Here are a few of my favorite no-kill, non profit animal rescue groups that i feel comfortable giving my money too. If a particular breed is your ‘cup of tea’ then think about donating to a breed rescue group.
Archive for month: December, 2010
This article interested me as just recently i had helped a Aussie Rescue Group transport some blind and deaf dogs to their new homes. Over the years I have been involved in training deaf dogs and blind dogs but had not really stopped to think about some of the things you would need to know if you shared your home with a blind dog. The full newsletter can be found here.
This is an exercise I am always reminded of when the weather gets cold. Some pushy or gobbling dogs that sit on the threshold of what I consider an acceptable way to take treats may get away with it in the warm weather. BUT in very cold weather when you, the trainer, have cold hands and a big nose and a set of teeth make a tiny amount of contact with your frozen fingers it can be very painful!
I will not play tug-of-war with Dad’s underwear when he’s on the toilet. The garbage collector is NOT stealing our stuff. I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I’m lying under the coffee table I will not roll my toys behind the fridge. I must shake the rainwater out of my fur [...]
Tudge says, “One of the best ways to prevent problems and keep your pooch safe and happy is to provide your dog with a safe and comfortable refuge away from household activities. A dog crate or a quiet, secure room will keep your pup safe and limit the stress it may be feeling because of strangers and holiday activities. You may want to consider hiring a dog sitter for any extra busy days on your holiday calendar.” For more information on pet sitting services visit www.DogSmith.com.
Reinforcement is something a dog seeks to obtain, something they will work for. This could be a stroke or a piece of food. Reinforcers that animals innately like, they do not have to learn to enjoy, are called primary reinforcers. Reinforcers that dogs are conditioned (learn) to enjoy like toys and balls are called secondary [...]
Positive reinforcement is the common protocol amongst marine trainers and many exotic trainers, specifically those trainers preparing animals for movie roles. If the methods work with Whales, Dolphins, Lions and Bears then there is no reason they should not work with large breed dogs. Research supports the consensus that using aversive training methods on fearful [...]
The recent explosion of dog training reality shows has impacted the dog training industry in several ways. The most important and deceptive component is how quickly behavior problems are resolved. Good dog training takes patience, consistency and commitment. Like any new skill, learning needs instruction, practice and more practice. The skill has to be learned, [...]
Lara is welcome to stay in our home for as long as it takes to find her the perfect home. A home with patient and understanding owners who will enjoy what she has to offer at the speed and pace she can offer it. Owners that are prepared for the first few months to work slowly with her and to build a loving and trusting relationship before they expect anything from her. Owners that are prepared to give her adequate exercise and mental stimulation in a safe environment while she assimilates to her new home. Owners that can wait for the day when she feels safe enough to give back the same amount of love and trust that they have put forth first.
Some pest control companies now offer “greener” options that include essential oil derivatives (including cedar oil) that are much safer for you and your pets than conventional pesticides.