Whether you are getting a dog from a shelter or a breeder, it is important that you find the right dog for you and your family. With all of the volunteer groups, shelters, rescues, and other similar agencies out there, the chances of finding the perfect dog for your family are great. However, there are some important questions to ask about each dog that you may be considering.
In addition to things like size, energy level, and age, it is very important to know some history or background on the dog. Although you cannot go back in time and change where they came from or how they ended up in a shelter, you can still learn a lot and use that information to help make your decision. Here are some common questions that I would ask when considering a shelter dog…
Gathering as much information as possible is very important. For example, if a dog has been surrendered because of dog aggression and biting a small child, welcoming this dog into a similar family structure may obviously not be the best idea. Although I cannot stress enough that quality dog training, socialization, leadership, and exercise can shape your dog into an upstanding member of your family, but it is still crucial to know what you are getting yourself into before selecting a dog from a shelter; I would hate to see that same dog end up back in a shelter for reasons that could have been avoided.
Remember, dog training will help you dog fit into your home but not everything can be fixed. Make sure your selection is the best one possible for your goals, your family, and the dog.