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So you are thinking of adopting a puppy or adult dog? Great! We love to see our residents find a forever home. Having a dog in the family is an extremely positive and happy event and they contribute greatly to family life. Before committing there are many things you should consider to make the process of adoption smooth - Please have a read - if you have any questions you can of course contract us, we will be delighted to advise you!

A stable routine? Dogs love routine:) 

Everyone on board? Is everyone in your household agreed on bringing a dog into the family?

Landlord OK? If you live in rented accommodation, does your landlord allow pets?

Big boy? Have you researched which type/size/age of dog will best suit your lifestyle? Talk to us at Limerick Animal Welfare. We can advise you on the size of dog best suited to your circumstances. 

Other Pets? If you have other pets such as cats or small animals, have you planned how you will introduce them to the new family member, and keep them safe from harm?

Another Dog? If you already have a dog, will it welcome a new companion?

Secure Space? Is your garden secure, so that you dog has a safe place to play? As a general guide, your garden should have walls at least five feet high depending on the dog. Gates should have no gaps at the bottom.

Working Time. Do you work long hours? Most dogs don't fend well left to themselves all day, and puppies should never be left unaccompanied for more than three to four hours at a time

Sleepy Time! Have you planned where your dog will sleep? Your dog will need a warm, cosy bed indoors in a quiet part of the house. No dog under six months of age should sleep outdoors as  puppies cannot regulate their own body temperature.

Walkies! Do you enjoy the outdoors ? Your dog will need a dog a walk at least once daily in all weathers.

Scoop the Poop!  You will need to clean up after your dog in all public areas and around your home - with some indoor accidents especially if it is  a puppy learning !

Shedding! Your dog will shed hairs and will also trail mud and dirt on wet days.

Car Travel. Your dog should be restrained in your car. You should consider a travel crate or strong guard rail. You can also use a pet harness. 

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