Features April 2014 Issue

Bonding With Your Adopted Dog

A deep bond with the a dog doesn’t always develop immediately after you adopt, and it can take months if you are also struggling with behavior problems. Not that your special $15 socks or $200 boots are worth more than the dog – but resentment can chill the warmth needed for establishing a lifetime relationship.

Bonding With Your Adopted Dog

Having second thoughts about adopting your new dog? Here’s help for when the first few weeks are less than blissful.

As a trainer, I am hyperaware of the dynamics between dogs and their owners. I have watched countless human-canine teams in group classes blossom together in beautiful demonstrations of communication and cooperation. Unfortunately, I have also seen people struggle. Teaching a dog a new skill can be difficult for any owner, especially if the person has never practiced it before. A good coach can help solve the sticking points in training . . . but more troublesome is when an owner’s bond with a dog seems very weak, or non-existent.

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