Pets

10 things you should know before adopting a puppy

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Approximately three million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized every year in the country. So if you decide to adopt a puppy rather than buy one from the breeder, it is certainly a praiseworthy decision. You would get a new furry friend while the puppy would get a second chance to live. However, to make dog adoption a rewarding experience, following are 10 important things you should know before you adopt puppies.

Your decision can save a life
There are pet stores and breeders who continue producing and selling dogs despite the increase in the number of puppies up for adoption in animal shelters. Under such circumstances, your decision to adopt puppies is highly helpful and appreciable. You can be proud of your decision, as it can save a life.

Healthcare
Adopting a puppy from an animal shelter and buying one from a breeder is different. Many times, adopted puppies require more care as they might have been abandoned by their owners. All this can lead to some medical expenses, which you should consider before adopting puppies.

Food
When you adopt puppies, provide them with high-quality food and treats to make them healthy and happy. Avoid foods such as chocolate, macadamia nuts, grapes, onions, raisins, and more, as consumption of these food items, can cause major health problems in dogs,

Pup-proof your home
You are required to make your home ready for the arrival of your new pup. Hide wiring, sharp objects, chemicals, and just about anything potent of causing trouble to your puppy.

Give them time to adjust
A shelter dog is likely to act overly shy or anxious in its new surroundings because of its experience. Therefore, give it ample time to ease in your home’s environment.

Training
You should start training your adopted puppy as soon as possible. Praise the pup for its good behavior and punish when it misbehaves.

Temperament
It is wise to pick a dog breed whose temperament matches your nature and lifestyle. Make sure your adopted puppy is active and this depends on you as well.

Budget
You can adopt puppies from the shelter free of cost, but you do require money for raising them up. Therefore, it is good to consider your budget before you make a conscious decision to adopt puppies.

Responsibility
Your new furry friend would be a lifetime commitment. So, be prepared to take up the responsibilities of taking care of them.

License
You will be required to get a license for your adopted puppy as per the rules and regulations of your area.