5 Adopting dog tips to consider

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"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
– Roger Caras

Starting anything new can be an experience and sometimes traumatic without knowing where or how to begin.

I am ready to share my 40 years of experience owning dogs, that were your "throw away rejected dogs" who  all have been FABULOUS.  

Below are my best 5 tips:

Pet tip 1: Attitude.

What is your attitude towards taking in a pet that may have been abused or neglected. What will it take to develop a strong bonding with the dog, let's say, that will keep you forever together.

Pet tip 2: Time.

Do you have the time to spend with the dog or are you wanting this to be a pet that spends most of his time outside, alone or inside alone? Or, are you committed to spending time with the dog besides feeding him? Are you able to pet the dog daily, spend some quality time with your best friend who you adopted? I see time as an important factor when adopting a dog that will be happy at your home.

Pet tip 3: Feeding.

I know there are many diets out there and you have to be confused by all the products on the market. I always stuck with one for many years and my dogs lived a long, healthy life eating this way; however, through the years I learned a better way to feed my dog. It is called BARF and can be found online to google, books at library or bookstores. It has worked for 9 years and has saved us many dollars from vet bills.

Pet tip 4: Brushing.

Can you spend 5 minutes a day brushing the dog. They love to be brushed, but if that doesn't work, then at least some petting time. They  deserve and want to be touched.

Pet tip 5: Exercise.

Just like humans need exercise so do your pets. It can be as simple as throwing a ball back and forth to the dog as he fetches it or taking him for a nice walk. With the walk you both take in some quality time together and exercise as well.

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These tips were intended to help with the process of adopting a dog.  However, they are for daily use too. 

I believe these 5 tips are useful to making the dog adoption process easier than taking in a dog as a take in and throw back experience. The "throw out" is very traumatic and personally I believe not necessary if you evaluate before adopting.  

They were already "throw away" dogs  before they came to your home.  Having a great dog starts with being a great dog owner–one who is a caring, compassionate and loving person.  And, one who any dog would love to call their friend forever! Is that you?

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Phil Sebastian February 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Thanks Carol for the great tips on care of dogs…

Most of my dogs have come to me as strays and it is good to know these basics about keeping dogs.

My dog gets a daily walk with me as we both need the exercise and I become his Alpha male for company that ends up an adventure everyday.

He is also with me when I work out with weights as I have my little gym at the barn.

It seems to work for the both of us.

Thanks again Carol…we need more people like you!!

Phil Sebastian D.D.S.

Carol Giambri February 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Thanks so much Phil for your comment. My thoughts are if you want to own a great adopted rescued dog, know before hand, as best as you can, what to expect. Never had a lemon of a dog or a manual to learn by. I wish others would see the value of these wonderful animals! I love holistic approach so that is my goal to bring that more forth here plus other topics I feel can benefit other dog owners for self or the sake of the dog.
Carol

Victoria Gazeley February 11, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Nice reminder, Carol. So many people add dogs to their families without asking these questions.

Carol Giambri February 11, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Thanks Victoria. Even when got my first dog little do I think about anything other than I have to feed and take the dog out. I lived and learned much over the years. Now it’s time to “pay it forward” to help others. I appreciate your comments.

Debra February 12, 2011 at 1:00 am

Great tips Carol. They will help so many people.

Carol Giambri February 12, 2011 at 5:48 am

Thank you Debra for reading and comment.

Anonymous February 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

We are a dog loving family…currently have 4! Your tips are excellent. For parents considering getting a pet for their child this would be a great resource to be sure they are ready and capable of all it requires to properly take care of a pet. Thanks!

Anonymous February 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

We are a dog loving family…currently have 4! Your tips are excellent. For parents considering getting a pet for their child this would be a great resource to be sure they are ready and capable of all it requires to properly take care of a pet. Thanks!

Beauhen February 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Thank you for the reminder that our furry friends are lifelong family commitments.

Beauhen February 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Thank you for the reminder that our furry friends are lifelong family commitments.

Carol Giambri February 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Beau, Thanks so much for your kind words. Commitment is surely something to live with our dogs, business, friends and family. It’s a word that goes beyond just a word. My dogs have always been “lifelong family” members. I an honored to be entrusted in their care!

Carol Giambri February 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Denny,
Wow 4 furry ones. I had 3 the most and loved each one without any problem. They got along great. Yes, a parents resource would be awesome and perhaps one that I turn into a product. Thanks for sharing!

Carol Giambri February 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Thanks Debra. I believe the more information we can share from our experiences can help the dog and people world. Appreciate your comments.

Alisa February 14, 2011 at 1:36 am

if i were to get another dog, i would adopt this time.

Carol Giambri February 14, 2011 at 2:17 am

Alisa, Thanks for comment. I never regretted adopting a dog from shelter nor ever received a bad one. Have to look at the dog’s history and that can tell why they act out, but not for long however. With love you would will have “melted” hearts stuck together forever. I know. It worked for us each time.

Rose Kirkland February 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Carol,
I love your tips about taking care of dogs. People need to know what will be required of them before they take on the responsibility of owning a dog. But, the part that I like the most (which brought tears to my eyes) is that your dog has the same name “Molly” as my mother except she spelled it “Mollie”. We lost her in 1985 when she froze to death out in a blizzard at age 55. In fact, I’ve always thought I would name a dog that same name if I ever get one… Great tips.

Carol Giambri February 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Thanks Rose for your comments. So sorry about the loss of your mom in such a tragic way and so young. It sounds like Molly has touched your heart, your mom left you a great memory and a future dog possibility of a Molly in your life. Mine absolutely is amazing. Next time when in your state and city, you will meet Molly I hope. She loves people! Glad tips was great read. Thank you.

Kevin March 11, 2011 at 8:20 am

Hey carol it looks like what you are doing here is wonderfull. I know all see you in the shop. Keep up the good work.

Carol Rosenberg Giambri March 11, 2011 at 8:24 am

Thanks Kevin for stopping by and commenting. Yup, see you in the shop soon. If I miss ya Tues. eve and probably Wed. for sure. Got a nice note response from the “shop.” Hope U heard.

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