5 Questions to Ask When Adopting a Rescued Dog

Jan 15, 2020     |      Sophie's Circle

A happy couple with a retriever puppyBefore you adopt a dog, run through this quick checklist of questions to ask about his personal history. Finding out the answers may help you decide if a particular canine friend is the right fit for your home and family as well as how to best introduce your furry friend to the new people and surroundings he will soon encounter. Read on to discover how a little information can go a long way in forming that healthy lasting bond with your amazing adopted pet.

  1. Is the dog Housebroken?
    When you first set out to adopt a dog, you may be drawn towards a particular look or size. However, there are some important factors that go beyond the color of fur and height to consider. Take the question of housebreaking training, for example. There are some dog breeds that struggle with this task for varied reasons. Then, there are the rescues who have never been in an indoor environment to learn such behaviors. Luckily, even if your dog is not housebroken, with patience, consistency, and some positive training wisdom, you may be able to help your adoptee learn this behavior or you may be able to make other arrangements and safe accommodations that will better work with your pet's needs. On the other hand, it is important to know your own time, behavior expectations, and level of training commitment before deciding on the one to bring home.

  2. What is his Overall Personality Like?
    Speaking of behavior expectations, it is also crucial to learn about your potential pet's personality traits and behavioral history in addition to his breed behavioral tendencies. From how excited he is around new people and animals to any signs of aggression noted, the key to forming trust between you and your canine friend starts with finding one that matches your ability to work with all that comes with your adoptee. Remember, there are some dogs who make wonderful loving pets for adults yet may not be suited to homes with young children or other pets. Ask if your potential adoptee has shown any aggressive tendencies and always slowly introduce any dog to family and friends in a calm controlled manner to watch for warning signs. If you feel a dog that is partial to adults only is the one for you, the great news is there are often ways to both curb aggressive tendencies with consistent training techniques and safely isolate your dog temporarily as needed. 

  3. What was his Life Like Before Being Rescued?
    We love our rescues! While many come from loving owners who had to give them up for reasons beyond their control, we do occasionally have rescues that may have been left alone for long periods of time, suffered physical abuse, or lived in cramped spaces. Your pet's information page should list these extraneous circumstances. Be sure to ask more details until you feel confident in whether or not you can provide any special care needed for your chosen rescue.

  4. Does the dog Have Health Concerns?
    Along the lines of special care, some rescues will come with more healthcare needs than others. If you are interested in adopting a dog from a breed that often develops a common health condition or you have found a connection with a dog who already has special care needs, it is good to evaluate your time and budget to be sure there is enough room for whatever may come down the road with the caring of your pet. One major benefit with these dogs, while they may require extra time and accrue more healthcare-related expenses, many owners believe rescues with special care needs form a unique bond with their owners and give back far more than they receive.

  5. Is he Notably Anxious?
    Aggressive tendencies usually translate to a readiness to attack. On the other hand, your adoptee does not have to be aggressive to be anxious or fearful. This is a natural survival mechanism that can be more pronounced in some dogs, just like with humans. The result is there are some dogs that are more at ease around calm slower-moving adults who spend more time at home than children, other animals, loud sounds, or being left alone for extended time periods. 

Thus, finding your next dog can be made simple with the right questions. You may already be aware of the breed or breed combinations you are seeking or the amount of basic care such as exercise and training you are willing to work into your daily routine. By taking that list one step further to include the above questions, your search for your best furry friend can be narrowed down to one that works with your time, budget, lifestyle, and overall behavior expectations. Best of all, starting your search is as easy as going to our adoption page. There, you find introductory information on each of our adoptees as well as a way to reach out with your questions. Check it out today to see who is waiting for you!