We’ve all seen memes with cute puppies and loving dogs teaching babies how to jump, but worrying stats have suggested that in the UK this year, over two thirds (67%) of animal rescue centres saw an increase in unwanted dogs.

Many rescue dogs are abandoned after the festive period, leaving them holed up in shelters for long periods of time, lacking companionship and love.

This Christmas, why not hold off the rush to buy that time consuming puppy and consider why these rescue dogs could make you happier in the New Year?

  1. They will be grateful for a new home. Whoever coined the phrase “puppy dog eyes” was definitely looking at this little fella!
  2. Dogs can help you to relax (looks like somebody’s already very relaxed!).
  3. Dogs can help you to start exercising, if you can keep up, that is.
  4. Rescue dogs are just as smiley as pups from a trusted breeder…
  5. Dogs give the best hugs.
  6. Dogs have the capacity to sense when you’re feeling down, and do something to cheer you up.
  7. Dogs make great companions and loyal friends.

It’s clear that adopting a dog from a rescue centre is incredibly rewarding, for both you and the lucky pooch! That said, getting any dog is a big commitment, and there are a few things to bear in mind.

Things to remember when adopting a rescue dog:

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Commitment

Rescue animals have often been neglected and abused, meaning they may need a lot of extra time and training to help them settle into their new life, so when selecting a dog for adoption, it’s important to consider the kind of commitment you can give to an animal that has suffered. By giving a dog assurance, they can adjust and settle in time. A longer period may be necessary, but staying committed to your new best friend will save everyone from disappointment further down the line.

Education

Recent statistics of dog abandonment show that a lack of education about ownership is to blame in many cases. Research is crucial when choosing your rescue dog, but thankfully, the majority of dog shelters provide detailed biographies of the dog you are adopting: how much exercise they need, their mannerisms, behaviour and where they are better placed.

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Insurance

Although rescue dogs are less expensive than buying a pedigree pup, all dogs can get an illness just as people do. Prior to your rescue dog’s arrival, attaining the right coverage can help to prevent you from receiving any surprising bills, which even include trips to the dentist!

Dog Kit

Do you have the right kit for the new member of your family? Just like children, dogs have special items they like to take with them, including beds, toys, and blankets. Keeping those close by will give the dog a smooth transition into their new home.

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