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Rescue Dogs - Enlighten Me Please

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  • #21
    I got my dog's litter mate in January. She had been in a kennel with very little handling. The difference in them was marked, she was very shy at first but adjusted quickly to being with the other two dogs and enjoying being a house dog. She did poop near the house as she had not learned to go way out in the fenced backyard in the woods.
    I got a corgi from a rescue who was really a biter and looney. We had her 8 years until she died and she was never really right but I have friends that had dogs from breed rescues who had great success.


    • #22
      I'm on the other end of this. As a breeder, I take back all of my dogs. Some have been emotionally scarred and are very difficult to rehab. I'm awaiting a return right now as I type this. This will be the 2nd time she is returned.She's a great grrrl and she is dominant; an alpha personality. I tell everyone this. She has been dominant ever since she was a baby still sucking down milk. There is nothing wrong with her. People have ideas of Lassie, maybe. They check all the boxes and pass residence checks and tell me they won't be intimidated by her challenges, then have no clue what they can get into. These are not puppy mill dogs or deprived pups by any means. The genetics are free of disease. The sire and dam have been with me for years. These are owner disasters and it takes a lot of time and effort to get them confident and normalized again but it can be done if one is familiar with the breed and puts forth the patience and effort, which is easier said than done.... but it can be done.

      My advice is choose a breed you are familiar with or at the very least study the breeds involved and be sure that you can deal with one that has all of the cons that are listed, whether or not the rescue/breeder.shelter/foster is unaware of them so has not listed any.
      Caring for Clifford, my big red dog and assorted monkeys, I mean goats. Protected by a few loyal Anatolian Shepherd Dogs and Kangals.


      • #23
        I have two currently. First I got at about 4 months. He was found along a major road and appears to have been dumped. We think he is a hound/heeler cross. Dog has great recall. I was able to leave him loose on the farm. That said, he is insecure and prefers to be close at all times. He will wander into the fields but, as I said, returns when called. I have since moved into town and he is no longer allowed loose.

        Second we think is Mini Aussie (Mini Amer Shep) with a tail but who knows for sure (found at 5-6 months old). Terrible recall. I think that's why she ended up in a shelter. She is easily distracted and wants to chase anything that moves. She will never be off leash unless in a fenced area. She got out during the holidays one day. Ran past me when I opened the door (in my robe) and ignored my calls. Hound/heeler heard me yelling and went after her. I told the hound/heeler to go get her and then put on clothes and went back out. Instead of calling for her, I called for the H/H. He came immediately and she followed him. All ended well.
        Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Goethe


        • #24
          Originally posted by Holly Jeanne View Post
          Second we think is Mini Aussie (Mini Amer Shep) with a tail but who knows for sure (found at 5-6 months old). Terrible recall. I think that's why she ended up in a shelter. She is easily distracted and wants to chase anything that moves..
          Breed standard allows for both natural and docked tails. Fellow agility competitor breeds them and we were talking tails the other week as I left my youngest Pembroke's tail on her


          • #25
            My experience: It's a crap shoot...first 2 shelter dogs, both female, one adopted at aprox 2 years old (flat coated retriever/greyhound mix) once she settled in was a wonderful, wonderful dog. Could take her anywhere off leash--someone had done a great job of teaching her basic commands. Could leave her home all day alone and never worry about messes in the house or destructive behavior (she was picked up as a stray by the local shelter). 2nd dog was a shelter dog adopted out, and the adopter hated her--too energetic. She was a Dalmation/American Eskimo cross and I got her as a 10 month old. She was house broken, but knew nothing else. Chewed magazines, books, and several record jackets; we never trained her--she learned everything from the first dog. Ended up being my heart dog and once she got past the puppy stage could also go anywhere off leash (as long as no other strange dogs were in eyesight--then she became a protective Lizzie Borden towards them),. Both were wonderful with our cats--it was "the fearsome foursome" and they all got along. Current rescue dogs, both male, one being black lab/greyhound, the other being husky/border collie, are 2 of the most insecure, needy dogs I've ever encountered. We can take them out in our pasture off leash (could not do it for YEARS with either of them). Both have severe separation anxiety, the husky mix feeds off the lab mix's insecurities. Cannot leave them in the house for 5 minutes by themselves or they start peeing all over. My husband works out of the house, I'm retired, so someone is always home/in the house with them. For my husband and I to go into town together, we have to leave them in a side yard with a 6' fence with access to the garage though a dog flap. They are both senior dogs now, but both due to their breeding, are terrible with our cats...I love them both, BUT hope the next set of dogs is more like the first 2.


            • Original Poster

              * Thank you for all your information.

              I passed on the dogs - too many red
              flags in regards to their needs and my property.

              It was always about their happiness and safety.

              Thank You
              Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


              • #27
                Sorry that you got your hopes up and then had to pass - I would have too. I was signing on to suggest that you get a dog from a reputable breeder. My current dog is the first non-shelter dog I've had, but most recent shelter dog was 12 years ago, when shelters here had local oops litter pups. Very different from what we have now. My dog's breeder has been the most fantastic resource - and the dog is exactly what she was bred to be, which is perfect for me. The breeder has decades of investment in her breeding program and is dedicated to her pups for life. Why wouldn't I support a person like that? Win-win-win.

                Hope your next dog comes along soon and is the perfect partner.


                • #28
                  RE: this.........How a dogs behaves in a kennel/shelter tells me nothing. Some had a normal life before and are fine as soon as they left the shelter behind them.

                  Interesting article that addresses this.


                  • #29
                    RE: this.........How a dogs behaves in a kennel/shelter tells me nothing. Some had a normal life before and are fine as soon as they left the shelter behind them.

                    Interesting article that addresses this.

                    This is 100% the situation I had with my oldest dog, Casper, a county run shelter rescue. He was approximately 2 years old and had come from a home that invested in repairing a shattered femur prior to him landing in the pound! He was completely unresponsive when I entered his kennel, he looked at me, sniffed me and basically said ok, see ya later. I knew he was going to be mine before I even stepped foot in the shelter, so none of this mattered to me in the least. I get him to my apartment and he slowly over two weeks began to come out of his shell. He barked for the first time on day 14 and did not stop being vocal after that. He is the dog that will great you at the door with a wagging tail, whines and demands for head scratches. He has never met a stranger and LOVES kids. He is perfectly house trained (came that way from the shelter) gets along with most dogs and cats. Had I gone simply on his lack of interest I likely would have passed on an amazing dog.

                    My second, Grendel, who did not come from a shelter is much like the one OP was considering. My second dog came from a family member who's dog was not spayed soon enough and resulting litter occurred (mom is now spayed). He was around people and handled at least daily from birth, no abuse or violence existed in his life at all. At 3 months he was leery of all people and had zero recall even when the litter came running. He would hide behind objects and bark at everyone. We took him anyway because we were up for the challenge and didn't want a dog like him to die in the shelter. To this day he trusts the two of us exclusively (BF and I) and is completely and utterly loyal to us alone. He will allow about 3 other people to touch him while making eye contact but that is it. He is very bonded to our older dog above and will follow him to the end of the earth.

                    Prior to Casper developing arthritis from that femur repair I used to take both trail riding with me off leash int he wide open fields. I have had no problems with keeping them with us or running off to chase things. Grendel actually constantly counts the herd and is on guard mode most of the ride. In short you cannot judge a dog by the shelter environment but you should also realize that what is in front of you may always be the reality. I went in with zero expectations if either dog and have been beyond amazed at how much they have grown since they came into my life.

                    For reference Casper is a pit mix, we think with lab and Grendel is at least part GSD and lab (mom) and likely some sort of herding dog with a high prey drive (don't know dad).


                    • #30
                      I have a corgi I rescued 3 years ago. She normally hangs around the house when she is outside, follows me everywhere in the house. I haven't had any issues with her running off, however, she avoids being around me when I'm out with the horses or cows.