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Clearly from the postings above you can see that it is always situational. Sometimes an animal is better off elsewhere. This is not the same as dumping them at a shelter. You are actually placing them in a new home, ideally one you've checked out and feel strongly that is is a better situation. You are not wrong for keeping a dog to the end, that's what most of us expect to do. But when many of us take on new animals to save them from uncertain or grim futures, occasionally you are going to get in a position where one of your pack needs a different situation and finding it is a better thing to do.
 

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I'm answering this as a weekly discussion topic, so this is not directed at anyone, just the issue and question.

I think I'm with Leesa. I see so many people giving up dogs and so many of them have "reasons" even good reasons, but too often they use those as justifications to do what they actually want to do to make their own lives simpler, rather than put the extra time into making the situation work.

In the event that I had two complelely incompatible dogs and there was no way to do separate rotations or something to keep everyone safe and I absolutely HAD to rehome a dog then I would place the dog I had brought in most recently. I made a choice to bring the new guy in to the older dog's home, and it was his home first, so he shouldn't be the one to go. I sort of had that happen once with a foster I had planned to keep. I loved him so much but he and my Rottie absolutely couldn't get along and keeping them separate proved impossible in our new house.
 

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I've rehomed one dog, but not because of behavioural problems.
When I lived in Texas, I shared a house with a girlfriend and her son. My Aussie and her son formed a very strong bond during that time. We all moved to Connecticut where she and I met our respective husbands. When she and her son moved out of the house we were sharing in Connecticut I gave Merlin to her son because they were so close. Merlin had always been a fantastic kid's dog and I felt that both her son and the dog would be happier than if I kept the dog. We're still close firends and Merlin was happy until he passed at 15 years old (about 10 years ago). It wasn't a easy decision, but it was cetrainly the best decision for the two of them.
Would I rehome my current dogs? No.
 

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I've done it with a cat and it's been done to me! With my cat, I already had two cats and this third cat bonded with my housemate, she was obsessed with him. So when she moved out I let her take him, after she'd proven she was responsible. My GSD Kenya was basically rehomed to me. The breeder owned her for a while, then gave her to a friend who trains and competes in agility and Kenya was going to do agility. Kenya had a bad experience under their supervision (totally an accident!) that made her shy and very fearful of men, so they thought it best she stay with the breeder b/c she was terrified of the husband. Then she was re-homed to me so I could focus on her and do trials with her.
 

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Yes, my Mya has been in her new home for almost two weeks. Her new family and I email and have talked on the phone. She is so spoiled and loved. Somehow even more then she was with me
 

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Quote: Exactly!!! Rehoming my dogs was not a decision I made in a matter of days, it was a matter of months, till I realized how miserable they were. Why put them through that? Just so you can show the world what a GREAT owner you are because you would never get rid of your dog? Well I'm sorry, to me a GREAT owner is the one that puts the dog's well beeing before anything els
Why would someone need to show the world there a great owner for? If they choose not to re-home there dogs? If they choose to work through the troubles?

And there are many dogs out there living happy lives crated or kenneled! but still getting that quality time with their people!
 

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Quote: In the event that I had two complelely incompatible dogs and there was no way to do separate rotations or something to keep everyone safe and I absolutely HAD to rehome a dog then I would place the dog I had brought in most recently.
Exactly.. Not up root the dogs that had been there for years..
 

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i wouldn't give my dog up because of the statements in your first paragraph. the only thing different someone could do for my dog would be taking him to work. my dog is well taken care of (spoiled).

rehoming a dog because because it's not getting along with the other dogs, yes, you have to. if you tried honestly on trying to make it work out and the dogs just won't do it you have to for the benefit of all the dogs involved. i'm sure you found a home for your White Shep that takes great care of her. She's in a better situation. even though you had to rehome her you were still providing for her in the best possible way. in her new home the love and caring continues.

i'm sure it's hard on you because you had to rehome two dogs, but you should feel better knowing you found them good homes. Tallan (nice name) is living with a family that spoils her and she has a fenced yard. when you think about how well the dogs are doing you know you did the right thing.

would i rehome my dog? if the situation wasn't working out for my dog and i couldn't make it better, yes i would. i think i have some agreement with my breeder in the event that i must rehome my dog she gets for choice.
Originally Posted By: GSDBESTK9If you had a GSD who had an OK life with you and you loved the dog very much, but all of a sudden an awesome home would come up where you knew your dog would be even better than with you... Spoiled to death, be able to go to work with the new owner every day, etc. Would you rehome him/her even though you know you would have a hard time letting go?

I never thought I could, but unfortunately I've had to do it more than once now. First with my White GSD who was being harrased by my other dogs constantly, it was so bad she was petrified of coming near my other dogs and started pooping in the basement and licking her legs pink. I cried for months after rehoming her, but she is in a great home now and spoiled to death, doesn't have to worry about other dogs bulling her.

Then about 5 months ago I had to do it again with my Yorkie Tallan. Gala thought Tallan was a chew toy and had no respect for her. In fact, I could not give Tallan any attention cause Gala would get so jealous she would attack her afterwards. I could not keep risking Tallan's life and she was not happy and constantly afraid where she didn't even want to come out of my bedroom anymore (where Gala was not allowed).

Last week I saw Tallan again, I gave her to a family friend and she is so freaking spoiled it isn't funny and they love her to death! She has a HUGE fenced in yard to run in, a new sister that is her size and whom Tallan bosses around.
I saw her so happy that I knew I had done the right thing for her.
 

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So a breeder who has females getting older, they should all retire with the owner and never be rehomed? I have rehomed dogs that didn't work out in my breeding program. I have 2 seniors in the house (one spayed pet, other retired female). So if I go off of everyone's scenario here, I'd never be a breeder again because I would end up with 15 dogs with just one litter. After all, when you are a breeder the pups are technically being "rehomed" whether for a purchase fee or a so called "adoption" fee. If you have 3 females for breeding, eventually they would retire, then what would you have to replace them in your program?

I have rehomed animals that absolutely wouldn't get along, I have others I have rescued and are still here. Vishnu was rescued, the 2 cats I have are rescued. The cats have to be kept separated so they don't fight. As my situation will most likely be changing in a couple of years, I will be downsizing after Duchess and Oxana pass on. Guess that makes me a horrible person.

How many of you have euthanized instead of rehoming a dog? I would hope no one unless it was a severe medical issue and no hope. I would think rehoming would be better than being put down especially if the dog is better off some where else. It's no different than when you do have to put down a dog for health reasons as to what is BEST FOR THE DOG. If that is being put down for health reasons, or being rehomed due to a hostile environment, it's still what is important to the dog.
 

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I've done it twice too. In both cases because of SAR, that's why I'm so insistent in the commitment it requires when someone ask for information.

First time it was my first very own dog, a Border Collie named Chemukh. After several years of training it became obvious she was not cut for he job. I wanted to keep her anyways, but I lived alone, in little studio with no car, and if you know BCs, you'll know that it is not enough for them, specially for one who has been used to go to hike, camp and train every weekend and a couple of trips to the on-leash park was not near enough. She was a dog that needed a job to do and I had to make the decision of looking a working home for her or quitting SAR to do something like agility with her and... sorry, but that is not an option. She is now doing agility, living in the country with lots of space to run and a pack of other dogs to play, sleeping in the bed of her new owners. I kept working with her while living in her new home as she was also my TV dog and that was the agreement, but she's officially retired now as the owners had been nice enough to keep bothering them. Her actual owner is also known as the public prosecutor of the animals, in every mayor case against animal abuse or endangered species traffic, he's behind. I can't think of a better home.

In the second case, Auca is probably the better dog I've ever owned, a mix I've always liked of GSD and Belgian shepherd and the most gorgeous dog ever. I raised and trained her in SAR and she is darn good at it! So when I had to move 1600 km. away looking for a job I had to take the decision of taking her with me to be my pet, training for some obedience in a city where there is not even competitions or to leave her behind, working as a SAR dog with another handler.

It was, it is! extremely painful, specially because he first handler didn't worked, later this guy somehow let her to become pregnant (and he was kicked off of the team because of that) and during all that time I thought she would be better with me, but at the end, in this case is not about me and is not even about the dog, is about he big scheme of things. From the moment I trained her to SAR she was not mine anymore, I signed the agreement. She passed our local certification test and has been on her first real search. Now I'm working with Auca and her new handler preparing her to certify through IRO in April and there is no minute I do not somehow regret not keeping her, she's all I like in a dog, but as long as I'm not living in Santiago I can't be her handler and she is and should be, a SAR dog.
 

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Boy some are reading way too much into this thread..

As I said before Carolina posed a question and I answered..
 

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I don't think so. You are talking about rehoming. Rehoming is rehoming no matter what shade of grey you want to look at. Breeders rehome dogs, so I guess that makes us scum and everyone else saints?

You said" Never... I'd have to be homeless before I'd ever consider getting rid of my dogs.. and then I'd try to work something out (temporary solution) with family and friends..

I've thought about it myself but could never do that to my dogs.. "
and "I can pretty much say NEVER!!!! unless I was homeless!"

but what about putting down a dog? people do it all the time for one reason or another but better to put one down than rehome it and I know people on here who have done it. So that's better than rehoming?

just asking for clarification here.

She asked, I gave an opinion as well.
 

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Wow, interesting discussion going on.
My first thought was that if you are in a multiple dog household I have to think it would be easier than if you are rehoming your only dog? (that is the perspective that i am coming from)

i'd have to agree with many others out there. I want to say that I would never, but i do not feel that i have any right to any kind of "judgement" towards someone who has. (although some cases DO warrant judgement... ie, an irresponsible owner getting a puppy because its cute and with no prior research, doing no obedience or training, and then getting rid of it because it misbehaviors or got too big, etc. although those people don't bother with the "rehome" and just dump in the shelter, or worse, the streets).

I can't imagine how unbelievably hard it would be to do it. i bet that knowing they are in a better place probably helps, but still- i don't know how i would handle it (emotionally/ mentally). Then again, Riley is currently my only dog and it would leave a HUGE hole in my life. If had more than one dog, the big hole maybe would not be as apparent.
 

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Quote:It's no different than when you do have to put down a dog for health reasons as to what is BEST FOR THE DOG. If that is being put down for health reasons, or being rehomed due to a hostile environment, it's still what is important to the dog.
I think that's absolutely true up to a point. In a case where someone had a major medical emergency, say become paralyzed, and realized they could no longer take care of their dogs the way they needed to be cared for then yes - rehoming is what's best of the dog, the dog's need is the priority - all as it should be.

Where I do not have the same feeling are all the "best for the dog" situations that show up every day where the owner wants to get rid of a dog because of a lifesyle choice that they themselves have made irrespective of what's best of the dog. I see those all the time in rescue - "we moved and the new house doesn't have a big yard" "we are traveling more now and just don't have time" etc. If someone voluntarily makes a lifestyle change that results in a decline in circumstances for the dog, they aren't making decisions based on what's best for the dog, they are doing what they're going to do, irrespective of what's best for the dog and asking the dog to make the adjustments. Very different situation IMO.
 

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Yes, for the sake of the dog I would absolutely do it. Kind of the same thing that has happened to me with foster dogs....I do get attached but know that the dog in their new home will have even a better life than I could give.
 

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Quote: but what about putting down a dog? people do it all the time for one reason or another but better to put one down than rehome it?
YES! If the dog is a nut job, a liability to where people will be harmed or seriously injured..
 

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But what about those that aren't, those that would just do better as a single dog home or one without kids?

My 12.5 yr old female is a fear biter. She is spayed, has never been bred. She's been a fear biter since we got her. I just learned to put her in another room if people were over. Never rehomed her, though many people would've done that or worse put her to sleep. I just learned to control her, but not everyone has the time or patience to do that. Yes she is a liability, but she's still here.
 

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YES, if the dog was a nut job.. and to me a fear biter is not a safe dog..
 

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Very grateful for this thread.

I am majorly struggling with this decision right now.

A Jack Russell Terrier we rescued 3 months ago. He is a TRUE terrier and has every major dog problem you can think of, he digs, he pees in my house, he barks most of the time at squirrels, birds, etc., he chews EVERYTHING, he sheds, he has bitten me and my DH, TO many times to count, my GSD Shadow has attacked him twice now (once severe), he bullies and trys to dominate my other 3 dogs, and he wants to kill my 11 year old cat (first born) who is now confined to a room scared out of her mind, she used to have the run of the house (I even got her and my other 3 dogs to get along).

He has to be crated most of the time.

I had a whole thread in aggression about him. I have tried a lot of things. There is still MORE to try.

But I have 3 children too.

This is stressing me out to the point I am getting physically sick.

Also, finding someone to take him. OR should I?
My DH said, we cannot give this dog to someone as aggressive as he is.
The 3 rescues I have tried are full.

Sorry to dump here at the risk of high jacking a thread. I am just beside myself.

Also I do not want to be all the other bad owners who use all the reasons above to dump their dogs. I want to be part of the solution and rescue, NOT part of the problem.

If I could find a working home, someone would did a JRT sport, like earth dog, etc. I would give him to them. He would love that.

If I still have him this summer that is what I want to do for him.
This is killing me.
 
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