Everyone knows that adopting a rescue dog saves lives and is better than fuelling the puppy-farming industry. 'Adopt don't shop' is a common term and many of us know it is the right thing to do in a world where the stray dog population is on the rise across the world.
What people don’t talk about as much, however, is how to approach the first few days and weeks at home with your new rescue dog - and even less talked about is the fact that many dogs are returned to shelters within just a few weeks. Some statistics say as many as 20% of dogs are returned. Why is this? How can things go from happy to - pardon our French - crappy so quickly?
The Local Bark (a US-based dog training school) have a few thoughts about this. They recently select four dogs from Sacramento County Animal Shelter to foster, train and place in forever homes - and even though they are professional trainers (and this should all be easy peasy lemon squeezy), they were reminded at how easy it is to fall prey of the common mistakes well-meaning adopters make when bringing home a new dog. Keep reading, because these mistakes are NOT what you think.