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A DOG RESCUE IS REWARDING
Learn how to introduce a rescue dog into your home and the training necessary for a successful dog adoption and rescue.
You may wonder why someone who breeds dogs would promote dog rescue or dog adoption from a Pitbull Rescue or dog shelter. Fact is, I do a limited amount of breedings a year, and sell to a very select group of clients who are willing to pay for a very specialized dog. Conversely, more people visit Mr Pitbull in one hour than I have dogs to sell in a year. Too, the vast majority coming to Mr Pitbull are simply looking for a dog that will be a great pet. For these reason, I tirelessly advocate dog rescue.
CAN I REALLY FIND THE RIGHT DOG AT A RESCUE SHELTER?
You would not believe the numbers of emails I get from people who followed my suggestion to contact their local dog rescue and were able to find exactly what they were looking for. This is especially true with Pitbulls. There are so many pitbulls in need of adoption and rescue that in most urban areas there are dog shelters and dog rescue groups that focus entirely on pitbulls. Many have dozens of pitbulls for adoption and rescue. Do yourself a favor and contact your local dog rescue shelter and see what is available for adoption and rescue. If they don't have what you want today, they will tomorrow.
THERE IS SATISFACTION IN CARING FOR THE NEEDS OF A RESCUE DOG
Most dog rescue shelters will have provided your new dog with essential care. He should already have been de-wormed and should be up to date on all ESSENTIAL VACCINATIONS Additionally they will have already been neutered or spayed. Many dog rescue shelters will have micro-chipped the dog as well, so that if the dog is ever lost, a quick scan will identify you as the dog's owner. All of this is done for a small adoption and rescue fee that is usually a fraction of the cost that a pet owner would have spent.
HERE'S HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT DOG
When you take part in a dog adoption, you know that your adopted dog may have some special needs. Chances are your adopted dog may have had a difficult life. He may have even been mistreated. Or he may have been a very beloved pet who was well trained and who's owner fell on hard times, or had to move to an apartment. You would not believe how many emails I get where someone is having to give up a beloved pet for adoption. The people at the dog adoption shelter should have the history on the dog. They will know if he has been well cared for or needs special attention.
OK I'VE DONE A DOG RESCUE - HOW DO I TRAIN HIM?
While preparing this article, I received an email from someone who had adopted an eight month old Pitbull from a bad environment just before the city was getting ready to remove the dog. She also owns a female Pitbull that she had adopted from the local dog adoption shelter. So she has some experience with dogs. The new adopted dog respects both her and her mother, in fact demonstrates love. The dog is OK with her 5 year old, tolerates her boyfriend, yet sends signals; but launches himself aggressively at her 14 and 15 year old. She believes that given a chance, and the right training that the dog is going to be an excellent dog. I agree!
Watch a pack of puppies and you will see how they fight for position and ownership. Most people cannot believe how vicious puppies can be toward one another. To establish rank they use their teeth. Because of their fur and thick skin, they rarely inflict serious injuries in these test of will. But when they do the same with a human, even a small dog can inflict serious injury. This kind of behavior is not unusual, in fact it is normal behavior, it is hard wired into them, and it is all they know.
PACK STRUCTURE HAS TO BE ESTABLISHED
In the aforementioned case, the adopted dog has submitted to both adult women. The small child is not seen as a threat for position so she is being tolerated. Yet, he is very likely to give her a quick bite to remind her of his rank if he feels she needs reminding. That just has not happened yet, but it will. The boyfriend; the dog is not sure about. The adopted dog doesn't know if he is up to the task or not, so he tries to send signals to see if he can perceive without a fight. But now the two teenagers; he sees them as a direct rival for position and he is ready to fight. This is typical pack behavior.
IT'S IMPERATIVE WITH DOG ADOPTION THAT YOU BECOME THE PACK LEADER
The leader of the pack needs to decide every ones position. When I was a child, my Dad was the leader of our pack, with my mom being the second in command. They decided every aspect of me and my siblings life. I did not battle with my siblings to see who sat where at the dinner table or who would have what bedroom, or who would get the last piece of pie. And when company came over, my parents decided if I was to sit and listen or if I could retire to my room. My parents decided everything. Likewise, the adopted dog has to learn that you are the one who decides his place in the pack. He has to learn that all humans are above him. When he learns this, you will have a great dog and a safe dog.
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