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Adopting a Dog Can Be Very Rewarding


There are three essential elements you’ll need to be able to provide when adopting a dog. Those are food/water, exercise, and love. Although that sounds obvious, you must create a warm and caring atmosphere for your newly adopted dog. You’re taking them from familiar surroundings to a new home full of different smells, sounds, and sights. It’s a lot for anyone to take in, let alone a pup.

As you prepare to adopt a dog, consider your environment. Living in a house with a backyard versus an apartment should determine the size and type of dog you plan to take. For apartment dwellers, smaller dogs might be easier to manage. You also want to make sure that your apartment building accepts pets before you set out to adopt one. If you live in a house with a backyard, make sure you have a secure fence surrounding your property. Although you’ll be providing a safe home for your dog, that doesn’t mean they won’t wander off.

Another key consideration when adopting a dog is how this will impact on your schedule. A dog needs exercise. Merely putting them in a backyard while you’re at work isn’t enough. They should be walked at least twice a day, if not more. Dogs need to get out and become familiar with their surroundings. Not only will they be satisfied to leave their own “marks” but they’ll be able to sniff out the neighborhood. This provides them with a strong sense of belonging to a specific place. If you live along and work long hours and can’t always walk your dog, there are plenty of dog walkers in every neighborhood. You’ll become more aware of them with your new pet. For a small fee, these walkers will make sure your pooch is given a good workout. And yes, when walking your dog, you’re going to have to clean up their mess. If this is something you don’t want to do, then adopting a dog might not be for you.

The other major decision on adopting a dog is whether you’ll be getting a puppy or an older house trained dog. Adopting a puppy will give you plenty of cuteness, but it can also be very stressful training a dog to do their business outdoors. A dog that is a year old or older most likely has already been house trained. That doesn’t mean there won’t be the potential for accidents, but you’ll be amazed at how easily an adopted dog can adapt to a new home and routines.

There will also be a period of adjustment for your adopted dog’s diet. Some dogs will gulp down anything that is put in front of them. Others are a bit more finicky. Ask what type of food the dog has been fed and start them with that. If you want to change their diet, introduce the new food a little bit at a time until they become adjusted.

Some many resources and books go into depth about how to train a dog. Mostly it is you who needs to have the training! Adopting a dog can provide companionship, fun, and unconditional love. Who wouldn’t want that in their lives?


  1. Newspapers have suffered an 8.7% drop in circulation in recent months, but they’re alive and well in Pet Society this week. At the pond, you can catch the newspaper fish with pretty much any type of bait, including the humble apple.

    Come Monday; you’ll see a fuller tribute to print at the shops where a large newspaper stand will be available. A cup of coffee and rolled-up paper will be sold in the Living section. These items are part of a more significant retro-urban theme featuring cars and street signs that hark back to the 1950s when more significant was better, and the environment wasn’t something to be saved. Before you get too excited by the cars, we have a sneaking suspicion that they will be glorified chairs (i.e., they won’t move), but they might make stylish props for a vintage street scene.

  2. Pet sitters available on weekends, vacations and summers. We love animals and take awesome care of them, we will feed, watch or walk your pet. We are reliable, trustworthy and we have references. Suffolk County only.

  3. I am in need of a bonded pet sitter for all (or a large portion) of December and January. My residence is in Sag Harbor, New York. I have four cats that will need a daily feeding and periodic litter removal and replacement.

  4. Looking for a person to walk my dog a minimum of three days a week while I am at work. We live in Nassau county and would prefer it if you did also. References required.

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  5. Male Dachshund smooth haired (red) puppy, first shot, free vet visit, born on May 23, 03. Very sweet, great with kids and all people. Price: $650.

  6. Looking for a Holistic Groomer who will groom my canines, while I may remain with them and use gentle, non traumatic means of administering bath and care.

  7. Five month old mix Labrador puppy for adoption. Female black lab mix. Sweet disposition, house-broken. Approved home only.

    • Hi there MARIA ,I would like to get a lab cross, but it all depends what the other half of the mix is & would it be possible to get a photo of her. Would appreciate it. We live at Milang south Australia 0412699784.

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  8. I am looking to buy a preferably male Chocolate Lab Puppy (young with a good temperament) for my parents anniversary.

  9. I would like to find a loving home for my 2 lovable tabby cats. They are 10 years old and very friendly. They need to be in a home with no dogs and preferably no other cats. They are used to get attention. Very friendly with kids. Perfect for an older couple as well. Although heartbroken, I am forced to give them up due to circumstances.

  10. Looking for a Border Collie or Golden Retriever puppy. Have a large home and huge yard. 8 years old son who has wanted a pup for a while now. Please call 631-831-9246

  11. Looking to adopt several pairs or gerbils to breed or interested in finding a breeder on Long Island. All colors especially any unusual ones.

  12. 7 month old female German Shepard is for adoption. We are relocating and can’t take the dog with us. She is very good with kids and other animals; house broken, well groomed and out of the chewing stage. All shots are up to date. Please call Isolde Spatafora at 631-523-4628

  13. My father and I are looking for two (2) Black Lab puppies from pure bred blood lines. Males preferred. Were hoping to find the pups for spring time.

  14. Hi. My name is Annjee. I am a 9 lb light beige toy poodle. I am 1 and a half years old, very friendly and energetic. I want to be a single Mom. I am looking for a boyfriend who is my size and similar color. Your owners can have one of my puppies if they promise to find it a good home.

  15. My husband and I are very serious about purchasing a beagle puppy strictly from a beagle breeder. We are caring and responsible people. We are from a family of Bichon Frises dog breeders ourselves.

  16. Loving family wishing to adopt a ferret or two. Lots of love to offer. We are a family of 4 adults and 2 children (6, 17). We are all animal lovers and want to offer an unwanted ferret a good permanent home.

  17. Searching for Maltipoo pup for adoption or sale. Eastern Long Island area, female preferred. Would like to have puppy by end of March.

  18. I am looking for a good pet sitter for my 9 month old adorable male poodle puppy. This will be on as needed basis. Can be at my home or yours. I prefer someone experienced with caring for dogs and really loves them.

  19. I am on two fenced acres and desperately want a tiny dog, I do prefer chihuahuas but any miniature dog will do, I have so much love to give but not a lot of money💕

  20. I am looking for a Female Golden Retriever, I lost my beautiful Sydney 4 weeks ago and I am totally heartbroken.
    Adrian Dayboro, Qld.

  21. I am on fixed income disabled and both visually impaired wanting to train a puppy for my therapy dog and emotional dog please contact me I’m really lonely also wanting for my first dog as also a best friend and companion for life thank you for your time and help

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