So You Want To Adopt?

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Do you love poodles as much as we do? Do you have an empty spot in your home? Your heart dog just might be here!

If you're like most of us, falling in love with a pet is easy. And no wonder! Sharing your home with a four-legged friend can be one of life's greatest joys. Dogs, cats, and other pets give us unconditional loyalty and acceptance, provide constant companionship, and even help relieve stress after a hard day's work.

Adopting a pet, though, is a big decision. Standard poodles, like any dog, require lots of time, money, and commitment. Pet ownership can be rewarding, but only if you think through your decision before you adopt a companion. Our adoption screening process is rigorous and designed to aid prospective adopters in the selection of a poodle that fits the personality, desires and lifestyle of their family.


Things To Know

Before you make that decision to bring a standard poodle into your life, take a moment to think over these questions:
    • Why do you want a standard poodle? It's amazing how many people fail to ask themselves this simple question. Standard poodles are big dogs. They have a big bark. They twirl. They lunge. They bounce. Things around them can go flying, including small children. We ask that you carefully think about your situation.
    • You need to consider a standard poodle's grooming needs. Poodles need to be groomed every six to eight weeks.  Their coats require frequent brushing between grooms and their ears should be cleaned and plucked often.
    • Do you have time for a new dog? When you bring your newly adopted pup home, the most important thing you can do is to provide time and plenty of space for them to decompress. This may mean a period of time when family and friends won't be able to visit. The length of this time varies depending on the dog, but you must be prepared for this.
    • Adjustment to your new life doesn't stop once the decompression phase is over. In fact it's just beginning. While you should receive a good description of your dog’s behaviours from the foster family, SPIN recognizes that some dogs may react differently when in a new situation. We put an enormous amount of value on your intentions to continue training and working with your dog using positive reinforcement only. We want SPIN dogs to have fun. To learn. To be engaged.
    • Can you have a pet where you live? If you live in a condo or rental community please review the rules around pet ownership. Many don't allow pets, and most of the rest have restrictions. Make sure you know what they are before you apply to adopt.
    • Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind? A standard poodle's size is not the only variable to think about here. Poodles get bored easily and tend to get into mischief. They really do need some sort of mental stimulation in order to be happy. They won't be able to simply sit in the backyard and be ignored -- unless of course you want your backyard to be rearranged to suit your poodle's sense of aesthetics.

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