Now that summer is here, and your family has more time at home, it’s the perfect time to find a new furry friend to love on! Check out these tips on what to look for when choosing a rescue dog! If you’ve found a pup that you like, make sure to ask the important questions.

Do you want an older dog or a puppy?

This is one of the most critical questions. Do you have the time to deal with the puppy antics? Time to potty train and teach them not to chew on everything? If not, a puppy might not be suitable for you. If you want an older dog that is more receptive to training, it could be a little easier.

All dogs will take time to get comfortable in their new home, and it will take some training to get them to behave like you want them to, but in general, some dogs are easier to train than others.

What is their temperament?

Some dogs are cuddlier and friendlier than others. It’s important to know what kind of dog you want and what personality would fit best with your family. If you have small kids, make sure that they will get along with the dog, and it can handle small children hugging and cuddling on it all the time.

Can I spend time with them?

Some shelters have a private room where you can spend a few minutes getting to know your new potential dog. This can help you determine if they are a good fit for your family in a less stressful environment.

Do they have any health problems?

It’s a good idea to get a look into their health records before you adopt your new friend. If your family can’t handle a pet with an illness, it’s important to know that ahead of time. You don’t want to sign up for a pet you can’t take care of.

A pet is a huge investment both financially and on your time. It isn’t a toy to play with for a little bit and then throw it away. Before you get a new furry friend, make sure you are in a good place to love this animal for 10-15 years to come.