by Dawn Watson
GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (January 31, 2015)--You’ve rescued a dog from a shelter and invested in a harness, leash, and identification collar. You’ve taken him to the vet for all his shots and he’s already neutered. But his behavior is becoming increasingly more disturbing as time progresses.
A professional trainer is hired and you work diligently to curb your dog’s bad habits. You have spent lots and lots of money and hours trying to get your dog to respond to you and to others in a socially acceptable manner. Finally, you come to the conclusion that your dog’s behavior cannot be modified.
What do you do, now?
The first thing you should consider is to share your feelings with your trainer. A professional won’t mind referring you to a colleague for a second opinion or a different type of training. However, unless you’re prepared to start from ‘square one’, you may be disappointed with the results.
If you can’t afford to further your dog’s education, another option is to return him to the shelter. Most shelters’ contracts state that any pet can be returned for any reason. Sadly, many of these returned animals are euthanized unless they were adopted from a no-kill shelter.
You can also reach out through social media to find a trainer willing to work with the dog at no cost. (I am one of ‘those’ if the situation calls for it!) For many trainers, saving a dog is priceless.
If you must surrender your dog, do not feel that you can’t adopt another one. Perhaps this dog isn’t a ‘fit’ for your family or situation but a smaller, older, or one with a lesser prey drive would work out better. Talk to the shelter staff about the problems you’ve experienced and let them know how hard you worked with the dog you are returning. They may be sympathetic to your situation.
Our second obedience class will meet on Saturday, January 31st at 11 AM. This week we will be working on the polite, on-leash walk, the stay command, and how to get your dog to come to you each time you call him. Call 856.981.8957 to enroll. Tuition is $20 cash per dog, per class with a discount for multi-dog families.
Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)
Brother of the Wolf, LLC
Located at 700 Market St
Gloucester City, NJ
Pictured: The Venice Pizzeria, which is now Brother of the Wolf's training center. Many life-long residents of Gloucester City remember this place fondly. If you would like to come and look around I would be glad to hear your memories of the Venice. Just give me a call!