You’ve seen him on “Good Morning America” and “The Dr. Oz Show” - Dr. Marty Becker, better known as “America’s Veterinarian”, explains why you should adopt a dog, What you should take into account before choosing a dog and a few important tips from an expert! Dr. Becker is a passionate advocate for the human-animal bond, an honorary board member of Pet Partners and the Humane Society of New York, as well as a member and strong supporter of his local pet rescue group, Second Chance Animal Adoption & several Animal Shelters.
An older dog knows what the word “NO” means (as well as “Stay”, “Sit”, “Come” and other commands). They won’t chew your shoes, chairs and everything else you own. Older dogs are good at showing affection and love. They will become instant companions and will show gratitude and appreciation. They won’t keep you awake at night. They are generally calmer, more relaxed and are housetrained (!!!). Finally, adopting a senior dog would actually save a life.
After being in a shelter for some time, every dog would be thrilled to have a new home and a family. But the transition can also be stressful. The best way to insure a smooth transition is to slowly introduce your dog to his new and loving environment. Begin a tour starting with the room your dog will spend most of his time in, show him where he can find his food and water. Then, show him the rest of the house and slowly introduce him to members of the family.
Here’s a list of everything you’ll need to buy to make your new friend feel at home.
• A collar, an ID tag & a leash
• A bed – Make sure it’s comfy and easy to clean.
• Water & food bowls – Try using stainless steel instead of plastic bowls, as they tend to absorb bacteria.
• Grooming supplies - Unless you are planning to get them groomed at a shop.
• Food & treats: Dry food is a good option, as it is good for teeth and digestion.
• Toys: Dogs love playing and chewing. Have a few toys prepared for them and observe to see their preferences.
• Poop bags: You’ll need them.
• If you fell in love with a dog but not with his name, don’t worry. A dog can learn a new name, just start with combining his old name with a new one.
• When introducing your new dog to family and friends, let him/her smell them first.
• Don’t forget to find a vet. Ask around for recommended vets in your neighborhood or area.