WORKING WITH A "CHALLENGING" DOG

As a dog trainer, I sometimes receive inquiries from new foster or adoptive dog parents whose dogs are having issues of impulse control and mouthing at hands and the leash. It can be a challenge to have a dog in your home who gets excited at the slightest change in the environment: “Oh wow you’re sitting on the couch; let me sit on top of you and munch your hand!” or “You took the leash out; that must mean we’re going for a walk; I think I’ll help out by carrying and tugging on the leash!” or “You want to kick a ball for me? But your foot looks far more fun to play with!”

These are the type of dogs who often get sent back to the shelter over and over again… But it doesn’t have to be that way. With time, patience, boundaries, and training, these dogs can learn to succeed in a home environment. Continue Reading

Update! Rey, was adopted just a few weeks after this article came out! 

Update! Rey, was adopted just a few weeks after this article came out!