Questions You Should Ask When Buying or Adopting a Dog

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When you buy or adopt a dog, it’s important to make sure that the dog that you bring home is a great fit for your family and lifestyle. Whether buying or adopting a dog, make sure that you ask the following questions.

Why Is the Dog In Need of a Home?

If you’re buying a dog from a breeder, this question may be self-explanatory, especially when you’re buying a puppy. But if you’re buying an adult dog or are adopting a dog from a rescue, ask about why the dog is in need of a home. If the dog’s previous owners had a particular issue with the dog, it’s important for you to know about it.

What Is the Dog’s Medical History?

Ask specific questions about the dog’s medical history. Ask whether the dog is spayed or neutered, and request records of the vaccines that the dog has received. Make sure to also ask whether the dog has currently or has previously had any major medical issues.

Does the Dog Have Any Known Behavioral Problems?

Next, ask about the dog’s overall behavior and temperment. For some experienced dog owners, simple problem behaviors (such as pulling on g leash or jumping) can be remedied with minimal dog training. However, a less experienced dog owner may need to factor in the amount of dog training along with adoption fees.

Note that not all behavioral provvelms are as easily remedied and may call for the additional help of a professional dog behaviorist. Some types of behaviors require more patience, training, and funds than a behavior such as excessive barking. These more difficult behaviors could include anxiety or aggression, which are more difficult to remedy and generally require professional intervention.

We understand that all dogs are worth the extra effort, but for some families (less experienced or with less time to devote) a better fit may be to opt for a less diffuclt behavior modification.

How Does the Dog Interact With Children and Pets?

When you’re bringing a dog into your existing home, it’s important that he is able to adapt to your existing family members, like children and other pets. Ask whether the dog has ever lived with or been tested on his interactions with children or pets.

When you’re planning to bring a new dog into your home, the more information that you can gather before making your decision, the better. Asking the right questions will allow you to make a well-informed decision of whether a particular dog is right for you.

Once you’ve brought home your new dog, be sure to stop in at Bed & Biscuit Austin to schedule a bathing appointment or a Dog Training Fundamentals Class.

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