When is the Right Time to Adopt a Dog?

Dogs and puppies are so irresistible to a lot of people but sometimes adopting a new dog is not such a good idea. Dog adoption should be a choice that is in the best interest of the dog first and foremost, and there have to be sure things in place, on the part of the adopter, before a decision to adopt is made. Below are a few guidelines to follow when thinking about Adopting Puppies in London.

It’s never a good idea to adopt a dog and given as a gift. Sometimes good intentions can go awry when a dog is placed in a family that is not ready emotionally or physically to care for a dog. If two working parents and children are not home a lot, this is a disaster waiting to happen. Dogs are very social animals and need human contact and interaction so giving a dog as a gift to someone that has no time to give back is always a bad idea.

Never give the gift of a dog to someone or adopt a dog yourself if you recently lost a pet or loved one. People and animals cannot be replaced even momentarily and by not letting someone grieve over the loss of their loved one by giving them something else to be responsible for is a bad idea and may backfire as a result.

If you are adopting a dog to help cheer you up because you are having financial difficulties is also not such a great idea. You are adding another expense to your already fragile economic situation and will only cause you more stress and anxiety as a result especially if the dog gets sick and requires medical attention. In case you hadn’t noticed, vet bills are incredibly high, and chances are you didn’t sign up for pet insurance.

If you are someone that has to travel because of their job, adopting a dog would be a very selfish act. If your new dog spends more time at a boarding kennel than he does at home with you, you should not have a dog. It’s selfish and cruel.

Never adopt a dog or give an adopted dog to someone that may have serious, foreseeable changes coming in their lives. If you are in the process of changing jobs or moving, a new dog will only add to the stress and be one more thing to worry about. It’s a good idea to get settled into a regular routine again before introducing a new dog into the family.

Adopting an older dog in a household of younger dogs or vice-a-versa is not always such a good idea either. Older dogs are more settled and set in their ways and may very well become a threat to a younger dog. If you do decide to adopt an older dog, be sure you make the transition slow and steady until they can all get along together. Never leave them all alone with each other.

Do take your time with the kind of dog you would like to adopt. Do some research on the different breeds and decide which type of dog thrive the most in your household. This alone could make or break a successful union between man and dog.

Depending on where you adopt your dog, the costs could be anywhere from $10 to $2500 or more. For example, if you answer an ad in the paper or on Craigslist, then you will probably get your dog for minimal expense, or even free.

If you select from a dog shelter like the Humane Society, you will likely pay a couple of hundred dollars. I took my dog from a shelter this summer, and the fee was $350 but, of course, she came with all her vaccines up to date, was spayed and even had a microchip implanted. The money goes back into the shelter to care for more animals, so it is money well spent.

If you go with a purebred dog from a breeder, then you will probably pay thousands for the dog, but you will be getting the exact breed you want and the ability to show and breed your pet with the possibility of making some money.