The majority of the 4,000+ dogs I have trained have been rescue dogs. I can proudly declare that I have helped each and every one of them live happier lives, regardless of their history. This is because with over 15 years of field experience, I understand the special needs of rescue dogs and how to make them balanced again.
If you are considering rescuing a dog, or if you already have, it is important to realize that rescue dogs give you a blank canvas to work with no matter the age or breed. Because you have never been a part of that dog’s life before you adopted him, the dog has no associations between you and their past. In dog psychology, this means the dog does not perceive you as related to their problems in any way. Your dog is only concerned with their safety, and they sense that through your leadership.
Dogs are looking for someone to give them directions but if they are not consistently receiving the proper directions from the start, they are bound to make mistakes and eventually take over the environment and the relationship to feel the safety they need. Typically, this behavior shows up in about two months after you bring him home. When dogs to take over, they live their days in stress, frustration and dominance which shows up as insecurities, fears and anxiety driven behaviors. No dog owner truly wants that kind of life for their dog.
The true “rescue” of a dog is rescuing the mind, creating mental peace, and revitalizing the spirit of the dog. When you make them feel safe and secure of themselves, which is an animal/dog first before they are our pets, then the loyalty is unmatched. They follow with no leash in any environment, always come when called even off leash around rabbits, stay when asked no matter where or for how long, and have amazing social skills and manners.
Rescue dogs are going to need more than dog obedience training – they will need a dog behavioral expert. Check out my testimonial page to see hundreds of 5 star reviews on my work in transforming dogs and relieving anxiety for owners. If you are seeking help in the Phoenix area, please see my FAQs for the list of areas I service.