Thinking about adopting or rescuing a dog?

Saving a dog from a shelter or rescue centre is one of the most rewarding things a dog lover can do. Although you don’t have the benefit of meeting your pup’s parents, rescued pups and dogs are thoroughly examined for illnesses and medical conditions, they are socialized by staff and trained early on. But choosing the right one for you can be a tough decision.
Shelters and rescue centre’s can be stressful places to visit, with lots of dogs crammed into small, noisy spaces. These surroundings can make dogs agitated, anxious, depressed, frustrated and edgy. This can make it hard to see the dog’s true energy and personality straight away so try spending as much time as possible with any dog you may be interested in. Find out from the shelter if you can take the dog that you’re interested in for a walk; it’s good to see how the two of you get along outside of the shelter environment.


Don’t be afraid to ask the rescue staff lots of questions about the dog:
·       Find out why the dog is without a home? If a dog was given up, you need to find out why. It may have been because the owner had an allergy, or had to move into a smaller home, a marriage or relationship breakup – or the dog may have a behavioural problem. Behaviour problems are often something that can be fixed over time by the right owner, but it’s good to know about them up front.
·       Does the dog have any known medical issues?
·       What’s the best thing about this dog?

·       What’s the worst thing about this dog?

·       Has the dog been temperament tested?

·       Does the dog get along with other dogs or cats

·       How does the dog get along with the staff?

·       How does the dog act at mealtimes?

·       What is the dog like when people come by to view the other dogs?

·       What is the dog like on a walk?

·    What is the dog like with Children/babies?

The answers to questions like these will give you a better idea of what the dog will be like with you and your family at home and if the dog will suit you and your lifestyle.
Try not to let the environment of the shelter and the weight of the decision influence you to adopt a dog. It’s crucial for you to choose the right dog for you, and not just one that you feel sorry for. Feeling pity for a homeless dog won’t benefit you or the dog in the long run.

Once again, please keep an open mind, do your research, and have patience!

Mel xox

 


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