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    December 15th, 2011

     

    We’d found this circulating on the Internet with no credit to the photographer. If you know who took this picture please let us know!

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

    YOU can train shelter dogs

    June 1st, 2011

    Would you have a little bit of time to help just one shelter dog find a home? Take your training skills to a shelter and volunteer to help a dog become more adoptable. Shelter dogs learn the same way that you have learned to train your pet dogs: rewards for desired behavior, no rewards for undesired behavior.

    Most shelter volunteers groom or exercise dogs without realizing the desperate need for training. No amount of exercise is going to keep an excitable dog from jumping on his kennel door, he must learn how to be calm when visitors approach. Fearful dogs, not learning to cope with the stress of kennel life, only fall deeper into their syndrome without some form of desensitization. If not trained, a continuously barking dog may never find a home. A dog may only have a few moments to catch the attention of a visitor, so training for eye contact and interaction can be crucial for his long term survival.

    A large, boisterous, shelter dog can be a bit intimidating but, get this: you can perform all training OUTSIDE of the kennels without ever touching the dogs! With a clicker and small treats you can train shelters dogs through the kennel bars without getting jumped on, yanked, dirty, smelly, or scratched. By simply clicking and rewarding for desired behavior, and ignoring undesired behavior you will be providing a much-needed service for our deserving homeless dogs.

    So what’s keeping you from helping just one dog this summer?

    What makes you smile?

    August 15th, 2010

    What does your dog do that makes you smile? That one thing that you just have to share in conversation with fellow humans?

    I have a dog that insists on having the last sip of morning latte from my mug. He climbs into my lap with just the front half of his 75 pound body, lies there patiently as I type and sip, and only has eye contact with me when I tilt the cup back farther and farther when it is near empty. It’s not any monumental act of humor, loyalty, or intelligence but it sure makes my day!

    Every shelter dog, no matter how pathetic or desperate they look behind bars, has a personality waiting to find his owner’s smile.

    This video guaranteed to make you smile!  Video from Dogwork.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Escape Artist

    May 15th, 2010

    Houdini they are often named, those dogs who incessantly gouge their way to greener pastures. We humans generally think the dog is simply looking for its "freedom" but a variety of reasons may prompt such behavior:

    • Lack of exercise
    • Lack of mental stimulation
    • Separation stress
    • Dog not routinely allowed time outside confined area
    • Hormone driven desire to reach another dog
    • Animals/people on the other side of confinement area
    • A history of escape with rewarding experiences
    • A history of chewing/digging in itself being a rewarding experience

    The dog in this video has never been let inside the home and does not get routinely walked. He started escaping by simply digging under the fence. Since he had been successful at this several times, the cinder block placed at the hole became a mere obstacle in his escape route. The dog responded to this by chewing on the fence and will most likely get more crafty with his escape as more deterrents get placed in his path. His behavior will increase in intensity and this dog will be harder and harder to keep in the yard if the owners do not approach the solution holistically.

    By the way, the only place this dog wanted to go to once outside his backyard was to the front door of the house.

    See Video HERE MVI_2558

    When Apologies Won’t Do

    February 24th, 2010

    When Apologies Won’t Do

    Many of you who visit this website already understand the commitment it takes to be a dog parent. Some of you are seeking more information before adding a new member to your family. As a dog lover, I encourage you to watch this nicely done video and share it widely through your internet connections.

    The number one reason that dogs end up in shelters: it is no longer wanted by its owner. There are exponentially more previously owned dogs turned loose as strays or turned in to shelters than there are feral dogs or unwanted puppies.

    THE APOLOGY VIDEO

    Ben Stein on Adopting Dogs

    February 15th, 2010

    If you missed Ben Stein talking about adopting dogs on CBS, you can watch the two minute clip here.

    He named one of his past adopted dogs Puppy Wuppy. How cute is that?! What a great guy!

    Website for Heavy Chewers

    January 26th, 2010

    Dogs who are aggressive chewers can create frustrated owners. Some owners use up all their patience waiting for their dog to "grow out of it" only to find that their dog keeps chewing well into adulthood. Dogs, like their ancestors, are hard-wired to rip, tear, and chew. That’s how they survive as hunters.

    If you don’t guide your dog in his chewing adventures, you are likely to have some unwanted damage and destruction as he succumbs to his urges. Relieve yourself and your dog from potential stress by providing affordable, quality, DURABLE, chew toys from K9tuff.com.

    This company deserves four paws up for its dedication to dog chewing satisfaction and dog owners’ pocketbooks. All products are rated by durability, use type, and sizing for individual dogs. So confident are they in their products that they guarantee your purchase for 30 days.

    Biscuits for Shelter Dogs

    January 13th, 2010


    We all have had to make budget cuts in recent times. Here’s a way for dog owners to help shelter dogs without having to reach further into their pockets.

    Barkin Doggie Biscuits will donate an equal amount of dog biscuits to a shelter for every amount of biscuits that you order.  Check out their three delicious choices of fresh mint, pumpkin and peanut butter. A nice way to share the wealth with puppies less fortunate than your own.

    Rescue Me Dog commends any organization or individual who helps make the lives of shelter dogs a little more comfortable.

    Dear Santa

    December 17th, 2009



    Dear Santa (from the dog)
    By Janine Allen CPDT

    Dear Santa,

    I know times are hard so I am not asking for anything this Christmas. Instead I am asking you to help someone else.

    Santa, would you please give my friend at the shelter a wonderful human just like mine? One who needs a cuddly, devoted companion? A human who will let him get on the sofa, laugh at his snoring and take him for rides in the car? A human just like mine who will be his best friend forever?

    If that’s asking too much could you at least give him a yard to run around in or a park to visit? I know he’d love that.

    Santa, could you give my friend at the shelter a soft bed to sleep on? The concrete looks so hard and I think of him every time I curl up on the fluffy cushion that my family has given me.

    And could you please, oh please, give him one of those red rubber things that repeatedly gets stuffed with cheese and dog treats? That thing is awesome!

    Oh Santa, just for Christmas, could you at least let him have a few more walks outside and maybe some play time with the other dogs? Could you please send some humans by his cage to tell him that he is worthy and that it isn’t his fault that he is in the shelter?
     
    The more I think of him the more I realize how blessed I am.

    Santa, if you can’t give him these things I will understand. But please, if his time is up, could you just give him a little love before he goes?

    Thank you and Merry Christmas!

    The Adopted Dog

    Sabi the pound dog

    November 12th, 2009

    In the news today, Sabi, an Australian Army bomb detection dog, has been found alive after being declared missing in action for 14 months. Her handler and eight others were wounded in Afghanistan when ambushed by the Taliban. Sabi escaped and was feared dead until she was recently found by a U.S. soldier.

    Read the full article here.

    Sabi, and her hard-working detection dog comrades, have all been adopted from the pound.

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