Surrender or not?

Do you Really Have to Re-Home your dog?

There is a big difference between being forced to give up your dog and just wanting to "get rid of him/her".

The most common dog problem that we see is BEHAVIOR.

If you got your dog as a puppy which now has a behavior problem that you cannot live with, you must accept the fact that you are partly responsible for the way your adult dog is now.

You have four options:

1.  You can continue to live with your dog the way he is and learn to manage him.

2.  You can seek help to correct the problem.

3. You can try to give your problem to someone else.

4. You can have the dog euthanized.

Most people who contact us are only interested in option #3, so we're going to be blatantly honest here.

If you were looking to add a dog to your home and could select from all kids of dogs, would you deliberately chose one with a behavior problem? No, certainly not and neither would anyone else.
To make your dog desirable to another person or family, you will have to take some action to fix his problems. We would be more than happy to direct you to a trainer or give you some tips on how to correct your dogs' undesirable behavior(s).


Has your dog ever bitten someone?

If your dog is aggressive with people or has ever bitten anyone, you shouldn’t give him to anyone else. Could you live with yourself if that dog hurt another person, especially a child? Can you deal with the lawsuit that could result from it?

Our society today has zero tolerance for a dog with a bite history, no matter how minor. A dog that has bitten – whether or not it was his fault – is considered by law to be a dangerous dog. In some states, it’s illegal to sell or give away a biting dog. No insurance company will cover a family with a biting dog. And to be perfectly honest, no responsible person in his right mind would want to adopt a biting dog.

No matter how much you love your dog, if he has ever bitten anyone, you only have two responsible choices – take him to a professional trainer or behaviorist for evaluation and maybe the dog can be rehabilitated. This could be costly and time consuming but could be very rewarding. If this is not an option for you, take him to your veterinarian and have him humanely euthanized. Don’t leave him at a shelter where he might be frightened and confused and put other people at risk. Don’t try to place him as a “guard dog” where he might be neglected, abused or used for dog fighting.

As hard as it is to face, putting a potentially dangerous biting dog to sleep is often the only safe and responsible thing to do.