What to Expect When Adopting a Dog

The fundraising arm of this blog is Wigglebutt Warriors®. Our sole mission is to crusade to save dogs’ lives. Imagine our superhero glee when writer and pet parent, Diane Rose-Solomon , asked us to contribute to her latest project: What to Expect When Adopting a Dog. This book is your go-to, must have resource if in any way, shape, or form, you are considering the adoption of a dog.

Adopting a dog is something that should not be taken lightly. In order to keep adoptable dogs in permanent homes and reducing the risk of re-homing or returning to the shelter, Rose-Solomon’s book is one you gift yourself and those who love dogs.

What to Expect When Adopting a Dog

Module by Module: Paw by Paw

Module 1: Taking the First Steps

Module 2: Ok, You Are Ready, Now What?

Module 3: Preparing Your Home

Module 4: Integrating Your Dog Into Your Home

Module 5: Advanced Dog Parenting

Additionally, Rose-Solomon visits topics like re-homing as a last resort, saying goodbye, giving back, and more.

Personally, she had my heart on a string when the words ‘dog parenting’ appeared in the modules. I am a dog mom. I love it when folks call me a dog mom; I never grimace, furrow a brow, or correct them. In fact, a sense of pride swells in me. You can read our contribution to the book when you snag your copy.

Dogs live short lives; we know this when we accept the responsibility of dog parenting. I shop in the same stores as moms with human children, yet there is a stigma that in some way it might be odd to consider me a mom. My credit cards are accepted, my legal tender works the same way, I shop and bargain hunt in a similar capacity, and oh: I tell my friends and followers, who, in turn, listen to me and my sagely advice. Then they go to the stores or visit a website and do the same things, as dog moms and dog dads. And I know I am not alone.

Dogs are not kids. Kids are not dogs. Parenting a dog is very similar to parent a child in many ways. In most cases, dogs just leave us sooner.

“Can we get a dog please?” These are the first words of the book. Thank Dog someone came along and answered that question before you tell your kids (or yourself) yes or no. Whatever question you have pre-dog adoption, this book answers it. As a lifelong dog mom and dog blogger/journalist of over 10 years, there are many precious nuggets of information in this book for even the most advanced and learned of dog parents.

What to Expect When Adopting a Dog

10 People Who Need This Book

Those who are:

  • Considering adopting a puppy
  • Considering a senior dog adoption
  • Have adopted a dog and are running into issues
  • Want to adopt a purebred dog
  • Want to prepare for the adoption screening process
  • Interested in learning the right and wrong ways to train an adoptable dog
  • Looking at adoptable dogs online and trying to decide which one is right for them
  • Have a dog but want to add another dog to the family
  • Wanting to learning how to prepare for pet parenting from puppyhood to adulating
  • Want a list of resources, organizations, and dog experts online

Pretty much, you need this book if in some way your heart beats dog® as ours does. Happy reading and happy, waggy dog adoption!

Where to Get a Copy of What to Expect When Adopting a Dog

CLICK THIS: Paperback version of What To Expect When Adopting a Dog

CLICK THIS: Kindle edition of What to Expect When Adopting a Dog (with over 100 clickable links)

Enter to win a copy by entering the Fidose of Reality 2016 Dog Halloween Photo Contest

Note: We received no compensation for this review. We only share products we feel are of benefit and interest to our audience. We did receive a copy of the book for review.


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  1. The best advice we have ever gotten was a slow intro policy even if it took weeks and always meet outside by walking never standing still
    Great tips
    Lily & Edward

  2. Sounds like a great book. I am a big advocate for responsible adoption and always encourage people to take the decision very seriously.

    I also love being called a dog mom. My kids are my kids – human daughter and fur kids alike. My daughter actually refers to Ruby as her sister and Pip, our first dog, as her big brother.

  3. That sounds like a great book, a must-have ! We wish so much that every pet owner is educated about his pet’s needs BEFORE he gets his pet : it looks like this book fulfills our wishes, at least for dogs. Purrs

  4. I’ve been there before, everything seemed so simple at first. But then things got complicated when I’ve got the dog home. That first time when he hurts his stomach I stayed up all night. What did I do? Do I have the power to take care of such fragile animal? Do I deserve his love.
    But it’s all better now. Therefore, I think it’s necessary that posts like these are published.
    Thank you for that!

  5. It should probably be required reading for potential dog/puppy adopters! It’s a big decision, and just because you have one or two dogs does not mean adding another is no big deal. It is always a big deal. Be it a puppy, middle age, or senior, each age group presents their own issues.

  6. This book sounds really interesting! Every one who is considering dog adoption must know what to expect because each age group have a challenge.

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