When Should You Rehome a Puppy?

Sometimes, your new puppy simply isn’t the right match for you and your household. This can happen to any pet owner, so it’s not your fault. So, when should you rehome a puppy to avoid unpleasant experiences for both parties?

If you feel overwhelmed with your new puppy and feel that you must rehome him or return him to the breeder or shelter, do so as soon as you can. The younger the puppy is, the easier it will be for her to get a new home.

When Should You Rehome A Puppy?

Generally, here are some reasons you should seriously consider rehoming your new puppy:

  • Incompatibility with your kids – If there is a serious risk of your kids or your puppy getting injured due to unpleasant relationships, you may need to rehome your puppy. Occasional nipping during playtime is pretty normal and your pup will grow out of it, but if your pooch shows real signs of aggression or your kids find it hard to learn how to respect and love the puppy, it’s best to rehome the puppy before serious bites occur.
  • Incompatibility with other pets – When you bring home a new puppy, your older cats and dogs may initially find it difficult to adjust. But if there is a chance that your puppy could kill your cat or your older dog could tear apart your puppy, it is only humane to separate them by rehoming your new puppy.
  • Lack of time – If you truly don’t have adequate time to devote to your puppy, even the help of daycare or training programs may not help. There is no shortcut to proper training and raising of dogs, so it could be better to just rehome your pup.
  • Excessive Energy or Destructive – Some puppies won’t just stop digging into carpets and destroying valuables such as carpets, furniture, clothing, etc. If the destructive behavior persists even with extensive training, it might cross your mind to rehome the pooch.
Rehoming a puppy

How To Safely Rehome Your Puppy

Most first-time dog owners often acquire their puppies from a shelter or breeder. If that’s the case with your new pooch, you may have signed a contract that highlights what you should do if you have to rehome the puppy.

If you’re not sure about the procedure, give them a call to seek clarification. It is possible that you are not permitted by law to rehome the puppy on your own. Most breeders would rather have the puppy back if you are not able to keep them.

If your breeder or shelter cannot take back the puppy, you will have to find an alternative to rehome them, but you must do it right. Consider taking her to a local boarder who can help monitor her temperament and advise on the right training methodology. Avoid looking for new homes on local Facebook groups, Craiglist, or newspaper classifieds.

These social platforms are notorious for attracting all kinds of shady buyers. Some people usually buy cheap dogs to use in inhumane backyard breeding businesses, flip puppies for a profit, or use them as bait for illegal dog fighting competitions.

Consult With Your Vet

You can always contact your vet, who might have another client looking for a dog breed like yours. They may also recommend no-kill shelters and rescues in your locality.

Shelters and rescue centers usually have a network of potential dog adopters and have protocols to ensure that puppies end up in good homes.

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