BMD CLUB RESCUE & REHOME PROGRAMS

The BMDCC and the BMD Provincial Clubs maintain rescue programs. It is more commonplace these days for BMDs to be available through BMD Club rescue programs, private rescue groups, and public shelters; but locally rescued Bernese are not always available on demand. With the increasing popularity of the BMD, dogs in need of re-homing will continue to increase. Please contact a Provincial Club Rescue Chair (listed on Provinciall Club's websites) about rescue dogs' availability in specific areas of the country. Club rescue programs provide experienced foster homes that are able to evaluate the needs and character of rescued dogs. Not all rescued/re-homed dogs and adoptive homes are well suited to each other.
Rescuers, with the responsibility for choosing a home for a rescued dog from available adoptive families, base their final placement decisions on making an enduring and rewarding match between dog and owner.

RIVERSTEAD RESCUE HOME

I opened my doors as a private NOT FOR PROFIT BMD rescue home ten years ago. As a concerned and committed breeder I feel that it is my obligation to be there for any and all Bernese in need. Please keep in mind there is a wide variety of reasons a dog may come to find itself in need of a new home, death of the owner, a change in living situation causing an owner to place a much-loved pet that can no longer be kept. Breeders often hold a puppy until they can determine its show and breeding potential or a bitch that has been bred once or twice may be retired; a BMD is lost and ends up far from home in a dog pound, scheduled to be euthanized after 10 days, but is taken into the rescue program. Often dogs coming into rescue can make simply wonderful companions for a new owner with a little patience and time for new owner and dog to acclimate to each other. Some rescue dogs may require different degrees of rehabilitation if the situation they have come from was not ideal. Always make sure you are well advised about the character and past of any dog you are bringing into your home, particularly if you have children.

CONSIDERING THE OLDER DOG

If you are not prepared to go through the trials and training of a young puppy, an older puppy or mature dog can be a good alternative, especially in households where the family pet may have to spend much of the day unsupervised. If this is of interest to you contact reputable breeders as many of them retire their breeding dogs at a young enough age that they can enjoy many years with a second family. Most BMDs are very adaptable, and a good tempered Bernese Mountain Dog of any age can become an enjoyable member of the family in the very short time. If the dog has been well cared for, it will continue to offer love and devotion to its new owners because a properly raised BMD loves and needs people. Do not hesitate to take an outgoing, good-natured BMD into your home. Although the dog may be confused at first and cause a few minor problems, patience, consistency and reassurance are the key. The dog's self-confidence will return and it will adapt readily to your routine. A few tips when adopting an older dog. Learn all about the dog you are considering and determine if it will fit into your lifestyle. Learn about the dog's habits, diet and past history, if possible perhaps you could take the dog for a week for observation. Be sure that all family members meet the dog before it is adopted and all agree that this is the right decision. It’s best to acquire the dog when you can be at home with the dog full-time for the first week or two. This is so that the dog can learn what is expected of it, teach the dog where to relieve itself, when meals will be served, etc. Allow the dog a month or so to settle into its new environment before beginning formal obedience training. Even if the dog has had classes in the past, training is a good way to help you to understand the dog's responses and personality and for the two of you to become better friends. I highly recommend bonding through formal classes. 

"If You Breed..., You Should Rescue"

 
Make a Free Website with Yola.