I have a lot of love for the rescue community! They do such amazing work. I have seen them deal with dogs, who are injured or have medical issues or have been mistreated.
There are a couple of things I want you to consider, when you call your dog a “rescue dog”. The last day, that your dog is a rescue dog, is the day he leaves the shelter, or the foster home or the rescue organization. The first day in your home is the last day you should feel sad for the dog. The unfortunate past is over and the very next day is the beginning of a transformation for the dog. The dog goes from being a rescue dog to being the family dog.
Why am I bringing this up? It’s because a lot of times people ask me questions and preface it with “My dog is a rescue dog”. They feel sorry for their dog and might even be coddling some of their bad behaviors because of that.
That mentality is not helpful for the dog. We have to become optimistic for them and pull them forward into the life they were intended to have.
The label “rescue dog” really almost defeats the dog and his second chance. It may also defeat our ability to effectively lead them.
Again, thank you so much to our rescue community! I could not do what you do.
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