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Boomer
Boomer
Boomer is a 6 year old Staffy male he is neutered and chipped just looking for his new home. This boy has a fantastic super nature he is great with kids and good with other dogs. Who could resist that smiley face?
Kenzie
Kenzie
Kenzie is a 7 year old Lhasa Apso. He is a lovely chap, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. He loves to get out and about for a walk and is equally happy to spend time cuddled up on the sofa with you. He delights in having someone around to share his affection with. He has lived with a cat in the past. We think he would most like to live with an active older person or someone who is home most of the time.
We know lots of people will be interested in Kenzie so if you have completed an application form in the last two months please just phone on 01593741741 and leave a message with your name and a phone number. If you have not completed an application form or your form was longer ago than stated please complete one. We will not consider anyone who does not complete a form.
Lady
Lady
Looking for a sensible and mature lady to join your family? Lady is surely the one for you. She is a mature cross breed who has had a hard life so far and really deserves a comfortable and secure home for life. She is very loving and gets on well with the two children in her foster home. She walks well on the lead, is good with other dogs and is spotlessly clean in the house. What more could you want. If you can offer Lady a new future please fill in an application form.
Oscar
Oscar
Oscar is a lovely older collie who very sadly found himself homeless following the untimely death of his owner. He is in one of our foster homes when he has made himself very much at home and settled really well. He loves to be out in the garden concentrating hard on the possibility of his ball moving by itself. He would really love to find a permanent home with someone who would like to move the ball around for him as well as taking him for walks. He has had a really hard time recently and he needs a home where he can feel secure and be given a bit of time to just chill out while he settles in. He gets on well with other dogs and is very much a peacemaker but he would be happiest with a bitch or a calm neutered male. He really can't be bothered with a young dog challenging him. He shows no interest in sheep and is not inclined to jump fences.

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)