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As the rescue process requires time, devotion and financial resources, it is part of the procedure to learn a few basic things about this process. Some things to consider before taking on a rescue GWP:
German Wirehaired Pointers can and do make excellent companions and working/agility/obedience/tracking dogs. However, right from getting a GWP the obedience and social skills must be enforced. Should this not be trained then the GWP can become a hunting dog with no ‘stop control’ or a large dog that lacks manners. It should therefore be considered that a percentage of rescue GWPs do come into rescue because they have not had these skills trained and the cute puppy has grown up to be a dog that is just too much for the owner to cope with.
On taking on a GWP rescue you have to expect that you will need to go back to the basics with the dog and retrain it with manners. They are strong willed animals with a hunting instinct so you must expect to have to take training slowly to gain the final positive results of a well trained companion.
Some dogs that come in to rescue are not used to young children and may never have lived with children. Others will not be used to dogs and so socialization will be required. Many GWPs will not be used to cats. Each dog is a unique case and therefore we need to determine the best conditions for its staying and living!
Some GWPs come into rescue because they are unreliable with livestock. All dogs should be kept on the lead with livestock unless they are 101% trustworthy.
GWPs are hunting dogs. They need a good walk or run each day and they must not be left for long periods of time. They are not suitable to live in flats and all gardens should be well fenced and totally enclosed. For this reason, we do not encourage people to take these dogs in case they are living in flats and apartments. The dog’s nature insists on everyday running and the freedom they have when they are in the woods!
If you have very young children then do think carefully about taking on the breed as the rescue dogs will require commitment to time and training each day.
Some dogs come in purely because the family circumstances have changed and the dogs needs a new home. These dogs make excellent pets although again they may not be used to cats etc.
The above are some things to think about before enquiring about a rescue dog. They are not meant to put anybody off but just to give a better idea of the circumstances around rescue GWPs. If you still wish to enquire about a GWP rescue then please fill in the enquiry form to help us with you enquiry
Please speak to the rescue coordinator for your area or our national coordinator Ian Roberts.
After discussing your circumstances and requirements with one of our rescue coordinators a home checked will usually be carried out as soon as possible. This is so we can check the suitability of the home for the dog in rescue and also to advise of any fencing etc requirements that need to be made. It is not meant to be a judgmental process but simply a requirement to make sure the rehoming is successful.
Assuming the home check is passed you will go on our rescue list until a suitable GWP is found. Have in mind that this process may take some time, as we want to find the ideal dog for you!
Once a rescue dog becomes available you can meet the dog and final arrangements are made for the rehoming. A rescue contract is signed and appropriate details are passed over. Please note no rescue dogs are released with ‘registration papers’. A donation to rescue is appreciated on rehoming.
Please remember rescue is a voluntary service – all monies are received through donations and fund raising. All people involved in rescue do so on a voluntary basis.