Training Shelter Rescued Dogs
If you are looking at a dog training career, you will have lots of challenges that you might potentially face with your clients. One of the things that can make training dogs so interesting and challenging at the same time is the fact that you have to deal with an array of canine behaviors and traits, each one unique to different pets. However, there is perhaps nothing that is more of a challenge to dog trainers than working with a dog rescued from a shelter.
Rescuing a dog abandoned in a shelter is one of the most caring and compassionate things that a dog lover can do. However, adopting a dog used to living in a shelter is not like adopting other pets. Shelter dogs can have trouble socializing with owners or other pets. In many cases, these animals spent time on the street or were even abused by past owners. This all means that a dog trainer has to consider treating dogs rescued from shelters differently than they would other pets.
When you are performing animal training on a dog rescued from a shelter, it's important to ask as many questions of the new owner as possible. Find out if they know why the dog was in the shelter in the first place. If they were brought in for reasons like because the owner had to move to a place that did not accept pets or that they weren't housebroken, chances are that the dog can be treated more like any other pet. However, if the pets were abandoned on the street or abused, then you might have to do additional work with these pets.
If you are working with a rescued dog that is having trouble socializing or adapting to its new environment, it's important to work with the owner to create bonds of communication and trust with their new dog. The use of clickers and reward systems is one effective way to train dogs that have been rescued from a shelter. Once dogs begin to realize that their owners have love and affection for them, they are more likely to begin to be more open to training.
You might be leery about working with animals that come from shelters because of the unique challenges they bring. However, consider that the main reason you choose an animal career in the first place is because you wanted to help animals in need. Working with dogs rescued from animal shelters to acclimate them to their new lives with loving owners is one of the greatest rewards you can get from your dog training career.