Our Dog Training Story
Read our story and see how important it is to develop a plan for dog
dog behavior problems
dog separation anxiety
day in early January 2004, we went to the Houston S.P.C.A to take a
look at the dogs available for adoption. We saw a male brown and
white, 10 month old hound dog that looked pretty friendly, so we
asked to see him.
The staff volunteer told us that the dog had only
been in there for a few days; he was brought in right after
As soon as the
dog got into the “meeting” room, he let us pet him and rolled over
to show us his cute little belly covered in brown spots. As they
say, he had us at “hello.” We quickly filled out the adoption papers
and two days later, we were allowed to bring him home.
We named him
Lucky because we felt fortunate to find such a sweet dog so quickly.
Lucky fit right into our family and we had a hard time understanding
how he ever wound up in the pound to begin with. At this
point, we did not develop a plan for dog training because we assumed
that our dog didn't have any undesirable behaviors.
After a few days
in his new home, Lucky started showing us the probable reasons why
his last owners gave up on him.
We’d leave Lucky
in the house alone for a few hours and then come home to a huge mess
– he chewed through furniture (sofa cushions!), oriental carpets,
cd’s, $275 worth of coffee-table books, shoes, a TV remote
controller, and shredded any magazine or newspapers he could find.
Though he didn’t
do any of this while we were at home, there seemed to be nothing
Lucky wouldn’t chew on in our absence. Due to the fact that we
adopted Lucky only 7 days after Christmas, my husband had a sneaking
suspicion that Lucky had destroyed his previous owners’ Christmas
presents and that’s why they had taken him to the S.P.C.A.
There were also
some other things that made Lucky hard to live with. Whenever we
would come home to Lucky, he would wildly jump up on us and
subsequently scratch us with his claws. He constantly pulled hard as
he walked with us on a leash and didn’t know many basic dog commands
like come, sit, stay and lie down.
The sweet dog
we found at the S.P.C.A. had far too many not-so-sweet habits. He
sure was cute at 10 months old, but Lucky had all of the undesirable
traits of a dog who hadn’t been consistently trained. It was easy to
become frustrated quickly, and that’s exactly what we did.
times, we actually felt a little scared to come home knowing that we
were bound to find another horrible mess when we got there. We had
to do something. We loved our new dog, and we weren’t about to give
up on him, so we made a decision to develop a plan for dog training
for solutions to our problems.
As avid readers,
we got our hands on any book about dog training that we could find.
Many of the books we found were made for people who wanted to show
their dogs professionally or used harsh punishment techniques. We
just wanted a book that showed regular people how to overcome
problems and to perform basic commands. We also wanted techniques
that weren’t complicated and that could be used in a variety of
some solutions and altering them so they would easily fit into our
daily lives, we began to develop a plan for dog training and we
worked with Lucky on a consistent basis every day. Within a
very short time; he dropped all of his bad habits and blossomed into
a well behaved dog. Using the techniques in this book, we went from
being frustrated dog parents to proud and happy ones.
We now get
compliments everywhere we go because our dog has such wonderful
manners. You too can go from being upset with your dog’s behavior to
being overjoyed with the results of training. All it takes is for
you to know the techniques and practice them with your dog.