The challenge of rehoming a dog from a rescue kennel

  • Posted By: admin
  • Date: 17 February 2015


Many people would think the largest problem in dog rescue homes is over population, when actually there other problems just as large currently occurring in rescue homes across the UK. Shelters and rescue kennels now have to deal with dog behaviour problems that are occurring after dogs have long periods of time that they are kept in confined spaces at a dog’s home.

In previous years, dogs who enter shelters through bad behaviour or who develop behavioural issues whilst in a rescue home have been euthanized to help free up kennel space for other dogs more likely to be adopted. However, now the current amount of kennel space that is available means that this does not have to happen as often but dog homes are being with left with unwanted bad behavioural dogs.

Potential dog owner’s usually bypass any dogs that have a chance of being challenging with their behaviour as they want to re home, a loving, trained and loyal dog. Dog’s behaviour tends to get worse as they stay in dog kennels for longer periods of time and makes it harder to retrain them into loving family pets.

One type of behavioural issue is adoption issues which are often the reason the dogs are brought into care in the first place. Behaviour such as aggression towards other dogs and people, liveliness and jumping are the most common issues that rescue homes see in dogs brought into them. This often makes it very difficult to re home them as they would not be allowed to houses with children or pets or those that haven’t got enough time to re train these dogs.

Another issue is one that comes from staying in dog kennels for lengthy spells of time. House soiling is a huge problem due to dogs getting used to soiling in their dog kennels. New owners would need to retrain their dog and also to familiarise themselves with family life; what toys are allowed, what items are not to be touched. Some of the rescue dogs can also become used to a life of barking regularly, usually for no reason. This is something that may cause people issues as it could lead to nuisance barking.

Separation anxiety is also seen quite often with dogs that are in rescue homes due to them not having one individual seen as their owner and are often moved around quite often. Separation anxiety can be solved and most certainly helped as soon as the dog has a new forever home over a period of time with the correct help. Due to them often feeling lost in the home, once they have new owners they will become much attached to you out of fear of being left alone again.

For shelters and rescue homes to successfully place dogs who have been with them for a considerable amount of time shelter staff must try to address the issues mentioned and try to work on them before they are re homed. This will allow potential dog owners to see improvement in the dog’s behaviour, giving them an indication that the dog is re trainable and can fit into their family life.