How I Met My Dog

Every dog is different, and so is every person looking to adopt a dog.

With so many dogs out there, how can you be sure that the dog you’re bringing home is the right match for you?

How I Met My Dog custom matches you and your dog based on behavior and lifestyle. Now the dog you fall in love with is a dog you can truly live with.

Let’s Find My Match
Matching is Free

How It Works

Take the Survey

First we’ll show what kind of pet parent you are. Then we’ll show you your matches.

Meet Your Matches

Every dog you see is a custom match, so feel free to fall in love at first sight.

Apply for a Dog

Your Common Application goes directly to the shelter, rescue, or family looking to rehome their dog.

Adopt Your Dog

Meet the dog, and if the chemistry feels right, finalize the details with the shelter, rescue, or rehomer.

We make better matches because we ask the right questions.

Based on the collective knowledge and experience of our team of leading animal behaviorists, trainers, and animal welfare experts, How I Met My Dog™ has identified the most important components for successful human/dog relationships.

We not only ask all the right questions about adopters, we also ask the right questions about each dog—something keyword matching does not do. Our algorithm identifies great matches, dramatically increasing the odds that the dog you’re bringing home is the right dog.

Choosing a canine companion based on individual behavior and lifestyle compatibility is crucial to the success of the relationships between people and their dogs.
– Dr. Nicholas Dodman Diplomate ACVAA and Diplomate ACVB, Veterinary Behavior Specialist, Former Director of the Animal Behavior Program, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Professor Emeritus, Tufts University

comPETibility matters™

How I Met My Dog digs deeper. Using Personality, Expectations, and Training Style, our proprietary P.E.T. Profile™ filters for more than 30 levels of human and dog compatibility.

Why so many filters? Because relationships are complex and the one with your furriest family member is no exception.

Personality: We match you with the dog whose disposition and sociability level is the yin to your yang.

Expectations: A constant companion, a playmate for the kids, an independent soul—we will find the canine family member you're really looking for.

Training Style: We pair your personal teaching style with an individual dog's style of learning.

Your P.E.T. Profile + a dog’s P.E.T. Profile = your comPETibility match. We show you only those dogs you can live with so you can feel free to fall in love.

While you’re looking for your dog, your dog is looking for you, too

Because every dog in our system has a unique P.E.T. Profile (just like every adopter), now you and your dog can actively search for each other. You’ll receive an email every time you have a new match.

Great dogs from trusted rescue partners and private families.

In addition to matching you with wonderful dogs from shelters and rescues, we include dogs that need to be rehomed by private families. These are dogs often looking for homes because of a family move or lifestyle change.

Take our survey to discover what kind of pet parent you are and see your matches. It’s free.