Niki Tudge, founder of The DogSmith national dog training and pet care franchise, says “animals from shelters make excellent pets, but they may have some easily fixed behaviors so choosing the right dog and finding the right training is important.” In fact, a study conducted by the National Council on Pet Population and Policy found that a majority of dogs are surrendered to shelters for behavior problems that are easily corrected or the dog didn’t fit into the lifestyle of the owner. This study can be seen at The ASPCA's web site.
Tudge says, “By adopting a shelter animal, not only do you end up with a well behaved, wonderful family member but the training you go through with your dog will be fun and helps establish a fantastic bond between you and your pet. We have special programs for dogs adopted from shelters and we offer free puppy classes to adopting families. All of our training is very easy so even the youngest family members can control the family dog.”
According to the AHS adopting from a local animal shelter or rescue group is the best option for adopting a dog because, you will be giving a dog a second chance -- or even saving its life (an estimated 3.7 million animals are euthanized in animal shelters every year), you will be helping ease the tragic problem of pet overpopulation and shelters and rescue groups offer a wide variety of purebreds, mixed breeds and big and little dogs, making it easy to find the perfect dog for you and your lifestyle.
To help you choose the right dog the ASPCA, suggests thoroughly reviewing your lifestyle and level of commitment to an animal's care which are both critical before choosing a specific dog. Available on their website, the ASPCA advises people to ask themselves five questions before adopting a dog. So if you are looking to add a dog to your family then consider adopting from a shelter or rescue group. For more information on The DogSmith’s free puppy classes, their Canine Rescue Resource Program or if you’d like help choosing a dog appropriate to your lifestyle visit www.DogSmith.com.