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Top Tips For Adopting A Rescue Dog

Updated: Feb 22

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Adopting a Rescue Dog is a Huge Decision

Adopting a rescue dog needs to be carefully thought out and lifestyle taken into account before you give them a forever home.

We at Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding, located in the tranquil countryside of Cheshire, recognise the significance of this decision.

This is especially true for owners of toy and small dog breeds, who frequently think of their furry friends as valued family members.

Rescuing a dog can be incredibly rewarding if you are fully prepared and have lots of patience.


“In a perfect world, every home would have a rescue dog. In most cases, a shelter dog winds up rescuing the person who saved him. Dog adoption is one of the best ways to clear the shelters and enrich your life with a furry new friend.” Dogs Trust


Where Will Your Rescue Dog Spend Their Doggy Holidays?

Can your rescue dog be left alone or will they need 24hr care? Will they be able to settle with someone new or will they think they've been re-homed again?

Our prestigious animal hotel in Cheshire is committed to providing excellent dog boarding services, making sure that your beloved rescue dogs are treated with care and luxury.

Every rescue dog is different so we discuss with you what we are able to offer in terms of their care and time with us.

Our philosophy is that dogs are family.

Both small breed dogs, toy breed dogs, rescue and non-rescues will receive the same degree of love and care from our passionate Dog Nannies.

When Considering Adopting A Rescue Dog

When adopting a rescue dog and giving them a forever home, choosing the ideal dog to join your family is an important factor.

Your living circumstances are crucial in making this choice since while smaller breeds may perform well in apartments, larger breeds may need more space to thrive.

It is crucial to conduct a thorough behavioural evaluation of any prospective rescue dogs for your family, especially if you already have dogs at home.

Your Rescue Dog and Behavioural Issues

Rescue dogs usually have some varying degree of behavioural issues due to the trauma they've experienced.

To ensure the health of your new rescue dog, a complete health examination by a vet is also necessary.

Unique medical requirements may be present, especially for small dog breeds, making our Dog Nannies' advice priceless.

Rescue Dog and Dog Training

It's critical to understand that socialisation and dog training are crucial components of your rescue dog's growth, especially for small dog breeds.

At Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding, our knowledgeable Dog Nannies are prepared to offer qualified advice in these areas.

Final Thoughts on Adopting a Rescue Dog

Remember that adopting a rescue dog entails making a long-term commitment.

All dogs, regardless of breed or size, depend on their owners for affection, care, and attention.

When your canine family members stay with us at Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding, we are steadfast in our commitment to making sure they get the best possible care and attention.


Why should I consider adopting a rescue dog? 

Adopting a rescue dog is a wonderful opportunity to provide a second chance to a deserving animal.

Many rescue dogs have had a tough start in life and are in desperate need of a loving home.

By adopting, you’re not only giving a dog a new home, but you’re also freeing up space at the shelter for another dog in need.

What are the advantages of rescuing a dog for adoption? 

The adoption of a rescue dog has several advantages. Rescue canines are frequently mixed breeds, which can make them healthier and longer-lived than purebreds.

You may choose one that is ideal for your lifestyle because they are available in a variety of sizes and forms. Plus, rescue dogs are incredibly grateful and loving, making them fantastic companions.

What should I know before adopting a rescue dog? 

It’s important to understand that rescue dogs' earlier experiences with trauma or neglect may have had an impact on their behaviour.

They may need extra patience, training, and love to help them adjust to their new home. It’s also crucial to consider the financial responsibility, including food, veterinary care, and other supplies.

How can I prepare my home for a rescue dog? 

Before bringing a rescue dog home, make sure your home is safe and dog-friendly.

Remove any toxic plants, secure loose wires, and make sure there’s no small items that the dog could choke on. You’ll also need to purchase necessary supplies like a collar, leash, bed, toys, and food.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. For specific veterinary dog health advice, contact a veterinary pet healthcare provider.

At Mary Puppins,  we prioritise your cherished pets' well-being, offering a haven of comfort and care during their stay.

Our commitment is to ensure your small breed dogs are treated like family, receiving top-notch attention and care.

BOOK NOW  via our website. We have limited places and get booked up super fast. Give your little dog the five-star VIP holiday they deserve, while you enjoy yours.

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Kate Phillips, Chief Editor

BSc (Hons), MSc

Kate is the UK's very own Mary Puppins, a professional Dog Nanny and expert in small breed dogs. With over 30 years' experience and successfully helping high profile celebrity pet parents raise their furry families, Kate shares her top tips with you. Kate guides readers on small breed dogs, dog health, dog training, dog nutrition, dog food, dog walks, dog accessories, dog enrichment, rescue dogs, dog behaviour, dog grooming and the best products for dog mums and dog dads to create the ultimate luxury lifestyle for their small dogs.



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