Rehoming FAQs

What age/breed are the dogs up for rehoming?

We only train Golden retrievers, Labradors and crosses between the two. The age of the dogs for rehoming can be variable; the majority of dogs up for rehoming are withdrawn in the early stages of the training program, and can range from anything from 6 months – 2 years. Dogs retiring from being a canine partner can range from 8 to over 12 years of age.

Why have the dogs been withdrawn?

Dogs are withdrawn from the training program for a number of different reasons; typically these will be health or behaviour related. Whilst they are not suited to becoming a canine partner they can be a perfect pet dog. Most common health conditions include; joint problems and allergies/skin conditions. Typical behaviours that would make them an unsuitable working dog include; sensitivities, distractions, low motivation, too energetic etc.

What criteria must I meet to rehome a dog?

You must live within a 50 mile radius of our training centre (Midlands Centre – Osgathorpe, Leicestershire). You must have permission to keep animals from a landlord if you rent your property. If you work full time you must be able to prove how you can care for the dog whilst you are at work, as Canine Partners does not advocate dogs being left for more than 4 hours in any 24-hour period. You must have access to a suitable outdoor area to toilet/exercise the dog.

How does the rehoming process work/ how long will I wait?

On receipt of your enquiry, assuming you fall with in the 50 mile radius, we will send you out an application form and once this is returned, you will be contacted to discuss your application and suitability to rehome one of our dogs. If your application is unsuitable, you will be notified that your application has been declined.

If successful, you will be added to the rehoming waiting list.

Waiting times can vary dependent on the number of dogs available for rehoming and as we aim to match the dog to the most suitable family. Should a suitable dog not be identified within a year of your application, your application will be removed from the list.

How much does it cost to rehome a dog?

We ask for a minimum donation of £500.

Are the dogs neutered and microchipped?

Yes all of our dogs are neutered and microchipped as standard. If you rehome a young dog which has not yet reached the age for neutering we will pre arrange the procedure for when the dog reaches the required age.

The date and location of the procedure will be added to the contract and compliance with this is a requirement of rehoming the dog.

How much is it likely to cost should I rehome a dog with a health issue?

All of our dogs are insured and any existing health conditions should be covered by their current insurance policy. This can then be transferred over to you and you will receive a quote to take on the policy. However if you prefer you may shop around to find an alternative policy. (Please bear in mind when considering alternative insurers it is imperative that they will cover pre-existing conditions)

Insurance quotes can vary from dog to dog due to this we will often arrange an insurance quote for your consideration prior to meeting the dog.

Do you ever have any older/retired dogs up for rehoming?

Yes, while many of our partners will either rehome their retired canine partner or will nominate a family friend, we do sometimes have loving older dogs in need of a retirement home.

Will a withdrawn Canine Partner be able to assist my disabled/elderly relative?

No all of our withdrawn dogs are rehomed as pet dogs, we would not expect them to work in the home and many will not have reached this stage in their training, However our dogs as with all pet dogs will provide the positive impact of being a great companion.

Will I receive any ongoing support/aftercare once I’ve rehomed a dog?

You will be given all relevant history and information regarding the dog. We will be able to answer any questions or concerns that you have throughout the rehoming process. Once you have taken the dog home we will contact you within the first week. We will provide you with contact details for our Dog Welfare Team who can offer advice and guidance. It is recommended that you enlist the support of a local accredited dog trainer/behaviourist if you are experiencing any problems as this is a great way for you and your new dog to learn together.

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