It shocks me, the number of people who decide to go for a breed of dog they would never have chosen if they knew what was really involved in its ownership. The number of dogs in rescue is ever increasing with little sight of decreasing in the near future, and yet ignorant people go out, on a daily basis, and buy or adopt dogs that they should never have chosen for their home.
There is a dog for most people. Dogs in rescue that may be that little bit older and just after a comfortable sofa to lie on and leisurely strolls around the park. Equally there are dogs that even the most experienced owners would struggle with. This could be down to behavioural issues, or perhaps merely the exervise requirements of the dog in question.
I have personally experienced the challenges of owning a dog that is from working lines, wired to work hard – all day, and needs constant stimulation. It’s hard. A dog that is into everything needs some form of stimulation. Some people will never realise and seem to remain blissfully ignorant. That is until the dog does something awful. For example, a working breed such as a border collie who becomes bored and destructive. A dog that is perhaps kept on the lead and becomes frustrated and bites another dog or a person. A dog with no impulse control that chasing anything that moves is paramount to everything else. Dogs of working type can be difficult and some people will fail to realise this.
If you cannot provide a dog with adequate exercise, consistently and when it’s required, don’t get a dog. Getting a dog is a lifetime commitment and anyone who fails to realise this needs a pretty harsh reality check before the life of an innocent dog is potentially ruined. Failing that, the new owner needs to learn…and fast.