Training A Rescue Dog – Asheville Dog Training Blog
In-home, Asheville Dog Training
All dogs need leadership from their people, and that also includes rescue dogs. For rescue dogs, they may need guidance the most! Many rescue dogs come from checkered pasts with previous owners, or have grown up in the chaos of an animal shelter. The best thing you can do when you adopt a dog from a rescue is training them.
Dog training is not meant to be, and should not be something that is harsh, punishing, and fear-instilling for the dog. Many dog owners have the misconception that professional dog behavior trainers are there to break a dog’s spirit and mold them into an obedient, but lifeless dog that behaves because of fear. A professional dog trainer is not there to tear down the bond between dog and owner, but instead, build the relationship between the two while also instilling confidence in both parties.
While at a seminar with a dog trainer in Buffalo, we talked about rescue dogs are often given total freedom, mainly because owners feel sorry for them and want to make sure they don’t cause more problems for the dog. Many rescue dogs come with timid personalities, skittish behavior, and other issues that are motivated by some anxiety. It is important to ease a rescue dog into the home at a steady pace, not pushing things too hard. However, training can help the process go more smoothly, plus training will show the dog immediately exactly how things work now that they are in their new home and with their new family. Continue reading