Things To Consider Before Getting A Rescue Dog
If you are thinking of getting a dog you should definitely consider getting a rescue dog. However, they are some things you need to think about before getting one. Having a rescue dog is very rewarding, but it’s important to be aware that some rescue dogs can be a lot of work. Many have had a bad start in life through no fault of their own. Others have developed behavioural problems and have had a lack of training.
However, that’s not to say all rescue dogs have issues. Some can be perfectly well behaved and easy to train. Lots of dogs get rehomed simply because their owners are moving abroad or become ill and unable to care for them.
When looking for a rescue dog it’s crucial that you find one that suits your lifestyle. Have you got the time to try and help rehabilitate a dog with issues? If you want to take on a challenge and take on a dog that many people would give up on, that’s great. If you don’t have much time then you may want to find a rescue dog that is a bit easier to look after.
If you are thinking of taking a particular dog home then you need to be 100% committed. You need to care for this dog for the rest of their life, which could be many years. The last thing these dogs need is to be passed around different homes. Make sure the entire household is on board and dedicated to looking after your new rescue dog. If some family members aren’t happy with the dog you have chosen it can cause problems. Get everyone to meet the dog before you bring them home.
Do you have the facilities to look after a new rescue dog? Most rescue centres will insist that you have a fully enclosed garden where they can exercise. They will come and do a home check before allowing you to take any dog home to ensure your home is suitable. You also need to take any other pets you have into consideration. Your new rescue dog will need to be able to get along with your existing pets. Most rescue dogs will be cat checked to see if they can be rehomed in a household with cats or other small furries.
Another thing you need to consider is whether you are prepared to bring a dog home that could potentially damage your house. Some dogs will chew furniture, scratch and doors and generally make a mess, especially when they first come into a new, unfamiliar environment. Don’t bring a rescue dog home if your house is like a show home and you want it to stay that way.
Do you work full time? This is probably one of the most important things to consider. Many people get a dog knowing they will be out for most of the day, which just isn’t fair. If you work full time and will be out all day then don’t get a rescue dog. Most dogs shouldn’t be left for more than three or four hours. You also might need to spend a bit more time with a rescue dog initially until the get settled in.