New to dogs with toddlers - rescue dogs not feasible?
I totally onboard with the idea of a rescue dog - ethically and maintenance wise seems like the right way to go, but maybe not in this situation?
Dec 30th, 2016 12:47 am
Dec 30th, 2016 11:59 am
Dec 30th, 2016 12:08 pm
Dec 30th, 2016 12:16 pm
Well, they could have been experienced dog owners, so they knew what kind of things to look out for. They could have had the dog first (rescue or not) and had the kids after, and could have worked with the dog to integrate everyone. They could have adopted the dog as a puppy and everyone grew up together...
Dec 30th, 2016 2:02 pm
Dec 30th, 2016 2:25 pm
Dec 30th, 2016 4:54 pm
How much time do you have? If you can spend the time to train a rescue dog to trust humans please do so!! So many dogs are put down in shelters or mercy killed by people.
Dec 31st, 2016 12:59 pm
Not quite right. The most common reason for owner surrendered dogs is not having enough time for them.CNeufeld wrote: ↑Dec 30th, 2016 2:25 pmFor me, I'd take an older dog that's been trained. Finding a good one would be an issue, though. They're not the ones that are getting re-homed usually. The ones getting re-homed are often the ones that have built up bad habits, have personality "quirks", etc. That their current owners can't handle. They might have been abused, neglected, or just not properly socialized from puppies. Hopefully you find out the full story when you talk to the rescue society, but they might not even know.
How much time would you have to allocate to training and puppy care? Because really, it's training for both you AND the dog. Probably you more so than the dog, to be honest. You can work on teaching the dog once you learn what you need to learn. The dog will forget everything it's taught in class if you don't reinforce it at home. Busy families that are always on the go need to understand the commitment needed.
Sorry to be so negative...
Jan 3rd, 2017 10:47 am
Not having enough time for a dog often leads to bad habits for the dog. If the dog would behave as a proper stuffed animal (i.e. sit on the couch and not damage anything), then it wouldn't matter if the owners didn't have time for it. But a bored/ignored dog is often a destructive dog.Beachdown wrote: ↑Dec 31st, 2016 12:59 pmNot quite right. The most common reason for owner surrendered dogs is not having enough time for them.
However, it is very common for rescues to not adopt out to people with young children. The odds of the dog being surrendered all over again go up quite a bit when small children are in the home.
OP, check your local humane society, they generally don't have an issue with kids in the home (breed and individual dog dependent). Visit the place as they don't always have all their adoptable dogs online. But you want to make sure you are prepared to actually have a dog - time and resources. And with young children, they should never, ever, be left alone with a dog. Any dog.
Jan 3rd, 2017 6:02 pm
Absolutely, you are 100% right. Those bad habits from lack of attention are generally fairly easy to correct though.CNeufeld wrote: ↑Jan 3rd, 2017 10:47 amNot having enough time for a dog often leads to bad habits for the dog. If the dog would behave as a proper stuffed animal (i.e. sit on the couch and not damage anything), then it wouldn't matter if the owners didn't have time for it. But a bored/ignored dog is often a destructive dog.
But I don't really disagree with your post.
Jan 3rd, 2017 10:15 pm
It is going to entirely depend on the dog. Some from rescue come with huge obstacles. Aggression, fear, no training (including not house broken), and as these are set in issues built up over time they may not be as easy to change as the clean slate of a puppy where you set the ground rules from the start.