Congratulations! Finding and adopting your dog can be exciting. I'm sure you have a million questions, like how long does it take a rescue dog to adjust? Or you may just be looking for advice on bringing home a rescue dog.

You are in the right place. Rescue Dogs 101 is here for every part of your dog journey.

I have put together the most important articles just for you! Please take a few minutes to read these before you adopt your new dog to ensure you find the dog of your dreams!

How much does a dog cost per month?
Our dog's love and loyalty are priceless… I mean you just can’t buy the unconditional love your dog gives you.[...]
Dog adoption cost (chart)
Shelters, rescues, and humane societies need to charge adoption fees to cover their costs for caring for the dogs while[...]
18 Things to Know Before Adopting a Dog
Congrats! You are finally in a place that you think you are ready to adopt a dog. You found an[...]
Remember Me Thursday
What is Remember Me Thursday® and why does it matter? Remember Me Thursday aims to unite individuals and pet adoption[...]
Best way to introduce a dog to a cat so they become best friends
For you cat people out there… adopting a dog when you have a cat in your home already can be[...]
Adopting a shelter dog does not have to be complicated
Adopting a shelter dog can be the most rewarding experience. Nothing like the love a dog that you have rescued[...]
Dog temperament testing
A temperament test evaluates a dog’s behavior in a range of situations to understand if he will be easy going,[...]
How to convince parents to get a dog
You want a dog but your parents won't let you. Puppies are adorable. Dogs are loyal and can be the[...]
What is black dog syndrome?
If you walk into a shelter or browse Petfinder looking to adopt a dog, you may notice an overwhelming amount[...]
Is it OK to get a dog from a breeder?
Predictability is the biggest reason to buy a dog from a reputable responsible breeder. Knowing what to expect from that[...]
How To Foster A Dog
I realized I wanted to start fostering dogs after adopting our dog JJ. He was our first experience with a[...]
Fostering a dog – foster fail?
When someone asks when or how we adopted our dog, Ginger, I usually start with, “she was a foster fail”! [...]
Should I get a dog? Yes, no, maybe so? [quiz]
You were just at a friend's house that had this adorable, perfect dog and now you’re thinking… should I get a[...]
Adopting a fearful dog and how to help
How do I help my dog not be afraid of people, cars, loud noises... it's a question I hear every single[...]
International dog rescue adoptions — can we save them all?
No, you can't save all the dogs, but you can save one. And one dog is all you need to[...]
Dog Adoption Stories that Will Make You Smile, Laugh and Cry!
It all started with one question in one of my weekly emails to my loyal subscribers. I was absolutely blown[...]
How Long Does It Take To Adopt A Dog?
How long it takes to adopt a dog is going to depend on a lot of variables. Simply put, it[...]
Our Heartbreaking, Gut Wrenching Adoption Story
My stomach was literally in knots the entire day. I’ve heard that phrase before, but never really felt it. I[...]
How to Bond with Your Dog (and Why It Matters)
It’s not unusual for a newly adopted rescue dog to be unsure and distant at first. You may be wondering[...]
How to Potty Train a Puppy Fast & Easy
You brought home your new puppy, took him outside to show him where to go potty and he sniffs, plays,[...]
The True Meaning of #AdoptDontShop
We’ve all heard the phrase Adopt Don’t Shop. You may have even used the hashtag, #adoptdontshop. But what’s the real[...]
Is it Ever Okay to Rehome a Dog?
I want to start out by saying, I will never judge anyone for having to rehome a dog. If you[...]
Puppy Shopping List For New Dog Parents
What’s more fun than shopping for new puppy supplies? Well, maybe puppy kisses! There are so many options to choose[...]
The Truth About Adopting Two Dogs at Once
Sometimes when you are ready to adopt a puppy, you are given a choice from the entire litter. And you[...]
Where To Adopt a Dog Near Me
Where is the Best Place to Adopt a Dog Finding a local dog rescue that is reputable is such an[...]
Child-Friendly Dog Breeds
Good Dogs for Kids When you have kids, searching for the best family dog will be one of your top[...]
The 4 Best Adoption Websites for Dogs
This may be showing my age a bit, but when my husband and I adopted our first dog as a[...]
Finding Your Perfect Dog
What Dog Should I Get? There are so many choices, so many dogs ready to be rescued. You may have[...]
How To Adopt A Rescue Dog – Your Step-by-Step Guide
Do you want to adopt a rescue dog but worried about finding one that is the right match for your[...]
53 Questions You MUST Ask a Rescue BEFORE Adopting a Dog
Questions to Ask When Adopting a Dog It can be scary adopting a dog and not know anything about his[...]
New Puppy Owner Guide & Tips
First-time dog owner requires some careful planning, but it is one of the most rewarding experiences you will have in[...]
Puppy Proofing Checklist
Are you ready to bring your puppy home? Have you puppy proofed your house yet? Just like if you were[...]
What’s the Difference Between Spayed and Neutered?
The Difference in a Spay and Neuter is spay refers to a female dog being fixed and neuter is referring[...]
3 Big Clues to How Old is My Dog?
How Can I Tell the Age of My Adopted Dog? The first question most people ask about your dog is[...]
Top 17 Reasons You Should Adopt a Dog
If you are looking for a reason why you should adopt a dog, I have 17 of them listed here.[...]
The Best Way to Introduce a Second Dog Into Your Pack
So you’re thinking about adopting a second dog? Do you have a vision that both dogs will be best friends,[...]
What are the First Things I Need to Teach My New Puppy?
Are you wondering when or how to start training your puppy? The short answer is right NOW! The following puppy[...]
What’s the Difference Between a Dog Rescue and Humane Society or Shelter
Rescue Adoption vs. Humane Society vs. Shelter If you’re ready to adopt a dog, you may be searching on an[...]
9 Reasons to Adopt a Mutt vs. a Pure Breed Dog
If you need a reason to Adopt a Mutt, here are 9 of them: When you adopt a mutt, you[...]
The Best Way to Surprise Someone with a Puppy for Christmas
Are you thinking of surprising someone close to you with a puppy for Christmas? We’ve all seen the videos or[...]
Top 11 Reasons Why Adopting a Senior Dog is the Perfect Choice
Did you know, November Is National Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month? Senior dogs are often overlooked at the shelter and rescues, well, simply[...]
The First 7 Days – Bringing Your Adopted Dog Home
Bringing home your newly adopted rescue dog is super exciting. You are starting a new life journey with your dog,[...]
360+ Best Dog Name Ideas for Your Rescue Dog
Teaching a dog his name is the same as teaching him a new command. In fact, calling his name should[...]
Why You Should Adopt a Dog from a Foster-Based Rescue
Until becoming involved in fostering dogs, I really didn't consider the difference between adopting a dog from a humane society[...]
How Do I Get My Puppy to Stop Nipping or Biting Me?
Every person that adopts a puppy will ask this question… how do I get my puppy to stop biting me?[...]
Bringing Home a Rescue Dog and the 3-3-3 Rule
Congratulations, you finally found the puppy or dog you want to adopt! I am super excited for you and I[...]