Written by Nick Iordanis
I recently had a conversation with friend who said they cannot get a rescue and must get a puppy from a breeder so they can mould it into a well behaved dog. After picking my jaw up off the floor, I had a decision to make: Do I burst my friends bubble and tell him why he was wrong? Or let him find out for himself?
I understand that there are people who have allergies, or have other extenuating circumstances which cause them to need to be particular regarding a dog’s behaviour (young children, lifestyle, property size). Unfortunately, these have become common reasons why people think they need to get a dog from a breeder and no where else. However, this could not be further from the truth.
The biggest benefit of a rescue dog, especially one which is out of puppyhood, is that we know who they are, and what their interests are. We know if they like kids, cats, old people, loud people, open places, car rides, chasing squirrels and many other things. We also, perhaps more importantly, know things that they don’t like, such as loud noises, kids, people coming to the door, or other more specific things like touching their paws.
Using proper dog training, you can use the things that they do like (a high frequency behavior), to make them do something like sit, stay, or shake hands (a low frequency behabiour). That, however, is the topic of another blog post. (For more info, checkout www.dogstardaily.com).
To me, (an animal rescuer), it just makes even more sense in these types of situations to get a dog from rescue as opposed to a breeder. Taking the dog to work? Pick the social butterfly who has a bit of couch potato in them. Don’t want a dog that barks? Pick the rescue dog that rarely barks.
I would argue that a rescue dog comes out of the box better behaved than a dog from a breeder, provided you take the time to pick the right dog for you. Every dog requires training, but I would say that if you enjoy running and want a dog to run with you, there is a rescue out there who would love nothing more to than to run alongside you.
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