To ensure your new pet is a good fit, shelters suggest investing time, energy, and potentially money into training your pet.
Francine Coughlin is the owner of Bark-N-Roll in Reading, Massachusetts. She trains dogs for a living and also volunteers at the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem. She says our behavior can greatly impact that of our pets.
Some dogs are motivated by treats, but others may like other rewards for good deeds.
Coughlin suggests 30 minutes a day of training, which can be broken up into five minute sessions throughout the day. If you don't have that kind of time, you can always hire a trainer or send your pet to a class. Just budget that into your plan before you decide to adopt.