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International Dog Day: 10 reasons to buy a rescue dog

Lockdown saw a huge increase in dog and puppy buying to help us through those lonely moments. And it’s little wonder, since Man’s Best Friend provides a reason to get out in nature, can lower your stress levels and blood pressure. It’s also believed they can speed up recovery time after illness.

So, on International Dog Day we’re honouring canines everywhere. Here’s everything you need to know about buying a rescue dog.

Sadly, the pandemic brought on a surge of puppy love as the number of people buying dogs soared. And in some cases, prices more than trebled with some pups being sold for as much as £9,000.

Dogs Trust’s research revealed that the asking price for five of the UK’s most popular breeds and the five breeds most often smuggled into the country – Dachshunds, English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Pugs and Chow Chows – shot up between March 2020, when lockdown one was announced, and the end of June 2020.

The charity reviewed advertisements from the last three years on some of the UK’s largest classified advertising websites, and prices for Pugs, Dachshunds and Chow Chows had never been higher, whilst English and French Bulldogs also saw significant price hikes.

The most expensive of the breeds, English Bulldogs, advertised for as much as £2,140 on average £500 more expensive than previous months – although some listings reached as high as £9,000.

Tom Hardy with puppy…swoon!

So, if you’re looking to get a dog, why not consider these reasons for buying one from a reputable rescue centre.

  1. Pedigrees and crossbreeds

Most rescue centres have an assortment of dogs. Battersea Dogs’ Homes has housed thousands of pedigrees from Great Danes to Chihuahuas.They’re a lot cheaper to buy. Depending on the centre, anything from £150 for an adult dog to £185 for puppies under six months.

2. Assessments

Most have been assessed for behaviour and temperament and many centres employ doggy psychologists to sort out problems.

3. Ongoing costs

Most dogs have been microchipped (£15 at a local vet), spayed/castrated – which costs anything from £160 to £230 depending on the weight of the dog.

4. Best dog for you

Expert dog re-homers find the perfect dog for you, your environment and your circumstances. They even test to see if the rescue dog would get on with an existing one and is good with children, if that is what you require.

5. Trained

Most adult dogs are fully house trained and good on recall, so no messes to clear up or dogs going AWOL.

6. Sense of moral satisfaction

You have not only rescued a dog who is in desperate need of a loving home, but you’ve also contributed to the rescue of others.

7. Stop puppy traffickers!

You’ll be helping to put puppy farms and traffickers out of business.

8. Not just about the puppies

Old dogs can be just as much fun and give as much love to a new owner as a new puppy.

9. Your health and mental wellbeing

Dogs encourage you to get out into nature and make friends with other doggy walkers. They also help to:

  • Lower stress. Who hasn’t felt their anxiety fade when rhythmically stroking a dog? (And your pet will probably enjoy the attention too.) …
  • Improve sociability
  • Enhance childhood
  • Encourage exercise
  • Support dementia care
  • Speed up recovery
  • Lower blood pressure

10. Tom Hardy loves dogs

You could bump into him as he’s been a regular at Battersea.

Just one thing – a dog is for life not just for Christmas and rescue centres are often full of discarded ‘presents’ come January.

For Manchester and Cheshire Dogs’ Home click here.

Main pic: @ericjamesward

Diane Cooke
Diane Cooke is a three times award-winning journalist who has worked for UK national/regional newspapers, magazines and websites.

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