Tug Dogs specializes in rehabilitating dogs with fear, anxiety and aggression issues - often developed through life circumstances the dog had no control over. Trainers carefully consider each dog's environment, history, health and point of view to create a custom training program designed to change not only how that dog acts in the world, but how that dog feels in every situation he encounters.
"While Rowdy is a sweet and surprisingly confident dog given his previous abuse, Rowdy is also a dog who arrived into our rehabilitation program totally unaware of the two most fundamental concepts every dog must know in order for us to teach them livability skills, training and behavior modification," Kramer said.
The first of those two skills was impulse control - and as his name implies, Rowdy was lacking. He needed to learn from scratch "how to switch gears from excitement to calm," said Kramer.
"By guiding Rowdy with the leash, giving him appropriate energy outlets outside of training and by modeling calm behavior, Rowdy has already started learning to control his impulses, helping him acclimate to home life," Kramer said.