Preventing Behavior Issues During a Pandemic

Dogs are loving having their humans home with them all day, but at some point life goes back to normal. So how do we make the most of this time with our dogs while setting them up to succeed when we emerge from shelter in place and social isolation protocols?
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COVID-19: Services, Resources, and Policies

To best support you and your dogs during the evolving COVID-19 situation, we are rolling out some proactive policy changes, services, and resources that we will continue to adapt and update to keep pace with community safety. Read on to see what's changing and watch this space for updates …
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Finding a Smoother Training Journey

Most trainers and pet owners will recognize this image as one of the most accurate the internet has produced. It resonates so deeply because we've experienced it personally but let's think about why that is. Why doesn't dog training look like that first nice flat line?
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What Can You Do to Help Shelter Dogs?

Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Spay/Neuter. Donate. Educate. Advocate. We see these words listed repeatedly in reference to what you can do to help shelter animals.  But what do they really mean?  We wanted to take a moment and break down just how each of us can make a difference and save some lives. Adopt Pretty self-explanatory…
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Leash Gremlins Need Love Too: Help for Leash Reactive Dogs

Reactivity is one of the single most common behavior issues faced by dogs and their people. In fact, many of us need only glance a few inches down the couch to see our very own much loved leash gremlins. Rather than just define what reactivity is, we wanted to focus on its consequences and solutions…
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Just You and the Dog

Of the many seminars we've attended, those from the always insightful Suzanne Clothier have been some of the most resonate. As such, this post was originally written to share our favorite takeaways from the experience. Permeating both the presentation and workshop portions, as is true with all of Clothier's work, is the notion of simplicity…
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Is He Good with Other Dogs?

We had quite the fancy post written on this topic, explaining the different categories of dog/dog sociability and what each of them means. We were going to sort various dogs we know and love into those categories and tell you how and why they happened to find themselves at that particular spot on the sociability spectrum. We had graphics and…
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I Need to Return This Dog

For many of us, those are words we'd never say. And yet, they are said to shelters and rescue groups on a daily basis. We wanted to explore this issue from a dog behavior perspective. Specifically, the behavior related reasons for dog returns we've seen over and over throughout the years. While there definitely are…
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Enrichment and Behavior

If we could change just one thing to positively impact the lives of dogs in homes and housed in shelters, it would be this: provide regular, varied, species appropriate enrichment. While enrichment is not the same as behavior modification, it can do wonders to prevent behavior issues from developing and/or escalating due to boredom, stress,…
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The Emotional Lives of Shelter Dogs, Part Two

In our previous post on the emotional lives of shelter dogs, we stressed the importance of enrichment, training, and downtime. In this follow-up, we delve a little deeper into the dynamic between shelter volunteers/staff and the dogs in their care.
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The Emotional Lives of Shelter Dogs, Part One

There is an ever growing amount of scientific evidence demonstrating that animals experience rich emotional lives. Take a ride with us as we explore the emotional lives of shelter dogs.
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Catch Your Dog Doing Something Good

In our multi-beast household, an act as simple as dropping a pretzel stick on the floor can result in world war 3. But one day, I could only watch in panicked horror as that very thing happened, and curse my bipedalism as Dog and Cat raced from opposite sides of the room toward the salty…
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