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10 signs you adopted the right shelter dog

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 16 Oct 2018


If you'researching for a new dog, making the decision to adopt one from a shelter is a great choice. But before you can sign off and take your new best friend home, how can you tell if this particular shelter dog is the right fit for you' If adopting a dog is in your near future, here are 10 ways to tell you've chosen the right companion.If their body language is relaxed and welcoming, that's a good sign.One of the easiest signs to tell whether or not a dog feels safe around you is to check their body language. A dog that feels comfortable around you will have a more relaxed body language, allowing you to pet them and play with them. According to the American Kennel Club, however, a dog that is cowering, lacking movement, or moving erratically could mean they are stressed, scared, or don't want to be touched.If they're playful and energetic around you, your dog is probably a good fit.Not all dogs will be full of energy. Since a lot of shelter dogs may be more advanced in age, it's likely that they won't have that over-the-top energy that a puppy has. Still,though, if your dog is the right fit for you, he'll most likely enjoy playing, at least occasionally, with you. You'll be able to tell they're wanting to play with you if they do what Animal Kingdom calls the "play bow."You'll know you're witnessing a "play bow" if your dog suddenly put his butt in the air with his front legs forward and his tail wagging.If they make eye contact, they're most likely bonding with you.It turns out, if a dog makes eye contact with you, they're most likelybonding with you. CBS News reported that a new study in Science led by Takefumi Kikusui, an animal behaviorist at Azabu University in Japan, found that your pups eye contact is actually incredibly meaningful."Our data suggest that owner-dog bonding is comparable to human parent-infant bonding, that is, oxytocin-mediated eye-gaze bonding," Kikusui said. "And this is surprising to us because there is not a reproductive relationship between human and dogs, but both of them have acquired similar skills. "See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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