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.
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Dog Care Tips
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.
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.
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.
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,
12 General Rules for Training Dogs
Basic Training Rules
A Better Dog: Tools & Techniques
Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks
Articles at Gooddogz.org
Importance of Positive Discipline and Rewards (PDF)
Behavior in Dogs (PDF)
Dealing with Dominance in Dogs
Aggression from the HSUS
Barking & Whining:
Physical and Mental
Why is He Barking
and How Can I Make Him Stop?
Dealing with Whining
and the Barking Dog
Begging / Stealing
Dealing with Dogs
Dealing with Dogs that Steal Food
Begging at the Table
Is Your Dog a Thief?
Destructive Chewing (PDF)
HSUS: Destructive Chewing
How to Stop Your Dog from Digging
Dealing with Dogs that Dig
The Canine Escape
Dog Escaping and Roaming
Dealing with Dogs that Run Away
Put: Confinement Options (PDF)
Fearful / Shy Dogs:
Shyness and Socializing
Fearful Dog (PDF)
Confidence Building for Dogs
Marking Behavior (PDF)
Housetraining - Territorial Marking
Re-Housetraining Your Adult Dog
Housetraining Made Easy
Housetraining a New Dog
Tips from Matty: Housebreaking Video
Potty Training Basics
Cleaning Up Messes:
Cleaning to Remove Pet Odors and Stains (PDF)
Up Pet Stains and Odors (PDF)
ASPCA: Crate training
Training Your Dog (PDF)
Dog Behavior: Crate Training
Training Your Dog (PDF)
Your Pet Beat The Heat This Summer
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.
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
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
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
9. Give your dog
enough exercise to keep him physically fit (but not exhausted). Most
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
10. Be loyal to
and patient with your faithful companion. Make sure the expectations
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.