Adopt Using What Color Is Your Dog®

Joel's patented training models apply to adopted pets.

Joel’s patented training models apply to adopted pets.

Over the last 35 years, Joel has adopted scores of dogs from animal shelters, rescue groups, and humane societies across the nation.

Joel’s lucky animals not only get a second chance at life but also enjoy the fun of life on the set of “big screen” productions or TV shows and commercials.

He aims to educate prospective pet owners to guide their selection process when they adopt a dog. Too many dogs are returned back to animal shelters simply because they were not good matches for their new owners.

Understanding the What Color is Your Dog?® model will start your dog’s training off right by helping you consider what sort of animal will be happiest in the home you have to give.

Remember that with the What Color is Your Dog?® model, your dog is one of five colors. Red-dogs are extremely high-strung, and Orange-dogs are less so. Yellow-dogs are in the middle of the spectrum, and are laid back and mellow. Green-dogs can be timid, shy, and apprehensive, while the Blue-dogs are overly anxious and fearful.

What color is your dog?

Think of this color spectrum moving from warm (red and orange) to cool (blue and green). Red and Orange dogs can make great pets. If you are a younger person looking for a dog that will match your high energy, these warmer-colored dogs might be for you! These guys will chase balls and play with toys, but they need frequent exercise, so plan on a couple of walks per day. Remember that warmer-colored dogs have a higher “prey drive,” so their attention to sights, sounds, and odors is elevated.

That focus makes these dogs playful, but it also means they can be trained for things like agility and obedience. Don’t forget that with warmer-colored dogs, they need a job. If you do not train them and give them a job they will most likely create their own job like chewing on furniture or digging in the yard and the results will not likely be what you wanted.

The old cliche about “mellow yellow” really fits dogs in the middle of the spectrum. These animals are naturally relaxed or have become so because a good owner took the time to socialize and train them. These gems can be trained and housebroken very quickly, adapting naturally to your home.

The cooler-colored dogs are the blues and greens. Oftentimes, these dogs’ insecurities result from neglectful ownership or poor training. Unlike the warmer-colored dogs, many of these dogs have a lower prey drive. Sights, sounds, and smells don’t strike their senses with as much intensity.

A blue- or green-dog might have developed fears from past experiences, so building a great relationship with this sort of animal will help you to discover and resolve his triggers. Expose the dog to a variety of experiences and things and see how he responds…Remember that there are thousands of blue and green dogs in animal shelters and humane societies across the nation that will make tremendous pets!