1. Make sure that you choose a dog that can easily adjust to your
lifestyle. For instance, if you're a couch-potato, a young Border
Collie mix may overwhelm you with energy. And if you want your new
furry companion to go hiking with you on the weekends, a toy breed may
not be the best choice.
2. Consider the benefits of adopting an older dog: many are already
housetrained, have lived with children, are easier to train than
puppies, and are generally more predictable. They also make gentle,
loving companions and are well-suited for individuals who aren't quite
3. If you are sure you want a puppy, 'puppy-proofing' your house or
apartment will ensure that your possessions and your puppy are safe.
Also, you need to have patience with puppy behaviors like chewing or
accidents. With proper, positive training, your puppy will learn to be
a well-mannered member of the family.
4. Many people are surprised to find that shelters receive purebred
dogs. So if you're interested in a purebred dog, check your local
shelter or a breed-specific rescue group first!
5. While purebred dogs have many wonderful qualities, mixed breed dogs
can also be fantastic pets. A mixed breed dog can carry the positive
characteristics of each breed and the chances of health defects
associated with a certain breed, such as hip dysplasia, may be
lessened. Also, keep in mind that “designer dogs” are just mixed breed
dogs with a catchy name. We've had everything from Puggles to
6. Just as you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, you shouldn't judge
a dog by its coat color. Black and brindle-colored dogs are least
likely to be adopted, so make sure you don't pass up your potential pet
for this reason!
1. Consider the benefits of adopting an older cat: many are already
litter-trained, have lived with children, and are generally more
predictable. They also make gentle, loving companions and are more
likely to nap on your lap than terrorize your houseplants.
2. If you are sure you want a kitten, 'kitten-proofing' your house or
apartment will ensure that your possessions and your kitten are safe.
3. Just as you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, you shouldn't judge
a cat by its coat color. Black and brown cats are least likely to be
adopted, so make sure you don't pass up your potential pet for this