Where do dogs in a dog shelter come from? There are many reasons why dogs are in shelters. Maybe their owner is very sick and not able to care for their dog or a family member develops an allergy to your dog.
Many of the dogs that are in a dog shelter have been trained and socialized well and some are not. Most shelters will work with the dogs that are not received training to teach them basic commands before they are put up for adoption. Dogs will learn quickly and they love to please their owners.
Lack of Training
Behavioral issues may be caused by a lack of training and socialization. Dogs and puppies must receive training and their owners must be the pack leader so take the time to teach your dog commands.
Puppies will need to be housebroken and you will teach a puppy to go outside to relieve themselves. Behavioral issues can be prevented through training your dog or puppy and it will take time and patience.
Socialization is very important because dogs and puppies can learn from other dogs. Visit a dog park and allow your dog to socialize with other dogs and their owners. A dog who is around many people are less likely to bark at people when they see them.
When people lose jobs they might not be able to afford their dog. The same thing can happen in a divorce. Dogs can be expensive, especially if they have health issues.
People can develop health problems or they might have been in an accident and may not be physically or mentally able to take care of their dog.
Some dogs end up in shelters because their owner passed away and there is not a family member or friend who can take the dog. Most of these dogs are already have training and are housebroken.
Not enough time
It takes time to properly care for a dog. Sometimes people have to work many hours and they don’t have the time to care for their dog. If this happens to you, consider getting a dog walker or sending your dog to daycare, instead of surrendering them to a shelter.
Dogs with lots of energy will require more time than a low energy dog. Exercise is very important for your dog’s health and for avoiding bad behaviors. A dog that receives enough exercise is less likely to develop bad behaviors.
Will getting a dog fit within your budget? A dog will need veterinarian care, food, toys, crate, bed, etc and some dogs will need regular grooming.
Do you need a dog walker or do you need to take your dog to a doggie daycare? You need to consider all of these expenses before your get a dog.
Dogs can develop health issues or receive injuries in an accident. When this happens, your dog will require more of your time and may need to have expensive treatments.
Their owners may not have the money or time to care for the dog properly. A dog that is sick or has injuries sometimes require around the clock care.
Sometimes people may develop an allergy to a dog or a child may be born with or develop an allergy to a dog. People can marry a spouse with an allergy to a dog or allergies can develop during your life.
Strays and Rescues
Stray dogs may be roaming the streets alone before someone takes them to a shelter. They are rescued and placed in a dog shelter where they will be checked out by a veterinarian and cared for by the shelter staff.
There are dog and puppies that are rescued from bad situations where abuse or neglect has occurred or both. Most dogs can be rehabilitated into a normal life with proper training. These dogs can be some of the most devoted and loyal dogs that are grateful for being saved.
Think Before You Get a Dog
Getting a dog is a serious decision. You need to be responsible for the dog for the rest of it’s lifetime. Dogs and puppies can be very cute, but you must think about training and caring for a dog. Read more here about adopting a dog in a dog shelter.
If you find yourself in a situation where you must surrender your dog, please try to find your dog a good home before taking them to a shelter. Ask friends and family to help your find a good loving home for your dog.
Feel free to leave a comment below or share a story. The information on this website is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian, dog trainer, or dog behavioral specialist.
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