Ask Seth: Shelter Dogs
I am looking for a family dog, but I have never adopted a dog before. Would you adopt a shelter dog? I always thought they were there because of behavior issues or they are bad dogs. Your thoughts?
My last 4 dogs were adopted out of shelters. It has been a long time since I had a “puppy” in the house. Shelter dogs can develop behavior issue while in the shelter, but the organization has the ways and means to work with the animals through that issue. Many of the animals in the shelters are not there because they are bad, but have been left there because the owners didn’t know how to work with the dogs. Some animals are left there to ease the financial burden of difficult situations (loss of a spouse, job, etc.). Most animals want to love and be loved. As a higher species, humans need to embrace this unconditional love by animals and save a pet from the shelter. My dogs, and many that I have worked on and with, are rescues. October is adopt a shelter dog month. Use this time to find your family’s new best friend.