Sunday, 31 July 2011

Home Checks on Dogs

Home checks are not to judge but to help would be dog guardians understand the full commitment of taking on a 'rescue' dog or dogs. To make sure the home environment is secure and safe for both the dog (s) and the guardians -also to advise on how to react to any behavioural issues the dog (s) may have.

Most of the home checks I do are on dogs that have little or no 'history' and though most of them have had an assessment by a rescue - once the 'honeymoon period' is over other issues might emerge.

Usually all rescues are 'neutered' or 'spayed' and microchipped but if not it is part of the adoption process and is usually insisted upon.  Too many 'unwanted' litters end up in shelters worldwide! Also pet insurance is important especially in main towns as you are responsible not only for your dogs safety BUT the public safety; for example 'road accidents' 'dog attacks' 'public liability'.

As a home checker I like to do a follow up three months after the pre visit to see how the dogs are but also to check with the owners how everything is working out! I also give out a contact number so that if there are any problems or just a general query I am available to advise.

I have over eleven years of experience doing home checks and you are  not there as 'judge and jury' - you are there to advise, find out how committed people are but also Listen to people and observe and thats what helps you make 'hopefully' and to the best of your ability - The right decision.  For me its  what is best for the dog and that the owner has that committment that could be for the next fifthteen years of the dogs life.

NB  I always STRESS that NO Dog should be left with a child on its own without supervision of an able bodied adult.

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