5 questions to ask when taking a dog as a gift or from a shelter
1 – Did the dog go through the necessary medical procedures
Test for worms and parasites
It is advisable that the dog you like has already gone through the above procedures. Of course, all this can be done (if necessary) by yourself, but it is important to know in advance what has been done and what has not. At least in order to make the dog vaccinations difficult for the body, twice.
2 – Does the dog need any special medical care?
Unfortunately, some dogs were injured while living on the street, or at the hands of their previous owners, and sometimes they may need special care. As a rule, this is not a big deal, but the owner of the dog or the person in charge of the shelter should inform you in advance about everything. As a rule, volunteers and shelters are interested in putting the dog in good hands so that there is no further misunderstanding and they tell everything about the dog that they know and can even “intimidate” it purposefully, so that the owner understands what he is doing and does not refuse in the future. In any case, it is better to ask.
Dogs with disabilities are no worse than completely healthy dogs, and maybe even a little kinder and more drawn to people. See, for example, these great examples of dogs with disabilities who are not discouraged and enjoy life by setting a great example for people: Cheerful dogs with disabilities
3 – Ask about the character of the dog
Decide first which dog you need. Calm or playful? Do you have other animals (cat or dog) that the dog should make friends with? Find out how your chosen one relates to other animals. Do you have children with whom the dog will communicate?
4 – Is it possible to bring the dog back if something goes wrong?
Of course, we want everything to be good, and you will find the new family member that you dreamed about. But sometimes the expectations are not entirely met or unexpected circumstances arise in which you cannot properly care for the dog. Find out in advance if the dog can be returned if necessary. As a rule, first volunteers give their wards “for a trial period” so that the owners can evaluate their strength and to be able to pick up the dog if the new owners are negligent. Remember that the dog, of course, can be returned – but during this time she may have managed to become attached to you and you will inflict a new wound on her heart. So before you even think about taking a dog, carefully evaluate your strength. A dog is not a toy, but a new member of the family. Between people, friction can also occur, but then everything gets better, we get used to each other and live happily. Learn to interact and understand each other, the dog needs you, even if it does not understand something and does not do what you expect.
If you finally lost hope and clearly understand that you can’t keep the dog, try not to at least return the dog to the shelter, but with the help of a volunteer to find the dog a new home, but for now keep it at home. Life in a shelter, to put it mildly, is not sugar, and if you have already agreed to take responsibility for a living creature, do not drop it at a difficult moment, because this is what humanity and responsibility are called.
5 – Is it possible to contact those from whom you take the dog, if during life you have questions with her and need help?
As a rule, people involved in arranging dogs are always ready to answer your questions by phone or mail. Sometimes volunteers or an orphanage may offer you some discounts at pet stores for the purchase of essentials, tell you where you can walk with a dog in your city.
Of course, it may happen that not all the questions asked can be answered. If a dog was found on the street recently, then it is not always possible to determine how it relates to children and whether it has any diseases.
It is important that the person is honest with you and tries to tell the dog all the information that he owns. And some things about the dog may come as a surprise to him and to you. But it’s even fun!
In addition, you can always find forums where you can ask your questions, and on the Internet there are many useful articles on the topic of life with a dog. Consult with volunteers – there are many forums on the Internet where professional and very good dog handlers answer questions and are always ready to give advice. We also tried to collect some important articles here on our website.