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Rescued dogs

rescuedThinking of getting a dog from the RSPCA or the AWL.

Be aware, that dog will nearly always come with issues of some sort.
It's rare that someone gets rid of a perfect dog. Don't expect to get the full story from the rescue groups. They want you to take the dog. They are most likely all full and need to turn over dogs really quickly. If they started telling people everything that was wrong with every dog. They would hardly get anyone to adopt. Besides they may not have the experience to recognize many of issues associated with rescued or surrendered dogs.
Dogs in a kennel environment act differently from when they are settled into a home. If you have children, ask the kennel person to show you a demonstration of them putting their hand in the dogs bowl while it's eating. They shouldn't have any problem doing that for you.
Don't be afraid to ask as many questions as you like. You are the customer. The dog you get may be with you for over ten years. Getting the right dog requires much research.
When you get home, don't go straight in, take your new dog with any other dogs you may have for a really long walk. If you can run, run with your dog. The idea is to get your dog exhausted. They will settle much better if they are tired. When you are inside, try not to get too exited and keep your dog calm for the first week.

RULES: If you have rules about jumping on you or the furniture, make sure you enforce them from day one.
Dogs feel more settled and safe if someone else takes control.
Some of the rescue dogs are there because they are great escape masters. Your current dog my have been kept in with your fences. That doesn't mean this one will. Lots of rescue dogs are off and out on the first few days. They don't know you so will not come back. Put a collar on straight away with your phone number and watch them like a hawk.

Always get a personal trainer out for advice about training. Rescue dogs come with special problems and need to be assessed in the home where they are staying. Not at a school. They will act differently away from home.
My advice on picking a trainer, Is to ask how much experience they have with dealing with behavior issues. How many years experience do they have? Will you get the trainer you are talking too on the phone or one of a team? You obviously want the one you are talking too, as it is harder for someone to tell little fibs when they are speaking directly to you. A decent trainer likes to answer your questions about them, it shows you are concerned and gives them a chance to explain their beliefs. Ask about their training methods. You don't have to have myself. But if they say they use positive only methods. Don't use them. Find someone who is really going to help. They are out there, just a little harder to find. Positive only training means you must never stop a dog from doing something wrong. It will get bored if you ignore it. Most of the dogs I now see have been taught by positive training methods and have never got bored with doing their bad behavior. It's a myth put about by trainers that have little experience with high-energy dogs and is becoming a real problem.
If I see you later, welcome
If I don't, I wish you all the best and many happy years with your new dog.