Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Puppy

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Before you hit the shelters or visit your local breeder, be ready to find out everything you can about your potential housemate. Here is a list of questions you can print and carry with you - 

  • Why is he available for adoption?
  • Do you know anything about his history?
  • Is he housebroken?
  • Was he ever returned after an adoption? If so, why?
  • What's his temperament like?
  • Does he have any behavioural problems?
  • How is he with children, cats, and other dogs?
  • Is he neutered; is she spayed?
  • Are his vaccinations up-to-date?
  • Does he have, or has he had, any illnesses?
  • Is he on any medication?
  • What is his approximate age?
  • What are his grooming requirements?
  • What are his exercise requirements?
  • What commands does he know?
  • Does he walk well on his leash?

Take notes while you're consulting. It can only take one wrong answer to make him the wrong dog for you; and you the wrong owner for him. If you're not 100% sold, go home and go over your notes until you're absolutely sure if he or she is the one!

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