Module Two:OK, YOU’RE READY. WHAT NOW?

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A few adoption options:

  1. Animal Shelter
  2. Rescue Organization
  3. Fostering
  4. Online Adoption Resource

Sample questions you may be asked at the shelter:

  • Are you aware this is a lifelong (the pet’s lifetime) commitment?
  • Are you adopting this dog for protection or companionship?
  • Where will the dog live? Sleep? Indoors or out?
  • Who is the primary caretaker?
  • Do you have a fenced in yard?
  • Do you have any other pets?
  • Do you have children?

Sample questions to ask the shelter/rescue organization:

  • How old is the dog?
  • Is he housebroken?
  • Does he have any health challenges?
  • Is he up to date on shots?
  • Has the dog been spayed or neutered?
  • Is he microchipped?
  • Has he lived with a family before?
  • Is he ok around children? Babies?
  • How does he react to other dogs? Cats?
  • Where is he used to sleeping?
  • Does he have any obedience training and is he crate trained?
  • Does he have special dietary needs?
  • If we take the dog home and it doesn’t work out, can we bring him back?

What are some of the myths around dog adoption? Grab a copy of What to Expect When Adopting a Dog to find the answers!

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Explore Other Modules

Module 1

01TAKING THE FIRST STEPS

  • Am I Ready?
  • Do I Have the Time/Energy?
  • Do I Have the Resources?
  • Beginning the Search

Module 2Module 2

02OK, YOU’RE READY. WHAT NOW?

  • Where Do I Go to Adopt a Dog?
  • What to Expect at the Shelter/ Rescue Organization
  • Dog Adoption vs. Dog Breeders

Module 3

03PREPARING YOUR HOME

  • Items You Will Need
  • Explanation of Items
  • Optional Items
  • What You’ll Need to Do

Module 4Module 4

04INTEGRATING YOUR DOG INTO YOUR HOME

  • Getting Acquainted
  • Kids Roles, Expectations and Safety
  • Safety For Your Dog
  • Training, Exercise and Socialization

Module 5

05ADVANCED DOG PARENTING

  • Advanced Training & Special Certifications
  • Specialty Health & Wellness
  • Exceptional Dogs

“It’s important to note that this book leaves nothing left to wonder about: there are over 100 links to these articles and products.”

D. DONOVAN, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

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