Victoria’s CNN.com article on adopting shelter pets

Victoria recently provided her suggestions about how to successfully adopt a dog from a shelter to CNN.com.  In an article published on CNN Living on June 11, 2011, Victoria discusses what to look for when trying to decide which shelter dog to take home.  She also provides a quick questionnaire for prospective adopters to ask the shelter staff to ensure the dog is a good fit for the entire family.

Read the article here.

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  • Amanda

    Great article but I feel like this statement: "If the shelter dog that you like seems removed and not interested in interacting with you, retreats or stiffens if you try to touch him, looks at you with hard eyes or is tense around your existing dog -- do not adopt that dog." requires some qualification... it should say do not adopt that dog UNLESS you are willing/able to put in the time, effort, and potentially money to deal with behavior modification.

    IF it was meant as a caution about the dogs interaction with a current dog then I would agree on that but it does not come off that way as written.

    The dog we recently adopted was not very interested in us or our current dog when we first met him, he was too interested in investigating everything else to even give us a second look. He didn't interact much with our current dog aside from a passing sniff but neither showed any negative behaviors around one another. He was also marked as a "reactive" dog by the shelter staff because he has a tendency to ATTEMPT to nip when he feels threatened (he's a 6lb Chihuahua mix).

    Now he is the most loving, cuddly dog ever (with us) and he and Daisy are best friends. He never allows me out of his sight when we are home. The difference in our situation is that I was fully prepared to work with him on his "quirks" and issues. He, just like our first dog - Daisy, has come WORLDS from where we started but it's taken work and dedication and it's definitely an ongoing process that I expect will never really end. He is MUCH less reactive now that I've figured out his triggers and how to manage them and more importantly change his mind about those things he finds frightening.

    It's been quite a different experience than with Daisy who practices avoidance rather than confrontation but it's been a great learning experience. After adopting Daisy, and helping her through so many issues I discovered a passion for dog training and I am pursuing it as a possible career change 🙂

    I just think that if a person understands the issues and is dedicated to working with the dog and professional trainers then those dogs should be given a chance!

  • Ray

    My first dog in over 4o years came from the shelter, Maxi was with us for 5 years and lost her to cancer 12/10, and I didn't think I would get a another dog again, well I was wrong and Fern came into my my life from the shelter , even with all the problems she had from being abuse and drug behind a car she has so much love to give, when I was looking the dog I wanted had all ready found a new home, so the let me see a little crazy year old chihuahua named Fern, to this day she won't come if you call her by that name, she still loving and crazy but she took over the house and is one greatest dogs in the world , she now goes by the name of Nosy Rosy she had to have her nose in every thing and love sniffing flowers, I love watching your show and I know how lucky I was getting 2 dogs that just want to be loved and give it back

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