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About three months ago my husband and I decided to adopt a dog. Neither one of us had ever owned a dog before – not even as kids. We had entertained the idea off and on but thought it would just be too much work. But last summer my sister’s goldendoodle spent 6 weeks living with us and when she left, I really, really missed having her around.
We have a friend who is a dog trainer and we asked her to keep her eyes out for a doodle for us. This January she found Ginger, a 14 month old labradoodle who needed a new home. It was love at first sight and now I can’t imagine our life without her.
If you decide to get a dog from a breeder, you can expect to bring your new puppy home when they are 8-12 weeks home. The AKC suggests you visit the breeder’s home or kennel and ask to see at least one of the puppy’s parents. Get an idea of what the future holds for your dog in terms of temperament and appearance. You also want to watch how the puppy interacts with the breeder. The puppy shouldn’t be afraid of the breeder or strangers.
The AKC Rescue Network is America’s largest network of dog rescue groups and can pair you with purebreds in need of loving homes. Responsible breeders are often the heart and soul of these rescue groups.
There is so much to consider when adopting a dog and it can be a big decision! I love the resources the AKC offers to help families find the best dog for them including questions you should ask when adopting a pet from a rescue shelter.