Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Shelter Dog Myths

Hello, Rescuers!

Today I'm going to be sharing some myths about shelter dogs for you.

 1.  SHELTER DOGS COME INTO A RESCUE/SHELTER FOR A REASON:  A majority of the nation’s shelter dogs come into a center for no fault of their own. The most common factors include illness in the family, allergies, money issues/job loss, divorces and many other changes—which are sometimes even no fault of the family. Some families adopt dogs for Christmas, birthdays and for other surprises—without thinking about what the future holds. As we all know, puppy owners or not, all dogs (especially the young ones) need activity and companionship. Unfortunately, not all families can provide that. Sometimes people adopt or purchase young puppies and dogs because of their and fall in love with their personalities and adorable faces… and they don’t think about the less fun parts of owning a puppy (cleaning up, housetraining). Puppies require potty-training and need to be taught proper obedience.

2.    2. RESCUE DOGS NEED EXTRA SOCIALIZATION:   All dogs should have proper socialization, but it’s definitely a myth that all rescue dogs don’t get along with other dogs. Although some may have had bad experiences in the past and might not be able to cooperate with other canines, many rescues still have full lives ahead of them—lives full of puppy play-dates and other activities. A large portion of rescues with bad habits can be retrained to be polite and well-mannered pups. Most shelters dog-test pooches to make sure that they get along with other dogs, but, if not, a dog that doesn’t play nice with others can still be a great addition to your family.

3.      3. RESCUE DOGS ARE UNPREDICTABLE: Although most shelters and their adopters don’t know a lot about a rescue dog’s past, with proper training and treatment, you can assure yourself and others that your dog is not ‘unpredictable’. Simple things, such as training your dog how to interact nicely with people (and dogs for that matter) can make a big difference.

       Not all rescue dogs require more care and attention that other dogs, but, like all pets, some do. If your new adopted pal does happen to have special behavioral or medical needs, you can just feel even better about adopting. All shelter dogs deserve a second chance… with a kind person like you!

5.       5. RESCUE DOGS ALWAYS COME WITH ANXIETY Many dogs suffer from separation anxiety—not just rescue dogs! Though, it may be more common in shelter dogs because of all the changes and unsteady care in their life.

6.        6. RESCUE DOGS AREN’T PUREBRED Although not all dogs from breeders come with health problems, some poorly (and over)bred dogs may have diseases and other health problems in their genes. Mutts aren’t only healthier dogs, they are always unique! And, if you are looking for a certain breed, check out a breed-specific rescue in your neighborhood. If a certain breed is your ‘family dog’ that has been in your family for generations, you can adopt from one of these, too. And of course, purebreds are always in high demand and do occasionally enter a shelter. Keep your eye out or go to a breed-specific rescue to find the exact breed you want.