time with your dog, they can easily become bored and turn into a destructive pet. The disposition of the breed you choose is another important factor to consider. Even though most dog’s disposition depends heavily on how its raised, breeds that tend to be calmer and have less protective/ aggressive tendencies would be a more ideal pick for a family with children.

Step Two: Get informed about immunizations and make sure the puppy you are interested in adopting is properly vaccinated. Puppies can be very vulnerable to various parasites and diseases, even rabies. Any rescue should have these records readily available for prospective owners and shelters often include vaccinations within the adoption fees.

Step Three: Perform a basic examination on your own of your prospective puppy’s eyes, ears, mouth, and nose. Are the eyes alert and clear with no drainage? Are the ears clean and free of mites? How about the mouth and nose? Are the puppy’s gums a healthy light pink color? Check does the puppy have any discoloration on its skin or flaky skin? This could just be due to an allergy, but it can also be the early signs of parasitic mange or another condition. Most importantly your puppy should be breathing regularly without any wheezing or labored breathing.

Step Four: The last and best step of all is to play and interact with the puppy one on one. Any breed of puppy should be playful, energetic, and curious. Of course depending on the individual puppy’s personality, some will naturally be more timid or shy than others. This is not a sign of ill health, just an insight into their first few weeks of life or individual character. Of course any lethargy, listlessness, and droopy posture can be a sign of ill health from parasites, worms, poor nutrition or type of illness.