Adopting a rescue dog can seem a very kind and worthwhile gesture, but care must be taken to get the right dog for your family – love along is never enough. With so many stray dogs picked up each year, there are thousands to choose from of all ages, colours and breed types.
Rescue dogs have already experienced many stressful situations, and although you may think that all they need is love
to make them into happy, well-adjusted dogs, love alone is never enough. Talk to staff at the shelter to discuss what you can offer in terms of home, environment, time and family, and ask them to guide you to dogs that would be a good match.
Are you sure?
Before you seriously consider adopting a rescue dog, have an honest discussion with everyone in the family to ensure that they are all happy and excited about the idea. If one family member is not totally committed, don’t go ahead.
How experienced are you? If your experience of dogs is limited or you have never owned one before, a rescue dog with an uncertain history may not be the bet choice. Wait until you can confidently train, handle and cope with many different types of dog.Read More