Resources to Support Pet Ownership
Decompression Tips for New Dogs
Bringing a new pet into a new environment can be stressful to everyone (humans, current pets, new pet, etc). It is important to give time and space to all pets in the environment - to allow them to decompress. This helps them learn about the new situation and environment without having to react. They can become more comfortable and aware of what will be expected from them. This article talks about fostering but is just as important to adopters and even those who have multiple resident dogs that aren't getting along.
This article has great information on separation anxiety, especially related to puppies.
Do you have a dog that is over attached to you? Read this.
It is important that proper introductions are done with resident and new canines. These articles will help set the pets up for a successful relationship.
This article gives tips on things you should do prior to bringing home a new dog, things to be aware of, and additional tips.
Click HERE for an article discussing how to spot canine body language and tips on introducing dogs to each other.
Have you ever wondered how you should properly introduce dogs to each other while on a walk? If so, you can read all about it in this article.
Some additional tips are:
-Have lots of high value treats (diced up chicken, string cheese) and make sure both dogs are getting high rewards every few seconds.
-Create distance between dogs if you sense tension or hard stares are building.
Positive Crate Training
Click HERE for a Guide to Positive Crate Training.
Female/Female Dog Households
Save-A-Bull Rescue in MN has compiled a great and informative article on multiple female dog households.
Leash Reactive Dogs & Working Through it with Them
To learn how to help calm a dog that is barking and lunging while on leash, this article (with video) is for you.
This article discussed how to help a reactive dog move past distractions.
If you have a fearful dog, read this article to learn how to help ease their fears.
If you have a dog who is reactive on walks to people or dogs, this video is a great resource. The tips mentioned are also a good thing to practice inside for mental stimulation/exercise, especially if you can't get out for regular outdoor exercise due to the weather.
Traditional Dog Training vs Leadership without Force
This webpage discusses why using dominance and assertion over dog in attempts to "control" them, ultimately lead to an atmosphere of fear and competition. It discusses how in order to change undesired behavior we have to remove rewards for undesirable behavior and focus instead on rewarding good behavior.
*Thank Rabbit Rescue of MN for sharing the following information with us.
Bunny Care Packet
This document includes all the Bunny Basics and it a great resource to those new to rabbit ownership or fostering.
This document discusses rabbit housing, what is needed, recommended, and suggested places to purchase items.