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Old 09-26-2016, 06:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Rescue dog in need of serious training

I recently finished a very difficult court case. My therapist on the case diagnosed me with ptsd and recommended I get an emotional support animal. I decided to do so and that's how I found Doc ( super fitting name). He is a 2 yr old red nosed pit. He is a big lover and I just fell in love. When we picked him we had him meet our girl blue nosed ( my roommates dog) and the kids as well. We wanted to ensure he was the perfect fit. He passed all the tests. Now he is under weight for his size but under weight for him is still 80lbs. I want to walk him longer but he is such a big boy and was never trained, not even to sit, so I have to start breaking bad habits and molding him into the amazing dog I know he can be. But I have no idea where to start... please help! It's an uphill battle but I'd do anything for this pup.

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Old 09-27-2016, 02:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
 

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I use a "Gentle Leader" to help train my pits to walk properly. Great tool.


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Old 10-10-2016, 04:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
 

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Find an obedience class (one that uses positive training) so you can learn how to train your dog and have someone who can give you advice on handling any problems that may crop up.
Meanwhile, does your dog like food? Toys? Use whatever HE considers a good reward (my one dog is a chowhound who will do anything for food, the other will work for his favorite toy). To teach sit, hold the treat/toy over his head, above his nose and move it back - 9 times out of 10, the dog will sit. When he does it every time you move the treat/toy back, add the word 'sit'.
You can also use a treat or toy to have him lay down. Hold the treat in front of his nose and lure him into a down. Once his elbows hit the floor, "GOOD boy!" and treat. As he gets the idea, add the word 'down'.
You can use the Gentle Leader to walk, but you should also work on teaching him to walk nicely on leash, either in 'heel' position or, at least, not pulling. For me, treats worked. I would give Michaela lots of praise and a treat every time she walked next to me in heel position (on my left side, her ears parallel to my leg). As she got the idea of heeling, I gradually faded the treats to one or two, but kept up the enthusiastic praise (because she likes being told what a good girl she is. )
Good luck with your boy! He's a handsome fellow!
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Old 10-14-2016, 02:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
 

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It is now quite easy for a newly-made dog owner like you to train their dog. There are a few things though that you should do and know before you could actually go about training them.
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Dog Training Garden suggests that anyone who is willing to get their newly acquired dogs trained should get acquainted with the basics of Cynology first. You can go through the various researches that have been done in the discipline. This will surely help you learn the signals and reinforcements that are employed to train young or untamed dogs.
Understanding the Signals from Your Dog
You need to keep an open eye for any signals of unease or unrest that your dog might display. He might be showing some really obvious signs of discomfort like scratching or closing his eyes. What you shouldn’t forget though is that every dog has its individuality and by checking for every peculiar change in their behavior in different situations you’ll be able to assess their mind better.
Rewarding Your Dog Appropriately
Yes, your dog expects something in return for making you happy with his tricks and obeying you more than a few hundred times in a row. He may be a fan of food or dog toys, or a play or swim session or even taking a run in the park with you. Everything that your dog likes may be function as his reward and therefore make sure all those things are handy as he shows signs of progress.
Engage in Sports Together
This should work out nicely for your dog as both of you can get into the spirit of the game and your dog gets a chance to learn a thing or two about obedience or agility from other teams involved. You can become a part of a mock search and rescue program in which your dog will gladly participate.
Professional Touch
At the end of the day it is all about seeking professional help from a dog training expert that could guide you in the right direction. These dog training tips can help you achieve a lot but if you do choose a trainer do follow his directions always.
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