What to Know Before Adopting a Dog

Plenty of puppies and dogs are available across the country who would be delighted to have a loving home.

Many shelters have puppies available for adoption, and you can be their hero by adopting them and giving them a much-needed home.

If you’ve never had a dog before, you may want to consider fostering to see if pet parenthood is a good fit for your lifestyle and learn what questions to ask when adopting a dog.

While puppies are adorable and fun, they’re also a lot of work. Plenty of older dogs in shelters need homes, and they’re far less likely to be adopted.

Before you bring a puppy home, you should know just what a big responsibility raising and training one can be.

No puppy should be adopted until they are over eight weeks old — up until this time, they’re dependent on their mother and also benefit from being with their littermates.

Your new puppy may also be a bit hesitant or shy during their first days in the house and may even whine or cry throughout the night in their crate.

Choose a food specifically designed for puppies, as they have different dietary needs than adult dogs. The shelter or breeder you adopt from can tell you what food they’ve been feeding your puppy.