Dog Training Tips

Behavior & Resources
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Tip Of The Month

Your newly adopted dog has likely been through a lot of stressful changes recently, and it can take some time to adjust to the routines of even the most loving home. Each dog is unique, but sometimes just allowing your dog time to adjust does the trick.

Remember the 3-3-3 rule: adopted dogs can take 3 days to decompress, 3 weeks to start learning routines, and 3 months to feel settled into their new home.

Sometimes dogs need additional support, and it’s important to foster a healthy relationship with your dog through positive reinforcement training. Check out our monthly dog training tip video, as well as other behavior and training resources, below.

Some Common Issues & What You Can Do

Please find a list of common behavior issues and other resources below. If you are having behavior problems outside of these topics or need additional support, our behavior specialists may be able to help. Please call the Help Center at: 937-294-6505, ext. 49.

Barking is one of many forms of vocal communication for dogs. People are often pleased that their dog barks, because it alerts them to the approach of people to their home or it tells them there’s something that the dog wants or needs. However, sometimes a dog’s barking can be excessive. Because barking serves a variety of functions, you must identify its cause and your dog’s motivation for barking before you can treat a barking problem.


Dog Training

Finding behavior resources and choosing a dog trainer can affect how you interact with your dog for years to come. Visit the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior for guidelines on making the right decision for you and your dog.

Dog Training Classes

Currently, SICSA does not offer formal training classes. Group training classes, private training, and behavior support are available through a variety of organizations and businesses. Find a local, certified trainer or behavior consultant through the Association of Professional Dog Trainers or the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

Virtual training may also be an option. Good Pup offers 1-on-1 at-home training options with text support. The training programs are based on positive reinforcement training methods recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Clients referred by SICSA will receive a 20% discount on services.

Additional Resources

Below are additional animal welfare organizations that provide cat behavior tips and information. The inclusion of an organization or program in this listing is not necessarily an endorsement or recommendation.