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In today's troubled economic times, many people are forced to move, often to rental property. Check out this article from MSN Real Estate about getting your pet accepted by landlords.

How Could You? A poem about a dog surrendered after years of loyalty to his family.

Watch this video and consider adopting a pet with disabilities.

Petfinder Video Hub

How to Protect your Dog from Dangerous Mold - a link suggested by Jefferson Elementary students

General Dog Care Tips

There is no such thing as a free puppy...wherever you get your new family member, dogs can be expensive, both in terms of cost and time.

Regardless of breed, all dogs require certain care, some more than others. For basic dog care tips, please refer to the following information, but, remember, your veterinarian should be your number one resource when caring for your dog.


The following links provide information on a variety of dog care topics. These links have been taken from our partner rescue, Homeward Bound Rescue in Minnesota.

Basic Training

I Don't Have Time To Train - Oh, Yes You Do!
12 Tips for a Well Behaved Dog
Basic Control: If Your Dog is Not Listening or Out of Control, Start Here
12 General Rules for Training Dogs
Basic Training Rules
Building A Better Dog: Tools & Techniques
Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks
Training Articles at Gooddogz.org
The Importance of Positive Discipline and Rewards (PDF)
Leash Manners

Behavior Issues


Understanding Aggressive Behavior in Dogs (PDF)
Dog Aggressive Behaviors
Dealing with Dominance in Dogs
Aggression from the HSUS

Barking & Whining:

Physical and Mental Stimulation
Solving Boredom in Dogs
Why is He Barking and How Can I Make Him Stop?
Dealing with Whining Dogs
Stress Whining
Tellington Touch and the Barking Dog

Begging / Stealing Food:

Dealing with Dogs that Beg
Dealing with Dogs that Steal Food
Begging at the Table
Controllling Stealing
Is Your Dog a Thief?


Destructive Chewing (PDF)
All Dogs Chew
HSUS: Destructive Chewing
Destructiveness: Chewing


HSUS: Digging
How to Stop Your Dog from Digging
Dealing with Dogs that Dig

Escape Artists:

The Canine Escape Artist
Dog Escaping and Roaming
Dealing with Dogs that Run Away
Staying Put: Confinement Options (PDF)

Fearful / Shy Dogs:

Shyness and Socializing Your Dog
Overcoming Shyness

The Fearful Dog (PDF)
Shy Dogs
Confidence Building for Dogs


ASPCA: Urine Marking
Territorial Marking Behavior (PDF)
Housetraining - Territorial Marking
Urine Marking


ASPCA: Housetraining
Re-Housetraining Your Adult Dog
Housetraining Made Easy
Housebreaking Demystified (PDF)
Housetraining a New Dog
Tips from Matty: Housebreaking Video
Potty Training Basics

Cleaning Up Messes:

Successful Cleaning to Remove Pet Odors and Stains (PDF)
Cleaning Up Pet Stains and Odors (PDF)


ASPCA: Crate training
Crate Training Your Dog (PDF)

Dog Behavior: Crate Training
Crate Training Your Dog (PDF)

Help Your Pet Beat The Heat This Summer

Pets, like people, can overheat and suffer heatstroke. Always offer plenty of water before, during, and after outdoor activities, and don't exercise or play hard with your pet in the heat of the day. (Some animals, particularly those with light- colored noses, may benefit from sunscreen for lengthy outside exposure—ask your vet.) Make sure your pet has a cool, shaded area to rest in if he is outdoors. Never leave your pet unattended in a car in the summer, even for a short period of time, as temperatures can rise fast!

Click here for a website with more information about keeping pets cool. Thanks to Julia for the great website recommendation.

The Top Ten Essentials: Caring for Your Dog
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

1. Outfit your dog with a collar and ID tag that includes your name, address, and telephone number. No matter how careful you are, there's a chance your companion may become lost—an ID tag greatly increases the chance that your pet will be returned home safely.

2. Follow local laws for licensing your dog and vaccinating him for rabies. Check with your local animal shelter or humane society for information regarding legal requirements, where to obtain tags, and where to have your pet vaccinated.

3. Follow this simple rule—off property, on leash. Even a dogwith a valid license, rabies tag, and ID tag should not be allowed to roam outside of your home or fenced yard. It is best for you, your community, and your dog to keep your pet under control at all times.

4. Give your dog proper shelter. A fenced yard with a doghouse is a bonus, especially for large and active dogs; however, dogs should never be left outside alone or for extended periods of time. Dogs need and crave companionship and should spend most of their time inside with their family.

5. Take your dog to the veterinarian for regular check-ups. If you do not have a veterinarian, ask your local animal shelter or a pet-owning friend for a referral.

6. Spay or neuter your dog. Dogs who have this routine surgery tend to live longer, be healthier, and have fewer behavior problems (e.g., biting, running away). By spaying or neutering your dog, you are also doing your part to reduce the problem of pet overpopulation.

7. Give your pooch a nutritionally balanced diet, including constant access to fresh water. Ask your veterinarian for advice on what and how often to feed your pet.

8. Enroll your dog in a training class. Positive training will allow you to control your companion's behavior safely and humanely, and the experience offers a terrific opportunity to enhance the bond you share with your dog.

9. Give your dog enough exercise to keep him physically fit (but not exhausted). Most dog owners find that playing with their canine companion, along with walking him twice a day, provides sufficient exercise. If you have questions about the level of exercise appropriate for your dog, consult your veterinarian.

10. Be loyal to and patient with your faithful companion. Make sure the expectations you have of your dog are reasonable and remember that the vast majority of behavior problems can be solved.

Visit the Humane Society of the US website at www.hsus.org for more information on dog care.


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