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Could You Give a Telford Rescue Dog a Loving Home?

Could You Give a Telford Rescue Dog a Loving Home?

| by Editor | Posted in Telford Pets


Sharon Kelly, local Telford dog trainer and community partner of Telford Daily PRSS is back with another fantastic guest post. If you’re bringing a new dog into your family and weighing up the pros and cons of a new puppy vs a rescue, here’s why a rescue dog might be the answer.

People often say to me that they have chosen to have a puppy as it’s easier than bringing home a rescue dog. This is often not the case. Puppies are really hard work! So let's look at some of the things to consider when deciding where to get your family canine from and if a rescue dog could fit the bill.

Consider what you want to do with your dog and what your daily routine is. It may be that an older and more established dog would fit better into your life, particularly if you work, have young children, or haven't got the time for things like toilet training.

It is not always older dogs in rescue, for example, one of my dogs was born in a rescue centre (Hilbrae Rescue Kennels). There are lots of 6-9-month-old pups that are over the chewing stage – yes, they may not be quite as cute, but still very young and sponge-like as far as training goes.

Dogs that are in rescue are not always there because they are a problem. There are lots of reasons why dogs are given to rescue centres from perfectly loving homes, such as a family bereavement, relationship breakdowns and other changes in circumstances. Just because a dog is in a rescue centre does not mean it is a ‘problem’. 

Rescue dogs may already have had some training which may help them fit into your family routine. 

There are rescue groups for most breeds. As well as local rescue centres such as Hilbrae (Telford) and Dogs Trust (Shrewsbury), there are rescue groups for almost any breed you can think of. If you are looking for a specific breed then a quick Google search will point you in the right direction. You may have to travel further afield to find the right furry friend, but it’s worth it :) 

When you visit a rescue centre remember that dogs are often stressed in kennels so may not display their true personality. The shy timid dog in the corner may be full of life when out on a walk, or the barking mad dog may be quiet and loving if given a chance. If you find yourself drawn to a particular dog, make sure you visit it a number of times to get to know it before making your final choice.

Older dogs can learn new things. It may take time and patience, but old dogs can learn new tricks! They can learn to recall and walk better on the lead, so it can be worth considering an older dog, especially if you are past your ‘puppy years’ and have the time and patience to offer it a loving home. 

Rescue dogs may come with a few hang-ups; they may have been under socialised, have had negative experiences or other bad habits. You may go through a short period where all seems well and then problems arise. This 'honeymoon ' period is normal. Get help from a professional dog trainer sooner rather than wait, as problems don't just go away.

Be as open with the rescue centre as possible. They will have assessed the dogs as best as they can, but can only go with the information that they are told. Let them know if you have a cat/young children/certain expectations. Dogs are often returned to rescue kennels through no fault of their own because of something that new owners didn't mention.

There should be lots of thought put into any choice of dog. Think of the initial cost, routine health costs, food, insurance, training (remember even if you have trained dogs before you may be a bit rusty), holidays, daycare etc.
These considerations should be the same where ever you get your new friend from.

Don’t dismiss the rescue route. I have owned, known, and helped some fantastic rescue dogs. They can need some work (pups need a lot of effort to), but think of the sense of achievement when you have helped a dog grow into a happy soul that fits into your life.

It may take time and effort but enjoy the journey. As the saying goes, ‘Rome wasn't built in a day’, and owning a rescue dog is so worth the effort.

Sharon Kelly is an expert canine behaviour specialist and dog trainer in Telford. Working with dogs – from pups to seniors – Sharon offers all levels of training, from learning basic commands to more complex ones, as well as a range obedience issues. 

To get in touch with Sharon, visit her website or follow her on Facebook.

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