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2007/06/19 22:04:42 (permalink)
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Dogs from rescue centres etc

Thinking about getting another dog..not had one for some years.

I am not to fussed about breeds etc smallish dog thats ok with the kids about 2 or 3 years old I was thinking rather than get a pup.

What are peoples experinces of dogs from "homes" or rescue centres. I would like to give a needy dog a good home but dont want to end up with one thats been treated badly and has gone a bit nuts etc

Good idea or bad idea ?

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    Ronaldo no7
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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/19 22:08:15 (permalink)
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    From what ive seen on tv its ok but id personally rather get one from 7-8 weeks but thats cause i have 2 dogs but i think it will be ok to go to a home as the dogs are tested in always to see how they react to things just mention that it will be around children im sure it wont be a problem and will save u a bit of dosh.
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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/19 22:09:07 (permalink)
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    I have had 3 rescue dogs, 1 a pitbull cross, lab cross and another mongrel.

    They are the best dogs, very loyal, well behaved. No trouble with children or anything. Never gone to attack myself or family. the lab was a bit quiet for a week but soon picked up.

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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/19 22:14:50 (permalink)
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    Rescue dogs can be pretty good on the whole but if you do get a problem dog, they rescue centre will take it back. Not that this is ideal but atleast you gave it a chance.

    One option which i did recently was to contact breeders to see if they had any dogs they wanted to rehome. Our second Beagle (bitch) had been bred twice but could no longer be used for breeding and therfore the owner wanted to rehome her to free up kennel space and costs etc. Not very nice on the breeders part but its a business and a Show standard dog cost me £100 instead of £950
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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/19 22:15:02 (permalink)
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    I have known a few people who have got dogs from rescue centres and they have had no problems at all.


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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/19 22:28:53 (permalink)
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    our family dog was from rescue centre- had been treated poorly from what we could work out but never appaulingly etc etc

    was loving, gentle, very caring, loyal lovely dog- miss the poor bugger every day- been at least 4 years

    best thing to do m8 is take one for a walk or too. make sure hes friendly. then take the kids for a walk or two make sure hes good with them too

    IME dogs that have been treated badly are VERY caring towards their new owners. only thing to watch out for is if the dog has say been badly treated by a young child he may associate danger with children and be agressive
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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/19 22:52:13 (permalink)
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    growing up we had 3 dogs from rescue centres various ages from 6 months to 2 yrs, have wonderfulkl memories with them,no problems at all,good luck with your search but be prepared to heartbroken when you walk around these places
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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/19 23:12:26 (permalink)
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    Mate of mine got a rescue dog.Part german shepherd,part rotweiller,part lab.
    Anyway,he works in R.A.F. police and had his dog partially trained by the guys in the dog section and didnt have any problems.
    Personally,if you have kids,i'd say get the dog as young as possible so it grows up around them.And make sure the dog knows that it's bottom of the food chain as far as family go or they can get a little territorial.Well males can anyway.
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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/19 23:18:15 (permalink)
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    What are peoples experinces of dogs from "homes" or rescue centres.


    I have only been to 1 rescue center and wanted to take the lot I have heard good things about dogs from these places very loving, great temprement etc

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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/19 23:19:23 (permalink)
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    My family dog is rescue dog

    bloody marvelllous, go for it mate, they'll love you forever! lol


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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/20 00:19:05 (permalink)
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    Yup my familys dog is a rescue dog, as all above have said, very loyal, loving, great around children etc.
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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/20 00:22:47 (permalink)
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    Ours is a rescue dog,had a few problems started out great but the honeymoon period was over when he realized he was staying ,nothing a little work wont help but i was warned about them getting to settled and changing
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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/20 00:51:15 (permalink)
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    I have two rescue dogs and a rehome and all are great dogs, fantastic with next door's kids, good with other people and dogs. My previous dog was a rescue as well and she was superb too. Because they've been badly treated, they are even more loyal/loving because they appreciate a decent owner more than a puppy who's always been well treated.

    gina's right. It's heartbreaking going to the RSPCA. I always want to take about 10 of them. But I would strongly recommend going down that route. They're also very good now at warning you if a dog might not be suited temperamentally to your situation.

    Good luck!

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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/20 01:28:06 (permalink)
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    Have now had 6 rescue dogs from different places, last one from Dogs Trust cross german Shepard, had been badly treated and as a result was extremely exited to see anyone, (think the poor girl had been locked in a shed all day alone). Because of her exitement she pis**s when she meets someone new whilst there stroking her, Funny as F*ck when you say to them watch your feet, the ignore you then look down, the look on their face as they admire there soggy shoes is brilliant, Dog is extremely loyal.
    Dogs trust seperate out and 'sticky' dogs which have been their over 6 months these tend to be the ones with behaviour probs, they will make you take the dog for three walks on three seperate days and go to an adoption meeting so you get plenty of time to asses the dogs temprement towards you and family.

    They will take a dog back if it doesnt work out - IMO though if your not sure even slighty dont get the dog, not good to be taken from the rescue centre only to be taken back weeks later.

    They have a website where you can look at dogs at the centre nearest you, i found it was out of date though.

    Have had dogs from smaller rescue centres before but they were less honest about a dogs past and medical probs.

    Also expect to pay around £80 as a donation more if you wish.

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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/20 10:19:41 (permalink)
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    My dog is from a rescue centre, got him at 9 months old, he is about 4 now!

    I love him to bits but it has been hard work, he had been badly mistreated and is pretty nuts because of this. He seems to hate other dogs so I have to be careful when I take him out, guess he has never been socialised properly because of this. He is a great dog other than that, great with people, kids etc.

    Depends on what type of dog you are looking for he is a collie cross so he has got tons of energy, never gets tired! The only thing is, you are not as free to do things when you have a dog, at weekends he stays with my parents when i'm out and about. Couldn't imagine what it would be like if I didn't have my parents to look after him, guess I would feel quite trapped, as I am always on the move at weekend with friends, gf etc

    i say go for it, but if you have got someone to leave him with when you go out. Also think about how long he.she will be in the house on their own when you are at work.
    It's quite a big commitment having a dog although they do repay all that with the stupid things they do, very loyal also!
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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/20 10:37:36 (permalink)
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    They're also very good now at warning you if a dog might not be suited temperamentally to your situation.


    Good point mate because it wasn`t always the case which is a shame considering the dogs welfare was the most important thing, I also think they genuinely do realise that they have a second chance.

    My lass had a Collie from a rescue center, some of the stories she tells me about him are hilarious, Apparently he used to wait outside the local butchers and then when customers came out he`d `snatch `their meat bag and run off

    Was often seen on buses and trains travelling the country too( which is probably how he ended up at a rescue center).

    Great choice imo and when we get another dog we`llbe going down this route also

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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/20 12:37:12 (permalink)
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    I've had my Staffie from a rescue home for about 2 months now.

    No problems since it's been shown who is boss from day one in a firm but fair manner.

    The biggest hassle I've had has been with the home itself - their ideas of what is acceptable lead to a full argument where I got the RSPCA involved. The RSPCA came down on my side over it.

    I take the dog to work and for part of the day it is tethered on a 10 foot rope. It has shelter from heat and cold where it is and enough space to "play".

    However, some woman from the home got very shirty over tethering, proclaiming it to be cruel.

    When pressed for an alternative, she suggested leaving the dog at home 11 hours a day while I'm in work in a kitchen with an area for the dog of approx 3 feet x 8 feet.

    I told her to p1ss off and then they wanted the dog back, citing cruelty.

    The RSPCA told the home to bog off and that the dog was quite clearly happy being tethered in a fair size area.

    In summary - if you get an ok dog, you'll have no probs with the dog.

    But the home people think they're god.
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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/20 14:24:17 (permalink)
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    My Jack Russell is a rescue got her when she was 4 years old just over a year ago, very timid, very under-socialised, the improvements she has made in a year have been staggering but it has taken a huge amount of effort and patience. I would still describe her as being a bit 'quirky' though!

    Your local home will help you find a dog that is right for you and your situation. They will want a permanent home for their dogs so it is important to them that everyone concerned is happy and able to manage. Just take plenty of time to make your decision and you will be fine
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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/20 20:22:48 (permalink)
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    rightyho- i recall reading your originl post on this- glad you got it sorted but remember they only have the dogs welfare at heart- even if there pretty myopic about it. maybe they have a set of rules to follow??

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    RE: Dogs from rescue centres etc 2007/06/20 20:28:49 (permalink)
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    my rottie came from dogs trust, shes a fantastic dog. they are good at matching dogs to owners, they go through what you want and need form a dog and they wont let you have one they dont think is right, no matter how much you want it.

    Best way to get a dog imo. buy a puppy and your more likely to have problems id say
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