Rescue Dog Training Tips
These rescue dog training tips will take time and work. This is not a simple one size fit all recipe. Each rescue dog comes with a unique set of circumstances. For the wellness of the rescue dog, it is always best to find out as much back ground information as possible. It will help with the initial training. The more you know the better.
Neglected dogs are different from abused dogs. Rescue dog training includes different behavioral issues.
For Most People Rescue Dog Potty Training And Anxiety Training Can Be Issues
Rescue Dog Potty Training
Most rescue dogs has gone through life without restrictions on where to pee or poop. Rescue dog potty training starts with a small area in the house where the dog is allowed to hang out. This helps the dog associate this area with you and starts the learning process. Left on their own, a dog will not know that new areas in the house are off-limits. Keep doors closed or if needed install pet gates. Limiting the areas will make it easier for your rescue dog to learn the new pee and poop rules. Next, this is important …slowly increase the size of the home area.
Frequent Outside Visits
Take your rescue dog out regularly and lavish with love and treats for going potty outside. Most importantly, do not yell or hit your rescue dog when mistakes happen in the home. Instead, say “No” and “Go” outside. Work and always repeat congratulations words (you can also use rewards) … “Nice Dump!!” …”Go PeePee.” “OMG!!”… “Yesssss!”… Whatever works – keep it working! ;))
Rescue dog training is as much about teaching new habits as removing new temptations. Be sure to clean up all messes thoroughly. Rugs or carpets must be cleaned with odor eliminating cleaners. Scent will linger, your dog will find the spot again so peeing or pooping will need redirecting … more learning. Rescue dog training needs constant: praise and trust… always reward a redirected skill and/or new learning.
Rescue Dogs Require Patience
When training a rescue dog you’ll find that almost at once your dog will prefer to remain indoors with you. Being safe is core to a rescue dogs survival instinct. Going outside, even to the backyard, is a cautious adventure. Prepare to go out with your rescue dog and close the door to the house. Stay for as long as it takes. Always encourage and praise … use your words so your dog hears you. Make sure your dog is listening…by rewarding and praising.
If it’s cold outside, put a sweater on your rescue dog before you go outside for potty training. When it’s raining, find a more sheltered spot in the garden. Optimize all potty opportunities so your rescue dog trusts your training skill.
Rescue Dog Anxiety Training
One of the saddest aspects of training a rescue dog is dealing with separation anxiety. As your dog improves, he will come to love you-the person who saved him from loneliness, pain and fear. So as you leave home, your dog will be faced with being alone again. Here are a few dog training tips to help.
Mood Soothing Tips
Once you leave, your home becomes quiet and empty. To counter this, leave soothing music on. Place your dog’s favorite toy on a familiar blanket. Provide chew stick to munch on in your absence. And leave a shirt that smells of you in the dog bed. Reassurance is a trust.
Your rescue dog may figure out when you are leaving home… so change-up your leaving routine. Rescue dog training can be as simple as sitting down in another room. Eventually your dog will calm down and stop associating actions with leaving home.
Some rescue dogs, chew on things, the blinds, your sofa. Rescue dog training can be pretty rough starting out. It is impossible to engage in training until you remove the problem or temptation raise the blinds cover the sofa.
Leaving, a chew stick, frequent reward, endless love and constant trust are the best training tools. Remember rescue dogs are different they can be sneaky, they can panic, they are not sure about their home, YOU are their new, safe world, their one pal, the leader and your new friend really needs and wants to trust you.