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Adopting a dog is a huge decision and it can be daunting. Navigating the world of shelters, online ads, and vet records isn’t easy, but knowing signs to watch out for that a dog isn’t the right match for you can help you end up with the perfect pooch.
Here are some things to be aware of when adopting a dog that they aren’t right for you.
Be wary if the dog barks or growls at you non-stop.
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According to Cinco Ranch Veterinary Hospital, excessive barking or growling might be a sign that a dog will have trouble adjusting to new people and situations.
Though this isn’t always a sign of a serious problem – the dog could just be excitable – it can signal a pooch that will need extra help easing into a new home.
If a dog seems too calm, that could also be a red flag.
Conversely, a dog that seems very quiet or non-responsive to you might also have some hidden problems.
The Cinco Ranch Veterinary Hospital warned that a dog that doesn’t seem to react to new people positively or negatively might not be feeling well. Make sure to talk to shelter staff or previous owners about any past or present medical issues before taking a dog home.
Consider pet adoption ads carefully and read between the lines.
According to Dogster magazine, it’s crucial to read between the lines when perusing online dog adoption ads.
Phrases like “has a lot of energy,” “needs a big yard,” or “prefers to be around people” might signal behavioral issues such as a lack of training or separation distress. If an advertisement notes that the animal is territorial or “protective,” that might mean you’ll be getting a dog who howls if anyone approaches you or becomes aggressive if its toys are taken away.
Be sure to ask detailed questions about the dog and its behavior before agreeing to any adoption.
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