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Adult dog adoption

We're considering adopting an adult dog. We have a one year old half Rottweiler half German Shepherd and we want to find a companion for him.

Any advice on things I should watch out for? Thanks!!

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amandae21

Asked by amandae21 at 8:40 AM on Dec. 17, 2008 in Pets

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  • Before you adopt another dog make sure you can financially afford it. Second make sure both dog meet several times before you make your final decsion and pay attention to both their actions. also feed them together and play with them together make sure that their is no food aggresivness or a really shy dog hope this help
    CubanFIre

    Answer by CubanFIre at 9:00 AM on Dec. 17, 2008

  • i wouldnt feed them together right off the bat. i would wait for that, but i would definatly socialize them for short periods before hand to make sure. but remember your dog may be protective of you and also get jelouse. so even if they dont get along immedialty, they may over time get used to each other, i would feed them apart for quite a while.
    Thalie

    Answer by Thalie at 9:20 AM on Dec. 17, 2008

  • Do you have children? When I was looking at adopting a dog I found alot of dogs that were recommended for quiet children free homes as they were either old or had suffered some abuse. Good luck with finding the right dog for your family!
    AmandaH321

    Answer by AmandaH321 at 9:30 AM on Dec. 17, 2008

  • whatever shelter you go to should be able to let you take your dog to see if a dog you like is compatible. if they won't, find one that will. the best shelters will work with you to make sure that the dog you are getting will work with your family. when you do find one, it will take time for everyone to get acquainted, so make sure that there is a place for each dog to call his own if they need time apart.
    MaMaLaLa369

    Answer by MaMaLaLa369 at 12:40 PM on Dec. 17, 2008

  • Use the reference section on www.petfinder.com. Make sure you go through a reputable rescue or shelter. The dog should be temperment tested and evaluated with children and other dogs before you even meet it. I have been doing rescue for over 10 years and the worst thing is tearing apart a family because of a bad matched adoption!
    Also once you do get the dog please enroll in a basic obedience class even if you feel you can train it on your own. It helps incredibly with bonding and you have resource for any issues that may crop up.
    Good luck!
    hms1223

    Answer by hms1223 at 7:47 PM on Dec. 17, 2008

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