A rescue dog specialist from Tatamagouche, N.S., has a few tips to help owners raise a cheerful canine.
Rhonda Langille is a certified master dog trainer and canine behaviour specialist who says she has worked to rehabilitate rescue dogs and train service dogs for 45 years.
She travels around the Maritimes working with dogs and has just published a book, Teach Your Rescue Dog to Come with a Wagging Tail and Happy Heart Every Time!
The proceeds will go to Homeward Bound City Pound in Dartmouth and Hope for Wildlife in Seaforth.
Owners of aggressive dogs should work with a dog trainer, she said.
But for all others, here are five tips that will almost always do the trick.
1. Patience and positivity
2. Show your dog love, love and — more love
But remember, the dog needs to respect you.
3. Follow through
When you've asked the dog to do something, follow through until it happens using gentle methods.
4. Use the focus command
Make sure you make eye contact with the dog and keep him focussed on you.