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Obedience training for the adopted dog

If you’ve ever adopted a dog, you know there’s usually no way to tell if the dog has had any obedience training or is housebroken. You also have no idea what circumstances the dog was living in before you came to rescue him. Conditions couldn’t have been very good or he wouldn’t have needed rescuing. There are many humane organizations working very diligently to relocate these dogs. If you have ever used this type of adoption service, you know that unfortunately information about your adopted dog is sometimes missing.

Sometimes there are emotional problems that affect the behavior of dogs. This is where positive dog training plays an important role in the upbringing of your newly adopted dog. Some dogs need to be retrained based on the type of home environment they lived in before they were rescued. A good example here is Michael Vick’s dogs. Much effort is being put into helping these poor and abused dogs to make them fit for society. They never knew what it’s like to be a “family dog” and eat, sleep and play like a normal dog. Kind and human training brings hope.

Many dogs come out of puppy mills and kill shelters, so they haven’t received any training. Many of those that have been used for breeding purposes only may never have been on the lawn. Sometimes these poor dogs are confined to a cage all their lives. These dogs are just looking for a responsible owner who loves them and gives them a forever home. Training them not to chew on furniture, teaching them to walk on a leash, come when called (they may never have had a real name), and respond to some basic dog training commands can be very rewarding.

Adopted dogs may display aggressive behavior at their food bowl. More than likely this is because he doesn’t have enough to eat. Keep this in mind when you feed him: don’t take his plate before he’s finished eating, so he doesn’t think you’re taking his food away.

Give your newly adopted dog the chance to be the companion dog he really wants to be. This can only be achieved through good dog behavior training. All you need is some excellent instruction and advice, and your dog will happily walk alongside you, obeying your newly learned commands.

You can learn to train your dog at home yourself, in the environment in which he feels most comfortable. Training a rescue dog is doubly rewarding. It will be a bonding experience for both you and your dog. I speak from experience here when I adopted a pair of Shih Tzus that were dumped on a highway. They are responding well to their training, walking very well on their leashes and learning basic commands. We are getting over his bad near-death experiences. Adopting these “disposable” dogs has been very rewarding! If you can find a place in your lifestyle for a dog that needs to be rehoused, I know you won’t be disappointed. You and your dog will enjoy learning together!

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