Rescue dogs who have been abused need to learn how to trust humans again. Whether the abuse was physical or mental (resulting from neglect and under-socialization), these dogs are typically afraid of the world and everything in it. It can be very difficult to even get these dogs out just to walk them for exercise because their fear issues make it impossible. Once a bond with their new owners is established, it may become so strong that these dogs cannot cope with being alone. Their entire sense of well-being becomes hinged on their proximity to their new “people”, making it difficult to leave them alone for even short periods of time. Once these types of dogs begin to gain some confidence through a structured obedience program, they can start to see the world as an exciting and interesting place. We get a lot of joy out of restoring these neglected or abused dogs to the trusting and faithful creatures they were intended to be.
Bouncing of the Wall Dogs
A different result of poor socialization can be the wild and crazy dog who is bouncing off the walls and lacking in all self-control. These are the dogs who have gone from one home to the next, always ending up back in the shelter because no one can manage or put up with them. These dogs drive people mad by bolting and running away, destroying everything in the house, dragging people around at full speed when on leash, and going insane every time they see another dog or human. These are the dogs that, sadly, end up living in their crates because people do not know how to deal with them. The reality is that these dogs have learned that all attention comes from bad manners. It is our job to show them that the OPPOSITE is actually true! Through our Grand Rapids Dog Wizard obedience training programs, we teach these dogs how to use their brains to make better choices, exercise impulse control, and see that much better things come from good manners!