Choosing a labradoodle rescue, instead of going to a breeder, is a great way to go about getting a dog, but before you start looking, there are a number of important considerations to make to ensure you’re truly ready for the responsibility. Sadly, thousands of dogs never get a chance to live, and end up euthanized in shelters, because their owner couldn’t handle the responsibilities of owning a dog. This terrible problem can be avoided simply by thinking long and hard before moving forward. Owning a labradoodle, or any dog for that matter, is a huge responsibility that must be understood before visiting a rescue shelter to look for a dog.
Before you begin looking for a labradoodle rescue, you should ask yourself the following five questions:
1. Are you away from home a lot?
If you work long hours, and you’re away from home a lot, it’s a bad idea to get a labradoodle, unless there’s going to be someone at home every day to care for it. Even in that case though, there’s no point in owning a dog if you aren’t personally going to be around much to care for it yourself and enjoy its companionship. You won’t be able to go on any vacations, unless you bring your dog with you, board it, or have a relative care for it while you’re away. These dogs need a lot of attention and exercise. It would be very cruel to leave your labradoodle at home, in a crate, for the entire day while you’re at work. Neglect could also lead to behavioral problems.