Tuesday, March 17, 2020

What You Need To Consider Before Getting A Rescue Dog

Getting A Rescue Dog
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If you are considering getting a dog in the near future, one of the best ways that you can do this is to adopt one from a rescue center. There are lots of dogs out there that need a good home, and you could be the right person to do that. 

However, before you rush off to your local rehoming center and pick the dog that you want, it is vital that you do some research first and make sure you know exactly what you are getting yourself in for. Dogs take a lot of time and attention. You need to be able to afford to give them the best quality of life possible. This means feeding them well and paying for their vet’s bills. You should also think about getting pet insurance just in case. 

Here are some of the major things that you should think about before getting a rescue dog. 


Pick The Dog That Suits Your Lifestyle

Every dog is different. But there are often universal characteristics that are true of most dogs within a certain breed. When it comes to deciding which dog to get, it is important that you consider these characteristics and you find a dog with a temperament that suits your lifestyle. 

For example, if you are looking for suitable dogs for elderly, pick a breed that is not known for its energy. If you got a dog that needed to go for big long walks or runs, then you might not be able to provide it with the life that it needs. 

If you have young children in the home, make sure you get a dog that is fairly docile. 

Diet And Healthcare Costs

Remember that you need to feed your dog daily. Some breeds will eat more than others and they will have different requirements when they are a puppy or when they are old. 

Diet plays a major part in the health of a dog, and it is always important to invest in healthy dog food. If you buy the cheapest food you can find, it is unlikely to be good for your dogs

Don’t forget to factor healthcare costs when it comes to deciding to rescue a dog. You will need to give your dog worm and flea treatment every month, and you should also take them to the vets for their jabs and a checkup once a year. 

Exercising 

Dogs need exercise. For some, this might be a short walk at a slow to moderate pace, while for others, it may mean going several miles or running fast over a long distance. 

Make sure you know what you are getting in for with the type of dog you are getting. You need to commit yourself to walk your dog every day. Without their walks, dogs can get restless, become very unhappy, and develop severe health problems. Be honest with yourself about how much you are able to walk each day and think about the dogs needs over your own. 


97 comments:

  1. Thank you for the great post. I wish I could have a pup where I live.

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  2. Rescue dogs are the best. This one is so cute!

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  3. Why wouldn't you want a rescue dog, they are awesome

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  4. All such great points! Thanks for sharing.

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  5. We just bought a house! One of the top things on my priority list is to rescue a dog and make it a part of our family!

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  6. Same with most rescue animals, a big decision indeed!! Nice insight.

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  7. Thank you for posting this. Two of the major causes/campaigns that I support are Adopt Don't Shop, and ending puppy mills. (My mother's dog was a puppy mill rescue.) I would like to add that it is important to remember that dogs with special needs, as well as senior dogs, are in need of loving homes as well-- and all too often, they get overlooked.
    Thank you,
    --Ann

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  8. This is great! Thank you! :)

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  9. We have 3 dogs. One of which is a true rescue. We got her as a pup. She is a pit bull. Another was a dog a daughter brought home that the Mom said no. Then our last one was flown over from another state to come live with us.

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  10. Excellent tips. Give a dog a good home.

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  11. This are all really important points to consider, thanks for the post :)

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  12. My daughter has a rescue dog. I am glad that you vent potential dog owners.

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  13. What a cute rescue dog, but please consider if one is right for you and your family.

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  14. These are all thoughtful ideas to ponder before you add a rescue dog to your family.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  15. Great tips, it's important to know the breed/breeds of the dog you are thinking of adopting. Make sure it is a breed that is good with children if you have them.

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  16. We have only ever had rescue dogs

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  17. These are really great things to think about before adopting a rescue dog. I've rescued two dogs in my life without thinking about these points. I saw that they were being abused and took them in.

    Candy Rachelle
    Keeping Up With Candy
    www.keepingupwithcandy.com

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  18. never regretted getting my rescue!

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  19. Wonderful post. I always choose elderly pets to rescue. Give them some comfort, enjoyment and pampering for their final years.

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  20. I would love to have a dog again, but with 6 rescued feral cats that did not grow up with dogs, I'm thinking any dog plans will have to wait until we are all allowed outside again!

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  21. Rescue is the way to go. Would like to rescue a dog one day. We have rescued many cats though.

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  22. Thanks for the tips. Rescue dogs are great!

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  23. Our pup is a rescue dog. She has been great we love her and she loves the grand kids

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  24. we have a rescue dog -- my friend's husband found her tied up behind a water treatment plant. they already had 4 dogs -so we took her - She is so sweet and is our baby! Her name is Amelia Earhart :)

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  25. This is absolutely wonderful information. I used to raise a lot of rescue dogs and they Are the most loving ever

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  26. Always rescue, never shop for animals!

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  27. Thank you for posting this, rescue dogs are amazing!

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  28. Great list! I have never got a rescue dogs and I hope they give people a list like this.

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  29. We've always had rescue dogs, and they are the best. I like your list. Having a rescue pet is a big responsibility, but so worth it.

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  30. I will be adopting a rescue as my next pet when I get a home.

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  31. Thanks for this post. We are researching about a rescue dog. Very informative.

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  32. These are great points. Thank you! We have been considering getting a rescue dog.

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  33. I appreciate this post, especially with the current climate of everyone getting new pets it seems. Pet ownership needs to be something that is really considered for awhile. There are many factors into adding a new pet family member to your home. I love my pets but know that I could not handle any more responsibility currently and need to concentrate on the two that I have now.

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  34. I got a rescue dog for my daughter 10 years and he instantly became her best friend, but I know it doesn't always work out so well. I think it is very important to have a temperament test for all dogs.

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  35. These are some very good points but also if you already have a pet, it is good to let them meet to see if they start off ok together.

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  36. Our daughter and son in law adopted a rescue dog who was a lot older than they were told it was.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  37. Our dogs have always been rescue. This is really good info for anyone considering adopting one.

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  38. Lots of good information here for new owners!

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  39. Rescue dogs are lovely. We hope to get one soon.

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  40. I have had a few rescue dogs. We got a dog from Puerto Rico a few years ago. The thing I have come to realize when someone is getting a dog, they almost always go based on looks. They don't take the time to research the breed at all. all breeds have different requirements.

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  41. a lot of great info here. thanks for sharing with us

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  42. Thanks for the interesting and very important information.

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  43. I agree on getting a pet that suits your lifestyle.

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  44. Rescue dogs are the best. Always good to adopt. These are some really great tips!

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  45. Always good to remind people rescue dogs are the best

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  46. this has alot of great info..ty ty

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  47. I hope more people are rescuing now as it is so hard for the rescue groups and shelters to continue under current conditions.

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  48. great tips and things to consider before adopting

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  49. It is such good info to know. Thank you.

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  50. Good info. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. If we ever get another dog it will be a rescue!!

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  52. There is a lot to buying a rescue dog, But I would rather take a chance on a rescue dog than spend a cent on a dog breeder.
    @tisonlyme143

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  53. Very helpful info if you are thinking of adopting a dog.

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  54. Picking a rescue dog is a committment that should not be made just solely on emotions. More damage will be done to the animal switching home to home.

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  55. Choosing a dog is such a big decision. These are all good tips.

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  56. Adopting is a big decision. It's so sad to hear about dogs being returned to shelters because they aren't a good fit. Our bloodhound is a rescue. His first family had 3 small children and a condo. Bloodhounds are EXTREMELY active, but they were expecting ol' Droopy on the porch. He was definitely not that!

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  57. Really important points to consider. I have rescue dogs and they are the best, but definitely important to know if a dog will work for you and your situation.

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  58. Great information! We have lots of dog rescue groups in our area, and so many of my friends' dogs are rescues.

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  59. Thanks. This post has a lot of useful information.

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  60. Thank you for the important information.

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  61. Very Useful information. Especially the part about costs. Shots, yearly checkups, dog food, a crate, treats, toys, there is just so much that goes into getting a dog.

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  62. these are really good tips. rescue dogs need compassion and commitment.

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  64. Rescue dogs are the best. They are so loyal and loving and they never forget what you have done for them.

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  65. Excellent article. We got rescue dog when he was 3.5 years old he is 11 now. Most wonderful dog ever

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  66. Great information to know when getting a rescue animal. We have 3 dogs from our local shelters and our cat too.

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  67. I've had my rescue pup for 2 years now and I just love her to death

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  68. Maggie ArmstrongJune 15, 2020 at 6:54 AM

    I totally agree. Rescuing a pet is amazing, but you always have to do your research on breeds and the pups history. I'm the proud owner of a big 'ole rescue mutt that rules my life <3

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  69. Thanks for the interesting information.

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  70. What a wonderful post! I am a supporter of animal rescue and believe every dog deserves a good home.

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  71. I do volunteer work for a rescue group. This is all good advice!
    digicats {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

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  72. Yes it is so important to consider the medical costs of a new pet. when we are sick, our insurance covers most of our visits but not for our pets! We just spent $125 on a visit last week because our dog got a little skin infection.

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  73. These are great tips. That dog is so cute too!

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  74. Awesome tips and I agree save a pet if you can !

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  75. I really like all the info, in the post.

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  76. This would be my choice!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  77. What great post suggesting that you get a rescue pet.
    After losing my 16 year old dog two years ago I said he was my last. Well......during the pandemic the shelters were begging people to foster or adopt dogs.......Oh well so much for my last one. LOL I am now the proud Mom of a rescue puppy. I am so happy I adopted her she brings such joy to the whole family.

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  78. My grandson's got a shelter dog, he is the greatest little guy.

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  79. We have two rescue dogs. We take our dogs to the puppy park and to doggy daycare. You don't have to walk them everyday if you provide other activities for your dog.

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  80. I admire anyone who rescues an animal. Yes, there are many things to consider when one decides to get a pet. Thank you!

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  81. I do volunteer work for a rescue group. These are all good ideas to keep in mind.
    digicats {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

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  82. I used to have a dog that look a lot like that poodle.

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  83. We rescued our dog last year. He has been a blessing to our family! We asked several questions before proceeding with the adoption, but we knew he was perfect for us when we went into the visiting room with him. He came from an abusive family, so I knew there would be a few challenges. He adjusted quickly and still making progress.

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  84. Great ideas to remember. I vote always rescue pets. I think people forget to look into what kind of breed would work best for their family. So much to think about when adopting a pet and people forget it is a long term commitment.

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  85. My rescue dog rescued me!

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  86. I enjoyed reading, "What You Need To Consider Before Getting A Rescue Dog". My heart is in loving and giving a stray or shelter dog another chance

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  87. Thank you for making a post like this - I wonder how many people adopted dogs during the stay-at-home orders and have had to return them because they didn't stop to consider things like these. :(

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  88. We have had many rescue dogs over the years and many have been a challenge. Right now I have a german shepherd that has gotten old, has seizures and is incontinent half the time. But we love her and we give her seizure medicine and probably going to need to start diapering her. But, the point of my comment is that I agree you need to take into account what the dog is going to need. A couple years ago my daughter brought home a lab/retriever mix. He was sweet as could be, but we were not active enough for him. He was about stir crazy. Finally, my daughter found a young couple who were very athletic and always out running and hiking to adopt him. She felt bad, but the couple sends photos and updates and I know he is much happier with his new family. We definitely learned a lesson.

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  89. This is a good article. A lot of people think that rescuing animals is all fun and games but it is a huge commitment. My rescue babies have taught me so much!

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  90. Good article to get people both thinking and planning before getting a pet. All too many times they just jump in, then a few weeks or months later the animal is abandoned.

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