How to Adopt a Dog

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Adopting a dog usually comes with several options, including adopting a puppy, adopting an orphaned puppy and adopting from humane societies or other rescue situations. Consider breed mixes and personalities when adopting a dog with help from a veterinarian in this free video on dog adoption.

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We're going to talk about how to adopt a dog, and the first thing to think about with adoption, is, is a dog right for you? and so if it is, then checking into the adoption situation, is the best next step. Now, in an adoption, there are multiple scenarios, that could be a puppy, an orphaned puppy. It could be a rescue situation as an adult dog, a stray, all sorts of things, and so adoptions from humane societies or shelters, and things like that, are very, very common, when you're trying to adopt a dog, and so the next thing to think about, is what types of breed mixes this dog may be, and what kind of personalities could it have? and so checking into that, also spending time with the dog to be adopted, is a good thing as well, before taking it home, because by interaction, you're going to find out whether or not it's friendly to you, if it's interactive with multiple people, social, that sort of thing, or is it frightened? Is it scared? Is it having any behavioral problems that you can note right then? and so adoption, it's very important to again, interact with them first, before you adopt. The third thing to think about, is are there any health issues? and so always try to find out as much history as you can, from the adoption center, or the adoption person, that may help you in the long run, if there are any problems. Lastly, you want to make sure that the adopted dog is veterinary checked, either before, or right after you adopt, just make sure that there are no surprises, no problems with the heart let's say, or teeth, or eyes, that you don't know about, and if everything looks good, then bringing the adopted dog into the household, and going really slow, letting them get used to everything, is the last step, and generally, adoption goes very well for most situations.

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