ChatterBank1 min ago
Is a rescue dog as safe as a puppy?
Hi there, mrs simont here,
My husband and I were thinking of getting a dog. We have both come from families who have had dogs. Our reasons for wanting one come from the enrichment to family life that dogs bring. The excuse to be outside more and the pleasure of walking. My husband is away alot and works long hours and I would feel safer with a dog, esp walking on my own. I have 5 children ranging from 11 to 1.
I would really love to get a rescue dog, and do not mind which breed or breed/cross it would be. i would prefer not to have to go through the puppy trainin g stage at the moment with a tiny toddler crawling around and I think getting a rescue dog would also be a nice thing to do.
My husband wants to get a puppy. he says that you can never trust a rescue dog as they might lose it when coming into contact with something that might stir a sad memory, unbeknowst to us. He said a dog with an unknown history would be unsafe to have aroung the children. I don't think it would matter, and that the rscue home would be able to advise us as to their experience with the dog and it's foster home.
We have many pets, including cat and rabbit and have lots of friends and family with dogs. I am very strict with my children and would not encourage rough or overstimulated play. My children are taught to respect animals.
There's the history: What do you think? Recue poor doggy and give him a nice loving home, or thourough bred puppy/puppy?
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I would have a look at the following site
They really are the professionals and would help you. Not all rescue dogs are from bad homes, remember! Some families circumstances change. People die etc...
You can never trust a dog 100% whether you bring it up from young or not. We just got a new Jack Russell puppy over a year ago. We took her home at 8 weeks she squeaked twice the first night at bedtime. That was the only problem we had with her - so easy. Before that a Cocker Spaniel that would whimper at the slightest thing. There's no real answer. Use the link above and I hope you have lots of fun with your new family member.
hello mrs s, I have two rescue dogs and I can honestly say I would not have had any other. The only specification I asked for was that they were both small dogs as we do not have a big house !! I got my boy first , and my girl a couple of years later!! I can understand your husbands' concern that prior to your homing them they may well of been abused and come with bad habits. I think dogs that are not able to be -housed would not be offered for adoption. My two are among the most loyal, loving,well mannered dogs I have had. I would say go for it !!!
Any rescue animal has a lot of adjusting to do when it comes into your home, large family , big age range and other pets,
If you really want an older dog go for one that is assisted
rehoming , (RSPCA does this) where some thing is known
of its background rather than an 'off the streets' stray.
I dont think I would recommend a puppy either, too many/much
going on,conflicting signals are worse than none at all.
Hi I think I have found my dog! A small animal sanctuary very local to me. they have a 2 year old German Shepherd who I have been in to see several times and is just lovely. She caomes from a home that the rescue centre knew quite alot about and has been seen with playing brilliantly with kids. The family she came from had a new baby and the mum couldn't cope with looking after/walking a dog and having a baby. Also, they sadly had some money problems and were evicted and had to rehome to a place where they weren't allowed pets.
I have seen the dog with my kids, and she really is very calm and patient and not at all bouncy. She has not really been 'trained', but I plan to do an obedience class with her anyway. I really think she might be the one.
Thank you everyone for taking the time to reply to me. I really value your comments. I will repost when she is with us and I have the inevitable problems with her asking all you verterens for help.!