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M4S026: Adopting a Dog with Jason Johnson

Mind4Survival-Adopting a DogWhy adopting a dog is Better than buying?

Adopting a dog is a great way to get a new pet.

In addition to saving a dog's life, you can often get a high-quality dog for little cost.

What matters most is a dog's drive and the innate ability it's born with. When adopting from a breeder, there is no guarantee that a dog will work out.

In this episode on Adopting a Dog

  1. What to Know Before Adopting a Dog
  2. Adopting a Dog Pros and Cons
  3. Where to Adopt a Dog
  4. Process of Adopting a Dog
  5. What to Ask When Adopting a Dog
  6. Bringing an Adopted Dog Home
  7. How to Introduce Dogs for the First Time
  8. How to Take Care of a New Dog
  9. How to Help Dogs Succeed in Training

What to Know Before Adopting a Dog

  • Know what the responsibilities of owning a dog are.
  • Consider the time commitment.
  • Understand the financial commitment.
  • Learn about the food requirements.
  • Think about what you will do when going on a vacation.
  • Figure out how you are going to house the dog.

How Much Space Do Dogs Need?

Dog's need space, but the amount of space varies depending on their breed.

High energy dogs need space to play and time to burn off their energy.

Adopting a Dog Pros and Cons

Adopting a Senior Dog Pros and Cons.

Know the dogs current and past medical history.

Find out if any medical needs will be costly.

Be prepared to deal with the financial and logistical needs of the dog.

Caring for a dog with medical conditions can cost hundreds of dollars each month.


Are There Any Pros and Cons to Adopting a Former Military or Law Enforcement Working Dog?

Adopting a military or police working dog comes with a lot of responsibility

Because of the dog's hard life, it is important to plan that the dog will have future problems. Dogs, just like hard-working people have issues when they get older.

Where to Adopt a Dog

  • Humane societies
  • City shelters
  • County shelters
  • Animal rescues

When adopting a dog, it is important to research where you are adopting the dog from. Make sure the shelter is a good shelter with a good reputation.

Process of Adopting a Dog

Expect a background check to see if you're capable of caring for a new dog.

The background check may include references and is a sign of an excellent facility.

Adoption fees can average $200.00, which covers the administrative costs of running the facility and organization. Adoption fees are a regular part of the process.

What to Ask When Adopting a Dog

What is the medical history of the dog to include illnesses, injuries, diseases, vaccinations, etc.?

You will want to know if the dog is good with kids, people and other animals.

Bringing an Adopted Dog Home

Set the dog up for success!

If you have another dog, take it out for the day. Let the new dog settle in without the stress of interacting with another dog.

Don't forget; not all dogs get along.

Let the dog acclimate slowly and comfortably.

How to Introduce Dogs for the First Time

Make the introduction in a neutral area outdoors because dogs are territorial.

Consider taking the dogs to a park or fenced area to let them sniff and check each other out.

Let them establish their rank within the pack. The pack also includes you and your family members.

Dog's will always try to move up in the pack.

Try to play with the dogs individually before introducing them to one another. Tired dogs have less energy and are less likely to fight.

How to Take Care of a New Dog

Try to make everything a positive experience for the dog.

Talk with your veterinarian about the diet.

Have the food, play area, and sleep area set up and ready before bringing the dog home.

How to Help Dogs Succeed in Training?

  • Practice food reward training.
  • Have dogs practice obedience commands.
  • Only reward dogs for proper behavior.
  • Be consistent with your commands.
  • Reward good behavior in a timely manner.

Key Points.

Pet adoption is a great thing!

Some of the best dogs can be found through adoption.

Do your research before adopting a dog.


Never forget, you’re just one prep away.

If you have any other thoughts or questions about adopting a dog, please leave a comment below.

Stay safe, secure and prepared,


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