How to Adopt a Happy, Healthy Dog or Puppy

Congratulations! You have decided to adopt a dog or puppy. Now you have some other decisions to make. What size dog is best? Will a dog fit your lifestyle?

Perhaps you are not sure if you want to adopt a dog or not. Or, maybe someone in your family wants a dog but others do not think a dog is a good idea. How will you decide what to do?

These questions and many more are answered in our FREE Online Seminar and Course on Dog Adoption.

There are lots of reasons for wanting a dog:

  • You just lost a dog who you considered your best friend and feel frantic to get another dog.
  • Your friend just got a great dog.
  • A family member is lobbying for a dog.
  • You fondly remember a dog you had in earlier years and think that is what you need or what your children need.

Whatever your reasons for wanting a dog, you need to evaluate carefully whether you are prepared to raise a dog and what type of dog fits your current lifestyle or family.

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Are You a First-time Dog Owner?

Dog ownership lasts for the whole life of the dog – for many dogs that is 12 to 15 years. Getting a dog is a lot like having a baby – there is much to do to prepare.

There is a baby stage which is very labor-intensive on your part, there is a toddler stage and an adolescent stage which can both be a bit trying on your patience, then comes the long and happy relationship (if you got through the earlier stages successfully), and then there is a “senior” stage during which your dog may be on medications or need your help. The commitment is long but should be rewarding.

There is nothing like the devotion of a great dog. Be sure you deserve that devotion and unconditional love.

Which Dog to Adopt?

There are lots of dogs from which to choose – over 250 breeds worldwide plus many designer dogs and untold numbers of mixed breed dogs. You can get a puppy, a grown dog, or an older dog. You can get a male or a female. You can get a dog from a shelter, a breeder, or a friend. You need to take your time to get the right dog for you.

Every year 5 to 8 million dogs are relinquished to shelters. Why? In most cases, the family is simply not prepared for the type of dog they have. Many of these dogs are later euthanized.

It is important, therefore, to make sure you know what you are getting. It is just as important to be fully prepared for your dog or puppy and the commitment it will need. The Free Online Seminar and Mini Course on Adopting a Dog will help you learn the costs and demands of dog adoption and ownership.

How to Choose a Good, Ethical Breeder?

Once you decide for sure to get a dog, you will have to figure out where to get it and how to choose the best one for you.

Will you get your dog from a friend or a family?

Do you want to get a puppy from a breeder? If so, how will you select the right breeder?

Is a pet store a good source for a dog?

Are you looking for a rescued dog to adopt?

What questions should you ask at the Pet Store or of the Breeder?

How can you identify a healthy dog or puppy with the right temperament?

And, finally, you will need to know how to prepare your home and your family members before you get the new dog. How to get your dog adjusted to your home environment?

Get access to the FREE Online Seminar and Course on Adopting and Owning a Dog and find out answers to all these important questions. This FREE Course on Dog Adoption is meant for people like you who need help locating their best dog. Follow the step-by-step instructions from our Mini Course and you will set the path to a long-lasting and loving relationship with your dog.

What Characteristics do You Want Your Dog to Have?

Herding Dogs

Herding dogs are intelligent and obedient dogs who are gentle and patient with children.

Sporting Dogs

Sporting dogs are active, easily trained, intelligent dogs who love to work and to play games with their owners.

Working Dogs

Working dogs are generally large and well-muscled dogs who desire to work hard and please their owners. Although the energetic

Hound Dogs

Hound dogs instinctively follow their noses or eyes, they tend to be loving companions who are easily motivated with food.


The Terrier personality is feisty and energetic, but they adapt well to apartment life and some are well-suited to allergy sufferers.

Most dog breeds originally had specific jobs for which they were bred. However, in today’s world they do not have those jobs. If you choose a dog from a breed with high energy or very high intelligence, be prepared to keep your dog active and busy.

Join our training experts on one of our FREE online seminars and learn how to decide on the dog that would suit you and your family the best.

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The Adopting and Owning a Dog minicourse will give you:

10 questions to assess your readiness for dog ownership

Sample costs of owning a dog

The myths and truths about neutering and spaying

How to find a veterinarian you will trust

The pros and cons of adopting a puppy versus an adult dog

8 tests to identify the perfect puppy

11 tests to identify the best adult dog

How to prepare your home for a new dog

What you will need to purchase for your new dog

All dogs are pack animals. Wherever there are two or more dogs, there is a pack and one dog is a pack leader. When you bring a dog into your home, you and your family members are part of his pack. Someone has to be the pack leader or Alpha Dog. You do not want your dog to be the Alpha Dog. Are you prepared to be the pack leader? Do you know how to be the pack leader?

Learn more about becoming a good pack leader through our Adopting and Owning a Dog Mini Course.





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