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DISPELLING THE MYTHS OF DOGS IN RESCUE
Posted on 02/10/2014
Filed under: Rescue Dogs
So often, people who would make wonderful owners, shy away from taking a dog from rescue, for fear of inheriting a mountain of behavioural problems that the dog may bring with them.
Firstly I would like to say that almost all dogs in rescue are the innocent victims of human error or failure, in one way or another, and therefore are in need of a real friend and guide.
When people think of dogs in rescue they usually worry about the reasons that the dog is in care in the first place. This is something we can never know because in a large number of cases, the rescue organisation has been given less than honest reasons for the original owners parting with the dog. In my experience, when a person has decided that the ‘dog must go’, they usually become very inventive with their reasons, in order to compel the shelter to take the problem off of their hands. Fortunately I have found that not knowing the ‘reasons’ for the abandoning of a dog is of no consequence and has actually served me well as I can concentrate on working with the dog, without preconceived thoughts or ideas about its background.
One of the primary reasons I searched for, and found, a communication system that would enable us to eliminate behavioural problems easily and completely, was the sadness of the dogs that are taken into a new family only to be returned, in just a few weeks, as their behaviour causes difficulties, these unfortunate animals are what I call ‘yo-yo dogs’.
The simple beauty of Amichien Bonding is that proper understanding the dog makes it possible for anyone to give a sanctuary to a brilliant dog, who will give in return more love and devotion than you would believe possible. There is a trust and hope in every dog who, through no fault of its own, finds itself labelled a ‘rescue’.
When considering getting a dog from rescue, please ensure that you enquire of reputable sources that any rescue organisation is either a registered charity or breed specific rescue (this is usually undertaken by breed enthusiasts) and be proud that you will be there for a very intelligent and loving animal.
If you understand how the mind of a dog works, you will know that a rescue animal, who may have pushed from pillar to post, will be more than willing to fit into any new group or family and will do its very best to stay there, in a secure haven.
All you will need to successfully provide a permanent sanctuary for one of these dogs is some patience, understanding and love.
Jan Fennell 02-10-2014