Adopting a rescue dog.

Adopting a rescue dog can be even more rewarding than buying the dog of your choice, but it is important to remember some key things.

 Firstly, your dog may not always be grateful for you adopting her- you may have picked her but she didn’t pick you. To her this is just another situation that your dog doesn’t have control over.

Secondly, don’t be fooled into thinking that adopting an adult is easier than a puppy. Yes she may be house-trained but she isn’t used to your house. You are dealing with a dog that already has expectations of how humans will behave towards her- you should be prepared to put in as much time and effort as you would with a puppy.

On top of this, don’t forget that she doesn’t know your rules. She may have lived with some human rules before but they probably won’t be the same rules as yours. She will do what she has done before, over and over again. Re-learning is harder than first learning.

If you have other dogs or pets, she will not automatically get on with them. Dogs are individuals with personalities. Many dogs will change and adapt but this will take time and effort.

She will bring old habits with her. People allow or encourage their dogs to do some strange things. Licking the plates in the dishwasher, licking her bum then your face, or re-eating sick might be considered normal to the dog.

People lie. Do not believe everything on the form from the previous owner filled in. They were trying to get their dog adopted and may have glossed over her faults, especially if they feel embarrassed about them.

Although they try their best, rescue societies aren’t perfect. They do their best to match dogs with owners but might not have been told every issue or characteristic that the dog you’re adopting has.

She may have a honeymoon period. Because she’s stressed and everything is new, she might not do anything for a while, but then when she gets used to the place may revert back to her old traits. This might sometimes be forms of problematic behaviour, but don’t be another human to give up on her!

Treat her right and she will bring you joy.

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