TAKING A LEAP OF FAITH ON AN UNWANTED DOG
We hate to say the phrase “unwanted dog” because it simply isn’t true. There’s no such thing as a dog that’s not wanted, only one that hasn’t found the right home yet. Many animals are surrendered due to a change in life circumstances, aggression, illness, and old age. Inspired by the leap year, we’ve decided to take this opportunity to explore the joy that can come along with taking a leap of faith on an unwanted dog. You may be surprised by the progress you can make together in improving their behaviour or offering relief to their health issues. No matter what, we know with a little patience and perseverance, you’ll be met with unconditional love.
ADOPTING A DOG WITH BEHAVIOURAL ISSUES
When you adopt a puppy or adolescent dog, it can be difficult to assess their temperament and the behavioural issues that have started to become engrained. It’s important to remember there technically isn’t any bad behaviour, only unwanted behaviour, so it’s up to us to train our dogs accordingly. When it comes to aggression specifically, we recommend working with a professional to ensure you’re on the right path. Regardless, any issues surrounding behaviour, such as nuisance barking, will be best addressed by having both yourself and your pup work hands-on with a professional dog trainer.
ADOPTING A DOG WITH AN ILLNESS
Animals with existing health issues often struggle to get adopted. Shelters may have programs in place for you to foster a dog while they continue to provide some or all medical care. Otherwise, if it’s financially feasible for you, taking in a sick dog and providing professional veterinary care may offer them comfort they couldn’t find otherwise. The unfortunate reality is that many pets will face health issues in their life, so facing the prospect head on and accepting a dog with their existing concerns is an incredibly admirable thing to do.
ADOPTING AN ELDERLY DOG
Unfortunately, nearly all elderly dogs either face health issues or will begin to face them soon. It’s simply a fact of life and part of getting old. However, the good news is that you can make the rest of their time as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. It’s essential to be prepared for the financial and time commitment required to upkeep visits to the vet. While an older dog may not always be able to keep up with the pack, that doesn’t mean you can’t find slower paced activities to experience together. Curling up by the fire with a book or taking a leisurely stroll through the park sounds great if you ask us.
Has this inspired you to start thinking about taking a leap of faith on an unwanted dog? Professional guidance and support can go a long way in addressing behavioural issues, while veterinary support can make a dog’s life longer and more comfortable. We understand why you may prefer to adopt a puppy or purchase a purebred, but we hope this has opened your eyes to the joy of saving an unwanted dog. Despite the challenges, it can be a rewarding and fulfilling process to give a home to an animal in need.
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