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Socializing an Adult Rescue Dog

What’s reaaaaally important during this timeframe is to make sure that you’re teaching your dog what you want to see more of. If someone rings the doorbell and he doesn’t bark, praise and reward that calm behavior! Make sure to communicate what you want by rewarding him for it. Don’t just take it for granted. 

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Introducing Dogs Who May Not Have Great Social Skills

They’re watching their dog being all excited and think “Omgg, my dog is so happy, look at him!” but, what they don’t notice is the OTHER dog, who is TERRIFIED or UNSURE and giving very clear body language that’s basically saying “Get me out of heeeeeere, I’m dyiiiing!”  

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How to Get the Kids Involved in Training the Dog

Older kids can also volunteer and walk the dogs at your local shelter. This is a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience AND give back to the community, just be sure that the organization is giving sufficient training to everyone before they start handling dogs.

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What Your Dog Trainer Needs You to Know
Regular training matters. A lot: Even if you send your dog to a boarding and training camp, you’re still going to have to train him! Dog training is not like an app on your phone. You don’t download the commands into him and then voilà! He's trained.
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