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Incorporating a new dog into the fold, whether it is a rescue dog or new pup is always challenging and can be heartbreaking when adding a new four legged family member doesn’t go well. Assisting families develop realistic expectations and correctly assessing the resident dog or dogs as well as the new dog is critical to a successful result. Reading dog body language is important when introducing resident and new dogs. Video dog assessments from introductions gone wrong to successful set ups will be discussed. Selecting a rescue dog versus a puppy will also be examined. We will also discuss the analysis of pack dynamics between dogs and how they change over time.
Develop skills in dog selection; matching dogs with families based on temperaments
Introducing resident dogs to new a dog or pup to ensure a harmonious outcome.
Learn appropriate introduction scenarios and recognize potential problems before a dog goes home.
How status and hierarchy play a part in a smooth transition.
Nancy Reyes has been a professional dog trainer for the past 20 years. She began her love affair with animals when she was 5 years old. Nancy would spend countless hours during summer visits on her grandmother’s farm. Over the years she found that she could turn her love of animals and people into a rewarding career of training dogs. During this time she discovered another passion, working with shelter and rescue dogs. For the past 12 years Nancy has donated much of her time to working with various rescues in the Midwest. She has even rescued a dog or two or six. Nancy received her B.S. from Park College in 1990 while serving her country in the United State Air Force. During her time in the service she worked in Washington , D.C. as an International Liaison Specialist. Nancy lives in Chicago with her husband Gonzalo and their 7 dogs which range from Miniature Pinschers to a German Shepherd. She trains and competes her dogs in agility, K9 nose work and rally.
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