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 advocate for re-homing and would encourage it. However, care must be taken when choosing the rescue organisation; some have more integrity than others. All good rescue organisations should thoroughly ‘grill’ the prospective new family to ensure they have a suitable home and lifestyle for the dog they wish to re-home, and are able to meet the dog’s needs – so be prepared for some tough questioning. All the dogs I’ve re-homed have been wonderful companions and, in some respects, easier than the puppies I owned. But if you are thinking of acquiring a dog from rescue, you will still need oodles of time, patience, commitment and knowledge. Sadly, love alone will never be enough.
Many dogs who have been in the larger rescue homes, have struggled with a kennel environment and may need several months to unravel and learn to relax. Some dogs will come with behavioural concerns (almost always
because of previous poor ownership), and the best rescues will offer ongoing behavioural support. Smaller rescue organisations often foster dogs in knowledgeable home environments until suitable long-term homes can be found. This gives them a chance to better assess the dog for prospective owners, and it is often less stressful for the dogs.
Each dog is an individual, but when I rehome any dog, I try to give them time, space, a sense of calm - and peace of mind so they are in the best place to learn (whatever it is they have to know to live in my world), to feel safe and loved.
Our dog can go to sleep and start dreaming (making little barking noises and soft woofs) incredibly quickly yet can come out of that seemingly deep sleep if he senses a sound or movement. Are they on a quicker trigger than humans in that regard?
Dogs have a different sleep pattern from humans. They sleep much longer than us (sometimes for up to 18 hours a day) and, for the most part, they spend less time in deep sleep. This means they are easier to wake and – by instinct – will be up and ready for a real or imagined threat to their safety.
They sleep longer than us because they spend a brief time in their nourishing, deep sleep phase (the phase when you see them dreaming and hear the soft woofing noises). This is why it is so important that, as well as good food, exercise, play, stimulation and affection, dogs are offered and encouraged to have plenty of rest away from disturbing members of the family.
Pet Advice
Dogs and Christmas
Caroline Fardell gives her answers to some topical questions
  If you have a question for Caroline please contact
Caroline Fardell at Hound Solutions caroline.fardell1@btinternet.com 07530 504340
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