Old English Sheepdog
& Shaggy Dog Rescue Assistance
& Home Grooming The Companion Old English
Rehoming Your Old English Sheepdog
to successfully rehome your dog,
it must be a match
for everyone... all new family
current pets AND your dog. If
it isn't a match, it will be a
difficult adjustment for everyone.
Some dogs may end up being rehomed yet again or abandoned at a
shelter or pound... others may be
banished to the backyard, turned
loose or dumped by the side of the
breed usually needs a close
relationship with humans in order to
bond with the family, learn limits
and manners and thrive. Some of the
questions below may help you choose
the best home for your dog. If you
cannot rehome your OES, please
Old English Sheepdog rescue to
see if they can help.
is also important that you share
information on your dog's behavioral
issues or health conditions with
potential adopters. You want
the new family to be prepared to
handle any challenges safely and to
be able to financially afford any
necessary medical care.
There are people
who search ads for free or
dogs so they can resell them.
There are also people who will buy
or seek free,
unaltered dogs for irresponsible
breeding purposes. Some people
repeatedly breed dogs for the
money they can make... it can be a
sad existence. When the dog no longer makes money,
then be sold, abandoned at animal control or
turned in to a rescue or shelter.
It's these places, animal control, shelters and
rescues, where suffering ends or better lives
begin. Please take time to
carefully screen potential adopters
or buyers. If at all possible, have
your pet spayed or neutered before
rehoming to ensure the dog won't be
misused for profit or make it part
of a written agreement that the dog
must be altered by a specific date.
If you signed a purchase or adoption
agreement, you may be legally required to return
your Old English Sheepdog to the individual, group or organization
you purchased or adopted the dog from. Both
responsible OES breeders and rescues
will take the OES back or actively assist in
rehoming the dog if for any reason the owner can no
longer keep him/her.
following list of questions has been compiled by
both rescues and individuals who care about this breed...
__________________________________________________________________________________ Veterinarian's Address
Telephone Number: _______________________________________________________________________
Contact the adopter's current or previous vet to ensure
pets have been properly cared for. The vet will
probably require permission from a potential adopter
to release this information.
Will you keep this
dog on heartworm preventative? Yes No If tick borne
diseases are a problem in your area, will you keep
this dog on a monthly tick preventative?
Note that heartworms and tick diseases pose serious or
life threatening health problems for dogs.
If the dog is
unaltered- Do you agree to have this dog spayed or neutered?
Yes No By what date must this be done?
Home and Fence
dwelling you live in:
Verify a landlord will allow a large dog in the
home if the adopter is renting their home or
yard fenced? Yes No
What type of fence secures your yard?:
your yard's fenced area. Include fence
height and the size of the fenced
area. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
fenced area in your yard attached* to your
house? Yes No *
If you step outside your door, are you
inside the securely fenced play area or do you
need to cross an unsecured area in order to reach the
fenced play area?
always keep this dog on a leash and have
control of the dog when not in a
secure, fenced area?
you agree to NOT
stake this dog outside except if you
are outdoors with the dog and supervising
it? Yes No
you agree NOT to
use an electric shock collar on this dog for training or
discipline purposes? Yes No
you enroll in humane dog training classes to
help with training AND to develop a bond with this dog?
Consider a home visit to
verify living conditions. Properly
rehoming this pet is your final responsibility
to him/her... help ensure this dog will have a
good life and not one of neglect or abuse.
Current/Previous Dogs And Pets
Why do you want
an Old English Sheepdog?
_______________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
What current and previous dog breeds have you owned? _____________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
List all pets
currently owned or on the property including gender
(spayed/neutered), age, breed or type of pet. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
Note that some dogs have a
high prey drive meaning they will chase and
sometimes kill small animals. If your dog has
high prey drive, he or she may not be appropriate
for a family that currently has cats, rabbits, etc.
Are all pets
currently in the home both healthy and dog friendly?
Yes No If no, please
What happened to your last pet?
How long did
you have this pet?
Have you ever
had to give up a pet before?
About Your Family Not all Old English Sheepdogs have been
properly socialized with
children and not all children have been properly taught
to respect and interact with dogs. The Old English Sheepdog in often an
exuberant breed with inherent
herding and nipping behaviors because of the job
they were bred to do. Children move
differently than adults... jumping, climbing,
running, fast paced movements, loud, higher
pitched voices... and can over stimulate an OES
and bring about rough and sometimes aggressive
behaviors making them unsuitable for families
with young children. Because of this and
the physical size of this breed, rescues often
will not place an OES in a home with
children under the age of 10.
If in doubt, consider a new home with adults
What are the ages of ALL
children under the age of 18 that live with you
either full or part time-
If you currently don't have
children, do you plan to have young children in
(Daycare, grandchildren, any other visiting
Are there any elderly or frail
people living in your home? Yes No
Does anyone in your home have
A Dog In Your Home
Will this dog be
allowed ON the furniture? Yes No
Will this dog be
allowed to sleep ON your bed?
Is someone home during the
day? Yes No
Where will this dog be kept
during the day?
How many hours will this dog
spend alone each day?
Where will this dog stay when
you are away?
the house In
Where will this dog be kept at
Grooming Your Old English
Sheepdog Old English Sheepdogs require frequent and
special grooming to prevent painful mats and to
help keep their skin healthy. How will you
address the grooming requirements of this Old
but will buy tools and learn to groom
*Professional groomer's name and
A professional groomer can often provide insight
as to how well a dog has been cared for in the
Do you have an appropriate size
indoor crate/kennel for this dog?
No If not, are you willing to purchase one if
needed? Yes No
What will you do with this dog
if you can no longer keep him/her? Return
to you. Give
to a friend or family member.
Put an ad online or in the newspaper
in to a shelter or pound.
to an OES rescue.
This list of questions is only a starting
point. Add any other questions you feel
might be important... ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
Consider having a signed adoption or
purchase agreement with the new family.
Until You Find Me, Inc. 3946 Park Lane - Traverse City, Michigan 49686
Old English Sheepdog &
Shaggy Dog Rescue Assistance.