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What to expect when adopting a new dog

Adopting a dog is one of the greatest experiences you can have in your life, you are rescuing a dog and adding a new member to your family, but it can also be challenging. It is important when you adopt a dog and/or puppy that you choose one that matches your lifestyle.

For example, if you don't have an active lifestyle it may be advisable to avoid high-energy breeds that require lot of attention. Even adopting a puppy might not be a good idea if you don't have enough time and energy to closely monitor and supervise your puppy.

Here is some helpful general advice:

1. Start by socializing your dog early: It is recommended to have your dog interact with any environment you want your dog to be comfortable with including but not limited to: dogs, people, children, water, city noises, etc.

2. Find a good dog trainer: An experienced trainer can not only train your dog, but offer you advice that you can then use at home. All of Boston Dog University trainers are certified and have experience with working one-on-one and group classes with dogs. Experience matters.

3. Determine if your dog is food motivated: For many dogs they are highly motivated by food. Think dog that is still hungry after you fed him. If you have a "food-motivated dog" then use dog treats as a way to train. Don't worry about overfeeding your dog you can always substitute dog treats with postive reinforcement.

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