Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Previous owner, I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Books
Posted August 9, 2013
Ralphy found us when he was 4 months old. He favored a Shepard which is what the shelter labeled him as and while we didn't have a preference in mind, a Shepard was about the size we were looking for.
Ralphy came from a high -kill shelter in KY via 3 weeks in solitary confinement for vetting purposes to a wonderful rescue in the Poconos. The people that lovingly held him for us till we could pick him up said if we didn't want him he was absolutely going to be their 7th dog!
One look and you guessed it, it was love at first site. Ralphy was energetic and full of kisses, we felt like the luckiest people alive!
While we have not had Ralphy tested to what breeds he has in him, we do know that he carries some of the traits of an Anatolian Shepard. While he very rarely barks, he does show all the signs of a working class canine.
He, like all canines went through a chewing stage that we thought we would never end, and of course the usual well you go in the house so isn’t that what I’m suppose to do period.
Training was and is a challenge as Ralphy becomes very focused on anything but what you are trying to teach him. Any movement, any sound and he is off to investigate, protect and serve. Reparation is the key and just like with all canines if you don’t have the time to teach, you shouldn’t have them just like children they are a lifetime commitment!
To experience a dog in need of rescuing is very different then going to your standard (hopefully) ethical breeder.
When you go to a breeder you have in mind a specific breed that you have probably had in the post or researched and believe that it would be a good fit for your lifestyle.
Rescuing becomes a very different thought process when looking for that special companion.
There are a lot more questions to ask and a lot more questions you will be asked based on the rescues background. The more severe the trauma, the more experience you will need. Most who start out rescuing do so with puppies in which case they tend to be more fortunate as to not experience the abuse or abandonment that older shelter rescues face.