10 important questions to ask in the shelter

You have decided to go to a shelter for adopt a dog ? It’s an excellent idea! On the other hand, before you leave with your favorite dog, take the time to ask the right questions of the shelter staff. The target? Gather as much information as you can about your prospective dog so as not to get disillusioned once you get home. And adopt THE dog that really suits you!

1. Does the dog have a difficult past?

Not all of the dogs collected in the shelters were mistreated or abandoned. But unfortunately it can happen. In this case, education will have to be different that of a dog that has known no violence.

So if the shelter knows the story of the dog that caught your attention, asking for it is essential in order to act on it.

2. Does the dog have behavioral problems?

Behavioral problems, such as aggression, fear, excessive barking or fear of abandonment, are common in dogs. It is therefore necessary to be made aware of any behavioral issues before traveling with a dog.

Again, this will allow you toconsciously adopting your dog and thus avoid bringing him back to the shelter a few days later. This kind of “failed” adoption is more common than you might think. However, this often has the effect of reawakening the trauma of leaving the animal.

3. Does the dog tolerate other dogs?

This is an absolutely essential question. And rightly so, during your future walks with your dog, you must be able to anticipate a possible encounter with another dog.

So, for example, if you know that your four-legged friend doesn’t support males of his kind, make sure to ask the other dog’s owner beforehand if it’s a male or a doggy before you engage in a confrontation. The target? Avoid fights !

4. Is the dog the runaway type?

Therefore, if you tend to let your animals live in complete freedom, it is better to make sure that your chosen dog can adapt to this lifestyle.

Indeed, if he is more used to running away and you will have to keep on the line every time you go outside and put up a fence in your yard, your choice may end up being a different animal.

5. Does the dog have a medical history?

Whether you’re adopting a puppy or an older dog, it’s essential to know if they have any health issues. For example, if the dog has a chronic illness that requires drug treatment, it is better for you to know to: plan your budget based on.

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Likewise, if the animal has a weakness in the heart, in the paw or even in the eyes after an illness or an accident, it is also necessary to know this. In this way, you will be more vigilant.

6. Has the dog been spayed?

usual, all non-neutered dogs are sterilized upon arrival at the shelter. In addition, the sterilization of the animal is often the reason why the adoption fee charged by the shelter can be slightly higher. However, it is better to ask the question just to be sure.

7. Does the dog like children?

Even if you don’t deal with children at this point in your daily life, that doesn’t mean your dog will never see them. Indeed, it is not uncommon for children to encounter dogs that they cross the street to caress them. In fact, it is essential to know how your dog might react to avoid any incident.

Also note that the same question arises with cats. Indeed, if your dog saw a cat on the street, would he be the type to chase or ignore him?

8. Is the dog afraid of something?

Some dogs have phobias that can sometimes be a real handicap for them. The most common phobias are: fear of the storm, fireworks or even hooded people.

Either way, consider asking if your chosen dog is afraid of anything. If so, you can make arrangements for: avoid confronting him with the object of his fear. Or at least don’t be surprised.

9. Does the dog already have notions of obedience?

If your dog already knows a few basic orders, such as “sitting”, “lying down” or “not moving”, it can be nice to know. The same as he has already learned to walk on a leash.

Otherwise, find out if the dog you are adopting is clean is also essential. Indeed, some adult dogs have never been trained to clean and their future owners have a lot of work to do.

10. Does the dog have favorite activities?

When you go home with your new furry friend, you should gradually gain their trust. To do this, you need to carefully raise him, but also and above all play with him. Indeed, it is through play that links are forged between a dog and its owner.

But while you’ll learn soon enough what kind of game your dog prefers to play and what kind of activity he enjoys doing, it may be worth knowing right away. That way you can get off to a good start with him!

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