Five (surprising) things your newly-adopted dog needs

So you’ve brought your new canine adoptee home after much soul-searching and a long choice process. He was waiting in the shelter for a long time for you to come for him, and you couldn’t resist those eyes and that wagging tail. Congratulations! 

You tell your friends and family, “I am going to treat this dog like a king! He’ll lack for nothing, and be showered constantly with love and attention. He’s been cooped up for months, but in my home, he’ll go wherever he likes. I’m going to make up for all the abuse and hardship he suffered up until now.” 

Sounds great, except you will be doing Fido a huge disservice if you follow through with those plans.

Five Things Your Newly-Adopted Dog Would Beg You to Give Him:

A leader does not wallow in the dog’s past—he or she plans for the future. A leader does not feel sorry for the dog, he or she builds confidence in the dog with obedience training and guidance. A leader is firm but fair, praises and rewards more than she criticizes or punishes, and knows that dogs are not humans in little fur coats.

If you really and truly love your dog, you’ll give him what he needs, as opposed to giving him what YOU need.