If you decided to adopt a dog I must tell you that you made a very good choice that can change your life for good. I must tell you that this is one of the most important decisions that you have to make during a lifetime. This is why you need to think very well before really doing this. You need to take into consideration all the responsibility involved here, because with a dog you will have a lot of responsibility.
If you have a family, you cannot adopt a dog without asking for their opinion too. All of you have to agree with this decision. If one of the members in the family believes that it is not the right time for dog adoption I think that you should not take a dog into your house. Every member of your family has to be ok with the idea and you have to establish from the very beginning who will take care of the dog. Do not imagine that everyone will want to wake up in the morning and instead of drinking coffee will prefer to walk the dog. It is not an easy job and not everyone can do it. Another thing that you must know is that you need to have a very well organized life before taking a dog at home and after that too, because dogs need to be used with fixed schedules for the daily activities.
Consider the energy that the dog you want to adopt is having. Is not just the name of the breed that will help you in this way because every dog is different. This is why I advise you to take the dog to a walk because the fact that you see him inside a cage in the shelter cannot tell you too much about his energy level. You must choose a dog that is not having more energy that you have because in this case you will ruin your life and the life of your dog. Your dog will not have the opportunity to consume his energy and this is why you will notice sometimes that he might destroy things around and this is really annoying. You will start hating him, but it is not his fault, it is yours, because you are the one that made a wrong choice.
When you want to adopt a dog and you go into a dog shelter you might feel sorry for all those dogs but you can only adopt one or two. I must tell you that this experience of visiting a dog shelter can be very painful if you really love dogs but be aware that you cannot help every dog on the planet. So leave the emotions on a side when you go there for adoption because you do not want to make a wrong choice. Think with your mind, not with your soul in this case. When you and your family decide to adopt a dog be sure that the dog will bring a lot of good things into your life if you know how to be a good dog owner. Are you ready for this new adventure?