Thinking of adding a new addition (the four-legged kind) to your family? When people consider getting a new dog, they often assume that getting a puppy will be easier and safer than adopting a shelter dog. That certainly is not always the case! Here are common misconceptions about adopting a shelter dog.
Shelter dogs were given up because something is wrong with them
This is the biggest misconception about shelter dogs that they were previously strays, or given up because they are aggressive in nature. People often think shelter dogs are more inclined to suffer from emotional problems, and experience difficulty adjusting to their new environment.
The truth is, dogs are given up to a shelter for different reasons that are often not related to their behavior. Often, families just cannot afford to care for their dog, or maybe the caregiver has passed away. Sometimes, a dog owner enters into a circumstance in which keeping their dog is not an option.
The only problem with a shelter dog is that it is in a shelter, to begin with, instead of with a loving owner.
You won’t know the dog’s history
Honestly, neither will the dog. Since it is human nature to focus on the past, you are better off not knowing specifics about a dog’s history. Dogs live in the now, so focus instead on creating a loving environment for your new shelter dog.
Shelter dogs are often sick
Although a kennel cough is common among shelter dogs, most facilities offer a free voucher to a vet for the dogs’ first checkup. A good shelter will also ensure the dog is free of fleas, ticks, and worms. Diseases that are more severe are easily preventable with vaccinations, which can be administered by a vet’s office. Some shelters even spay or neuter a dog before adoption.
Shelter dogs are not purebred
Honestly, mixed breeds are ideal for most families unless you are searching for a show dog, or you are a dog breeder. Otherwise, mixed breeds are best because they are less likely to have genetic disorders or predisposed behavioral problems.
Shelter dogs won’t live long because they are too old
The idea of getting a puppy, one with a clean slate, may sound cute and fun but raising one is a full-time job. Unless you are willing to put forth the time and effort to fully train a puppy, an older dog may be best for you and your family. An older dog may be ideal for someone looking for a low-energy pet.
Whatever your decision may be, getting a dog is a big responsibility. Be sure to weigh your options and determine what is going to be best for you and your family.
All Dogs Canine Care Center offers services to meet your needs for dog training, grooming, and boarding. Please contact us today at (865) 475-2225 for more information regarding our services. We welcome pooches from Dandridge and Morristown, Tennessee.