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Much time, thought and research should go into your decision – after all, your dog will be living with you for the next 10-20 years.
Please think carefully about the following:

Food costs

Feeding dogs, especially large breeds, can really add up. Have you considered your budget? Good quality food costs more, but is well worth it.

Training

You’ll need to teach your puppy or new dog how to behave within the rules of your household. Are you prepared for this?

Medical emergencies

From an ear infection to a traumatic injury, all vet visits cost money. Have you researched prices? Are you prepared to have a cash reserve on hand for emergencies?

Regular vet visits

All dogs require yearly vaccines, heartworm medication and health exams. Certain breeds are also predisposed to certain medical problems (i.e. German Shepherds are prone to hip dysplasia).

Daily exercise

Are you willing to provide adequate exercise? Soe breeds require more exercise than others and may act out if they aren’t getting enough.

Breed

Size and energy level are determining factors in choosing the right dog for you.

Proper shelter

Where will your pet live: indoors or outdoors? Outdoor dogs require an insulated, raised shelter suitable for his or her size with year-round access to food and water. All dogs fair better in fenced areas or dog runs. Remember, dogs do not belong on chains – this leaves them prone to attacks by other dogs and increases the likelihood of aggressive behaviour.

Size

Small dogs are generally more active than their giant counterparts and are also more apt to nipping due to their small size and vulnerability to injury. Once “fine tuned,” large dogs are generally more recommended for families with children.

Grooming

Some dogs require daily brushing, others only once a week. Some require regular clipping. How much time and money (if you opt for a groomer) can you devote to ensuring your new dog is clean and free of mats?

Work hours

A new puppy will not be able to hold his bladder or bowels for 10 hours. Do you have someone who can let him out while you’re at work, until he gains bladder control?

Lifestyle

Dogs are social animals that need daily human contact. Have you done the research to match up your lifestyle with the dog you want? Your decision cannot be made based on appearances alone. Certain dogs have certain needs. Can you meet them?

Age

Have you considered the many advantages of sharing your life with an older dog?


Adoptable dogs

Review our adoption process and fees.
We can help find the right dog for you. Call our Adoptions Department at 204-982-2035.