We sometimes get enquiries about the availability of older PWDs. Some people don't want a puppy or are happy to rehome an older dog. PWDs rarely come up for rehoming but occasionally (and for a variety of reasons) we have, or know of, a puppy or dog who requires a new for-ever rehome. Please contact us for current information.
Like children, when we bring an animal into our lives, it should be for the rest of their life. The decisions we make should always include the animal as a part of the family and we adapt our work and lives to fit around the dog. This often includes us coming home at lunchtime, getting friends or neighbours to check on the dog or using professional dog walking services or doggy daycare. Owners usually undertake dog training and, in some cases, it might mean seeking expert help if you can’t cope with your dog’s behaviour. As breeders, we always offer support and advice to help our puppy owners to overcome any difficulties. In most cases, we adapt our lifestyle or train the dog to ensure a well adjusted and happy dog and owner. Often we seek advice, make changes and get past the rough times to get to a better place.
But sometimes life just throws you lemons. Sometimes the dog does not fit into your lifestyle; you weren’t prepared for a dog or have not been able to cope with the temperament of a PWD. Perhaps a particular family or personal situation such as bereavement, old aged, ill health, change of job, housing or relocation, means you have to give up your dog. You might have had an unexpected negative reaction to the allergens and it has affected your health. Giving up a much-loved pet is a heartbreaking thing to do and it’s important for your pet’s future that you get it right. We know it is a difficult decision but you are doing the right thing for the wellbeing of your pet. Above all the welfare of your pet must come first.
If owners have come to the point of needing to rehome their pet it may be an option to hand the dog back to the original breeder. This is often considered to be a good option. Please be advised that the breeders are under no obligation to take back the dog but a good breeder will gladly want to help to ensure a happy dog and owner.
Breeders know the PWD breed and the challenges owners face. The pet will often be taken back into the breeder's family home and treated as a pet and not a dog amongst many in a rescue kennel. Like reputable charities, breeders often have inquiries for older dogs to rehome and like charities there will be no financial exchange or payment to the current owner. The breeders will take the time to re-train and re-socialise the dog and will also take great care to find a suitable home for the dog. This can easily take up to 6 months or more. Depending on the situation the current owner may continue to pay for the feeding of the dog or continue to insure the dog until they go to their next home. Please remember that the breeder may well be taking on ownership and all financial, legal and medical responsibility for a dog they had not planned for. Remember equivalent personalised care from doggy daycare or home boarding costs between £15 to £25 a day. It is important to note that most breeders will not take a dog back simply because they are ill, terminally ill or injured and the current owners do not want to deal with the legal, financial or medical responsibility.
Owners do have the following alternatives but they come with their own issues:
Rehome your pet yourself. The difficulty here is that owners still have to live with a difficult family situation or the dog's bad behaviour until you can find a suitable new home. Owners often find they need to rehome the dog quickly and in haste make poor decisions about the next home, passing on the bad behaviour and issues to an unsuspecting new owner. This leads to reinforcing the poor behaviour, an unhappy dog, unhappy owner and further rehoming. We believe that this is not the right option.
Ask the breeder to find a new owner. Owners keep their dog until the breeder can find a new home for the dog. If the owner has the time and can cope with keeping the dog for a while this can work. However it has often got to the point where this is not a suitable option. Again owners will have to live with a difficult situation or behaviour until the breeder can find a new home. This can be a very challenging time where bad behaviours are often reinforced and made worse. There is no guarantee how long this will take. Both the dog and owner remain in a difficult situation and it often leads to an unhappy dog with increasingly challenging behaviours.
Hand it over to a reputable charity (RSPCA, Blue Cross, WoodGreen, Battersea, DogsTrust etc) who do an excellent job rehoming dogs. However, charities are often full to capacity and owners may have to wait before they can hand over their dog. This again has the same issues as the options above. It is worth remembering that despite the excellent job they do, in the unlikely event the dog cannot be rehomed some (but certainly not all) charities may well have to euthanize the dog.
We know that it is a difficult decision to ask a breeder to take back a dog but please be reassured that we are not here to make judgements. We ask people seeking to rehome their PWD to complete a questionnaire which will help us find a suitable new home for your PWD.