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Bella
Bella
Bella is a 14 month border collie who is a failed sheep dog. She decided she enjoyed a cuddle and bit of fun far more than rounding up sheep. She is a smart cookie who would excel in an agility home or where her brains could be put to good use and she would get lots of exercise and stimulation. She has just been spayed and had her first vaccination so will be ready to find her new home in the next few weeks
Alfie
Alfie
Alfie is 5 years old and a Labrador cross staffy its him that is looking for a new home not the little boy!. He came to KWK9 as his previous owners felt they could no longer give him the attention he needed. He will make a super family dog and has a fantastic nature he loves to play ball and has just discovered the pleasures of paddling in his foster home! He will be neutered shortly and is already chipped, and vaccinated. Alfie is good with cats and all other dogs he has met since being in his foster home. more pictures to follow
Roxy
Roxy
Roxy is a 4 year old Belgian Shepherd x collie she is spayed, vaccinated and chipped. Due to a change of accommodation Roxys owners feel she would benefit from a new home where she has more outdoor space. She was originally a rescue so has some fear issues over random things but nothing that cant be worked through. A lovely girl who loves kids and is good with other dogs but a little too friendly around cats

Often the cost of taking on a rescue dog is very little – the cost of a donation – and many come already vaccinated and microchipped and may be neutered too, saving you even more.
The catch is that some rescue dogs come with their own quirks and dog behaviour problems that you might need to overcome. Rehome dogs aren’t alone in this respect, of course, but many either have issues before they were put up for pet adoption, or developed them in kennels because - despite the best efforts of the caring staff at the dog rescue centres – unfortunately kennels aren’t usually the best environments to help fearful or aggressive dogs.

The good news is that almost any dog behaviour or dog training problem can be remedied (or at least controlled) if tackled in the right way. If you are interested in rehoming a rescue dog, here are my top five tips for you:

1.) Choose your rescue dog carefully.

Make sure your energies and that of other pets in your household match. Are you looking for a ball-of-fire of a dog to match your hectic lifestyle or a laid back moocher to share your life and home? How much exercise do you both need? (Hint: If your dog is putting on weight, experts agree that YOU aren’t getting enough exercise!). Do your homework on dog breeds and their temperaments and in the case of cross breed dogs, simply assume you’ll have a combination of the behaviours typical of the breeds that may be in the mix.

2.)Consider what age of dog suits you best.

If you want a puppy, there may be some around, although they often find homes more readily. Older dogs are easier to find, are often more mellow, are frequently trained and are the ones that find it harder to find forever homes. Could you share your home with an older dog? Incidentally, I’ve found from experience that the old adage “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” simply isn’t true. You certainly can train an older dog.

3.) Think with your head, not your heart.

I know, it sounds so cold and clinical, doesn’t it? The trouble is, it’s difficult not to get carried away when you’re looking at rescue dogs, but you really must make your decision based on what you can and can’t cope with and not on your feelings as you gaze upon the sad eyes looking out of the kennel at you. If you choose the wrong shelter dog because you weren’t thinking clearly, then you didn’t really do them any favours after all, did you? My top tip: Sleep on it before you commit to taking on your rescue dog!

4.) Don’t feel sorry for your new rescue dog.

He/she’s just found a lovely new home and a caring owner. Whatever happened in the past is just that – in the past. Dogs live in the moment and whatever dog behavioural problems they may have been left with will not be made any better if you treat them with pity. Good leadership in combination with sensitivity and understanding is the best way to rehabilitate dogs. Let the good times roll – Starting now!

5.) Don’t be afraid to ask for help with dog behaviour issues.

If you're lucky, there may be a dog behaviourist at the dog rescue centre who can help, or you may prefer to ask a local professional dog trainer or dog behaviour expert. Either way, if you’re struggling don’t feel like a failure – Sometimes it just takes a little more dog training and behaviour experience and knowledge than most people have access to in order to kick start your dog’s new life. We all need a little help sometimes and you owe it to your rehome dog to give it your best shot.

Rehoming a dog could be one of the most satisfying things you ever do. It may take a little effort - like all the best things in life - but it’s a great feeling to have a happy well behaved rescue dog. (Don't take my word for it, ask anyone who's got one)