RESCUE DOG BEHAVIOR TRAINING

Firstly... we salute you for rescuing a dog from a shelter or adoption center. Without you, these pups could have had a very different ending to their story!

 

 Once you've had your rescue dog for a few weeks you may find that they begin to exhibit troubling behaviors / mannerisms that weren't there before... This is totally normal for a rescue dog who may have shut down to cope with the jarring experience of being in a shelter and is now becoming more confident / relaxed in your home. Behaviors that can often appear include: 

Cowering when you approach

Barking as people enter the room/house

Separation anxiety

Guarding their new family

dog aggression

Sudden aggression without warning

Reverting to going potty in the house

Non-responsive to their name & commands

Before you begin to second guess your decision to adopt a dog, please contact us to discuss your training options. We've seen so many rescue dogs become successful members of families after our training we're confident we can do the same for you to. Here are a few rescue pups we've helped in the past.

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BOARD & TRAINING for RESCUE DOGS from $2,450

During their minimum 2 week stay with us, we will open a line of communication with your rescue dog using scientifically proven methods (LIMA Principle) to help shape wanted alternate behaviors through positive reinforcement. We want your rescue dogs to be eager and happy to look to you for behavioral cues and listen to your commands when they feel threatened or become overwhelmed by distractions.

 

"LIMA describes a trainer or behavior consultant who uses the least intrusive, minimally aversive strategy out of a set of humane and effective tactics likely to succeed in achieving a training or behavior change objective." 

We NEVER use shock collars, prong collars, "alpha dog" tactics or any other form of negative reinforcement to 'simulate' good behavior in your dog. These techniques would ultimately run the risk of causing behavioral issues in the future. 

INCLUDED AS STANDARD

Regardless of your dog's specific requirements and behavioral issues, we offer the below services as standard on all of our 2 week minimum Board & Train programs.

FREE*

PICK-UP &

DROP-OFF

SERVICE

*See Catchment

Area

HOMELY COMFORTS

They will enjoy the food you provide & sleep in

the comfort of

our home.

WALKS &

PLAY TIME

They will have lots of

space to play, daily walks and human on hand 24/7.

TRAINING PROGRESS VIDEOS & PICTURES

BATH TIMES

We will bath all dogs before they return home. We can also work with your mobile groomers too.

EXIT

SESSIONS

We will train you & your family to ensure their training holds.

WHAT YOUR DOG WILL LEARN

In addition to the CORE Principles and the below behaviors and commands we will gladly address any additional behaviors raised with us prior to your pups training commencing. For example potty training and leash aggression. Our 2 week minimum Board & Train program will also prepare your rescue dogs for the good canine citizen test and / or the emotional support dog certification.

HEEL 

Your dog will walk by you with the leash loose but short. If you speed up, slow down or change direction they will too without you pulling on the leash. If you stop, they will sit automatically. This a great way to ensure their focus is on you and nothing else.

STAY

This will reassure your rescue dog that it's OK to stay put because you will be back soon or are watching over them.

RECALL

If they run towards a distraction they know it will be more rewarding to come back to you when their name is called.

LEAVE IT

This will take their focus off the distraction and onto to you. Give another command to redirect them entirely.

DOOR CROSSING

This is incredible important for rescue dogs that are anxious and want to hide or bolt for any exit.  Your dog will always look to you first before they can cross the threshold and will need the release command 'ALL DONE' before they are allowed out.

SPOT

Your dog will remain on their bed which will manage their anxiety while you are busy or when guests arrive.

SIT / DOWN 

Your dog will remain in these commands until released so that you can manage their excitement and focus in various situations.

CRATE

A place for your pup to feel safe when the level of activity or stimuli is too much for them to remain on their spot.