In this important tip, I want to bust one of the bigger dog adoption myths, which is that shelter dogs are damaged. There are a million reasons why a dog might land in the shelter. One of them could be that their family fell on hard financial times and didn’t know that there were programs available to help them. It could be that their doggy parents weren’t spayed and neutered so it’s just doggy overpopulation. It could be because their family moved to a new apartment and the new apartment does not allow dogs. There’s a whole host of reasons, and of course the list goes on. Yes, there are some dogs that have behavioral issues but dogs that have issues can also come from a breeder. The shelter environment is quite stressful, and oftentimes when you meet a dog there they’re not really showing their best selves. Maybe all it takes is for them to get out of the stressful shelter environment and they calm down immediately. In general though, it takes time and patience for a dog to settle in and learn what’s expected of him in your home.