MR PITBULL SAYS: I WANT TO DO A DOG ADOPTION - HERE'S HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT DOG
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.
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.
MR PITBULL SAYS: OK I'VE DONE A DOG RESCUE - HOW DO I TRAIN HIM?
MR PITBULL SAYS: TEACH PACK STRUCTURE WHEN DOING A DOG ADOPTION
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.
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.
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.
MR PITBULL SAYS: IT'S IMPERATIVE WITH DOG ADOPTION THAT YOU BECOME THE PACK LEADER
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.
MR PITBULL SAYS: BECOME THE PACK LEADER YOUR ADOPTED DOG WILL RESPECT
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.
MR PITBULL SAYS: ADOPTED DOGS RESPOND WELL TO TREATS
Pro-Treat 21 ounce Tub Freeze Dried Dog Treats, Beef Liver are some of the best treats you will ever find. Rescue Dogs absolutely love these treats.
MR PITBULL SAYS: AN ADOPTED DOG WILL HAVE SOME ANXIETY
KONG Extreme Dog Toy is one of my favorite dog toys. An adopted dog never had it so good as he will when you stuff it with one of his favorite treats.
MR PITBULL SAYS: THESE ARE THE TRAINING COLLARS I RECOMMEND FOR ADOPTED DOGS
I also like the Dogtra 1900NCP Field Star 1/2 mile Training Collar Single Dog. This is the collar that Leerburg recommends. If I had only one dog to train, I would purchase this one. I have included to the left and right two lower price collars. However the price on the 1900NCP has come down to the point, I would not consider the lower price units.
When I first promoted Remote Training Dog Collars, few people were aware of them, and most thought they were barbaric. Since then, Remote Collars have become very popular and are now widely used. As more people have tested them, that incorrect opinion has been disproved. Now, there are countless manufactures marketing them, with hundreds on the market. Amazon.com has several thousand reviews. Read the reviews to dismiss any idea that they are somehow inhumane.
I read a number of reviews, and found two remote dog training collars at a lower price point that I would recommend if price is a concern. Take a look at the SportDOG YardTrainer 105 Dog Trainer, SD-105 and the PetSafe Yard & Park Remote Dog Trainer, PDT00-12470 Both have received excellent reviews.
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