What are NEARR Dogs?
The average NEARR dog is a male Labrador Retriever, 4-6 years old,
partially trained, with semi-decent social skills, in need of clear
leadership and exercise.
- NEARR dogs are mostly Labradors and/or Lab
mixes. Although we are willing to help
any retriever/retriever mixes, there are other excellent, established
rescues who specialize in
Goldens. We rarely see the other
retrievers breeds at NEARR.
- NEARR dogs are a sporting breed dog and require:
- Regular, heart pounding exercise.
- Positive reinforcement training.
- Exercise - both their brain and their body.
- Having a job.
- Retrievers have a high pain tolerance and drive to chase things,
which makes invisible fences a difficult fit in most cases.
- They like to retrieve things, so a large fenced in area is ideal.
- They are not hypoallergenic. If you have lots of allergies,
retrievers are not the breed for you.
- Labradors shed twice a year.
- Labradors are puppies, in spirit, for a very long time.
- Labradors are messy.
- More reasons
not to get a lab
- NEARR dogs are typically owner surrenders. The top 5 reasons they are
given up are:
- It's too hard to deal with retrievers and small kids at the same
- They are 80 pounds of leash pulling, counter surfing, jumping up
craziness and I'm tired of it!
- They require more attention/exercise than I imagined.
- My life has changed and they are no longer convenient.
- I'm too busy.
Dogs are given to NEARR because NEARR's main goal is to find
forever homes that understand the needs of rescued retrievers. We do not
send dogs home until the entire board of directors is satisfied that a
home can provide what a particular dog needs.
What are Their Needs?
Actual needs vary from dog to dog, but in general:
- Full fledged running, 1/2 hour per day minimum
- Time with their family -- belly rubs, scratching, just hanging out
time every day
- Leadership -- clear rules
- Mental stimulation
- Mid-day walks/bathroom breaks
What Does it Mean to Rescue a Dog?
The greatest gift you can give to a dog and to yourself is to rescue a
dog. You give him or her the gift of life, love, and stability. They understand this and give back more love and loyalty then you can
imagine. Because they have been elsewhere, they don't take you for
By going through a foster-based rescue, you get a dog who has been
tested in a variety of situations and with whom there is is some knowledge
of their daily temperament.
What Doesn't it Mean to Rescue a Dog?
- It does not mean a cheap dog.
- It does not mean a fully trained dog.
- It does not mean easy access to a dog.