5 myths about adopting dogs that are in kennels.Taken from the page of Marco Antonio Regil
- If they are in a kennel, it must be because they have something bad.
This myth comes from the common misunderstanding of the reason why dogs end up in kennels. It is generally believed that dogs end up in these places because they were problematic, obtained in police raids or because they were aggressive. So it is believed that they will tend to escape, have emotional problems because of how they were treated, or because they are simply damaged.
In reality, one of the biggest reasons why dogs end up in kennels is because they were abandoned by their owners for reasons that have nothing to do with their behavior. Many families abandon their dogs because they cannot pay their expenses, because situations force them to move to a place where pets are not allowed, or, worse, pets of a particular breed are not accepted.
Dogs end up in kennels when expectations and reality are not the same – when that beautiful Dalmatian puppy grew up to become a huge and energetic adult dog living in an apartment of an environment, or when that little puppy that was so cute in the pet shop became uncontrollable and dominant because its beauty its owners gave it only affection, affection, affection and nobody imposed limits or behavioral barriers.
The only really bad thing with a dog that lives in a kennel is that: that lives in a kennel and not with a family that loves it.
adopt You will never know its history.
Although it is true, it is not bad, because that dog will never know its history either – especially once it is taken to a loving home with good leaders. Dogs do not stay in the past, and neither should we, especially when it comes to them.
It is also true that in some kennels you can learn a little about the history of the dog, but that is not necessarily good because, again, humans tend to stay in the past. Adopt a dog that was mistreated by a child, thrown from a car, rescued from dogfights or any other traumatic event you can imagine?
Well, it’s only a problem if you constantly stay on what happened before the dog was in the kennel. The dog forgot about that as soon as it stopped happening, and you can help him leave him behind by not taking any attitude that can remind him of that past trauma.
adopt They could have diseases.
Yes, it is true, the kennel to is the most common. However, most kennels will currently give you a coupon for a subsidized or free visit to the veterinarian, and for really dangerous diseases the kennels apply the corresponding vaccines, such as MHPP (Moquillo, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza), as well than rabies vaccines. The kennels also ensure that their dogs do not have fleas with treatments such as Frontline, and free of parasites with products such as Heartgard or similar, they also provide sterilization or coating services as part of the adoption process.
- They are not purebred.
And does that matter? Unless you are a professional breeder, mixed dog breeds are a much better option. In general, they do not have the genetic or behavioral problems associated with some breeds, such as hip dysplasia in German Shepherds for example, or the incessantly digging that terriers have.
Mestizos are also much more interesting to look at because they do not follow the strict standards required for purebred dogs. Finally, if you live in an area with specific laws towards the breeds, having that other breed clearly identifiable in your dog could save you problems.
- They are very old.
Adopting a puppy can be an attractive idea – you start with a blank four-legged page and raise it to adulthood. However, people usually concentrate on the “cute” part and forget what it really means to raise a puppy: it can be as intense and difficult as raising a child, and it is also a full-time job.
It is true, it only takes a year and a half to raise a dog unlike the eighteen (or more) it takes to raise a child, but we are talking about a year and a half of having chewed and urinated things, having your rules constantly questioned, and having a ball of increasing energy running throughout the house.
You can never be absolutely sure of the size the puppy will be when he reaches adulthood. For example, if they told you in the kennel that it was mostly Beagle, everything is fine, what can happen later is that the other half St. Bernard or Great Dane will manifest and end up with a 30-pound and fifty-meter tall dog.
Actually, if you don’t have so much time to invest in training your dog, an adult between one and two years old would be ideal. They usually come with a lot of pre-installed features: they know how to behave in the house, possibly also some tricks, they are used to being around people. If they have a character problem, it will be much easier to handle it at this age – assuming they actually show up, that it may never happen assuming you will do things right.
And don’t rule out older dogs, which are those that are 7 years old or older. They can be ideal for people with less energy, or in situations where you don’t want to commit for ten or fifteen years, but you still want a faithful and loving partner.
So the next time you want to add a dog to your family or herd, adopt don’t buy – you will save a life and find a faithful companion at the same time.