Tips for adopting the best shelter dog

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    Tips for adopting the best shelter dog

    (CNN) -- The shelter dog is often perceived as unpredictable and inferior to one that is bought from a pricey breeder or a pet store. The thought of giving a home to a dog with an unknown history also puts many people off. But while some dogs are relinquished to shelters because of problem behavior, most are surrendered because of a change in the family situation.

    Shelters can be overwhelming places to visit, so give yourself time when going through the adoption process and make decisions with your head as well as your heart.

    Look for a dog that recovers well when taken outside the kennel. One that runs and is excited to interact with you, your family and other people. If you already own a dog, bring it along and allow the two dogs to greet in an outdoor neutral area to see if they will be compatible. Look for soft, wiggly body language, warm eyes and a desire to play.

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    Dogs that are relinquished to shelters because of behavior problems can be difficult to re-home. Don't be afraid to ask the shelter staff about the dog's medical and behavioral history before it came to the shelter -- if known -- and behavior while it has been in their care. Try to get more than one person's opinion about the dog.

    Adopters can easily be swayed by a well-meaning employee or volunteer who is desperate to find their favorite dog a new home -- even if the match is not a good one. If the dog you like has known behavior difficulties, ask the staff if they have been working with the dog on that issue and how the dog has responded so far.

    Even if there are no obvious behavior problems, here are some other important questions to ask:

    Tips for adopting the best shelter dog - CNN.com
     
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    I've gotten wonderful dogs at shelters. In fact, usually I prefer getting dogs there..Mylo is a shelter dog, as have been past dogs. I generally like to get adult dogs, saving me the hassle of potty training (very few adult dogs aren't potty trained as they just naturally prefer peeing outside..most of the time) and providing a home to a dog that might not otherwise find a home.
     
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    I have had both good and bad luck. Mostly because you need to be given the option to interact with some of the dogs to see how they respond to certain things and situations. Which can be a good indicator as to if they are good with children,strangers, other animals etc...

    Sometimes at the shelters you aren't given enough time...but they do let you return problem animals if needed. But I agree...there are some great dogs at the shelters. I like them because they tend to have lots of mixed breeds instead of the pure bred dogs. They seem to be easier to train on top of being very unique. :)
     
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    I've picked up purebreds too. Mylo is a Parson Russell; her previous owner offered to give up her papers but I didn't plan on breeding her so I didn't get them. I wish I had, I find that stuff interesting. I've also picked up a nice poodle at a shelter many years ago...and I'll never forget my tour of the vet kennels in my home town following hunting season...there were half a dozen beautiful bird dogs in there, all obviously blooded and beautiful.
     
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    I recently adopted a catteldog , aussie mix.

    He was 8 months old and walked up to me (on a leash by the attendant) and laid on his side and gave me his belly wagging his tail the whole time.

    He wanted someone to please and had some trust of people.

    I put him in the car and he cowered in the back seat.

    I sweet talked him all the way home interjecting the name I chose for him over and over.

    He was a handfull because I believe he had been a backyard dog with little interaction.

    He knew nothing.

    He chewed anything, stole stuff of the coffee table, dug holes and in genreral seemed to have not much socialization.

    The important part is he wanted to please me so within no time he learned everything I asked him to learn.

    He is as smart as a whip and just a couple of months later does everything he is asked.

    I never give up on a dog when he/she shows me they have a desire to please me.

    I bet I could fix almost any behavior problem in a dog as long as they desire to please me at some level.

    remember if you adopt a dog they are NEVER perfect.

    Its up to you to make them your perfect dog and LOVE goes way farther than anger.
     
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    I have seen pure bred dogs there too ocassionally. Mostly the bigger dogs like German Shepards,Rottwielers and Dobermans though. Here in NM you tend to see mostly large dogs and a lot of Pitt Bulls...most of which get put down unfortunately. Not too many small dogs in the shelters.

    When I fostered dogs I used to make trips to the pound with the pet rescue every week. They tried to rescue as many small dogs and herding dogs as possible. Most common breeds we found...heelers and chiuauas (or variations of those mixed with other breeds).
     
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    I love herding dogs , they are my favorite dog catagorey
     
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    Tips for adopting the best shelter dog=The ones dying. Broken leg, starvation, scars on their bodies from beatings, blind, deaf, very old, dead eyes because their spirit was broken, PTS on their paper stuck haphazardly on the cage they are shoved in (PST means Put To Sleep). Those are the ones I rescued.
    And I rescued many.
    I can't go any more.
     
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    Herding dogs are great and very easy to train because they aim to please. Usually they are really great with other animals and people which makes them easier to place in homes then some of the other dogs we had. We fostered and adopted out lots of Blue Heelers. Very beautiful dogs...lots of personality.
     
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    I have a tendency to go for the year old ones.

    Someone got a puppy and threw it away when it got big because they never trained it so now its a pain in the butt.

    They have lots of years to lose in life if they are put down.

    Herding dogs have this happen to them because they are pretty and smart.

    people get them because they are cute and then dump them when these guys are FULL of ideas and want something to do.

    If you dont train them they will do things you dont like.
     

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