Managing Adopted Dogs

Managing Adopted Dogs Wed 7 Sep 2016

Here at K9 Trainer, we know that dogs are smart – really smart. Led by dog trainer extraordinaire, Liarne Henry, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer who has been teaching canines for over 20 years, we have the experience, and the devotion necessary to transform even the most challenging cases. For this reason we were included in a recent article by Bupa Pet Insurance on the best way to train your dog, 'Dog Training Tips from Australia's Experts'.

Liarne has worked with dogs and has been a key speaker at seminars in America, Europe, and Australia. She has trained dogs for rescue situations, has researched the behaviour of street dogs and wolves, and specialises in difficult, anti-social animals. Having recently been asked by Bupa to share a few tips for Aussie dog owners, we were excited to share our insights and decided to extend our advice to our readers. The more aware owners are, the better behaved their canine companions tend to be!

Helping Adopted Pets Blossom

Many Australian dog owners get their pet from an animal shelter. At K9 Trainer we always support the underdog, so we believe that this is a kind and compassionate choice. There are so many animals that need a loving home and adopting a pet from the shelter can literally save a dog's life.

Once the pet gets home however, there may be strange behaviours, habits and traits exhibited as the dog deals with a possible difficult past. Whether an animal was subject to abuse, or is just dealing with the pain of abandonment, they are likely to have a high level of anxiety and will need time to adjust to their new, loving home.

Tips for Parents of Adopted Dogs

To help your dog get used to their new home, first, be aware that your dog may have faced hardship before. Realise that he may need extra care for the first few weeks. If you feel overwhelmed, don't hesitate to seek professional help. At K9 Trainer, we can teach your dog, and you, the methods and techniques that will help you both get to where you want to be – which is to feel happy and calm at home.

It is important to set up a routine right away, making feeding and play time a similar time each day. Also, set boundaries early. If you don't want your furry friend on the couch, establish this right away. Don't pass along table scraps or let him jump on the neighbour. Start forging these boundaries immediately when you bring your pet home to help your dog learn what the rules are from day one.

Don't worry – once you give your pet a few weeks of love, attention, and rules he will start to feel more confident, and much calmer. Have patience, your dog can learn whatever you want to teach him!

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