How to choose the right training tools for your dog: for more information go to “decodingdogsla”.
Remember – there is no ‘one size fits all’ so it’s important to recognize what works for you and your dog.
• A toggled slip leash (top R) is a good starting point. All collars they should be fitted so they stay high up on neck under the jaw line.
• A martingale collar is safe for a new or shy dog because it will not slip off. • A sporn harness is a good pick If more corrective pressure is needed for walks.
• A halti (L) works well for pullers and alleviates pressure on the neck.
• A herm sprenger prong collar is effective for powerful breeds and extreme pullers (bottom R).
• Start by using the leash in the house. Guide the dog around and teach them where they can and can’t go. For example guiding them off the couch so they don’t turn it into a game or become hand shy.
• Start by having your new buddy sleep in a crate at night and when no one is home. Your dog can earn more freedom as a routine is established . Put the crate in the bedroom to represent his bed and a dog bed in the living room to represent his couch.
• Always have a collar and tag with your phone number on your dog at all the times!!!
First a little cautionary tale:
Hamlet was adopted after having a rough start. His former home was not very good to him. His forever family was dedicated to him and wanted to set him up for success. But there were a few hiccups in the first weeks in his new home. Basically, Hamlet ate part of their car. His humans didn’t blink an eye but rather got on the phone with “decodingdogsla” and discussed how to deal with these issues.
“decodingdogsla” and LLR thought this was a good opportunity to start a weekly post about the common issues that occur when bringing home a rescue dog.
BRINGING HOME YOUR FOREVER DOG:
• The first 2 weeks are key!
• Set up a structure with rules and boundaries. It’s easier to add more freedom later than have to take it away.
• Start with a solid foundation of sit, stay and come.
• Let the dog know where they can and can’t go, where they will sleep and where they will be when left alone. Creating this structure helps to establish your relationship with your forever dog.
• Use treats/affection to reward the desired behavior. Dogs learn by association so treats and affection reward what the dog is thinking or doing at that time.
• Do NOT do or expose dog to too much to soon.
• Have realistic expectations as this is all new to your dog as well as you. –
• Remember – it’s better to say “we could have done that sooner” verses “oops we did that too soon”.
Your new dog is looking to know their place in the new family pack. Creating this structure in first 2 weeks helps establishes that.