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Dawn Watson | CNBNewsnet

TimidIf you have just adopted a dog from a shelter or rescue, one of the first interactions with him should be to cultivate trust between you.

Adopted dogs (older dogs not purchased as puppies) have varied, sometimes sad, histories. Chances are they have lost the only home they ever knew; they are anxious and mistrustful. It’s up to you to give them a fresh start.

Praise the dog when he has accomplished any fete, such as ‘going’ outdoors, following your lead on walks, and taking treats from your hand. Establish hierarchy, with you as the leader before engaging him in tug-of-war games. Do not make any sudden movements near him a they may be perceived as a threat.

Get Fido accustomed to gently releasing objects (not food) to you, on command. When he has accomplished this task, quickly give the object back to him. This teaches him to accept your guidance and that he can trust you to give the object (or a similar object) back to him.

Go softly. Respect the dog and he will become a loyal companion. You can fix a broken dog.

If you have questions about this or any other dog-related issue, please call me at 856.981.8957. I am here to help you.

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Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)
Dawn Watson
Owner, Brother of the Wolf, LLC
Located in Gloucester City, NJ
Loving dogs since 1951
Training dogs since 1975