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5 Reasons You Should Consider A Rescue Dog

Taking on a rescue dog is a huge commitment and it can be a challenge, but it’s definitely worth the effort. There are so many dogs needing homes around the country that you will be able to find a dog that suits you. You can still choose the type of dog and the breed you want, one of the best ways to do this is to contact the specific rescue organisation for that breed. They will know their characteristics and will be able to place the right dog with you. Or you can go to your local rescue centre and see what dogs they have available. It’s best to have an open mind as personality and temperament are more important than how the dog looks. Most rescue centres will get you to fill out a form or sit down and talk to you about your lifestyle and what sort of dog you want.

It’s no secret that some rescue dogs can have existing problems and can be more difficult to train. Some might make perfect pets but others need a lot of patience and hard work. Many of them have had a very tough start to life and may have been mistreated or not received any training. Make sure you are prepared for this and ready to take on a challenge. When you meet dogs at rescue centres you can do certain things to evaluate their behaviour and get information on any existing behavioural issues. If you are thinking about getting a dog and don’t know where to get your dog from, read on to discover why rescue dogs can make fantastic pets and can change your life for the better.

It’s Rewarding

The bond you have with any dog is special, but after you have saved a rescue dog you will understand why this bond is particularly special. They depend on you and it takes time to build up trust, and when they do turn into a treasured family pet you really do get a sense of achievement. It is very rewarding taking a rescue dog home and giving them a wonderful life.

Turn Their Life Around

There are some very tragic stories about rescue dogs who have been through terrible ordeals. They may lose their trust in humans and it could take a few years for them to get back to normal again. If you take them on and nurse them back to health then you will have completely turned their life around and given them a loving home.

Learn More About Dogs

If you take on a rescue dog you will learn so much about canine behaviour. You might have to spend a bit of time training them the basics and getting rid of certain bad habits. Some of the common behavioural issues that rescue dogs have include separation anxiety, a lack of socialisation and chewing. Some of these issues can be easily overcome with the right training. You will learn lots of new training techniques along the way.

Meet New People

Rescue centres will keep in touch with you and let you know about events and opportunities to meet other rescue dog owners. If your rescue dog needs training then you might want to take them to training classes where you will meet other owns going through a similar experience.

New Puppies Are Expensive

Most rescue centres will charge a fee for their dogs, this is mainly to cover their expenses such as food, bedding and vaccinations. The price for rescue dogs ranges from free to about £150. If you get a new puppy you can expect to pay between £300 to £1500 depending on what breed you choose.


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