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What can I expect when adopting a rescue dog? Why should I adopt a rescue dog instead of buying a puppy? What types of problems are commonly seen in rescue dogs? How can I become a dog rescuer? What types of dog rescuers are there? What are the benefits and drawbacks to being a dog rescuer? What should I do if my rescue dog isn't working out?

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Since starting Sheila's Schnauzies Miniature Schnauzer Rescue in 1998, I have rescued, resocialized, and/or restored to health then placed over 50 miniature schnauzers and schnauzer mixes for permanent adoption in loving homes and/or provided lifetime sanctuary for them. I have also provided dog evaluation services to individuals seeking to adopt a rescue dog.


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What do you like about this subject?

I am continually surprised that every miniature schnauzer I meet is a totally different personality! Just when I think I've "seen it all," a dog will show me a completely new behavior, trick, or vocalization. I am amazed at the ability of these dogs to adapt to new situations.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to learn more about resolving problem behaviors so that more dogs can find forever homes.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

There are thousands of purebred dogs in the formal and informal rescue networks across the U.S. Before I got into rescue, I could never imagine anyone actually giving up a Miniature Schnauzer! On any given day, you can find dozens of them available all over the country on the internet.

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2015-06-08 Fostering a Dog:

Hi Leah! How cool you are fostering! You are correct - you cannot trust a large breed dog in a scary new environment (it's always scary when they get moved around) alone in a fenced yard. You also can't

2014-06-02 Adopting an older chihuahua:

You can resolve the peeing issue by having Walter wear a belly band and then neutering him. Perhaps with time and some effort, he will become housetrained. If you feel that Walter is comfortable in your

2014-02-04 Temperment in the shelter:

OK, my answer may surprise you here... but please, do not adopt this particular dog or another like him.  Why?     You say that you are an inexperienced dog owner, first of all. It takes someone with experience

2013-08-18 Adoption /rehoming fee:

Wow, tough question because rescues vary so much in their policies, and so do the expenses incurred by the rescues.     In my rescue, I typically charge my actual costs that I have invested in the dog

2012-10-30 Rescuing pets vs. buying:

Hi! I think it's great that you are doing this. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I'm going to refer you to a couple of articles I've written which will answer your questions.


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