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Adopting a Dog – What To Look Out For in Your New Best Friend

Adopting a Dog – What To Look Out For in Your New Best Friend

Dogs are beloved pets in homes all across Australia – the world for that matter – and there are countless reasons why. In addition to providing companionship, dogs can also offer protection, support and even help with physical and mental health. If you’re thinking of adopting a dog, there are a few things you should take into consideration.

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If you’re thinking of adopting a dog, there are a few things you should take into consideration.

First, think about what type of dog would be the best fit for your lifestyle and home. Things to consider here include:

  • Do you have young children?
  • Do you have other pets that the new dog will need to integrate with?
  • Does anyone have allergies?
  • Do you have a secure and big enough yard?
  • Will you need higher fences?
  • Will the dog be an inside or outside dog?
  • Does your local council allow dogs?
  • If you are renting, do you need permission or to pay a pet bond?
  • What will happen if you have to move?

Second, consider whether you’re able to provide the necessary care, including exercise, grooming and vet appointments.

For example, some dogs that are good for people who suffer from allergies – eg. the dogs have ‘hair” rather than fur – need a lot more grooming. Are you prepared for the time and cost to do that regularly; or do you have the skills and patience to do that yourself? If it is a dog with fur, are you prepared for it to get everywhere, or are you prepared to invest time (and money) with dog training to ensure the dog obediently stays off the couch?….and your bed…and doesn’t eat your shoes … plays nice with others, etc.

Adopting a Dog Can Be Lifechanging
Indigo at Brighton Beach with her dog “Bonnie” the Lhasa Apso

Most adopted dogs are already desexed at the shelter if they were not already desexed beforehand. However, the unknown medical history of many re-homed dogs can mean you risk incurring large vet bills if there are health issues; and this is particularly common in many “designer” dogs. For example, shorter flat faced breeds often have breathing and overheating issues; many breeds are renowned for hip displacements; knee sub-laxations and arthritis.

Rest assured, we are not trying to put you off adopting a dog, but we want to make sure that you get the dog that is right for you. Nothing is more heartbreaking than seeing a dog re-homed multiple times.

Perhaps the most important aspect of ensuring your adopted dog gets off to the best start, is to invest in dog trainers at home. With so much change, taking a new dog to dog obediences classes can be overwhelming for both dog and owner. We recommend a professional dog trainer that comes to you and provides in home training for dogs (and owners). Good habits start at home; where you lay the groundwork for the dog’s behaviour. We find

If you are looking for an experienced dog trainer near you in Melbourne, then AusDog comes to you across all Greater Melbourne areas. John Harkin, is know as “The Dog Whisperer” and is excellent at dealing with behavioural issues from getting dogs to walk on lead calmly, to recall and obedience, to calming anxiety and aggression. But whichever dog trainer you use, check their dog training reviews thoroughly and even ask to speak directly with clients. It can be a significant investment,

Finally, baring in mind the above considerations, be prepared to make a long-term commitment – bringing a dog into your life is a big responsibility, but one that can be immensely rewarding.

If you’re ready to open your heart and home to a furry friend, rehoming a dog may be the perfect option for you.

Adopting a dog can provide companionship, love, and security in your life and to the dog itself. Rehoming a dog from a shelter or rescue organization is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have.

Adopting Bonded Dogs
Matilda (left) a German Short Haired Pointer had to be rehomed after escaping her yard and chasing sheep!

Adopting a dog provides them with a second chance at life and can often fill void in yours. “Tilly” above was rehomed to Bayside Mentone from country Victoria, after an unfortunate incident with a sheep. While it was heartbreaking for her family, was given a second chance and now relishes time at Mentone Dog Beach and the local dog park at the end of her suburban street.

A new furry friend will quickly become a valued member of your family. They will be there for you through the good times and bad and will provide you with endless hours of enjoyment and companionship.

If you are thinking about adopting a dog, rehoming a dog is the best option. Rescue organizations are full of fantastic dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds, and ages that are looking for their forever homes.

By adopting a dog, you are not only giving that dog a wonderful life, but you are also making yourself and your family members incredibly happy too.

Training that sticks, choose AUSDOG.


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