5 Things About Shelter Dogs You Thought Were True But Are Not

5 Things About Shelter Dogs You Thought Were True But Are Not

While most people have sympathy for shelter dogs when it comes to making a new addition to their own families, some tend to look elsewhere. It is similar to parents who defend the public school system, then drive their own children past numbers of them to private academies. Negative stigmas are hard to break. Face it, shelter dogs receive a bad rap.

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To help those out there planning to purchase a new pet get over their trepidation about choosing one from a shelter, following are the top 5 myths about shelter dogs that deserve busting.

1. They Are Unhealthy
Americans seem to perceive of shelters as doggie prisons. They believe that the animals live in filthy, depraved conditions. In general, shelters provide comfortable environments, as much as possible. In fact, the staff and volunteers, all dog lovers, go out of their ways to ensure that boarders receive necessary medical care. Deworming is a regular precaution. The dogs also receive the requisite set of shots.

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2. They Are Untrained
The view that shelter dogs are untrained is incorrect. True, some dogs have not had the privilege of home instruction. This fact is especially true for the younger ones. Nevertheless, there is no correlation between being placed in a shelter and lack of training. Again, the staff and volunteers work with the dogs on basic commands to help them succeed in getting adopted.

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3. They Cannot Socialize With People or Other Dogs
This myth arises from the perception that shelters are dens of chaos. Movies depicting shelter dogs howling in the night and growling during the day disseminate this thinking. In reality, for many dogs, the shelter is a bit more relaxing environment than what they experienced previously. In turn, they can begin to trust themselves, humans and other dogs.

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4. All Shelter Dogs Are There Because There is Something Wrong With Them
Nothing could be further from the truth. Presence in an animal shelter is not indicative of any personal problems. Many lost or abandoned dogs end up in shelters. These days, there are families that feel they can no longer afford to take care of a pet and release it. While trying to find their loved ones, the animal gets picked up by animal control. This common situation speaks nothing to the dog’s ability to love and be loved.

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5. They Are All Mutts
This term, while a bit offensive to some ears, still receive much currency. Mixed-bred dogs abound everywhere, not just in shelters. Yes, it is true that there are owners who decide to turn a dog into the shelter because of a breeding issue. They may not like the color or temperament of the dog, having expected some norm associated with a particular breed. The dog may still be purebred. Potential adopters should speak with the administration about the breed before making a final decision.

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Adopting a dog from a shelter can be a good choice and adopting a shelter dog is a community service. These animals have often been through terrible ordeals before being rescued. Nevertheless, some people hold on to stereotypes of shelter dogs.Until there is an objective research study conducted, we will still have to wonder whether shelter dogs, those in pet shops or the ones raised on breeding farms are the best.

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