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Becoming a Dog Owner

Becoming a Dog OwnerIf you have lots of love to give, choosing to adopt a dog and sharing your life with him is a wonderful thing. Dog ownership can provide lots of fun, happiness, and good times for both you and your dog. But owning a dog also takes a lot of hard work and dedication, and some sacrifice. Before you bring home a new pet, educate yourself on the basic things that dogs require and decide whether adopting a dog is the right choice for you.

Check out the following links for general information on adopting a dog and getting ready to bring him home:

Selecting a Breed

A dog is a dog, right? Well… not exactly. Learn about different things to think about when looking for the perfect dog breed for you and your lifestyle!

Breed Group Characteristics

Selecting the right purebred dog for you and your family can be a difficult decision. Do you want a highly active companion or a more sedentary friend? Would you prefer a dog who needs a job to do or one who is content simply playing fetch in the backyard?

Finding Your Dream Dog

Dogs can be adopted through breeders, animal rescues or shelters. Learn more about these options.

Allergic to Dogs?

Human allergies to dogs are nothing to sneeze at.

A Puppy-Proof Home

Before you bring a dog home, there are steps to be taken to ensure the health and safety of your new pet.

Necessary Supplies

In addition to lots of love, dogs need certain supplies, including a crate, a collar, and a variety of toys.

November Is National Adopt-A-Senior Pet Month!

Much like fine wine, dogs age well. The bouncing out-of-control puppy, the sometimes fractious adolescent, and the highly enthusiastic (read: energetic) adult give way to a sweet and mellow kind of dignity by the time a dog turns eight years of age or so.

Are You Ready to Adopt a Dog?

If you think an adopted dog may be right for you, the next step is deciding whether you would make a good adoptive owner.

Senior Dog Adoption

Adopting a senior dog after other people have given him up can be intensely satisfying.

Five Tips for a Dog-Friendly House

There are many steps that you can take to have a safe, dog-friendly house. Dog-proofing your home can reduce the likelihood of having to make an emergency trip to the veterinarian.

Tips From the Vet: 9 Things New Parents of Adopted Dogs Should Know

Adding a new dog to your family is a very exciting time. But your new pet has a lot to adjust to—new people, a new home, and a whole new set of rules. Our resident veterinarian offers some tried-and-true tips for helping your new furry family member settle in.

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