So you’re interested in dog adoption? That’s fantastic! It can be such a rewarding experience to welcome a new pup into your home, and can bring an incredible new dynamic to your family. We want to help you learn the basics about how to approach the adoption process — how to prepare, find, and get acquainted with your new furry friend.

If you have small kids in your home, look to adopt beyond the puppy age range. During a dog’s early development, they go through a teething stage in which a puppy may experience pain or discomfort from the pressure of new teeth growing in. They need to chew frequently and often have a tendency to start nipping, which may not be optimal to expose to young kids. 


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Make sure that there is someone who is able to care for the dog, and determine a primary caretaker. It is also important to consider where your dog will be spending most of their time in the household, and to prepare for any dog-proofing if needed. 

Remember that bringing them into a whole new environment can be a little overwhelming for some pups, so be patient with your new furry friend to learn and adjust to their new surroundings. It sometimes takes a couple weeks for a dog to show their true personality to their owner after getting comfortable with their new routines. 

With careful preparation, you’ll be able to make sure your dog makes a smooth transition into their home. Spend lots of time with your new furry friend, and to show them a lot of love! 

Need help finding your new pup? Learn about some great local shelters below to help aid your search:


The WonderWoof team