A rescue dog makes for a great pet! Moreover, you get that amazing feeling when you’ve adopted a pet rather than bought one at a store. Adopting a dog is so much better because you give an otherwise stray pup a home. Unfortunately, people have many reservations when it comes to adopting a dog. What breed is it? Does it have any kind of infection? Is it trainable? Will it be well-mannered?
A rescue dog, like any other pet, needs to be trained. Training a sheltered dog maybe a little more difficult than training a well-bred dog, but it’s not impossible. Professional help is always a phone call away. With these tips and tricks, you’ll have a well-trained furry friend in no time.
Consider Training A Rescue Dog An Investment
The biggest challenge while training a shelter dog tends to be its non-social skills. Rescue dogs don’t socialize that well. If you have the experience of training dogs yourself, great! If not, you’d better consider training your new friend in a group setting and by a professional dog trainer. The benefits of this include better bonding between you and your dog and it also teaches both of you to work together well.
Treat Your Rescue Dog After Every Training Session
The reward after a hard work system never fails. It acts as a motivating factor. You can either make your own treats at home or take your pet to sniff and choose its own at the treat store. Don’t rely on the treats at your trainer’s classroom. They may not agree with your dog. Trainers suggest giving treats to your pet after each training session and not before.
Take Long Walks Before Each Training Class
A sleepy dog doesn’t make for the best study. You want to ensure your rescue dog is totally awake during its training classes. Taking your pet on walks before training sessions ensure exactly that. It is also a
Don’t Forget To Practice What You Learn
Consistency makes the world go round when it comes to training a rescue dog. Make sure you practice what your dog learned in class at home. It’s great when your dog performs during training sessions but it’s not worth a dime if he doesn’t do the same things at home. It’s also just like studies; the more your study and practice, the better you get at it.
Training Yourself Too
Be present at all your dog’s training sessions. It acts as training for you too. You get to learn a lot about your pet’s temperament at these sessions. You also become aware of what works and what doesn’t. You learn that each command is different and your dog will respond differently. You also experience the saying that patience is key. It takes time to train a rescue dog but the wait is worth it.
At the end of it all, you’ll have a well-behaved rescue dog. This makes life so much easier and takes the hassle out of ow