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Franny (RIP Spencer & Lacey)
I have a lot of rescue experience
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:57pm

I have volunteered for a no-kill rescue for the last 9 or 10 years.

You are right, the reason some dogs need to go to a home with another dog is so they can learn to be a "dog" and have the other dog show them the ropes with housebreaking and other behaviors. We almost always require our puppy mill dogs go to a home with another dog. Not sure about puppies, our rescue about never gets them. We do get Puerto Rico dogs and they are strays that also need to learn how to be a dog in a home too. It really helps for them to have a friend to learn from and gives the dogs who may have never been in a house before, some canine comfort.

My rescue is on a 20+ acre farm. It's not your typical shelter with kennel after kennel. Most our dogs roam the yard freely. Only the dogs that have issues are kenneled.

If you have your heart set on a doodle, they are RARELY in rescue and when they are they go quickly because they are so desirable and let's face it, great dogs.

You can spend time with a dog at a shelter. Barb is right, they do personality test and cat test them and there should be space to spend one-on-one time with the dog. We are lucky that our rescue has many quiet, private areas of the farm where potential adopters can play with a dog they like and have their dog meet the dog too. A lot of rescues are foster only and don't have facilities so you search by zip code and breed on Petfinder and Adopt-a-Pet to find them.

Rescue can open you up to dogs you might not have considered. I knew nothing about Bichons but now I have two from my rescue and absolutely love the breed now. There are so many wonderful dogs in rescue.

As for the woman's comment about the dog being calmer at home, that does happen. The shelter staff and volunteers may take the dogs home for a night or to events and see they are different in a different environment. You should question a comment like that.

I hope you find a great dog!

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    • I have a lot of rescue experience — Franny (RIP Spencer & Lacey), Sun Feb 18 7:57pm
    • You can do a personality test in the shelter.Swarl, Sun Feb 18 10:51am
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