What if I adopt a dog and he is not right for my family?
Is Re-Homing the Best Option?
Many of us that wish to take in a new pet or puppy, may be encouraged to adopt a rescue animal. It is helping keep euthanasia rates down, we feel good about it, it is politically correct, and we save a lot of money!
Unfortunately, we too often see that the planners are far outnumbered by the more impetuous decision makers.
As people research, they start to form an idea of the kind of dog they want and that may fit in to the family dynamic and the home. Then life gets in the way.
Many times people will get diverted by the pets offered at adoption events, at various specialty rescue groups. Even neighbor situations –the family dog that had an accidental litter, because she was not spayed and wandered, and came home pregnant. We try to help that neighbor, but this puppy may not be the best choice for our family.
Some families have teenagers who “find” a dog and bring him home. Or last, but not least, off social media web sites that shall remain nameless. Circumstances change, or kids get involved and fate intervenes.
These things occur. But when we have a tight living space with no yard, young children, or senior members of the family, it is a lot to assume that pure chance and luck will bring the right dog to us! When the adopted dog is too high-drive, has the wrong temperament for children, has medical challenges we cannot meet, or may not get along with other dogs or cats in the home, it may leave you wondering if this adoption is working with your household.
If you have such a situation, please do not panic. Here are some tips on what to do:
First, make a list of the great traits of this dog and then the ones you may want to modify or harness a bit. Review what you have and take note of family approval or helpful comments. Sit together and talk about your new puppy or adoptee.
You can and should work with qualified dog professionals for obedience, sports, activities, or behavior modification issues. Compare programs, prices, and certifications. You may seek the advice of your vet on any health issues that seem to be unexpected or unusual.
Please be committed to your new family member and give them the chance they deserve to fit into your home and be patient and kind.
If all else fails, and it just is not working; then maybe it is time to consider re-homing the dog.
You should first contact the rescue agency you adopted from (some of them require you contact them before re-homing) and let them know that it is not working as planned. Let them know you think the dog may be more appropriate for a smaller home, more active people, a more experienced handler, or just another family dynamic.
It is acceptable to want the best life for the dog, and if that means another home, you may feel good to have made that effort on behalf of your furry friend.
We always advocate for adoptions, and we hope you will plan for the right puppy or dog for your circumstances. AZ Dog Sports would love to help you and your new pet succeed and bond in your training!