Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor
When you adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue you may be given information about his or her past. It may be a sad or disturbing story that will make you vow to make up for all of your dog’s past suffering. However, if you approach the training of your new best buddy in this manner you may be doing him a disservice.
After a period of allowing Fido to become acquainted with you and your family, you should begin gently teaching him the rules of your home. A professional trainer can give you tips to ease the transition from being abandoned to being a part of a loving pack. It’s possible he has never known kindness or structure so go slowly and praise often!
Don’t be tempted to feel sorry for him—be gentle, loving, and firm so that he will respond to you with respect. Let him know that although you expect a lot from him you will always be there to reward him with a pat, a walk, and some quality time.
My book, Training Your Dog With Love and Compassion might be just what you need to start a rewarding relationship with your new family member! It is available on Amazon in both eBook and paperback and can be ordered on the Barnes and Noble website.
If you have questions about any dog-related issue, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text me at 856.981.8957. There is never a fee for non-contact consultation.
Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)
Dawn O Watson
Owner, Brother of the Wolf, LLC