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How to Choose a Rescue Dog

How to Choose a Rescue Dog
Adopting a rescue dog is one of the most satisfying acts a dog lover can do, but figuring out how to pick the best fit for your family can be challenging. The surroundings can make dogs depressed, manic, or anxious, making it difficult to know what they’re really like. While almost any rescue dog can be an excellent, lifelong companion and addition to your family, some will require extra training, others may need a lot of exercise, and many will be happy to just sit on your lap or relax at your feet.

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How do I prepare before I go to a shelter
Estimate how much extra time you have when thinking about what you want in a dog. House training and manners training demands up-front attention, consistency, and time, and most puppies and younger dogs require lots of exercise.

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How do I know what to I look for
Many rescue dogs can lead normal lives with the proper amount of training and love. Things to look for when you visit rescue shelters include:

  • How excitable he is
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  • The dog’s body language
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  • His reactions to other dogs
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  • How quickly he calms down
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  • How rough or gentle he is in his play
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  • How he responds to being touched

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Select a rescue based on your lifestyle
A dog's exercise requirements, size, assertiveness, compatibility, and friendliness with children should all figure into the equation. If you live by yourself in a small high-rise apartment and are considering adopting an energetic, large retriever mix, you might want to reconsider your choice. However, it could be okay if you're a runner and want a jogging partner, or have kids who will provide plenty of stimulation for the dog.

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Do shelters have purebred dogs
Most rescue shelters have an abundance of mixed and pure breed dogs. The only significant distinction between the two is that purebreds are related to a particular breed standard because their parents are members of the same breed. However, this doesn't always show you significant details about a dog's overall health or how he will behave. It will mainly give you an idea of how big he might get and other physical characteristics. With mixed breeds, you're getting a unique and unusual blend.

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National Rescue Websites
Check with your local animal shelter first, and then try these resources if you still need assistance:

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