If the relationship between you and your dog has reached crisis point there are steps you can take to solve the problems and live happily with your dog. Bringing a dog into the home is a big commitment and requires a lot of work and we know that owners want to do everything they can to keep their furry friend, no matter how much they sometimes feel like a foe.
That said, we understand that life is complicated and sometimes things change so much that owners simply cannot care for their dogs any longer. We are here to take care of these dogs and find them excellent new homes. Take a look at the steps below to decide how you can secure the best outcome for you and your dog.
If your dog is acting out of character, it is important to have them checked by a vet before taking any other steps.
A multitude of medical conditions can cause big changes in the way a dog behaves, and your vet may have a simple solution.
Sometimes, problems which seem very difficult can have the simplest solutions when we start thinking differently. Many people expect a dog to fit seamlessly into their lives and although that would be fantastic, it’s very rarely the case – especially for working dogs like Collies. Instead we often need to make adjustments and arrangements to work with our dogs and to fix those all-consuming problems.
For example, if you’re out a lot and your dog becomes destructive, get a friend to pop by and maybe even take them for a walk to break up the day. If your dog nips and herds the children, enrol in training classes to build communication between dog and human. Getting the kids involved too means the dog will no longer see them as the ‘flock’!
If you’d like to talk about your dog’s behaviour, please feel free to get in touch
If nothing has worked so far, you may require the help and advice of a breed-specific rescue. Collies are complex creatures, and people with an in-depth knowledge of how their mind works are likely to be able to shed light on the issues you are facing. The correct advice for you and your dog may enable you to stay together, and to us, keeping a dog and their family together is as rewarding as finding a dog a new home.
If nothing above has worked or your circumstances mean you can no longer give your dog everything they need, then it may be time to think about rehoming. We know how difficult and painful this decision can be, so we are here to make sure things go as smoothly as possible to secure your dog’s happy future.
If you need to rehome your dog, please get in touch with us. Our approach is entirely non-judgemental, very straightforward and completely free to you (although a donation towards their care is greatly appreciated) so please don’t hesitate to hand your dog safely into rescue rather than leaving them and you in a precarious position.
When you rehome your dog with us, it is helpful for us to have as much information as possible about their background, any medical issues, and any behaviour we may need to work on before finding them a fantastic new home. Please be assured that your dog will be very well cared for, have frequent walks and playtime in our wonderful woodland setting and be thoroughly assessed before being matched to a pre-approved potential new home.