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How to Choose a Shelter Dog – Choosing the Right Dog for You

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Choosing the right shelter dog for you

Choosing an adult dog from a shelter may seem daunting but it doesn’t have to be. First, please note that choosing an adult dog from a shelter is a good fit for many families, contrary to popular belief. Why? Choosing an adult dog means that you are most likely saving a dog from death or worse.  Many shelter dogs are already trained in basic commands and may be housebroken too.  If the dog you’re looking at isn’t trained, don’t fret as you can train adult dog! Also contrary to popular belief, most dogs are not deposited at the shelter due to behavioral problems.  Now that you’re on your way to saving a life, here’s how’s to select an adult dog at the shelter using a basic temperament test.

  1. Look at the dog.

Fearful: The dog will back away from you.

Moderate: The dog may approach you wagging his tail with his head slightly lowered.

Dominant: The dog will stand at attention with a stiff body and a watchful eye on you.

  1. Pet the dog along his back.

Fearful: The dog will cower as you try to pet him.

Moderate: The dog will wag his tail and welcome the attention.

Dominant: The dog will move away and avoid your touch.

  1. Put a collar on the dog and attach a leash to it. Does the dog follow you?

Fearful: The dog will stiffen his body and refuse to move.

Moderate: The dog will follow you either on his own will or when called by you.

Dominant: The dog will bark, growl and/or lunge or pull on the leash.

  1. Make a sudden loud nose.  How does the dog respond?

Fearful: The dog will attempt to flee or cower.

Moderate: The dog will initially be afraid but then look towards the noise to see what it might have been.  He might even look to you for reassurance or gauge your response to the noise.

Dominant: The dog will bark aggressively.

  1. As you pet the dog, run your hand along his legs and feet. Gently rub his neck and ears.  What is his reaction?

Fearful: The dog will flinch or or jump.

Moderate: The dog allows you to pet him with little or no apprehension.

Dominant: The dog will growl or try to get away.

  1. Put some food down in front of him on the floor.  Let him smell the food before sliding the dish away from him. (Use a long stick or broom handle as you don’t know how the dog will react.)

Fearful: The dog will retreat or cower.

Moderate: The dog will follow the bowl and attempt to eat.

Dominant: The dog will bark loudly, growl or attempt to attack the stick.

  1. Take the dog for a walk.

Fearful: The dog is fearful or jittery.

Moderate: The dog is happy and eager to walk with you.

Dominant: The dog barks, growls or attacks the leash.

As you interact with the dogs at the shelter, keep in mind that your goal is to select a dog that will be friendly and trainable.  A dog that displays aggression should not be chosen, especially if you have children.  Have extensive conversations with the shelter staff and it wouldn’t hurt to take along an experienced dog handler with you. We hope that these tips will help you on your way to selecting your shelter dog.  You can plan to look forward to many years of love and loyalty in return for saving the dog’s life.  Believe it or not, he knows exactly what you’ve done and will be eternally grateful.

Have you rescued a shelter dog? What was your experience? Don’t hesitate to share below!

Dog in need of a good home – Orlando

Dog in need of a good home – Orlando

Otto is in need of a good home. Please share! The people who found him cannot keep him and will be taking him to the pound if they cannot find a home or rescue for him ASAP! He’s about 35lbs. Heartworm and parasite NEGATIVE. Was groomed andtreated for fleas (though he had none). He’s good with kids and other dogs. Very hyper and might jump on other dogs due to the hyperness, so a calmer dog would be good for him as a playmate. Seems to be house trained as no accidents have happened since they’ve had him. Needs some obedience training bc he’s still a puppy. Otto is good in a crate.

Please contact PAWSitive Strides at 407-970-0903 and we will put you in touch with the people who found Otto. You can also email us at [email protected]


Max is in need of a new home!

Max is in need of a new home!

IMG_2409 (2)One of our clients has asked us to help find a new, loving home for his sweet Great Dane named Max. The client is very sad to have to part with Max but he feels that he is not dedicating enough time to him.

Max is the handsome Great Dane pictures on the left. He turned 1 last Sept and is a love bug with a very sweet disposition. He is crate trained and is not aggressive to other dogs.

Please forward his information to anyone who might be interested. They can contact us at 407-970-0903 with any questions and we will forward the questions to the Max’s owner.


Lucy needs a forever home

Lucy needs a forever home

LucyPlease help us find a home for Lucy! You can contact me via email at [email protected] or at 407-970-0903. Thank you for your help!I need to find a new home for my dog. I adopted her in February, looking for a friend for the dog …I have had for 6 years. Unfortunately, in the last couple of weeks, there have been some jealousy issues that have turned into aggressive behaviors. The new dog needs a home where she can be the only pet (she doesn’t get along well with cats either). She is a very sweet and loving dog and really wants to please. She learns commands quickly and is very food motivated. She’s not fully potty trained, but she hasn’t had an accident in over a week! If you know anyone who is looking for a great companion, please feel free to contact me. She is a viszla/lab mix, about 35 lbs. Thank you!