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Debunking the myths about rescue dogs

by Shake Paws

One of the many myths about rescue dogs is that they all have behavioural issues – not true…

Nice piece on the myths and misconceptions surrounding rescue dogs on Petsafe’s Wags and Whiskers blog:

Perhaps the most common concern that makes people hesitant about adopting a rescue dog is surrounding their behaviour. A lot of dogs in rescue homes have no behavioural issues at all, but for those that do most good shelters undertake behavioural assessments to better understand and help such dogs. Importantly, rescue homes can then ensure that they’re able to fully educate any potential future owner about their needs to find the best home possible. Some people assume that rescue dogs are ‘damaged goods’, and due to bad past experiences and mistreatment must have developed issues towards humans as a result. In fact, dogs that are unfortunate enough to have suffered previously are often more likely to build strong relationships and bonds with new owners. With a lack of affection received previously, rescue dogs have bountiful love to give and are always eager to please to guarantee their new, safe home.

It is also worth mentioning that many rescue dogs arrive at their new homes with some degree of training, whether they received it from their previous owner or while in care at the shelter.

For anyone who wants to pursue that training further, we highly recommend reading Dr Alan Dunbar’s Before and after Getting Your Puppy – available from Amazon US ($15.14) and Amazon UK (£15.58). Despite the title, Dunbar dispenses some great training tips that apply to older dogs.