Please consider the long-term plan when adopting rescue puppies!
When adopting rescue puppies consider if you really fit. Are you an active social individual? Maybe you’re more the curl up with a good book laid back kind of person. The fact that you’re a loner, an adventurer, a hiker, or a book-lover makes a world of difference when adopting rescue dogs.
Labradors are puppies for at least three years. Are you ready for that?
I recently interviewed, Deb Davis, rescue dog advocate and Volunteer Coordinator with God’s Dogs Rescue out of San Antonio, Texas. She said, “One of the highest return factors with rescue dogs is an ill-fit of puppy and new owner.” If you’re not considering what you can do, with what your rescue puppy needs, you’re setting yourself up for disaster.
“Do you simply talk-the-talk of a rescuer or actually walk-the-walk?” Davis proposes, “Be honest with yourself are you willing to put in the energy and the time it takes to help your puppy be his best?”
When adopting rescue puppies, change the last word to D-O-G and see if you’re still okay with it.
When Adopting Rescue Puppies Consider Alva’s Size!
Rescue puppies become rescue dogs, it’s a good idea to research the possibilities of how big your puppy will become.
Consider Where Your Rescue Puppy Will Sleep
According to Sara, shelter outreach director at Pet Finder.com, we need to prepare ahead of time for best results. “Your new dog will be confused about where he is and what to expect from you. Setting up some clear structure with your family for your dog will be paramount in making as smooth a transition as possible.”
Consider crate training your puppy/dog. If you do, it’s best to have the crate set up where you want your puppy to feel safe before she comes home.
Puppy-proof her surroundings. Remember puppy’s noses are always at work and she will find anything that smells interesting – especially if it smells like you! A great consideration is to tape “loose electrical cords to baseboards; storing household chemicals on high shelves; removing plants, rugs, and breakables; setting up the crate, and installing baby gates.”
There’s a lot to consider when adopting rescue puppies. Check this out for more tips for puppy’s first day.
Share your favorite rescue puppy first-day story with me, I’d love to hear from you!