Shelter dog advice

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Shelter dog advice service: for whom?

For people who are adopting a rehomed adult dog (from the shelter, from abroad, from the street, from the countryside, etc.). You can start the traject at any time between 3 weeks before the dog’s arrival and 3 weeks after the dog’s arrival. This service gives you advice and support from the moment time the dog has arrived at your home, during the 6-week adjustment period before he can participate in a group course.

All dogs from the age of 4.5 months are welcome to participate. Young dogs can join the standard puppy classes (register ahead of time, we have waiting lists!).

The shelter dog service in short

The package consists of 3 parts:

  1. A thorough document with advice on the most important aspects of the first few weeks of the dog in your new home.
  2. A 6-week period during which we will e-mail short advice based on the questions/doubts/problems you will report to us once per week, in a standard document.
  3. Based on the dog’s behaviour after the 6-week period, we choose together between the two possible steps:
    1. 10-week group course. This spot is booked from day 1 of our 6-week period so you do not wait unnecesarily long; or
    2. 2-hour long behaviour advice session (and report) at your your home.

Shelter dog advice service: why?

Dogs who have just been adopted need some time to adjust before they are put through group training lessons. They first need to get comfortable with their new life, and joining a group course straight away would be overwhelming, which can lead to later behaviour problems.

At the same time, these dogs often have baggage, and come with special instructions. Shelter dogs and rescues are precisely the dogs with whom you would need professional advice from day one.

This is why OhMyDog has put together the shelter dog advice service: to give you advice during these precious first few weeks, so that you can put him on the right track from day 1.

You can click on the video below to get a video explanation of the process.

The 6-week support period

With this service, you get:

  • A guaranteed spot in the next available obedience class (after a period of minimum 6 weeks from signing up). This spot is switched to a 2-hour-long in-house behaviour therapy consult at no extra charge if that is the advice after the 6-week evaluation period.
  • Standard shelter dog information pack for the first few days, so that you can give the dog the best possible start with  you. These instructions are put together by certified and university-educated behaviour therapists. They follow ethical guidelines and modern Best Practices.
  • Over the following 6 weeks, you will then get written support and advice through weekly status updates. We will send you, based on the progress cards you will send us every week, short and concrete tips. The progress cards do not take much time to fill in, because we understand that you have a busy life.
  • After 6 weeks, you will get our follow-up advice based on the behaviour evaluation form you will complete. The advice will be a choice between group training or behaviour therapy.

Difference between group training and behaviour therapy

Should we, after the 6-week evaluation period, refer you to behaviour therapy instead of group training, please don’t take it too hard. This is based on the following reasons:

Group training is developed for owners who want to improve their dog’s obedience skills – like a perfect ‘come here’, or a reliable ‘let go’. Some dogs are unable to participate to these courses due to fearful, barking, hunting or reactive behaviour. These problems often get much worse through group training. This diagram explains the reasoning behind our advice.



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