Getting a dog is a pretty exciting time. Once you’ve decided to get one, you can be pretty overwhelmed with the choices. If you’re one of the people who have chosen to rescue a dog rather than shop for one, there are benefits waiting for you.
Yes, benefits! It’s more than just having a dog to play with or feeding a compulsion. There are a lot of things that you stand to gain if you rescue a dog. Here’s one of them:
Dogs which come from shelters or rescue centers are in generally better health than those that you buy from pet stores. Rescue dogs usually have their shots up to date because the people that run shelters and rescue centers are highly involved in making sure that the dogs are healthy.
Once they determine that a dog is viable for adoption or for a forever home, they get the works. We’ve all seen the videos of dogs that have been homeless or completely abandoned that are magically transformed with the help of the workers at a shelter.
Easier Training Experience
While there are shelter and rescue dogs which come during the puppy stage, a lot of them are older dogs. Do not let the old adage of not being able to teach an old dog new tricks put you off. Studies have shown that rescue dogs are easier to train as they are quite invested in the act of pleasing their new family.
These dogs may have known the history of being abandoned or mistreated. While they might be shy at first, once you gain their trust, they will be more than willing to learn what you want. This means having to skip all of the growing pains of having to teach puppies to behave. Rescue dogs want to be loved and they’ll be more amenable for training because of it.
You Get Love and Loyalty Tenfold
We’ve mentioned that dogs that end up at a shelter or a rescue may come with a history of mishandling by their previous owners. Many of them may have grown up on the street by themselves. Dogs, by nature, are extremely caring creatures.
If you are able to obtain the love and trust of a rescue dog, you will experience a different kind of love and loyalty from this animal than what most people get to experience with theirs.
There are a lot of different reasons why you should adopt a rescue dog—or one from a shelter. We hope that these benefits that we’ve pointed out help to offer a bit more perspective on what you stand to gain. Ultimately, we hope that you’ll consider the fact that you will be saving an animal that deserves a better life than the one it’s known so far. Rescue dogs are fantastic creatures; if you give them a chance.