What To Ask The Dog Kennel Staff

Know what to ask the dog kennel staff when adopting a dog to learn all you need to know about the dog. WHAT TO ASK IS IMPORTANT.

It's of value to ask questions at the kennel before adopting a dog so you know how a dog ended up in the kennel and how long s/he has been there. The longer a dog has been at the dog kennel, the greater the risk you’re taking. Dogs that are returned to kennels might have a problem and you don’t want to be the one to deal with it. As far as breeds are concerned, I have had the best success with combo-breeds; the famous mixed breed.

When you find a dog that interests you, there are some important things you need to know about the dog that only the dog kennel staff will be, or should be able to answer so by all means ask before adopting your dog.

  • How old is he? How long has he been in the kennel? Has he ever been returned to the kennel?

  • What’s his background? Why is he there? Why is he being adopted out?

  • How big will the dog get if not already full grown?

  • Ask if he walks on leash? Does he know any commands?

  • Ask how is he around children, other dogs, cats? Adopting a dog is a major event. Bring the kids with you. If the dog kennel refuses kids, it is a bad sign and you may not want to do business there.

  • What health issues has he had? On any meds now?

  • Ask about personality and temperament. Any signs of aggression?

  • What vaccinations dies he STILL need? Are they included in the adoption cost?

  • If it is a purebred, ask what health problems come with that particular breed.

  • Ask, is s/he spayed/neutered? If not, is that included in the adoption cost?

  • Actually, what IS included in the adoption agreement?

  • Suppose the adoption doesn’t go well and the dog has to be returned? What provisions are there for that, if any?

  • Ask them to explain his grooming and daily exercise needs.

Learn as much as you can from the kennel staff before taking a dog out for a walk. Dogs come into rescue kennels for many reasons. Couples have children and no longer want the pet, they move and can’t take the dog, get divorced and the dog is left out, die in auto accidents, die of old age, and the list goes on and on. The poor dog is the one that suffers.

A major part of the problem is that breeders continue to breed and people flock to the breeders instead of searching for a dog that already exists in a dog kennel. We're over populated with terrific, rescued dogs in kennels. Ask about adopting at a kennel or dog breed rescue group FIRST. Give them a chance to produce the dog you want.

You may have to come back a few times stretched out over several months as the kennels keep getting new dogs in, but try to give them your business before turning to the breeders.

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