Rescue dogs often come with a variety of training and/or behavioural issues.
While behavioural problems should initially be investigated by a vet, some dogs quite simply have never been socialised or had any training, and may have acquired some bad habits from their previous homes.
There is also a growing number of dogs imported from Europe and often these dogs have their own set of problems as they struggle to cope with and adapt to their new life in the UK. Owners aren’t usually prepared for many of these problems. To this end, I recently fostered (and even more recently adopted) a very scared Romanian rescue dog so I could experience first hand the types of issues these dogs have and pass on my experiences to clients, along with realistic expectations.
Dogs have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in which to learn how to get the best out of their environment. During the first few weeks of being in a new home, your dog will be learning it’s boundaries.
It is therefore important that you start off on the right foot with your new rescue dog, and a one-to-one training session can help you understand how to provide him/her with feedback about acceptable behaviour in his/her new home.