Rescue Dogs 101 Training Education

Do you have visions of a perfect dog? A dog that always come when called, doesn't pull on the leash, gets along with dogs, kids and people. 

I hate to break it to you, but there are no "perfect" dogs... but there are dogs that are perfect for our family. 

It’s your job, as your dogs mom or dad, to train your dog to understand what you expect of them.

Don’t think for a moment that you can adopt a dog, walk through your front door and have them be perfectly adjusted and well behaved.

We as dog owners have the responsibility to train our dogs to understand right from wrong, what SIT, DOWN, STAY and COME mean.

Each dog will have a unique personality, just like people, and therefore there is no one training technique that is perfect for all dogs. Be open to all training techniques and tools. 

My goal is to educate new dog owners and stop dogs from being returned to shelters. 

Below are a series of dog training resources for you and your dog to become the best you can be. 

If you need even more detailed and personalized dog training help, I highly recommend Spirit Dog Training and their Rescue Dog Training Bundle.

How to Help Your Rescue Dog Overcome Anxiety
Do you have a rescue dog who struggles with anxiety? My dog, Ginger, suffers from anxiety and so do many[...]
Why is my dog afraid of men? And how to help.
Your dog might hide, shake, bark, or tuck their tail when a man walks by, and you may wonder why.[...]
Do Dogs Remember Their Past?
Many rescue dogs have endured difficult situations before finding loving, forever homes. As we welcome them into our lives, it's[...]
Why Does My Dog Lick Me? – My face, hands, legs, feet…
Your dog’s licking behavior might seem like a simple, sometimes annoying act, but it's packed with layers of meaning. From slobbery kisses on your[...]
How to train a rescue dog (12 steps with 6 bonus tips) 
This is a complete guide to training your rescue dog, based on my experiences with my own dogs and foster dogs. [...]
My Dog Won’t Play with Toys
Why won't my dog play with toys? Should I be worried, or is it normal? Playing with your dog’s favorite[...]
How to Help Your Leash Reactive Dog
Did you adopt your dog dreaming of taking long walks together, but instead ended up not being able to take[...]
Puppy Socialization Checklist
Socializing your puppy is the single most important step in raising a happy and well-balanced dog. Puppy socialization is crucial[...]
Understanding Puppy Fear Periods: How to Help Your Pup Get Through Them
Puppy fear periods are phases in a puppy's development during which they may become more easily frightened or anxious. These[...]
How to Introduce Your Dog to Your Baby
By Kara Venus, author of Harper and Her Dogs Edited by Debi McKee, Rescue Dogs 101  Introducing a new baby to[...]
How do dogs talk to each other to communicate?
Dogs have a unique and intricate way of communicating with each other. They talk to each other by using their body,[...]
Surviving the puppy witching hour
Around 6, 7, or 8 pm it’s time to settle down for the night and your puppy or dog is[...]
Help your reserved or shy dog become more confident
A reserved dog is a dog that is slow to reveal emotion. A reserved dog is shy and shows signs[...]
Your reactive dog (socialize, training, chart)
First, it’s important to understand that a reactive dog is NOT an aggressive dog. Most reactive dog cases are because[...]
Dog rolled in poop (how to clean and get rid of smell)
It started with a drop and roll and before I knew it, I had a stinky puppy. I didn’t realize[...]
Why does my dog eat poop (& how to stop it)
Our border collie puppy was a poop eater. I think he thought it was a game, he’d watch one of[...]
SpiritDog Training Review (Read before signing up – Is it worth it?)
SpiritDog Training Courses, is it worth it? Will an online dog training classwork for your dog? Finding a good dog trainer isn’t[...]
Potty training a rescue dog
Adopting a rescue dog is full of rewarding moments. When you found each other, you had dreams of living a[...]
Dunbar Dog Training Academy Review
Online dog training has exploded in recent years. Finding the right program for you and your dog is essential for[...]
Fireworks Survival Guide for Dog Owners
The dreaded time of year is upon us. Fireworks going off all day/week/month long for what feels like an eternity.[...]
Dog won’t pee or poop in rain? (Problem Solved!)
Rain, rain, go away! Come back another day… did you ever sing that song as a kid? We have a[...]
Solve all your dog’s fears and anxiety about car rides
Road trip anyone? Let's talk dogs and cars. Why do some dogs love going for car rides, and other dogs[...]
The best dog ramp
A dog ramp is a great way to keep your dog from getting injured jumping in and out of your[...]
How to speak to dogs – Dog Body Language
Are you curious about how to talk to your dog? Have you ever found yourself talking with your dog, telling[...]
Best Dog Crates
With so many options available for dog crates, it's hard to decide which is the best for you and your[...]
29 Best Dog Training Books for Your Rescue Dog
Dog training goes far beyond teaching him to sit and stay. That's why I put together this list of the[...]
How can I stop my dog from barking?
Does your dog bark in her crate while you are at work? Do you get complaints from your apartment neighbors[...]
My dog is scared of everything… how can I help?
How do I help my dog not be afraid of people, cars, loud noises... it's a question I hear every single[...]
How to Potty Train a Puppy Fast & Easy
You brought home your new puppy, took him outside to show him where to go potty and he sniffs, plays,[...]
Best Healthy Dog Treats for Training
I get asked all the time from our foster dog adopters, what are the best dog treats for training? I[...]
How To Stop a Dog From Chewing on Wood
Why do dogs chew on wood anyway? You supply them with a pile of fun shaped chew toys, why do[...]
Types of Dog Barks
Does your dog bark at the TV, the mailman, when he’s hungry or wants to play? Have you ever noticed[...]
Are Flexi Retractable Leashes Dangerous?
The Flexi Retractable Dog Leash: Dangerous or Convenient? You may look at the retractable leash and think, wow what a[...]
Why Treat Training Doesn’t Work
Positive reinforcement dog training is everywhere. In fact, you will have a hard time finding a dog training program that[...]
Living with a Resource Guarding Dog
Resource Guarding or Aggression in Dogs First, let’s cover some major facts about resource guarding and food aggression. Guarding food[...]
How to Choose the Best Dog Leash
The Best Dog Leash for Walking a Pulling Dog Buying the best dog leash for walking your dog is an[...]
How to Train a Puppy– First Things First – 23 Tips & Tricks
Getting a new puppy is a very exciting adventure. You've been dreaming of that little fluff ball playing and cuddling[...]
5 Quick Ways to Train Your Dog in 3 Minutes a Day
Are you wondering how you can train your dog when you have don't have the time? There are many dog[...]
11 Fun Enrichment Games to Play with Your Dog Inside
With the short days of winter and rainy spring, you and your dog can quickly get cabin fever! Here in[...]
7 Dog Walking Etiquette Rules: A Guide for Dog Owners
It's important to be a responsible dog owner and follow these dog walking etiquette rules when walking your dog.  Some of these seem like[...]
How to choose a good dog trainer
You just adopted a puppy or dog and everything was going great until... you realized the dog has no manners,[...]
How and Why Crate Train Your Dog in 3 Easy Steps
Why Should I Crate Train My Dog or Puppy? When bringing home a new dog, whether it is a puppy[...]
How to stop dog jumping on people
Does this sound familiar? The doorbell rings, your dog barks, you open the door to let your friend inside and[...]
Why is My Dog Aggressive with Food – Resource Guarding?
Dogs that are aggressive when it comes to their food, is also called Resource Guarding. Resource guarding in dogs is[...]
The Ultimate Guide to Traveling with Your Dog in the Car
Traveling with your dog can be a fun and rewarding experience. Whether you're taking a road trip to a nearby park[...]
How Do I Get My Puppy to Stop Nipping or Biting Me?
Every person that adopts a puppy will ask this question… how do I get my puppy to stop biting me?[...]
5 Reasons Why Your Dog is Digging and How to Stop It
How to Stop My Dog from Digging Wondering how to stop your dog from digging up your yard? Have you[...]
The Prong Collar, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
I know some people cringe at the sight of a prong collar, it looks barbaric and cruel. The prong collar[...]
How often should I walk my dog and why?
As a dog owner, one of the best things you can do for your pup is to ensure they get[...]
Rescue Dog Separation Anxiety – Symptoms & Training
You most likely never imagined that when adopting a dog you'd come home day after day to a dog that[...]
Life-Changing Dog Training – The Place Command
My dogs go crazy when the doorbell rings, whether it be one of my kid's friends or the UPS man.[...]
Pack leader dog training
There are so many misconceptions around the phrase "pack leader". Being your dog's pack leader is NOT about dominating, alpha[...]