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How to Adopt a Dog - SPCA Israel
How to Adopt a Dog

 
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(Lior Bronshtein, U.S.-trained and experienced dogtrainer, participated in the writing of this guide.) 
date:
23/08/2009

   
We congratulate you upon your decision to take a dog into your life and your home.
There are many advantages of having a dog (and in fact, a pet), and many a research has proven that pet-owners tend to be more relaxed, are healthier, and, maybe as a result of that, live longer. Together with the many advantages we have, however, to consider some less convenient aspects, such as, for example the responsibility towards and the obligation to care for your animal. When it is a dog, you have to take him or her out for walks a few times a day; does the dog come to you while still being a puppy, be warned for lots of trouble: teaching it to do "pee pee" (urinate) and do his "poh" NOT in your home, or the need to chew on everything it can gets its teeth in (it's a BABY!!); even with an older dog there is the possibility that the dog will destroy some things in your home, usually due to a lack of good education; also you should think about the financial expenses such as for food and veterinary care; and then, of course, the time, each day again, you need to give to your dog!

It is important to understand that the adoption of pets should not be done on a whim, nor is it a hobby that you can give up when you are bored with it. This is a serious obligation you take upon yourself, that demands the investment of time, money and lots of attention and love. Before you begin the process of adoption you need to think a bit: are you really ready for this? Are your family members ready?

This is a serious obligation you take upon yourself, that demands the investment of time, money and lots of attention and love. Before you begin the process of adoption you need to think a bit: are you really ready for this? Are your family members ready?

If the answer is yes, read our guide.

 
Our guide is intended to prepare you, in the best way, for the significant change that you and the adopted dog are about to go through, and it will help you to get prepared appropriately. It is important to remember that most of the dogs who are found at the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel (and indeed in practically every shelter or dogpound) experienced at least one abandonment. Both you and the dog need a period of adjustment that may not be easy, and the dog’s behavior in this period may not be according to your expectations. It will take some time until it will understand what you want from it and what its limits are, so be patient until it fully has adjusted. It will be worth it for you—at the end of the process you will have a new friend who will add unconditional love, friendship and loyalty to your life.








 
 
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