Every year countless puppies and dogs are turned into city shelters as either owner surrenders or as strays. Thankfully, with each passing year attention is being paid to the plight of these dogs, ensuring that more adoptions are directed towards these animals instead of the breeds. The end result is a second chance for many grateful dogs who want nothing more then a forever home.
If you are interested in adopting a dog from a city shelter, then you have our thanks. Every dog adopted is a dog that does not have to be put down. So, now that you are seriously considering a city shelter dog, what qualities should you be looking for? Lets take a moment to find out.
Dogs are generally given a temperament test when they are admitted to see how viable they will be to adopt out. One thing that dogs are tested for but not necessarily banned from adoption for is possessiveness. How much does the dog not allow other dogs or people near it’s toys? Can you take food away from the dog while it is eating? These are the kinds of considerations you will want to review before adoption. See how the dog responds to you moving things around like toys, and carefully watch how the dog reacts. The less possessive the dog is, the easier it may be to introduce the dog to your home and possibly even another dog if you have one.
What do you want your dog to do if another dog from down the street comes over and begins acting aggressive? What most people will want is for their dog to be submissive. While potentially counterintuitive, the best way to keep your dog alive is to have a dog that does have a reaction to bite or fight aggressively. A dog with this temperament is far less likely to accidently bite someone, which could result in the dog having to be put down. In addition, if you need train the dog, then submissiveness can make a big difference in how well the dog listens when being trained.
3. Energy Level
How energetic is the dog when you meet it? Consider how much time you can spend with the dog when at home. The less time you can spend, the mellower of a dog you will want to consider when you adopt a dog.
Are you adopting a puppy? If so, do you know how big the puppy will get? A common example that people do not necessarily consider at first is the American Bulldog. Bulldogs generally conjure up a relatively small to medium sized dog. The American bulldog is different. While adorable as a puppy, it will quickly grow in size and may become unnamable unless you are prepared. If you are unsure, then take a look at the paws. If the dog has very large paws, then chances are it will grow in size to fit them.