The Beginners Guide to Owning a Rehomed Dog

If you’re deciding to buy a dog, a popular option is to consider a rehomed dog. These are dogs that for whatever reason are no longer with their original owners and as such are in need of a new loving family to welcome them into their home.

Owning and caring for a dog is extremely fun and rewarding, but it is also a big responsibility. Owning a rehomed dog can come with more complications than buying a newborn pup, so it’s important to have a good understanding of what you need to do.

Rehomed Dog

There is no perfect way to raise a rehomed dog, but in the following paragraphs we’ll guide you through the key elements that you need to understand and ensure that you are as well equipped as possible.

Understanding your dog’s needs
A rehomed dog may have different needs to one that you select from a breeder. It’s possible they may have formed habits and behaviours that they need support to solve.

A key part of understanding your dog’s needs is being aware of these habits as well as any other requirements that the dog may have, your choice of shelter will be able to tell you more.

Once you have a good understanding of your dog’s needs you’ll then have a far better idea of the type of training and general care it requires.

Training your dog
As we have already touched on, rehomed dogs tend to pick up some bad habits. Therefore you’re going to need to get to grips with training to eliminate some of those innocent but irksome tendencies.

If you ask around you’ll get all kinds of different dog training advice. Ultimately, whichever approach you decide to take, dog training boils down to two things.

1. Reward behaviours you like
2. Make sure unwanted behaviours aren’t rewarded

As you get used to understanding how your dog learns you’ll be able to refine your training techniques and become a lot more effective as a result.

Grooming your dog
You may not realise it but dog grooming plays an essential part in the health and safety of your feline friend – it’s so much more than just making them look ‘pretty.’

You’ll need to trim their coats, clip their nails and ensure that they are as clean as possible. The truth is that if you go to a professional dog groomer for all these jobs you could easily see the bills wracking up, but the good news is you can do everything yourself.

Getting to grips with DIY dog grooming can take time but not only will it save you money, you’ll get that extra quality time with your new family member. DIY Dog Grooming Help is a fantastic resource to help you understand what you need to do and what equipment you will require.

Insuring your dog
If you are new to dog ownership you’ll definitely want to learn more about insurance. As with all types of insurance, there are different levels of cover, but in a nutshell, amongst other things, dog insurance will cover you in the case that your dog conducts a serious illness that requires extensive visits to the vet.

You’ll be covered for costs like loss of holiday money, veterinary fees and third party liability.

Being aware of dog related law
There are a number of laws that are designed to protect the wellbeing of dogs and those who come into contact with them. It’s well worth familiarising yourself with the various dog laws, for example did you know that certain breeds are prohibited in the UK?

The rewards of rehoming a dog are numerous; from the satisfaction of helping a dog in need, to a sense of fulfillment as you watch your new friend flourish in your care. Choosing to take in a dog from a shelter can result in a new family member that provides you with joy and unconditional love each and every day.

10 Puppies Trending in 2015

In August 2014, Bought By Many revealed the UK’s favourite puppy by analysing internet search data from Google.

But which puppies’ popularity has increased the most in the last 12 months? Bought By Many looked at the latest data to find out.
Trending Puppies: Biggest change in number of internet searches since June 2014

1, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
2, St Bernard
3, Shih Tzu
4, German Shepherd
5, Dachshund
6, Lhasa Apso
7, Papillon
8, Caucasian Shepherd
9, Pomeranian
10, Newfoundland

Trending now: BIG dogs

Perhaps the most unfamiliar name in this Top 10 – to UK dog lovers at least – is the Caucasian Shepherd Dog (also known as the Caucasian Ovcharka).

Hailing from the Caucasus Mountains of Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbijan, Caucasian Shepherds were originally bred to hunt bears and kill wolves – skills which are unlikely to be needed in most parts of the UK.

Caucasian Shepherds can grow up to ten stone in weight, sometimes dwarfing their owners.

Also trending are two other sizeable breeds: the water-loving Newfoundland, and the original moutain rescue dog the St Bernard.

As well as physical strength and discipline, new owners of these giants breeds will need deep pockets. Big dogs have big appetites, and the cost of pet insurance can be 4x higher than it is for smaller dogs.

Toy Dogs: The Next Generation

At the other end of the size spectrum, interest in Toy Dogs is also evolving. While French Bulldogs and Pugs are now firmly established in the Top 10 most searched-for puppies, it is other small breeds who are now making the running – literally in the case of Papillon-cross Konjo, recently crowned the world’s fastest dog on two paws.

Meanwhile, another diminutive member of the spaniel family, the Cavalier, is the top trending puppy of 2015.

Other toy dogs to win new fans in 2015 inlcude the Dachshund, the Pomeranian, and the oft-confused Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso.
Preferred Pooches: The UK’s Favourite Puppies by Total Volume of Internet Searches

Change in position vs 2014 is shown in brackets

1, Cockapoo
2, Labrador
3, French Bulldog
4, German Shepherd (+1)
5, Cocker Spaniel (-1)
6, Husky
7, Bulldog
8, Beagle
9, Pug
10, Golden Retriever