Module One:TAKING THE FIRST STEPS

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Am I Ready?

Every shelter or homeless dog has a story. Due to any number of unfortunate reasons, there are thousands of perfectly adoptable dogs who have ended up in the shelter. Whatever their story, they deserve a stable, loving environment and a forever home so they needn’t ever return to a shelter.

  • You’ll need to commit to training, regular exercise and veterinary care.
  • You’ll want to buy the highest quality food you can afford.
  • You’ll need as much patience as you can muster.

Do I have the time/energy?

  • Am I willing and able to feed and water my dog daily?
  • Am I willing to take my dog on regular walks and spend time exercising and playing with him?
  • Does everyone living in my house agree on the decision to add a dog to the family?
  • Am I open to falling in love with my dog and caring for him until the end of his life?

Do I have the resources?

  • Does my apartment or house rental allow pets?
  • Am I willing and able to spay or neuter and microchip my dog?
  • Am I prepared to take my dog to the vet for annual check-ups and emergencies and pay for all of his recommended vaccinations and care?
  • Is there someone to care for my dog when I’m not around or traveling?
  • Am I willing to hire a dog-walker or enroll him in professional daycare if my dog will be alone for extended periods of time?

It is generally less expensive to adopt than purchasing from a breeder, but it is critical to enter this relationship knowing the true financial costs of pet care.

The good news is that there are wellness programs and pet insurance that you can purchase to help mitigate veterinary costs.

Grab a copy of What to Expect When Adopting a Dog to get your questions answered!

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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

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