Dog Adoption Checklist
Congratulations on adopting a dog! You are on the path to a wonderful and rewarding relationship. Because adopting a new dog comes with a lot of change for both them and you, we’ve compiled a checklist to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
- Do you have other pets and how will they react to a new pet?
- Is your home suited to the dog you’re considering?
- How will your social life or work life affect your ability to care for a dog?
- Do you have a plan for your pet during vacations?
- How do the people you live with feel about having a pet in the house?
- Are you intolerant of hair, dirt and other realities of sharing your home with a pet, such as allergies?
- Does your household/family have health issues that may be affected by a dog?
- What dog breed is the best fit with your current lifestyle?
- Is there tension in the home? Pets quickly pick up on stress in the home, and it can exacerbate their health and behavior problems.
Dog Size Considerations
- What size dog can your home accommodate?
- Will you have enough room if your dog grows to be bigger than expected?
- Do you have another pet to consider when choosing the size of your dog?
- How big of a dog can you travel with comfortably?
- Food and water bowls
- Food (canned and/or dry)
- Four to six-foot leash
- ID tag with your phone number
- Hard plastic carrier or foldable metal crate
- Dog bed
- Doggy shampoo and conditioner
- Nail clippers
- Canine toothbrush and toothpaste
- Brush or comb (depends on your pet’s coat length and type)
- Super-absorbent paper towels
- Sponge and scrub brush
- Non-toxic cleanser
- Enzymatic odor neutralizer
- Plastic poop baggies (biodegradable ones are best) or pooper scooper
- Absorbent house-training pads
- Variety of toys (a ball, rope, chew toy and puzzle toy are good starts)
- Variety of treats (such as small cookies, larger rawhides, etc.)
- First-aid supplies
- Baby gate(s)