Many of us rescue dogs—I know I’ve always done so and currently have two rescued dogs. To me they are the best kind. However when you have a dog not as a puppy you don’t know their full history and sometimes getting them to learn new commands and behaviors can be difficult. Working with a certified trainer is probably the best way to begin to learn and understand your dogs behavior and make them a great member of your household.
Here is some advice from Ian Dunbar, a trainer, on having a rescued dog with no recall skills—which are pretty important if you want to take your new pal to the dog park.
Far too many owners effectively teach their dogs NOT to come when called in just a couple of outings to the dog park. The typical owner—let’s call him Joe—lets King off leash at the park to sniff and play. Then Joe proceeds to ignore King rather than being a part of King’s good times and integrating many short training interludes into the play. Thus, King learns that play and training are mutually exclusive. Play is fun and training is not. But it gets worse. See more at ModenDog Magazine