If you’ve decided to open your home to a dog, congratulations! Owning a pet is a big responsibility, but if you’re able to provide the time, energy, and care, you and your new dog will be so happy together.
At this point, you’ve already analyzed your lifestyle and expectations to find the right breed. Choosing a rescue dog can eliminate some of the guesswork and may just be the perfect match for you.
Who can deny the powerful cuteness of a puppy? They’re sweet, playful balls of fluff that can really do no wrong. But what happens when cute-as-can-be puppies aren’t paired with the right people? Certain breeds require lots of exercise and are are prone to destructive or aggressive behaviors without it. Pretty soon, an adorable pupper can turn into a fully grown, badly behaving adult dog.
Similarly, adopting a grown dog who may or may not react to certain stimuli (noise, children, other animals, etc.) might have aversions that pop up later on.
Dogs age differently than humans, and there’s variability among the species. Some dogs can retain their puppy-like stamina well into their adult years; others begin slowing down by age 4 or 5. No matter what, consistent training is key to a lasting relationship between pets and their owners.
Why a Rescue Dog?
Going through a rescue (as opposed to a breeder, shelter, or online listing) will give you peace of mind about the dog you’re considering. While it’s definitely a worthy endeavor to take a chance on a shelter pet, many owners end up returning animals because it wasn’t the right fit in the long run.
Sure, not every rescue dog is going to gel with other pets or kids, but if you know what you’re looking for, a rescue dog might be perfect for you.
Rescues can be very appealing because prospective owners can observe the dogs in a home-like setting (if they’re being fostered). You can see first-hand their personality, proclivities, and general disposition. It’s also common to find a rescue dog that’s already received some training, minimizing the stress of additional obedience training and socialization later on. Even without formal training, a rescue dog is carefully screened for behavioral problems.
In addition, rescue dogs are typically already vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and are already on a parasite preventive. There are usually a variety of puppies, adults, and even seniors available for adoption!
If you ever have questions or concerns about your rescue dog, organizations are typically very open to helping you down the road.
As with adopting a shelter pet, when you offer a forever home to a rescue dog, you’re changing – and saving – a life. What could be better?
Please let us know if you need additional assistance adopting a rescue dog. We’re always here for you!