Animal shelter worker holding a puppy during a meet and greet with a potential adopter.

Dog Adoption: Top 10 Questions to Ask When Adopting a Dog

At, we celebrate the decision to adopt a dog. When adopting a dog, asking the right questions empowers you to make an informed and responsible choice. This blog post highlights the top 10 questions you should ask when adopting a dog.

  1. What’s the dog’s background? Understanding the dog’s history helps you prepare for potential challenges and form a deeper bond.
  2. What’s the dog’s age and temperament? Age and temperament influence your dog’s needs, energy level, and compatibility with your lifestyle.
  3. Is the dog spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations? Ensure the dog’s health and reduce future medical expenses.
  4. How does the dog interact with other animals and people? Knowing their social behavior helps you assess whether they fit your household well.
  5. Does the dog have any health or behavioral issues? Full disclosure on health and behavior empowers you to provide the best care and support.
  6. What are the dog’s activity level and exercise needs? Match their activity level with your lifestyle to ensure a happy and well-exercised pup.
  7. What type of training has the dog received? Understanding their training level helps you continue or modify their training plan.
  8. How does the dog react to certain stimuli? Knowing their triggers helps you create a safe and stress-free environment.
  9. How can I support the dog’s transition to a new home? Prepare for their homecoming with a smooth transition plan and a welcoming environment.
  10. What’s the adoption process and fee? Familiarize yourself with the adoption process and fees to avoid surprises.

Adopting a dog is a life-changing event filled with love and happiness. Asking the right questions when adopting a dog ensures a successful and harmonious partnership. At, we believe in promoting responsible pet adoption. By asking these essential questions, you’ll make an informed decision.