Today many dogs need a home, either because they were abandoned, lost, or simply because they were born on the street and had no one to take care of them. No matter where you live, you will surely find many associations that are dedicated to rescuing dogs of all ages and breeds to give them up for adoption. As dogs in the street are considered a public health problem, rescuing them is very important before the municipal authorities euthanize them to "get rid of the problem".
Adopting a puppy is a wonderful experience, but it is very important to do it responsibly. That is why we now share the following tips for a successful adoption:
⦁ Choose a purebred (or mixed breed) puppy according to the space you have in your house. Large breed dogs generally need more space, although they can also be cared for in tight spaces, if the family is willing to take them outside at least once a day.
⦁ Consider that you need to dedicate TIME, especially during the first weeks, so that the puppy adapts to the new space and its new family or owner. If the puppy is only a few months old, it will surely need more human contact and company to feel safe, remember that it is a baby! On the other hand, during the first weeks, we have to train him to learn to relieve himself in a specific area, which requires time and dedication.
⦁ It is very important that you take him to the vet, for a general checkup, deworming, and vaccinations. Take advantage of the visit to the vet to buy a collar with an identification plate, with the dog's name and the telephone number to locate its owners, if it gets lost or escapes from the house.
⦁ If there are very young children in the family, they must be taught little by little to treat the new puppy with delicacy and with the respect it deserves. Explain that dogs ARE NOT TOYS, they are living beings that feel and need care. It is very good to involve children in cleaning, feeding, and caring for the puppy with proper adult supervision.
⦁ One of the most important aspects of the development and health of your dog is FOOD. Don't forget that your dog must have access to clean water at all times. Additionally, puppies need food that meets all the essential nutritional requirements, and that also contains other functional ingredients (such as vitamins and minerals) that allow your pet to have better digestibility and, therefore, a better acceptance of the kibble, to maintain a shiny coat, healthy skin and firm stools.
Don't skimp on your dog's health! remember that cheaper dog foods generally DO NOT MEET the necessary nutritional requirements.
Be very patient, there is a phrase that says: "An adopted dog needs 3 days to relax in its new environment, 3 weeks to adapt to new routines, and 3 months to feel that your house is now home." Adopt a puppy, take care of it and enjoy it very much.
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