If you’re considering welcoming a new pooch into your home, October is the perfect time to adopt. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Remember these dogs are stressed. Don’t expect the activity level you see in any shelter dog to be normal for that dog. Like people, some dogs might respond to being overtired with hyperactivity. But more likely, the behavior you see in the shelter will be more subdued than is normal for that dog.
Take your children with you. If you have kids, let them interact with the dogs. There should be an adult controlling the dog and another controlling each child. If the dog shows aggression or fear, they are probably not the best choice for your family. Don’t forget to make sure your children understand that you may leave without a new dog!
Make eye contact. Add a few blinks to your eye contact to take away the direct threat. If the dog looks away or downward, it is likely submissive behavior which is perfect for a family pet. A dog that shows aggression when you make eye contact is not okay for a family dog.
Interact with the dog. See if he is comfortable being petted and, if small enough, held. Observe the dog walking on leash. Look for any signs of aggression.
Finally, don’t forget to ask questions. The shelter staff and volunteer will have information about how the dog interacts with other people and animals.