Choosing a shelter puppy
What You’re Getting Into When You Get A Dog
Liking dogs and liking having a dog are two very different things. The sad truth is that millions of pets are surrendered to shelters around the country every year; the good news is that your future family member need not be one of them.
Good For Everyone: Why Spaying & Neutering Is So Important
Spaying and neutering your dog is an effective means of population control, but it also benefits your pooch in a variety of ways, including reduced risks of cancer and more.
If I Adopt A Dog, How Will I Know If He Or She Has Behavioral Issues?
If I adopt a dog from a shelter, how will I know he or she doesn't have any behavioral problems?
What to expect from your puppy.
Choosing a shelter dog
The decision to adopt your pup from a shelter is a step in the right direction — learn what questions to ask and how to choose the perfect shelter dog for your family.
Purebred or mixed breed?
Dogs fall into one of two groups: mixed breeds and purebreds. Purebreds generally conform to a specific “breed standard” because their parents and other ancestors are all members of the same breed. Therefore, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what general behavioral and physical characteristics a puppy of that breed will most likely have. […]
Best dogs for kids
Question: My kids are still young but we'd like to get a dog. Which breeds are best with children? Answer: Breeds were created by humans for the express purpose of accomplishing certain tasks: sporting dogs retrieve game, herding dogs corral sheep, and working dogs guard the house. With kids in the house, it’s generally better […]
I'll be bringing a puppy home soon — how should I prepare or "puppy-proof" my house?
Dogs for large family?
Question: We have a big family with people coming in and out of our home all the time. Are some dogs more social than others? Answer: Just as some people are naturally more sociable than others, some dogs are little social butterflies, while others would just as soon be left alone, thank you very much! […]
A case for adult dogs
The myths surrounding homeless adult dogs keep some potential adopters at bay. Learn the truth about adult shelter dogs and give these, loving, loyal dogs a second look.
Adopting best rescue dog?
Question: How do I know what I’m getting when I adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue group? Answer: This is where your due diligence comes in. Spend lots and lots of time with your potential new family member. I recommend getting to know the dog as much as possible and even asking the […]
Consumer alert: Christmas puppies
The dark side of a holiday tradition
Choosing a shelter puppy
Your guide to puppy adoption
Finding a puppy: Choosing the right puppy
Master trainer Ian Dunbar on picking the right puppy
Dog rescue groups: picky
Question: Why does it seem harder to get a dog from a shelter or rescue group than from a breeder? Answer: It’s true, adopting from a shelter or rescue group can seem more rigorous than filling out a college application. Breeders are less picky–they generally look for the basics when evaluating a potential dog guardian: […]
Dog adoption questions?
Question: What questions should I ask before adopting a dog? Answer: The most important questions are the ones you ask yourself, even before you approach a rescue group or shelter. Am I ready for a commitment of five or ten or more years? Am I willing to adjust my life to make room for another […]
Thinking about getting a dog?
It can happen to anybody. You see this great dog that’s looking for a home and gives you that big-eyed look that says “pick me”. Before you know it, you’re buying dog food and treats at your local supermarket. Falling in love with a dog is easy. Sharing your home with a canine friend can […]
The trouble with puppies
9 drawbacks to adopting a puppy
Finding a puppy: When to bring your puppy home
Master trainer Ian Dunbar on the best age to bring a new puppy home