New Blog: Training Rescued Dogs


This blog will provide information on training tips for those who adopt or foster rescued dogs. You can never assume rescued dogs received obedience training.

You will find help for issues specific to dogs that were abused, abandoned, forgotten, or surrendered by their owners.

You’ll read stories from people who have experience and have been where you are, and how they dealt with the same issues you are having.

Ask questions and hold discussions, and make rescued dogs man’s best friend again.


George McGinn is a Pulitzer Prize finalist an award-winning journalist, with more than 30 years experience.

I also has spent 6 years in law enforcement, including under 3 years in the U.S. Army as a Combat Military Policeman.

I learned to train dogs while part of my duties as an MP, and has handled both war and police dogs.

I also rescued and trained a number of dogs, from puppies to full grown adult dogs with a variety of discipline issues, including one dog who lived in the wild for about a year.

I and others in my network will post articles and questions from readers on handing issues specific to rescued dogs – dogs that were abused, abandoned, neglected, or given up by their owners for a variety of reasons (mostly elderly and people moving to living arrangements that do not allow pets).

In this blog, you will learn how to get the background on the dog you either rescued or plan to rescue, as this is more important than a dog’s breed.

I’ve seen Golden Retrievers more viscous than Pitt Bulls, because of severe abuse or neglect or that’s how the prior owner trained the dog.

While all dogs deserve another chance, you’ll learn how to pick the right dog for you. This is where you first need to know the dog’s background, and how that affects it in terms of the dog’s breed.

For example, a Cocker Spaniel will make a great lap dog, unless it has been an Alpha dog and had to fend for itself. You’ll learn how long it will take to correct problems, which a dog’s breeding becomes important.

For example, a Golden Retriever or Australian Shepherd will adjust quicker than a Cocker Spaniel, because of each of the breed’s normal behavior.

I will also invite others who has rescued dogs to tell of their experiences. Sometimes it can help to understand your situation from someone who has already been there.

What’s important in all this is the welfare of the dog, and an honest assessment of whether you can take care of the issues a dog can develop when it lives in an environment not natural to its breeding.

So give a rescued or fostered dog another chance to be man’s best friend.


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