Originally Posted by Nattylou
You raise some really relevant thoughts and this a greatly debated topic within rescue.
The pound environment is most often very stressful for impounded dogs. As a result it can be very difficult to gauge their natural temp and ability. The majority of dogs rescued/adopted from pounds are very different dogs in a loving, commited and responsible home/foster care.
Dogs pick up on so much more than we humans. I believe they are well aware of the serious predicament they are facing. They are also greiving in some cases. Abandonment, confusion, loss. Though for some the pound is the best home they have ever had, so things are looking up
As as result of all of this a great dog may not do well in a temp test due to the pound environment and associated fear or turmoil, on the other hand they may exceed themselves.
Temp testing is very important to gather an 'overall' indication of the dog you are considering taking on. Particularly for dogs rescued interstate, breed specific rescue etc.
As rescue places are few and far between and so many dogs are in urgent need, the emphasis is often on the dogs who do very well in temp tests. These dogs will often be logistically easier to foster, manage and rehome.
I am not saying it is good at all Rescue are well aware of this too...
I have rescued and fostered so many dogs that would have failed temp testing though I had the benefit of laying my hands on them personally.
In no time at all they were different dogs
They have all been amazing dogs, and moved into fantastic, devoted homes
Sadly Natty as there are so very many dogs in urgent need the cream is often skimmed from the top. Places in rescue are very limited and finances are tight.
I do not believe this is what rescue want essentially...we all adore dogs and work hard for them.
Sadly when push comes to shove the better the presenting nature and temp, the better chance of rescue and responsible rehoming
Though as i am hopeless free spirit the naughty ones often arrive here
"There is enough love and concern for animals in every community to overcome the irresposibility of the few"