A while ago we adopted a dog from the local animal shelter. Hector is a large boy, a mix of many breeds, and he is delightful. But he was given up for adoption when he was just under a year old – the humans who had him first said he was too difficult to handle.
He is not difficult to handle. He is eager to please and full of bounce and joy.
Hector didn’t have much in the way of manners or training when he came to us, but we’ve been working on that. We use clicker training, which is so fun and efficient. Fortunately I have a pretty good background in dog training, so that helps. And I’ve learned some good tricks for working with this boy, whose needs are different from those of other dogs I’ve trained.
So sometimes now, there may be posts about dog training intermingled with whatever else I blog about.
If you happen to have a dog and need help with training techniques, I can suggest lots of good books to read and videos to watch.