Dogs who are looking out for themselves often act differently than dogs who have someone watching out for them. They may act more defensively or on guard and less natural or relaxed. Reading these dogs and identifying the best way to help them through any behavior issues can be challenging. At pranaDOGS, we’ve worked for years in and with shelters and rescues and now provide easy-to-follow steps on identifying the dogs issues and needs as well as the appropriate training plans.
Knowing what type of dog you’re working with – and working with them based on their personality, is the key to helping dogs within the shelter and rescue environments. Often dogs react defensively when handed between households or organizations, even though this isn’t their true personality. Even dogs who erupt in what many call ‘aggressive’ behavior is often a defensive reflex repeated until it’s become second nature. More info
Most dogs transition through a shelter or rescue without issue, but a few (20% +/-) struggle with behavior issues. Many organizations don’t have access or funding to work with a rehab center. For these organizations we’ve developed some basic information on working with these dogs directly and how to help them become their best selves. More info
Lack of socialization in puppies (6wk-4mo) seems to be the #1 cause of behavior issues in young adult and adult dogs. During this short period of time, puppies grow up significantly and must be exposed to a variety of environment, human and life stimulation’s. Puppies must be brought out to different areas, meet different people and experience different situations in order to grow into well-rounded adults. Imagine how your people skills would be if you didn’t leave your house until you were 15 years old??
Fostering adult dogs can be such a rewarding experience. Be sure you’re set up to succeed with pranaDOGS Foster for Success Dog Guide helping you interpret your foster dogs personality and train them according to their needs. It also includes tips to keep peace in the house, and on the leash as well as enrichment ideas and activities.
Unfortunately all too often shelters and rescues are reunited with dogs who were adopted as puppies. Either they weren’t socialized or developed some bad manners, whatever the reason the dogs end up back and needing new homes. Adopting an unruly teenager is a lot to ask of someone, and more than most people can or will do. So solve the issues for them. Learn how to solve many of the common behavior problems shelter dogs are presented with, including: barking, jumping, over-the-top behaviors, and running away.