Question: When Should You Return A Rescue Dog?

When should you return an adopted dog?

Perhaps the most common reason for a dog being returned to the shelter is unwanted behavior.

Whether it’s going potty inside, destructive separation anxiety, leash aggression, or any number of other behaviors that have you pulling out your hair, know that it can get better with training and, sometimes, with age.

Can you return a rescue dog?

Don’t Blame Yourself for Returning a Pet to the Shelter

In most instances no, it’s not. Unless you’re returning the pet for unprovoked aggression or an untreatable illness, they are probably going to find a new home where they fit right in. Even knowing that they’ll be adopted again, you’re still going to feel crummy.

What do you do when a rescue dog doesn’t work out?

Avoid Re-Homing on Your Own

If you’ve tried training, visiting a vet (sometimes behavioral problems can be caused by medical issues), and working with your shelter, but your dog still isn’t working out, don’t try to find them a new home on your own.

How do you know if a rescue dog is right for you?

10 signs you adopted the right shelter dog

  • If their body language is relaxed and welcoming, that’s a good sign.
  • If they’re playful and energetic around you, your dog is probably a good fit.
  • If they make eye contact, they’re most likely bonding with you.
  • If they roll over, they want to be pet by you.
  • A dog that loves you will lick you.