When you bring a rescue dog into your family, you want your dog to settle in and be home for life. There are five key things you can do to set your new rescue dog up for success. These tips apply to all dogs! Often rescue dogs might have behavior issues, but you can help with good training and by creating clarity and structure for the new member of your family.
In the episode you'll hear:
- The biggest mistake you can make with a rescue dog.
- Why we want to change patterns of behavior rescue dogs might have.
- About the honeymoon period when a new dog enters your family and settles in.
- What our rescue dog Tater Salad was like when he came home.
- The 5 keys to having success when you rescue a dog.
- Why to give your rescue dog a new name for a new life.
- How to prepare for your dog arriving home and what you need.
- About having a daily schedule for your rescue dog.
- Why not to take anything at face value until you get to know your dog.
- How to keep a journal for your rescue dog.
- Why to get real and get honest and to believe your dog.
- About creating daily clarity for an amazing life for a rescue dogs.
- Why playing ItsYerChoice (IYC) will lift a weight from your dog.
- About the importance of focusing on the awesome!
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I’d love to hear more about Tater Salad’s journey and all of the steps you took in those early days! We have a 3.5 street dog rescue pup named Missy and a 1.5 year old Australian Shepherd/Border Collie named Peter. Peter has gotten most of my training attention (and probably attention in general) for the past year, and now I’m doing some confidence re-building with Missy. Love all of your Border Collie knowledge — so many things you share are helping me in Peter’s training. And even though Missy didn’t come to us with destructive behaviors, we are on a forever journey to build her confidence.
Thank you so much for these podcasts. I was directed to your site by someone on a short haired border collie Facebook page.
My post was about the frustrations I am having with a rescue dog I adopted 9 weeks ago. I wish I had watched this podcast before I brought him home as I can now see all the mistakes I have made and the resulting bad behaviors. You have given me hope and some great tools to turn things around.
I would love the hear a podcast or u tube video on rescue dogs that have anxiety and the vet recommended Fluoextine. This has helped calm our rescue, but still needs training for barking at every one and dog that passes by our house and for aggression when people come over! I don’t know how to train for her reactive behavior and this trained behavior. I don’t know her history so don’t know why she acts this way. Will these dogs ever grow out of this? I just want to have the dog act normal and be happy! I hope you can help!
I would love to hear a podcast on “resurgence” – It can be so frustrating when you think you have overcome a challenge and then it pops back up. I would love to understand more about why this happens and how to approach it .
I LOVE me some Tater Salad and would listen to or watch anything about him! So please post more stories. One particular question, my puppy likes to be a dog anchor too. I would love to hear how you solved that problem with Tater Salad.
I’d love to see some videos of early work with Tater Salad! I am so grateful that I was familiar with Susan’s programs before getting my shelter dog. I had gone through Recallers with my previous dog who was not a rescue. Susan’s book “Ruff Love” was also very helpful with my rescue. He too started as a dog whose goals in life seemed to be escape when you can and take everything you can get. He’s now lying on the couch with me, a wonderful companion who has earned multiple trick titles and several levels of CGC certification. I have no doubt that whoever raised him would be surprised. I maintain my Recallers membership among other Say Yes/Dogs That programs. We are always working on something!
I would love to see a podcast on anxious dogs, how to help them gain confidence. There are so many rescues that are anxious and not socialized.
This was great info for someone adopting a rescue dog wish I had had this advise when adopting mine 2 years ago, but so glad that I found susan’s website now.
Thank you for another great podcast. I would like more info on how to get my 6 aussies, age 11 years to 4 months, to just hang out together without having constant wrestling mania. This wild play behavior makes me very apprehensive so I usually just “manage the behavior” by keeping them separated using kennels, crates, fenced yards, leashes.