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HERE'S HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT DOG

When you take part in a dog adoption, you know that your adopted dog may have some special needs. Chances are your adopted dog may have had a difficult life. He may have even been mistreated. Or he may have been a very beloved pet who was well trained and who's owner fell on hard times, or had to move to an apartment. You would not believe how many emails I get where someone is having to give up a beloved pet for adoption. The people at the dog adoption shelter should have the history on the dog. They will know if he has been well cared for or needs special attention.


PICK OUT A DOG THAT YOUR ARE SUITED FOR

Before getting a dog for adoption, think about how you can best help. If you are an experienced dog handler, perhaps you will be drawn to adopt a dog who will require extra effort. Such an adoption carries with it a high degree of commitment, but offers the greatest rewards. If you have a family with children, you cannot take the same chance that someone else can with a dog adoption. Before going to the adoption shelter, honestly evaluate your circumstances. Don't over-reach yourself. Pick a dog that you are suited for.



THE BEST WAY: ALLOW THE DOG TO PICK YOU

I'll never forget going to a friends home and he had a Canary that was the best Canary I had ever seen. It would fly right to him. I asked him how he had been able to train him so good? He said he hadn't. He said that when he went to the pet store they had a large cage that must have had 50 Canaries in it, he said he decided that he would simply put his hand in the cage and which ever one landed on his hand, would be his bird. He let the bird pick him. Do the same when you go to the dog adoption shelter. Let the dog pick you.


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OK I'VE DONE A DOG RESCUE - HOW DO I TRAIN HIM?

While preparing this article, I received an email from someone who had adopted an eight month old Pitbull from a bad environment just before the city was getting ready to remove the dog. She also owns a female Pitbull that she had adopted from the local dog adoption shelter. So she has some experience with dogs. The new adopted dog respects both her and her mother, in fact demonstrates love. The dog is OK with her 5 year old, tolerates her boyfriend, yet sends signals; but launches himself aggressively at her 14 and 15 year old. She believes that given a chance, and the right training that the dog is going to be an excellent dog. I agree!


TEACH PACK STRUCTURE WHEN DOING A DOG ADOPTION

Dogs are Pack Animals. The pack instinct controls every aspect of a dogs life. If his PACK STRUCTURE is a strong one, and is clearly defined, the adopted dog will be confident in his environment and make an excellent pet. Right now, he does not understand his position in the pack and he feels he needs to establish himself. This is absolutely the way it is with just about every breed of dog, both large and small.

Watch a pack of puppies and you will see how they fight for position and ownership. Most people cannot believe how vicious puppies can be toward one another. To establish rank they use their teeth. Because of their fur and thick skin, they rarely inflict serious injuries in these test of will. But when they do the same with a human, even a small dog can inflict serious injury. This kind of behavior is not unusual, in fact it is normal behavior, it is hard wired into them, and it is all they know.


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PACK STRUCTURE HAS TO BE ESTABLISHED

In the aforementioned case, the adopted dog has submitted to both adult women. The small child is not seen as a threat for position so she is being tolerated. Yet, he is very likely to give her a quick bite to remind her of his rank if he feels she needs reminding. That just has not happened yet, but it will. The boyfriend; the dog is not sure about. The adopted dog doesn't know if he is up to the task or not, so he tries to send signals to see if he can perceive without a fight. But now the two teenagers; he sees them as a direct rival for position and he is ready to fight. This is typical pack behavior.


IT IS UP TO YOU TO QUICKLY LET THE PACK STRUCTURE BE KNOWN

The key to solving this problem with the adopted dog is to establish pack structure. Right now the adopted dog is trying to establish the structure of his new pack. This is akin to children deciding what they will eat, when they will go to bed, and how late they will stay out. In some households, it is done that way; and we can all foresee the results. Strong structure is needed.


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IT'S IMPERATIVE WITH DOG ADOPTION THAT YOU BECOME THE PACK LEADER

The leader of the pack needs to decide every ones position. When I was a child, my Dad was the leader of our pack, with my mom being the second in command. They decided every aspect of me and my siblings life. I did not battle with my siblings to see who sat where at the dinner table or who would have what bedroom, or who would get the last piece of pie. And when company came over, my parents decided if I was to sit and listen or if I could retire to my room. My parents decided everything. Likewise, the adopted dog has to learn that you are the one who decides his place in the pack. He has to learn that all humans are above him. When he learns this, you will have a great dog and a safe dog.


YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND PACK INSTINCT

Sadly, some are not capable of being pack leaders because they do not understand discipline. Dogs are not people, they relate to things entirely different than we do. What we may view as cruel, is what an adopted dog relates to and in many cases desires. (I am not talking about beating a dog). The pack instinct is ingrained into them. Before you can be successful with a dog adoption, you have to understand how the pack instinct controls an adopted dog and his thinking.


BECOME THE PACK LEADER YOUR ADOPTED DOG WILL RESPECT

So how does one go about training a dog? Is it really possible to teach an old dog a new trick? I highly recommend that you take the time to read some of my DOG TRAINING PAGES You will note that I endorse Remote Collar Training as a way to quickly and easily teach everything from the basics to advance training skills. For an adopted dog, I recommend the Leerburg Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Pet DVD In my experience, most any behavioral problem that you may encounter when doing a dog adoption can be easily dealt with when applying the concepts of Pack Structure Training.


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