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What do I need to know before adopting a rescue dog?

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To see whether or not you should adopt a rescue dog, you need to ask yourself certain questions, such as: are you prepared for the expense and time commitment?

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What do I need to know before adopting a rescue dog?
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To see if you are ready to adopt a rescue dog, you should answer the following questions:

Are you, and all those who live with you, committed to spend 15+ years providing health care, food, grooming, training and attention to a dog?

Will you be happy to walk a dog, twice a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? In rain, hail or shine for at least 20 minutes at a time and maybe more depending on the size and/or breed of the dog.

If you are looking for a pup, do you have the time and patience to socialise and train your pup with other dogs and people, to ensure he grows up to be a healthy, happy, well adjusted dog?

If you are looking for an adult dog are you prepared to work on the basic training that the dog may need?

Are there lifestyle-altering events that could occur in your foreseeable future – a baby, caring for an elderly family member, a housing move, job uncertainty or promotion, etc? How would you deal with these changes while continuing to caring for a dog?

Are you house-proud? How well would you cope with dog hairs and mucky paw prints around the house?

Are you physically able to care for a dog and his needs? Will you be able to exercise the dog adequately? Please make sure the dog you adopt is the appropriate age and size for your circumstances, be realistic.

Is your garden secure? Is there an area for your dog to go to the toilet?

Do you travel frequently? Can the dog come with you? If not, will it be difficult for you to find quality care for your dog when you are away? How much does boarding cost on a daily basis and how much notice do they need to take your dog?

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