Spring is a great time to bring home a new puppy. Sadly, however, there too many abandoned dogs available at animal shelters who are looking for a new home. Perhaps you should consider opening up your home to a pound puppy? These tips can help you adopt a humane society dog that is an ideal fit for your family.
- Does the dog appear healthy? Healthy dogs should be alert and have eyes that are completely open and should lack mucus build-up. There should not be excessive mucus around the nose and there should be no obvious scars. Healthy dogs should be active and playful.
- Ask the shelter if they know anything about the behavior of a dog that you are considering. Is the dog house broken? Have they observed any unusual behavioral traits in the dog?
- Was the dog that you are considering abused? Abused dogs may act nervous when they encounter situations that remind them of their past abuse. Most frequently past owners hit their dog. When visiting a dog at a shelter, you can raise your hand in a hitting pose (of course you should not actually hit the dog). If the dog drops its ears or tail, or backs away when you do this, it is a good sign that the dog was previously abused. Previously abused dogs usually do best in quiet homes that lack young children who may accidentally hit these dogs while playing.
- Was the dog left in confined in a kennel for extended periods of time? These dogs often have separation anxiety and are uncomfortable and bark a lot when left alone. If you live in an apartment or condo you need to determine whether this separation anxiety exists. This is important because dogs with separation anxiety may bark a lot and annoy your neighbors. To identify a dog with separation anxiety issues, ask the shelter to place the dog in a kennel in a quiet room. You should leave the room and if the dog begins barking it indicates that separation issues exist.
- Is the dog comfortable around children and noise? When checking out a shelter dog, you should bring your children and friends and you should see how the dog interacts around these people. If the dog seems nervous it could be a sign that the dog is not comfortable in loud settings. Dogs who are nervous in loud settings are best suited for couples or families with older children.
- How does the dog you are considering interact with other dogs? You should watch any shelter dog that you are considering play with other dogs to determine whether that dog is shy or aggressive around other dogs. Dogs that act shy or nervous around other dogs are best suited for families that do not have other dogs.
Dogs that are adopted from the humane society can make wonderful pets. It is important that the behavior of any dog that you adopt is compatible for your house. These tips can help you determine whether any dog that you are considering for adoption is a good fit for your family.