Beyond The Basics: The Importance Of Training For Shelter Dogs

A dog in an animal shelter, waiting for a home

October is a National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month but here at Camp Bow Wow, we think every month, and every day, should be supporting the adoption of shelter pets!

Finding the right four legged friend to give a FUR-ever home is only the first step. Once you get the newest addition to your family home, the real fun begins and the honeymoon, so they say, is over.

The Sarah McLachlan song you heard in your head when you looked into your dogs big, sad, “adopt me” eyes has no been replaced by “Bad To The Bone” or something similar and you’re thinking “what have I done?”.

What you’ve done is taken the first step and saved a dogs life, now you’ll have to take the next step and make it an enjoyable life for the both of you and here’s how training can help with that:

  • Bonding: Training is a great way to bond with your dog, especially using our reward based methods. The more you reward the good behaviors, the more likely you’ll receive those behaviors from your dog. What better way to start out your relationship with your new dog than one built on trust and reward and respect?
  • Boundaries: It’s much easier to have a game plan in place for the dog to follow than to let the dog rule the roost until it’s out of control. You’ll have a much more difficult time trying to change the “normal” you’ve let the dog lay the ground work for than you will setting it up the right way from the start.
  • Behaviors: A trainer can help you overcome any behavioral issues you may be having with your dog and may have better insight to future problems based on your dogs behavior.  Behaviors may change as the dog gets more accustomed to his new environment and it’s not unusual for problems to creep up a few months in. Regardless of whether you’re having issues with household boundaries, fear, aggression, basic obedience, potty training, etc. we can help!

Contact our Behavior Buddies Certified Trainer to set up an in-home or on-site private session and get started off on the right paw!

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