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Toby
Toby
Toby is a lovely 4-5 year old lurcher who is doing really well with his foster family who are working through a few issues he had. Toby is extremely loving and loves cosying up on the sofa. Tobys ideal home would be semi rural possibly with a bitch for company or even as an only dog. He enjoys his walks and somewhere to run free and let of some steam and then likes coming home for a sleep. He has a huge personality and is a bit quirky so an experienced home that appreciated his quirks and could continue his training and socialisation is definitely required
Alfie
Alfie
Look at this gorgeous chap. Alfie is a young dog who just adores his home comforts. He is loving and cuddly and gets on very well with other dogs. He is vaccinated, microchipped and neutered. We would recommend that he goes to a home without cats.
Dodi
Dodi
Just look at this gorgeous boy. A young dog around a year old he is lively and active as you would expect at his age, except of course when he is sleeping which being a lurcher he likes to do in comfort. We think a home without cats would be best unless you are experienced and prepared to put in the work to make an introduction work well. He would be fine with older children although he may be a bit enthusiastic for small children.

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)