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Adopting a dog

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What are the pros and cons of adopting a dog? Sources of adult dogs include animal shelters, breed rescue organisations, dogs given up by families advertising in newspaper ads, etc

What are the pros and cons of adopting a dog? We investigate.

Sources of adult dogs include animal shelters, breed rescue organisations, dogs given up by families advertising in newspaper ads, and the occasional neighbourhood stray. Breeders may also sell adults that are no longer being used for breeding or showing.

Many adolescent or adult dogs can become excellent pets. As social animals, dogs may need time, approximately one to two months, to adjust to their new social group before showing their true colours. This is most meaningful when it comes to biting. It is wise to assume, for example, that a dog will bite if handled while eating, even if the dog seems to accept such handling at first.

Similarly, the relationship between the new and 'old' household dogs may change over time, especially if they are of the same sex. In fact, aggression between female dogs can be so intense and upsetting that it's wise to avoid bringing a second female dog home.

Until the dog is settled into his/her new life, keep interactions light and exercise ample. Supervise him/her with children and be wary of potentially frightening situations such as thunderstorms or being left alone for long periods.

With any luck, the dog you choose may finally have found a home where he or she will be loved.

Where to find dogs to adopt:

The Blue Cross

The Blue Cross is well established as one of Britain's leading animal welfare charities. With 11 adoption centres and 4 animal hospitals around the UK, The Blue Cross cares for and rehomes thousands of unwanted and abandoned animals each year from dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs to horses and ponies. To ensure that every animal in their care goes to the perfect new home, their animal behaviourists work intensively with animals to help solve problems so they can be re-homed successfully.



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