MudFrog asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

Puppy adoption questions.?

I have put in an application to adopt a puppy from a local shelter. She is being fostered so living in a home environment. She is a german wirehaired pointer mix. I will get to meet her next weekend. I would like to be able to ask questions that will help me make a informed desision about whether or not to bringing this puppy home. She is 7 months old and already spayed.

Does anyone have a list of questions one should ask? Here are some things I have thought about:

Is she house trained? socialized ? (animal, children) What is her temperament and has she been temperament tested? What is her medical history? Is she up to date on shots? Can I get all the vet records and talk to the vet?

Any good questions or web pages that you could think of that would help me would be welcome.

Thanks in advance

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Your questions are all good. I would also ask about their return policy. What happens if the dog doesn't work out?

    Personally I have a 30 day, 100% money back guarantee. Not a rescue standard, but I would rather have my dogs back than dumped.

    A good rescue will also have a contract. Read it carefully and know what you're signing. Some even have home visits and do backround checks. DON'T be offended! They just want what's right for the dog.

    This sounds good. They aren't adopting fertile animals out and she is in foster care.

    Bless your heart for considering a rescued dog and saving a life!

    Source(s): Dog Rescue Director.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Those are all very good questions. It seems like you are thinking the right way. One important thing is to see the vet records before you bring her home. Lots of animal up for adoption have had only the minimal vet care due to the expenses of running a non-profit. Most have only had rabies, and distemper. You want to check for multiple wormings because 75% of adopted dogs do have worms.

    Ask about frontline and when it was last applied if ever, you don't need fleas. Ask for any signs of coughing to determine if he/she has kennel cough.

    Behavior issues you should ask about is how is she on a leash? How does she react to other animals, children, even the doorbell? Does she chew anything but her toys? Do they crate her or does she have free roam? How is she when left alone..barking distructive habits.

    Either way make sure you take her to the vet within a week and have her checked for just about everything. I adopted a dog that had lymes disease and worms for over a year. She was so run down from this she was seizing. You never know what you may find especially since rescues don't look very hard.

    Good luck and have fun!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hi , I just adopted a dog 1 week ago , the most important thing would probably be to make sure you have a trial phase, mine is 2 weeks. That way you can really see how a dog is going to do at your home. This was our first adoption, the first 2 days were a little stressfull but now she seems perfectly adjusted. Our new dog (Amber) was not in a foster home, but I think it would have helped. If she is already spayed then she has recently been to the vet. Good luck and I hope all goes well! I found a list of questions here is the link.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think you've mentioned most of them and they are good questions. It's good that she is being fostered and her foster family should be able to answer any questions you might have. You will want to spend some time with her and see how she reacts to you. If you aren't sure about her, don't adopt her. It's so easy to get caught up in the moment and puppies are all adorable but you will know if she's the right dog for you. Good luck with her. How wonderful that you are considering adoptions. Please let us know how it goes.

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  • wolter
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    If you wish to shop for a dog from the pound you're going to must examine more commonly. Puppies generally tend to get bought as quickly as they're to be had. Obviously you will not get to opt for what type of dog you wish, you get what you get. Kind of a crapshoot, considering that there's high-quality threat it may not be a puppy that matches in along with your culture. If you have got your center set on a dog I advocate you select a breed and purchase one from a professional breeder, so that you get to opt for the type of puppy you have got, now not some thing will get tossed on the pound on any given day.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You have great questions, other questions I can think of is , Has she been crate trained? how is she when left alone as in does she suffer from speration anxiety?(this is common in the breed) what bad habits does the have eg jumping on people(she is young and may not have had formal training, she is also at the teenager stage of her life) expect a few, she is young, ask how much exercise she will require, she is young and an active breed and will need quite a bit otherwise without enough would likely become destructive. You will likley need to enroll her in some obedience classes with her age I would highly advise, it will help with bonding as well.

    not sure how much dog owner experience you have but some things you should also consider, I have adopted dogs and well as fostered them

    She may have recieved her housetraining in the foster home and knows peeing in the house there is wrong, that does not translate into know the rules are the same in your home, ask the foster parent how they did the housetraining and corrections so if she makes a mistake in your home, she won't won't be confused by a different training method, also expect mistake, a new dog is stressed when they come into your home , they do not what your rules are, they do not know where they are supposed to pee and poop, they may drink more initially because they are under stress , so will need to void more often, stress can also make it harder to control bladder and bowel function because it causes muscle tension, so give more walks to help combat stress.

    The dog may be socialized to animals in the foster home and it doing well with them, they may be younger animals that are not overly dominate or threatening, and have compatible temperaments, but just like you do no like or feel comfortable with every person you meet the first time the same applies to dogs, so introducing a dog to others should be done with caution.

    Personally I do not agree with tremperaments tests and euthanizing dogs that fail, a temperament test expect all dogs to fit in one common cookie cutter mold and does not take in consideration that certain breeds where never bred to fit the parameter, that was set out in the temeperament test as most hunting, guard dog and toy breeds would fail for example a greyhound is a very gentle, docile animal with people but many have high prey agression they do not know a toy dog or cat is not prey from a distance it is their nature and what they were purposely bred for the run down small animals when they spot them running, in a temperament test they would fail because of what they were breed for, many can live with small pets with training and accept them as part of their pack but need to be kept on leash because they are not trustworthy not to chase other small animals they do not know.

    German wired haired pointers also have very high prey drives

    , most toys breeds like chihuahua would also fail a temperament test because they are not usually socialable with other breeds and they also are not good with young child so are snappish this is part of their character than is needed to protect themselves and is a survival tactic because of their size and how fragile they are, they are a great dog for an older person as they bond well to one person and become very loving and protective of them but are a lousy pet for a family with young children because they would more likely bite a child.

    No dog should be trusted a 100% to never, ever bite a child, more bite occur as a result of a dog being startled wake when approach by a young child while in a deep sleep and dreaming, or by a child falling on them or pestering them when they are trying to rest, dog do not have hands to push a child away they use their teeth for that purpose.

    Number one rule every parent should teach their child is leave the dog alone when it is laying down resting, a dogs that is resting is not in social mode, when you have young children in the household the dog should be taught to stay on the floor and not on the furniture so the dog learns it is not equal in pack status to the child, most dog bites to children are not by a strange dog but from a dog the child know well often the family pet

    I highly recommend that anyone with young children wanting to adopt or get a a dog go out and obtain and read the book “Childproofing Your Dog”

    by Brian Kilcommons

    Many dogs in a shelter with have unknown medical histories since past owners often do not provide or the dog is picked up as a stray, so the only medical info that is often available is often only the work the shelter does if there are medical records from a previous owner they more likely will not be provided nor will you be able to contact that vet because of right to privacy laws apply even to vet medical records in most states, even rescues and shelters cannot get that information with owners signing over an agreement to release. So the only medical history you probably will have access to, will only be during her time with the shelter.

    With her age I would also recommend starting NILIF training right away if you adopt her to help set some boundaries and to teach her to settle down

    http://k9deb.com/nilif.htm

    You will also need to find an activity for the dog as it is a working breed and needs more that just being a pet

    Here is an information page about German wirehaired pointers, which I recommend you read , this girly is probably in the shelter because the prior owner did not do their research and found out she was a lot more work and energy than expected, and may have been beginning to show signs of her high prey drive

    http://www.geocities.com/gwprsq/Breed.html

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    All those questions are or shoudl be answered, and if you have a pet already, they may want to spay/neuter the adopted pet or want you to do that to your dog living in your home already. We' we're not willing to nueter our Rott, he's AKC and haven;t decided whetehr we want to stud him or not or begin to show him.

    We were planning to rescue a Rott to give our 4 yr old Rott a companion. you will not most likely get to ask too many questions, but they will ask you for items such as your insurance and city ordinance information. I found that to be rude and i decided that is they really needed to be resuced, they'd be less personal or at least request a visit to my home, etc,. not ask for my personal stuff. then, many of these adoption places throws a hidden cost int here as much as $500. For another $500 i can buy a purebred, AKC rottweiller, so why would I bother?

    its too much hassles, but its up to you. Just thought youmight like to know some of the riff raff you may go through.

    Source(s): check AKC
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  • 1 decade ago

    Those sound great.They should give you all her records and you can call the vet they use with any medical questions.Temperment testing is a must.You may also ask what they are presently feeding.Favorite toys,blankies,soothe spots.

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  • 1 decade ago

    See if you connect first

    If that occurs you will not have to ask any questions.

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