Rescued shelter dogs get second chance
Sat, 16 Nov 2013 23:12:55 GMT —
There's an old saying ... "Every dog has its day."
Four shelter dogs had their day when they were adopted by the Alpha Dog Training Center in Quincy.
The goal was to do an express training with the dogs so they can be ready for adoption.
The dogs will be available for adoption starting tonight (Tuesday) at the
Men's Night at the Quincy Farm and Home
from 5 to 8 p.m.
It was like a dream come true for these shelter dogs; out of the kennel, and into a new environment with plenty of dogs to play with.
Jeff Postle works as the trainer for Alpha Dog, thinks all these dogs needed was a good home.
"A lot of these dogs that are in the shelter basically are there because they don't know how to mind and have good manners, so give them another chance," said Postle.
It was straight to work for Decimal, a two-year-old American Bulldog, Honey, a three-year-old Boxer mix, Chanel, a six-month-old American Pitbull and Mack, a one and a half-year-old Dutch Shepherd Lab.
Training began Friday evening and will continue through the weekend.
"Basically right now it's just teaching them not to jump on people and to walk nicely on a leash, to handle distractions with other dogs and other people, and to understand what training is all about. The first thing we have to do when we're teaching a dog things is what a correction is, that we're not upset with them, they're just choosing the wrong behavior and then we're using lots of rewards to pull out the correct behavior," Postle said.
Elizabeth Boyer is the owner of Alpha Dog, and this is second time she's adopted dogs like this.
"The shelter dogs sometimes are overlooked in the shelters, not necessarily because of a temperament problem that they have, but it's a training problem. And they're not bad dogs, they just need a little bit of work. They've been in a kennel for a long time, they're going to be excited, and they're jumping. People don't want a dog that's jumping on them, but they don't understand that they've been in a six by six box basically, for quite a while. We're trying to teach them to have a bond with people. These dogs probably haven't ever really had a bond with people, and to learn what training is, and to respect people, and to learn with people. There's a right fit for everybody," Boyer said.
The dogs will stay at the Alpha Dog training center and will be available for adoption if they don't find home at the Men's Night.