Chicago dog adoption, training

February 14, 2012 9:55:22 AM PST
Rescuing a dog from a shelter is wonderful way to give a dog a second chance.

And while gaining a new best friend can be a rewarding experience, it can also be challenging. It's important to find a dog that fits your lifestyle and personality. And it's also important to train them correctly. Jennifer Hack is a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist with Dynamic Dogs Training & Behavior in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. She is here with several furry friends that are all awaiting adoption.

Dynamic Dogs Inc.
2343 N. Elston
Chicago, Il 60614


(312) 221-9285

Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue
PO Box 5285, Chicago, IL 60680

Midwest Dachshund Rescue
(219) 314-0829

    Training a rescue dog
  • Choose a dog based on your lifestyle and personality
    Choose based more on temperament and energy level than on looks
  • Take time and patience to get to know your new dog, allowing at least two weeks for an adjustment period
    • Do not overwhelm your new pet
    • The biggest concern with adopted dogs is that we just don't know what type of past experiences they've had. When you rescue a dog, you accept them despite flaws, and you know it may take to patience to work with them. It may make you feel better to know that even pedigreed purebreds who have been with the same family since puppyhood can have all the same behavior problems and issues! It's not just a "rescue dog" phenomenon, it's "dog problems."
      Rather than showing them off to all your friends right away, introduce slowly and only once you know the dog. Same for introducing them to new dogs.
      Limit your new dog's freedom in the beginning to prevent accidents or unwanted behavior inside the house
    • Begin training immediately
    • Beginning training early not only prevents bad habits from developing, it helps you bond with your new dog
    • Set up a consultation with a trainer to discuss you and your dogs needs and to set a training plan with goals. Trainers are here to help you every step of the way.
    • Use principles of good leadership
    • Dogs pick up on our own emotions, so project confidence.

Dogs, for the most part, live in the present moment, so do not dwell on a sad past story, have a positive attitude towards the future.