Dog Adoption Or Rescue
As a dog owner you may wonder if you are giving your dog the best life. The answer is probably yes. A life in a home environment is better than a life in a shelter or on the streets.
By nature dogs are happy for anything and everything that you give them – dog food, water, a home and most importantly – your love. And they give back ten-fold with unconditional love.
But you could find the occasional dog that is not happy. That is usually due to the fact that they are in the wrong home – a mistaken mismatch in personalities.
For example, if you live a sedentary lifestyle and you adopt an active breed dog you may be asking for trouble. This is why it is so important that you research and understand the breed of dog (or mixed breeds) that you are planning to bring into your family.
One of the main reasons that dogs get returned is because the owners did not do their research and didn’t understand what they were getting. It’s not the dogs fault; it’s the owners fault. But sadly, it’s the dog that suffers…
When you are looking to bring a new dog into your family, you need to consider the activity level of the breed. If you are a couch potato, you don’t want to a dog that has a lot of energy and needs a lot of walks and outings. Don’t expect that because you’ve adopted a dog that you are going to suddenly become energetic and want to go for daily walks. Changing a habit takes time and your dog needs that exercise now.
A bored dog can spell disaster. If your dog needs lots of exercise and you aren’t up to the same, your dog will need to get rid of that energy somehow. When a dog has excess energy that is usually when they become quite mischievous – and that usually isn’t a good thing when in your home.
The amount of activity that your dog needs will depend on the breed (or mixed breed of dog) along with his or her personality. There are some breeds that need a lot of exercise and others that do fine with just a little amount of exercise.
But every dog needs some amount of exercise and socialization.
If you have a fenced yard, it does make things easier for you and your dog. Of course walks are always fun and loved by all but a good romp in a fenced yard is the next best thing.
On the other hand, if you love the outdoors and you get a dog that is very relaxed and doesn’t enjoy long walks, runs, or romps then that wouldn’t be a good match either.
Size Doesn’t Matter
Contrary to popular belief, it is incorrect to assume that small dogs don’t need as much exercise as big dogs. There are some small breeds of dog that need just as much exercise as large breeds and vice-versa.
As an example, a Greyhound is a large breed of dog that doesn’t need a lot of exercise. Of course, like all dogs they enjoy their outings but they don’t need a lot of them. They are more of burst energy dogs – in a fenced area they run hard but only for a short distance and then they are done. They are generally couch potatoes – which is the reason that they are fondly nicknamed a “45 mph couch potato”.
Golden Retrievers are a medium breed of dog and they have tons of energy. They need lots of exercise, socialization, and something to keep them occupied much of the day. If they don’t get what they need, they get into mischief.
Poodles are generally small dogs that can successfully live in small places but they are quite high-strung and therefore need quite a bit of activity to keep them calm and happy. Otherwise you’ll find them running around your home, jumping on you and your guests, and acting crazy for a short time – until their burst of energy is expended. Then they’ll happily climb onto your lap for a good snooze.
Either way, you will need to have some dog toys and things that your dog can chew on in the event he or she gets bored. That would be better than if they found the remote.
Know Your Dog
Knowing your dog before you rescue or adopt it is most important. You wouldn’t want to bring a new dog into your home only to find that it isn’t a good fit. You won’t be happy and your dog won’t be happy. And it’s usually the dog that suffers the consequences.
These days it’s easy to find the type of dog that is right for you and your family through research, talking to dog owners, and asking lots of questions. Your dog and your lifestyle should be a good match right from the start. If it’s a good match, you’ll enjoy a happy and rewarding relationship with your dog.