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Youve Adopted A Dog Now What

by Kirsten Frisch

The excitement is wearing off. It has been about three weeks since you brought your dog home from the shelter, or breeder, or side of the road. The cooing time is coming to a close and you are starting to wonder if the whole thing was a good idea. You are starting to bond with your new family member, but every now and then you consider a way out.

Hey, no one blames you. You just wanted to give a dog a better chance at the good life. A dog that was not doing too well finding it on their own. You are seriously contemplating what your next move should be. You do not have it in you to lose another favorite item.

Should you go to dog training? Yes and No. A good dog trainer will make training a dog an enjoyable experience. A bad one however, can make you feel like losing a few extra pair of shoes is a better way to spend your money.

How much should you pay for dog training? First of all, a good dog trainer is worth the investment. Here is a mouthful of advice...if you did not like the trainer do not go back to them. It sounds simple, but too many people feel obligated to stay with one trainer.

The truth is, you will be training your dog a good portion of your life, so you might as well start down the right road. If you do not feel comfortable with the methods or personality of the trainer you chose, you will not be in a position to learn.

Dogs learn from a person they respect. Sure, they do things for people they do not respect, but that does not mean they like it. This is your first lesson from a long list of lessons your dog will teach you in life. Let me repeat. You will do things for people you do not respect, but that does not mean you like it.

Apply this philosophy to finding a dog trainer. You will have a much better chance (and faster) if you learn how to train your dog from someone you respect and like. Pay this person well. Why? Because you will appreciate the life lessons they teach you. Not just how to STAY.

Kirsten Frisch has worked with sled dogs for over 8 years. She has handled dogs in Alaska for mid and long distance races such as the Copper Basin 300 and Yukon Quest 1000 mile race. Her background also includes Veterinary Technician, sled dog rescue and foster, artist, and traveller. You can learn more about Kirsten and sled dogs at

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