CAN STREET DOGS BE TRAINED?
CAN STREET DOGS BE TRAINED?
Almost all of us have at least one dog on our street, trying to live on the street; Hundreds, even thousands, of dogs abandoned to shelters and forested areas are struggling to survive. Do you know that while the population of stray dogs is so high in Turkey, very few people include these animals in their families? One of the most common reasons for this situation; It is because people think that stray dogs or hybrid dogs cannot be good family dogs and cannot be trained. This is pure prejudice. Yes, purebred breeds are more prone to training and obedience; however, this does not mean that stray or mixed breed dogs cannot receive minimal training. With the right approach and patience, stray dogs can also be trained.
What Should Be Considered When Adopting a Stray Dog?
Dogs living on the street or in a shelter may exhibit an aggressive or reserved attitude towards people and other animals because of their negative experiences. These dogs must go through the rehabilitation process before being adopted. Extremely timid dogs may have a tendency to bite when they feel unsafe. This is also true for pure blood breeds and if our friend is not rehabilitated, you may face serious problems in the future. Therefore, aggressive or overly timid dogs should not be adopted without rehabilitating them.
When you decide to choose a dog from a shelter or on the street, always observe the movements of the dogs before making a choice. Your main criteria should be that the pup or adult friend you choose is humane and able to get along with other friends, and that it is of a suitable size for the house you live in. Let color, type and gender be your secondary criteria. The important factor here is that the dog you choose should have a harmonious and family-friendly character. If you're worried about making the right choice, you can include a homeless friend in your family with help from an instructor.
How Stray Dogs Are Trained, What Can They Learn?
Before training a stray dog, our friend's psychology must be extremely healthy. You can't teach a scared, insecure dog anything. This applies to all dogs. So the first step is to gain your friend's trust. Spending a lot of time with him, feeding him his food from time to time, and not doing anything that will have a negative effect (such as shouting, scaring) will help you gain your friend's trust over time.
If you have successfully passed the first step, your dog is ready to learn a few simple commands that will make your daily life easier with it. You can start your dog's training with a simple command like 'come' and continue with 'sit and wait' commands. If your dog is open to learning and enjoys it, you can train his mind by teaching simple tricks like 'give a paw, find a toy'. If your friend is an adult, you may have trouble walking on a leash for a while. The reason for this is that he has never met the leash in the process until you own it and he is used to walking freely. If you are experiencing such a situation, my advice to you is; Do not remove the collar inside the house until your dog accepts the presence of the collar. After a while, he will accept the situation and reduce his reaction to the leash.
Training dogs living on the street or in a shelter requires patience and sensitivity. Every training method applied may not bring success. Reward-based training methods yield faster results.
When some breeds are crossed, they can give birth to hard-tempered and maverick dogs. If your adopted dog is maverick and less obedient, even if not aggressive, you can seek help from a dog trainer. Training is for you to live a freer and happier life with your dog. Even if your dog is a street dog, training and knowing a few basic commands brings freedom to your dog inside and outside the home.
What you should not forget is that; Street dogs are extremely intelligent and loyal, whether they are trained or not. Even a dog that you caress on the road, once you give food, is always ready to protect you against danger. They learn by living life. It is up to you to develop this and add something to the friendship you have established with them. You should not forget that with the right communication and patience, stray dogs can also be trained and they do not have a shortage of pure blood breeds.