Choosing to bring a rescue dog into your family can be incredibly rewarding, but it is not without its challenges. That is why I wanted to offer the following tips which I think could be very useful for anyone thinking of bringing a rescue dog into the family.

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Why Choose a Rescue Dog?

The first thing that I want to talk about is why you should consider choosing a rescue dog as your new addition to the family. There is of course a financial aspect that many people see as an advantage. The majority of rescue dogs will cost very little to adopt – most shelters just ask for a minimal donation. In addition to this, the dog is probably already vaccinated, micro-chipped and maybe even neutered too, which is going to save you a substantial amount. However, there is also a moral aspect to it. You will be saving an animal which may otherwise be destroyed. The dog may have some behavior issues stemming from past abuse or just plain loneliness, but most dogs just want a family to love and with some time and effort you can overcome these issues.

Think With Your Head – Not Your Heart

It is so difficult to over rule your heart, but when it comes to adopting a rescue dog you are going to have to let your head do the thinking. It is easy to get drawn in by the sad stories you might hear at a re-homing center or shelter. This will tug on the heartstrings and you may be encouraged to adopt a dog that has been there for a very long time, or one that you think no-one else will give a second glance to! However, you must think logically about what type of dog you will be able to cope with in terms of size, age and general health. Once you have picked a dog, reserve it and go home and sleep on it to make sure you have really chosen the right one. You cannot save them all, but if you choose properly you can give one of them the forever home it deserves.

Be Prepared to Start Dog Training

As I have already mentioned, your new dog may well have some undesirable behaviors brought on by life before being adopted by you and your family. This might include aggression, disobedience, separation anxiety and poor toileting habits. You must be prepared to do extensive training with the dog, including house breaking it in order to tackle these issues. One of the easiest places to begin will be with some crate training. A dog crate may seem cruel, but in fact it allows you to create a safe and secure place that belongs to your new dog. Not only can a crate be used as a house breaking tool, but you can use it to keep your dog safe when you have to leave it alone. You may also find that nervous or fearful dogs appreciate having a little safe haven to go to when feeling overwhelmed. Just keep in mind that your rescue dog may need more time and effort when it comes to training as you will need to overcome any behaviors and habits that the dog already has.

Hopefully, these tips can help you to approach re-homing a rescue dog in the appropriate manner. Your new dog may take time to learn how to trust you, but when he does you will find it so rewarding that it will be worth the additional effort.


Brian Stephenson is a writer who identifies as an animal lover. He loves nothing more than combining his two main passions in life by contributing to a number of animal focused websites.

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