Adopting an adult dog can be a marvelous alternative to raising and training a new puppy. Shelter dogs can be a well balanced dogs that are simply in need of a forever home or they can be problematic, carrying the behavioural baggage of their previous lifestyle. Some shelter dogs are well trained, well behaved, friendly, and simply in need of a loving home. Others may have behavior problems such as house soiling, chewing, hyperactivity, unruliness, barking, fear or aggression. These dogs require their puppy education in adulthood. They possibly need rehabilitation which will take a dedicated owner committed to spending the time it takes to resolve the problem. Introducing a shelter dog into your home can be a full-time job however it is truly a rewarding experience.

When selecting a dog from a shelter you wish to adopt a safe and suitable companion. However, animal shelters can be a stressful and unnatural environment place for a dog making it difficult to see how the dog will behave in your home. It is well worth your time to search for the right dog for you and your family and then consult a trainer to assess the dog before bringing them home. Temperament testing prior to adoption ensures you choose a dog suitable for your life style and expectations.

Carrie has extensive experience in rescue and adoption. She has preformed thousands of temperament tests on shelter dogs and she operated several adoption programs in animal welfare, animal control and rescue organizations. She is qualified to preform Assess-A-Pet: a scientifically based temperament test developed by the renowned animal behaviourist Sue Sternberg. This test investigates a dog's overall temperament, basic needs for a happy and healthy life as well as gathers a history including behaviour and medical details. Having this information when adopting a dog can set you up for a successful adoption and reduce the likelihood of surprises after you bring them home. All too often, people adopt dogs and had no idea what they were signing up for only to find out that they require extensive training and a lifestyle that does not always mould with the adopted family. There are so many dogs in need of homes in Canada and a great match will make a world of difference.


$65 per Assessment + GST
(Discount for Multiple Dogs)