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> Pups Are Easier Than Adult Rescues, And other misconceptions about rescue
Athel
post 17th Sep 2017, 6:37 pm
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Someone said to me that having Brig as a puppy must be so much easier than when we adopted Douglas (under socialised, separation anxiety) and Fleet (compulsive spinning and self harm). I laughed. She may not have any of the "issues" we had with the other two but she is much harder work than either of them (plus if she ends up naughty I can't blame anyone else lol.gif )

What other misconceptions have you heard about rescue dogs?
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post 18th Sep 2017, 9:52 am
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All rescue dogs have problems, the once I get seem to have them but I do know of people who have had rescue dogs that are well trained and well behaved. The only one I had without behaviour problems is Ellie, and he had health problems.


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post 18th Sep 2017, 10:32 am
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This drives me mad. First of all, all rescue dogs started out as puppies and were presumably for sale, it's not as if they're a different species.

With an older rescue you will (probably):
get a much better idea of the dog's personality and traits (especially if it comes from a foster home),
not need to housetrain
be able to leave it alone for longer
not have to deal with teething
have the immense satisfaction of giving a second chance to a dog that really needs you

and most importantly you're not funding an out of control and effed-up breeding market
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post 18th Sep 2017, 2:12 pm
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" I wanted a puppy so it would grow up with the children and we wouldn't have any issues between them. You can't trust adult rescue dogs with kids."

Such as the dog I saw on Saturday who has started major resource guarding at 6mo and has already bitten two of the kids (very workable though fortunately and I think will be fine in the long run). Seen a few other cases of pups developing issues, mostly due to dodgy breeding.

And no-one appears to connect the dots when it comes to puppy mouthing and that it hurts young children - last year that was my #1 callout puppy problem!

Compared to my rescues, past and present, of whom 6 grew up around young children and all are/were absolutely fine with them. Even Phoebe, who is supposed to have had a horrendous first 4 years with abusive children, loves them (I'm not convinced about that story though, I must say).
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post 18th Sep 2017, 3:53 pm
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I was told by a local know all that rescue dogs that didn't have behaviour problems had health problems. Otherwise they wouldn't have been in that situation in the first place. ohmy.gif

I can honestly say that the rescue dogs that I have had have slotted into the family as if they'd always been there. Even the ghastly Bertie schnauzer who was a mouthing, leaping thug when we found each other. The elderly Cavaliers I had at the time wouldn't let him on the sofa for about 6 weeks and over that time they showed him who was boss and the routine of our lives here.

I've only had two dogs from pups,years ago and although they grew up to be lovely dogs, they were an absolute nightmare for a good while. Never again !
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post 18th Sep 2017, 5:31 pm
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I've had 9 rescue dogs - 8 adults and one a rescue puppy (born in rescue, we adopted him at 7 weeks)

The puppy has been more work than all the others put together, no question! Never ever again would I have a puppy!

In contrast almost all of the rescues slotted into our home and family extremely easily. Within a week generally.
Some of them have had maybe one problem behaviour - but nothing we couldn't cope with and work with - and definitely easier than the puppy!!!!!
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post 19th Sep 2017, 10:04 am
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I've also had 9 adult rescues, and only one had behavoural problems, which I was aware of before (and why) I adopted him. He had at least 3 homes in his first 3 years, and has been with me for over 3 years. He's very good with me, and is fine with people he gets used to, but I'm very careful when strangers try to approach him wub.gif

I did 'rescue' a border collie pup from going in a bucket of water years ago, from a farmer, in the hope that I could find him a good home, which is what happened. He was so fantastically bright and learned very quickly, but was also very hard work, and the youngest dog I've adopted since then was my 3 year old.

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