Rehoming a Rescue Dog – Admiral
There are many misconceptions about rescue dogs, but just like humans, they are all unique and it’s just a matter of finding the right one for you.
There are unexpected litters of puppies, young dogs whose owners couldn’t give them the amount of exercise they needed, loving family dogs who reluctantly surrendered due to changing circumstances and old people. walleyes that have lost their elderly owners.
There are also dogs that have been cruelly treated in the past or have professional experience that will need a more experienced home. There is something for every taste !
What are you looking for?
Before you start browsing photos of potential best friends, you should first ask yourself a few questions about what you are really looking for in a dog and what type of home you can afford.
Be honest about what you can offer in the long run, otherwise it could lead to heartache down the road.
Consider the following questions to prepare for what the relocation staff will ask you:
- How is your house and how big is it?
- Do you have a fenced and secure garden?
- Do you have young children living at home or visiting regularly?
- How often would a dog stay home alone?
- Could you take your dog to work with you?
- How Much Exercise Could You Give a Dog?
- How long would you have to train? Grooming?
- Are there any breeds that you particularly love / hate?
- Do you have a preference on the sex or age of your new pet?
- What previous experience have you had with dogs?
It’s a good idea to keep an open mind as the perfect pet for you may not be the breed or type you originally envisioned.
Where to find a rescue dog
It is not a good idea to relocate a dog from a private advertisement, even if it looks genuine. Animal rescue organizations carefully match the right dog with the right owner, ensure animals are vet checked out prior to adoption, and offer ongoing advice and support.
Some of the large national charities that you may have heard of are:
- Trust of dogs
- Blue cross
- Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
There are also many smaller rescue centers scattered across the country. If there is a particular breed of dog that you are looking to repatriate, you can find details on breed club rescues through the Kennel Club.
Finding your perfect pet, whether it’s rescuing a puppy or adopting an older dog, can be time consuming, so be prepared to wait rather than rushing around and opting for an unsuitable dog. .
It is also important to choose a dog with your head as well as your heart. You might fall in love with the appearance of a particular dog, but if their character or needs don’t match what you can offer, it could end in heartache for both of you.
Placement staff can help you make the right decision as they will have assessed each dog in their care and should know their history.
When you find a dog
The shelter will arrange an appointment for you to spend time with a dog and maybe take them for a short walk. Everyone who will be living with the dog should attend, including any other dogs in the house.
This is your chance to ask as many questions as possible of the staff before deciding if a dog is right for your family. They should be able to tell you a bit about the dog’s background and why he is in the rescue, how he looks with other dogs, any training he has received, and any health issues identified.
Most animal rescue organizations will do a home check before you are allowed to pick up your new pet.
Many use a network of volunteer experts across the country to visit potential owners before adoption is agreed. They will mainly check that your home and garden are secure and look for potential dangers to advise you.
This is also a good opportunity to ask more general dog care questions, as home checkers will all be experienced dog owners.
Bring your dog home
If everyone in your home is happy with your choice and the shelter agrees that you would make the perfect homeowner, adoption can take place.
You’ll need to make sure you have a safe way to transport it – whether in a dog crate or with a seat belt harness – and if you’re driving, have someone else sit with it. the dog so you don’t get distracted.
Before picking up your dog, make sure you have everything you need at home for his arrival, such as a dog bed or crate for sleeping, bowls of food and water, and a supply of food and treats (preferably what he has been used to eating to avoid an upset stomach).
It may take a while for a rescue dog to feel at home, and how quickly they settle down will depend on their temperament and previous experience. Patience and consistency will be needed in these early days to help establish a routine and a sense of security for your new addition.
The best tips for a successful installation
- Agree on a set of housekeeping rules before you bring your new dog home – such as which areas of the house are off-limits and whether the dog would be allowed to climb on the furniture – and start as you see fit. . Dogs are much happier when they know what is expected of them, so choose your rules and stick to them!
- It’s usually best to pick your new dog up in the morning so they have the rest of the day to settle in a bit before bedtime.
- As soon as you get home, take your dog to the area you want him to use for grooming and let him spend some time familiarizing himself with it. If he relieves himself, give him a lot of praise so he knows where to go in the future. Be prepared for small accidents indoors, as dogs that have been in kennels for a while will sometimes need potty training. Frequent visits to the toilet will help with this.
- It’s important that you give a dog space to explore their new home at their own pace, and provide them with a comfortable, quiet place to hide in if things get a bit too much.
- While everyone will be happy to meet your new dog, limit the number of visitors so that your new pet is not overwhelmed.
- All the children in the house should learn to behave with the dog right from the start. It is especially important that they do not disturb the dog when he is sleeping or sheltering in his bed, or when he is eating.
Remember that if you have any concerns or questions regarding the behavior or care of your rescue dog, contact the shelter who will be happy to help and support you.
By choosing wisely and with a little preparation and patience, you and your new best friend will live happily ever after.
I have spent 20 years writing about pets and exploring the wonderful relationships they have with their owners. I started as an editor for Dogs Today magazine, then rose through the ranks to become an associate editor in 2008. In 2010, I left the office to pursue a freelance career, moved to north Norfolk and started a family.
Over the years, I have contributed thoughtful human interest articles, celebrity interviews, and investigative reporting to publications such as The Sunday Times, Dogs Today, Dogs Monthly, and Your Cat. I have also written veterinary books and ghost press releases for the pet industry.
When I’m not writing I enjoy long walks in the Norfolk countryside with my rescue lurcher Popsie. These are always followed by tea and cake.