The following are questions we frequently hear from people who inquire about our dogs. 
Are our dogs housebroken?

Our dogs are crate-trained, an initial house training tool that works! Learn the dog’s cues and provide your own while providing a recognizable routine, instant responsiveness to the dog’s needs…and expect an accident or two until you achieve success.

Do they bark a lot?

Barking is a natural behavior, so think “give-and-take,” i.e., let the dog do his job to announce a visitor or passer-by, then turn the dog’s attention to what you want the dog to do. 

Are they destructive?

Indestructible chew toys in a crate provide instant “destruction avoidance.” And exercise wears out a dog, so that the dog is less inclined to chew because he is bored. “A tired dog is a good dog,” so take the time to satisfy your dog’s physical –and mental — needs.

 Are they anxious? 

Exercise, establishing routine, and calming props, such as leaving a radio on, help anxious dogs, who need your sympathy and patience as they learn to relax in a totally new environment.  Plan on working half-days initially, hiring a mid-day pet sitter, and investigating day care
options for dogs who need time to adjust or have energy to burn.   

Are they good with kids?

Dogs may appear to enjoy interactions with children, but in most cases only tolerate them. Children act differently from adults, do not have “value” in dogs’ lives, and unintentionally hurt or scare dogs.  An in-home trainer specializing in child/dog relationships will explain how to achieve a happy co-existence.   

Roll up your sleeves, and plan on investing the time, patience and oversight to show your new dog the right behavior to achieve in your home, with the understanding dogs aim to please. Learn what motivates and pleases a dog through a home trainer, who will give you valuable tips in your home, where mishaps and miscommunication may occur.  Need help?  Write us at dawg@dawg-rescue.org.