Rescue Dogs & Mixed-Breed Dogs
Oakland Dog Training Club (ODTC) welcomes all dogs - both purebred and mixed breeds - in our
classes and welcomes their owners as club members. A number of our club members and students
have rescue dogs - dogs rescued from animal shelters, adopted from rescue groups, or re-homed
after being abandoned or unwanted.
Rescue dogs are typically older dogs that may not have had proper socialization or training.
Their prior history isn't always known. Some may lack manners at home or in public.
Others may have had a negative experience in their formative "fear stages" as puppies - making
them fearful of something specific such as people wearing sunglasses or white dogs. Dog
training is a great way to build rescue dogs confidence and self-restraint, to help them
become well-mannered companions. Dog training also deepens the owner-dog relationship, so
these dogs are less likely to become "unwanted" again. In the process, you might find
yourself getting hooked on dog training and unlocking the hidden "competitor" within your rescue dog.
Introducing some of ODTC's rescue and mixed-breed dogs.
Competing in AKC Events
Are you interested in competing with your rescue or mixed-breed dog in American Kennel Club
(AKC) Companion or Performance events? These events include Obedience, Rally, Agility,
Tracking, Herding, etc. Purebred rescue dogs (currently) and mixed-breeds (as of 2010)
are eligible to participate, provided they register with and meet AKC's requirements.
See AKC's website for further details.
For aggression or behavioral issues, don't hesitate to seek professional advice. Consult
your veterinarian to rule out any health issues which could be causing the problem. For
significant problems, work with an experienced dog trainer and/or behaviorist. Some dogs
and owners may not be ready for group classes, and may require individual consultation to
assess the situation and work through serious issues. Participation in any of ODTC club's
classes is subject to instructor's approval and training activities are subject to the
club's Disclaimer and Release of Liability (see class application form).