Thinking About Adding A New Pet To The Family? You Can Still Have A Purebred Dog AND Rescue! Nearly 6 million animals are euthanized every year because they the have no homes and no one wants them.. And 99% PLUS of the puppies that are sold in pet stores come from puppy mills and backyard breeders where their surviving parents are living in deplorable and inhumane conditions. You can make a HUGE difference in an animals life! Check out our list of Purebred Rescue Groups HERE
Most dogs are given up because of lack of exercise or lack of leadership- so there are so many great dogs available for rescue, they just need to be matched up with the right owners. It’s really important to choose a dog that suits your lifestyle, not simply because he’s cute. Take your time and choose wisely as dogs who are returned to shelters are at a much higher risk of being euthanized.
Our shelters are over populated with dogs, 40% are pit bull/pit bull mixes. Pit Bulls sound like a great idea at first glance, but they need a lot of exercise. Dogs who need exercise and don’t get it will quickly become destructive, over anxious or hyper active. You can’t blame a dog for these behaviors if he can’t relieve some of the energy through exercise. It’s a good idea to be realistic about your work schedule- If you can’t give your dog potty & walk breaks, NO dog should spend 8 hours in a crate every day. Some breeds are more dominant than others, so choose a dog that has a similar energy level as you. If you live in an apartment, maybe stay away from the breeds that are known to be barkers- terriers and beagles are very vocal and could cause serious problems for you if you have a neighbor who is disturbed by the barking.
Of equal importance, is to teach your new dog good manners and basic obedience. These 2 things make for a happy dog and an even happier owner. Taking your new rescue to an obedience class will not only help with basic commands, but it will help bond the two of you and help establish your dominance roll. We need to be the boss of our dogs- letting them run us around isn’t good for the dog, it’s confusing. They need to be able to look to us for what they can and cannot do. Walking in a door behind us, waiting to eat until the bowl is down and our hand is out of the way and walking beside us, not pulling, while going for a walk are examples them understanding our roll as pack leader.
So do your homework- you can easily find the pooch that’s exactly right for you and your family, it just takes a little bit of research. But your work will be well worth it! A happy dog makes a happy owner!
If there is a specific breed dog that you have found that is right for you, check out the Purebred Dog Rescue Groups and save a life!