Adopting A Rescue Dog

To give a dog a second chance in life can be a rewarding experience for the entire family. I have done this with my children for about 20 years.
While taking on a rescue dog indeed can be such a rewarding, joyful experience, you also need to consider that most of those dogs had traumatising experiences, such as neglect and abuse to the various degrees. Many of those dogs never experienced a family life, regular food, etc. Often all they know is survival day by day.
Like in children and people in general, trauma leaves its marks on the life of an individual. The same is true for animals, in particular, rescue animals. Experts say the first seven days with your new rescue dog are critical. In most cases, there is not a lot known about the history of a rescue dog. A time, where dog and family are getting used to the new circumstances.
Some dogs you might pick up from the shelter, and they walk on the leash, and all is good. Other dogs might be nervous and anxious or downright fearful. Even they are eager to do the right thing, yet, it never seems to turn out this way. Those dogs need time, love, encouragement and a lot of patience.
If you can, get as much as possible information, about what the dog has been through. Ask if the dog is good with other animals or children. Knowing that ahead before taking the dog home, can prevent a lot of difficulty and heart break later. Make sure, the dog you have chosen is right for you and your circumstances.
Get some information about the breed itself. For example, some dogs are really hard to re-house, because it is within their breed, not easily to re-bond. One of those breeds is the Husky.
All dogs need training, and that takes time and again a lot of patience. Consider a professional trainer if you feel you are not getting on top of certain problems.
In those early days, you might feel overwhelmed by all the things you have to take care and be aware of. However, it will get better. In a few more weeks you will look back, thinking, taking on a rescue dog was the best decision you have ever made. You will have a grateful and loyal companion who loves and protects you until he takes his last breath.

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Great article, such good advice! When I was growing up our first dog Morgan was a shelter dog, and he was the BEST dog ever. After he passed away around 2001, we swore we would never get another dog, because it would never match up in comparison.

But about two years later, my younger brothers friend’s German Shepherd had a litter, and they were selling them for just $50 apiece to good homes, and the ones didn’t sell were going to end up at a shelter (I don’t think they had a problem selling them all). So we went to check them out, even though I wasn’t excited at the prospect of a dog that surely wouldn’t replace Morgan.

The mother of the dogs (a purebred German Shepherd) had rejected the litter, so they had all been hand fed/milked until they were old enough to be sold, and so the mother was kept upstairs and when we entered the owners said she was growling at any new people coming in to check out the litter. I walked into the house, and the mother dog came right up to me, and I started petting her, and that’s when the owner said, “that’s really weird, she’s growled at everyone else that’s came in). That lifted my spirits and thought maybe it was a good sign. We went downstairs and looked at the litter and I was drawn to the ugly duckling that seemed to have the most energy and we were drawn to each other, and we selected her.

It’s impossible to compare two great dogs (wouldn’t be fair to Morgan) but she turned out to eb the most amazing, beautiful, well mannered (training helps!) dog you could ever imagine. The most expressive eyes, and the neighborhood favorite. All the dogs stop by to see Stella on their daily walks, and sometimes she’s even followed people and their dogs on their hikes around teh block before coming back to the house on the return trip.

A shelter dog or mutt is the only way to go I’m convinced. People always want purebred, but that can mean inbred, and most of the “purebred” dogs I’ve seen seem to be lacking in some area, whether it’s intelligence or health issues.

Hello, just came across your puppy-forum while searching on how to care for a Rescued dog, and i agree with the point you made “Those dogs need time, love, encouragement and a lot of patience”

Nice read

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