Tips for Choosing a Rescue Dog

animal-welfare-1116203_1920If you are considering getting a dog from a shelter, here’s a few tips to help you decide which one is right for you.

Tip 1. Do your homework and decide on the size and type of breed before you start looking.

Tip 2. Look at your work and other time commitments. Do you have time to properly exercise a large dog – if not maybe a smaller or older dog may be more suitable.

Tip 3. Never choose a dog because you feel sorry for a frightened and timid dog, especially if you are not an experienced and confident dog owner. Chosse with your head and not your heart.

Tip 4. Discuss with the shelter what you want in a dog, do you want an active dog that will happily go on long walks or a homely laid back one that will happily sit for hours by the fire, and only requires gentle exercise.

Tip 5. If you have decided on a pedigree check any possible breed problems and discuss the positive and negatives of that breed with the rescue staff.

Tip 6. Don’t expect to walk into a rescue centre and walk out with a dog. They will need to check you are suitable to own a dog including your home, garden, and work commitments. Most centres will arrange a home visit and will require you to complete a questionnaire.

Tip 7. Once you have decided that you are going to re-home a dog and your suitability has been confirmed then prepare your home and garden before your new dog comes home.

Tip 8. Try to arrange to spend a few days at home with your new dog to ensure he is settled in before you leave him to go to work. Your new dog may be worried and uncertain of you, your family and their new surroundings so must have time to adjust.

If you are considering taking a dog into your life, think long hard and seriously about the commitment that dog ownership entails.