Adopting a pet is one of the kindest acts you can perform, but it is important to be honest about exactly what it is you are looking for in a pet. You also need to ask a few questions, such as how healthy the animal is, if it has a history with children if there are young children in your family, and if there is already a pet in your family, how it is likely to respond to the newcomer.

You also need to know if the pet is already housebroken, whether it has been neutered or spayed yet and whether there are any behavioral issues that will need to be taken into account. It is also a good idea to work out the budget you can afford to spend on a pet.

Almost every dog can be taught to become a wonderful family pet, and while some may need more effort and time to do so, if you have chosen carefully and prepared your home in the correct manner, you are much more likely to end up with a successful pairing.