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  • April Schrader, CPDT-KA

A Dog Trainer's Guide to Adopting a Rescue Dog

Rescue dogs need our help! Shelters are struggling with an overwhelming number of dogs, reaching full capacity, and the fate of these dogs hangs in the balance. Opting to adopt a rescue dog is a decision that holds the power to transform not only their lives but yours as well. Shelters house a diverse array of dogs encompassing various breeds, ages, sizes, and backgrounds, each carrying a unique and compelling story. By choosing to rescue a dog, you become a beacon of hope for these animals, providing them with a pathway to a brighter tomorrow.


What to Consider Before Adopting: As you embark on the journey of adopting a rescue dog, consider these key factors to ensure a successful and fulfilling partnership


Lifestyle Compatibility: Consider your lifestyle, activity level, travel frequency, and work schedule. Rescue dogs come with diverse needs, so finding a companion whose energy matches yours ensures that your home becomes their forever home.


Adult Dog or Puppy:

Deciding between an adult dog and a puppy offers unique experiences. Opting for an adult dog provides the advantages of established personalities and possibly some training. These things make it easier for them to fit seamlessly into your lifestyle, while also bypassing the challenges of the puppy stage. On the other hand, choosing a puppy means embracing the joys of a blank slate, shaping behaviors and fostering a strong bond from the start. Their playful and energetic nature adds liveliness to your home, and while the puppy stage demands commitment to training, the love and loyalty you receive in return make it a truly gratifying journey.


Training Commitment: Training is essential for all dogs, including rescues, who may come with their unique set of challenges. To ensure a seamless transition, immediate training is a necessity. Starting training promptly not only prevents the development of unwanted behaviors but also aids the dog in settling into and thriving in their new environment. Remember the "Rule of Three." it can take a new rescue dog 3 days to acclimate, 3 weeks to begin displaying their true personality, and 3 months to establish a sense of comfort and security.


Veterinary Care: Ensure that you are ready for the responsibility of providing ongoing veterinary care. Regular check-ups, vaccinations, and preventive measures contribute to your dog's overall well-being.


Lifetime Dedication: Adopting a rescue dog is a lifelong commitment. Consider whether you are prepared for the responsibilities of pet ownership, including daily care, exercise, and emotional support.


Places to Consider Adopting From: If you're ready to welcome a rescue dog into your home, here are some reputable organizations where you can find your future furry friend:

  • Friends of Linda R Kelley Animal Shelter

  • The Humane Society of Calvert County

  • Saint Mary's Animal Adoption and Resource Center

Special Offer from Us: To support those choosing to adopt from these wonderful shelters, we are excited to offer one free training lesson and a discount on lesson packages for anyone who adopts a dog from Friends of Linda R Kelley Animal Shelter, The Humane Society of Calvert County, or Saint Mary's Animal Adoption and Resource Center. This is our way of saying thank you for making a difference in the life of a rescue dog and providing them with the love and care they deserve.


In a world where shelters are overwhelmed, your choice to adopt a rescue dog is an act of kindness. By opening your heart and home, you provide a second chance for a life filled with love and companionship. As we embark on this journey, let's stand united for a brighter tomorrow.For more information or assistance with training for your recently adopted rescue dog, reach out to us at jeff@bestbuddydogtrainer.com or 301-231-1907.


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