Re-homing a rescue dog can be an extremely rewarding experience. There are many thousands of prefectly healthy dogs that are in need of a home in the UK, so consider this option if you are planning on bringing a new dog into your family.
However it is essential that you obtain your rescue dog through a reputable rescue organisation, and gain as much information about the dog's background, behaviour and requirements as possible.
Once you have your new rescue dog, it is essential that you be patient with them. It is a very unsettling time for a dog to find itself in a rescue home, then rehomed to a family home, so give them time to settle in to their new surroundings. Many dogs lose their confidence through the re-homing process, so bringing them to training to help them regain this, will help to ease their insecurities. It is also really important that you bond with your dog as soon as possilbe, and training classes are a great way to do this in a controlled and safe environment.
The trainers at MDTC have been owners to many rescue dogs, so are always on hand to help with advice.
And remember you really can teach an old dog new tricks!
Stokenchurch Dog Rescue - www.stokenchurchdogrescue.org.uk
Blue Cross, Lewknor - www.bluecross.org.uk
Dogs Trust, Harefield - www.dogstrust.org.uk
Battersea Dogs & Cats, Old Windsor - www.battersea.org.uk