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Considering the Older Dog
If you are not prepared to go through the trials and training of a baby puppy, an older puppy or even a mature dog can be a good alternative, especially in households in which the family pet may have to spend much of the day unsupervised. Bull Terriers are very adaptable, and a Bull Terrier of any age, with a good temperament, can become a member of the family in a very short time.

There are many reasons that older dogs are available. Breeders often hold a puppy until they can determine its show or breeding potential, a brood bitch that has been bred once or twice and is retired, circumstance change and someone has to place a much-loved pet that they can no longer keep, a Bull Terrier is lost and ends up far from home in a dog pound – scheduled to be euthanized after 10 days and is taken into the Rescue Program. The reasons are myriad, but whatever they may be, the grown dog is often available. In most cases they are housebroken, may know some commands and have formed many behavior patterns. If the dog has been loved and cared for, he will continue to give love and devotion to their new owners because ---
A Bull Terrier Loves and Needs People!
You need not be hesitant to take an outgoing, good-natured Bull Terrier into your home. Although it may be confused and cause a few problems, patience, consistency and reassurance are the key works. The dog’s self-confidence will return and it will adapt readily to your routine.

We find out all that we can about all the dogs that come into the program and our goal is to match you up with a dog that will fit your lifestyle and be a wonderful addition to your family. It is important that all members of the family want a dog and they should all have a chance to meet the dog before it is adopted.

It is best to acquire the dog when the family member with primary responsibility for the dog’s care and training will be home full time for the first few days. Time must be taken to be sure that the dog knows where he will sleep, relieve himself, where and when he will eat and what he can and cannot do in the house. In short, he must learn the routine he will be following and what is expected of him. Consistency by all family members is the key to a quick adjustment.

Obedience training is an excellent way for you to bond with the dog. After the dog has settled in, perhaps a month or so, the new owner should begin a formal obedience class. Even if the dog has had previous training, attending a class is an excellent way to brush up on training and will help you to understand your dog’s responses and personality more completely. Training together is fun for both you and your new friend.

The location for Bull Terrier Rescue information is: www.btca.com/rescue www.rescue.btca.com

If you are in the Houston, Texas area the regional club is the Texas
Gulf Coast Bull Terrier Club.  Information on the TGCBTC and its rescue program can be found at www.texasbullterrier.org .