Training a Rescue Dog
A well trained dog makes a great companion and plays an important part in a family. A good training program should be a priority with people looking to adopt a rescue dog. Just a few training basics can make a huge difference between a wild and unruly dog and a well behaved pet.
The Importance of Training a Rescue DogThere are many rescue dogs looking for homes. Dogs in rescue centres are there for a variety of reasons. Some will have been abandoned or found as strays, others will be family pets that have needed to be rehomed when a family can no longer look after them. While some rescue dogs will be well trained, many will not have any form of training. In order for a rescue dog to become integrated into his new household and play a part in family life it is important that he is well trained. Drawing up a training program will help to ensure that the important areas of dog discipline are covered. This includes:
- Name – if a dog is being renamed, or if his name is not known, it is important that he is trained to recognise his new name as a priority. This is essential to the successful implementation of a training program.
- House training – rescue dogs may not be house trained. Getting a dog trained so that it asks to go outside when it wants to go to the toilet is an important part of integrating an adopted dog into his new home.
- Stop and stay – it is important that a dog is trained to stop and stay on command. This is important if a dog is to be allowed to run off the lead and is particularly important with rescue dogs as they might have a tendency to run away.
- 'No' – the 'no' command is one of the most important aspects of dog training. This will be used to stop a dog from climbing onto furniture, jumping up at people, barking for no reason and other annoying habits.