Deciding if Dog Adoption is Right for You : Consider the Adopted Dogs’ Temperaments


I’m Tracy Tenner with Better Behavior Dog
Training at Extra Care Animal Hospital in Davie, Florida. I am here today on behalf
of Expert Village.com at the Tri County Humane Society in Boca Raton, Florida, where I have
volunteered as a trainer and a behaviorist. We are here today to help you learn how to
pick the perfect pet for you and your family. So if you are ready, let’s get started.
I would have to say that the single most important thing to consider when adopting a dog from
a shelter or buying a dog for that matter is the overall temperament. Temperament is
inherent in a dog. It is not something that you can change. Through training and obedience,
we can look to control behaviors, but we cannot change overall temperament. If a dog simply
does not like children, he or she is simply not going to like children. We are not going
to change that. If the dog is overtly shy, he is going a shy dog. Does that make him
a bad dog? Absolutely not. If you happen to be an older couple or you don’t have an
awful lot of traffic in your house, a shy dog can be absolutely wonderful. They will
give you unlimited love and affection. But a shy dog is not going to be the best choice
for a family with many many people in and out constantly with a swinging front door.
That will be too much stress for this particular dog. Also we know how to look at the dog’s
aggression level. If you have people in and out of the house, once again you don’t need
to have an aggressive dog. In fact an aggressive dog may actually become a liability. On the
other hand, if you want a little bit of protection and a little bit of security, then a dog with
a little bit of natural aggression can be okay thing as long as you consult a trainer
or professional and are well able to handle that particular dog’s aggression. In short,
every single dog is going to have his or her own temperament. We can judge a little bit
what that temperament might be simply by breed specifics, situations and generalities but
remember always that every dog is an individual with its own personality and its own temperament
and you have to compare those things to the temperaments.

9 thoughts on “Deciding if Dog Adoption is Right for You : Consider the Adopted Dogs’ Temperaments

  1. I agree, I think the first step ANYONE consider getting a dog should be to hit the libraries and bookstores. Read the books on training, correcting behaviours, breeds and how to adopt from shelters. Watch the videos, Cesar Milan is good. Don't think you know, KNOW you know.

    If someone wants a dog and isn't willing to do the homework, they're really not ready to get a dog.

    And yes, the shelters and rescue organizations are THE place to get your dog. That's where mine came from.

  2. At the city shelter I work at all dogs are $173. When u adopt we spay or neuter them, they get their rabies shot, microchipped, and a one year license depending on where the person lives. Not to bad if you ask me 🙂

  3. The Toronto Humane Society doesn't charge but they ask for a donation that'll end up costing you about 100-130-150 maybe even 200$ for spaying/neutering/shots/microchipping and to make sure they go to a good home.

    Small price to pay, and its a lot less than the 600$+ for "pedigree" dogs.

  4. It really depends on where you go. Most shelters work off the money from an adoption fee. It also depends on what they've done for that dog.

  5. animals and children need have home no different between ..when parent not want keep children put to foster home until age 18 become homeless same idea with pet put to shelter no different..I not care if dog have angry with food just respect.

  6. It's hard to tell a dogs "overall temperament" when it's in a shelter. Many dogs will become scared or depressed in the shelter but that doesn't mean they are going to be like that in a good loving home.

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