Loving a rescue dog is something many people have experienced. No matter the age of a dog, rescuing an animal is saving a life.
Everyone loves a puppy. They are adorable, I’ll admit it. But with a puppy, you get lots of unique problems. Puppies are a blank slate, animals that need guidance and constant attention. Sure, they run out of steam quickly enough. But when they are awake, they can be trouble! They chew on everything, with tiny teeth like needles.
Adopting a rescue dog, however, is a completely different experience. Yes, they often come with problems too. Housebreaking can be an issue, especially if the dog was never trained in the first place. However, an adult dog learns more quickly. New skills seem to click faster, whether teaching the animal to sit and wait, fetch a ball, urinate outdoors or any other skill.
When you apply to adopt a rescue, try to get any information available about the animal. Find out about any known medical issues. Ask about housebreaking or other behavioral problems.
When the dog has finally become a part of a new family, it can become extremely attached to the new owner. Separation anxiety can be hard for both the owner and the dog.
No matter what the age of the dog, it can always benefit from training. Do a little investigating about the trainer before you hire them. Non-aversive trainers don’t put their hands on the animal. There is no shoving, pushing or forcing the dog.
Every dog wants to please its master. After a few minutes with an experienced trainer, you will see how anxious your new pet is to learn. You could even hire a trainer to check out the dog ahead of time with you. Find out what the dog knows, what it needs to learn.
If your dog has accidents in the house, barks constantly, pulls the leash while walking or acts aggressively towards people – it is not a good experience for anyone involved! With a little, and sometimes a lot, of patience this can be an absolutely wonderful experience for both dog and human.