Every dog needs training. Just like children, dogs are happiest when they know what is expected of them.

While most people think of dog training as something you do with puppies, dogs can learn new commands at any age. It’s especially important for dogs like Gilbert to learn some basic commands in order to help them get adopted and have that adoption be a forever one.

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Gilbert’s Story:

Gilbert with Gateway Pet Guardians - photo Credit David CarlyonPhoto Credit – David Carlyon

Gilbert was rescued by Gateway Pet Guardians in St. Louis, MO.

Gateway rescues dogs in the impoverished communities of Illinois just minutes from downtown St. Louis. There are hundreds of dogs living on their own on the streets of East St. Louis or hoping to make it out of the animal control shelter. Gateway rescues as many of them as they can.

Gilbert was abandoned by his owners and found in East St. Louis tied to a tree. He was taken to a very overcrowded animal control facility where sadly many of the dogs never find homes.

Gilbert was one of the lucky ones.

Gateway Pet Guardians rescued him and is working to find him a forever home.

Gilbert is a pit bull mix with a huge smile. When I walked through the Gateway shelter where they house dogs waiting for a foster home, it seemed like every dog started barking. But not Gilbert. He just sat at attention and locked his eyes on me hoping I would come over and give him some love.

To his surprise, he not only got to go out into the yard with me and another volunteer Melissa, but he also got a few handfuls of tasty Zuke’s Mini Natural treats while he learned some new commands.

Since the video was made, Gilbert has been adopted!

Gilbert with Gateway Pet Guardians - photo Credit David CarlyonPhoto Credit – David Carlyon

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