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paw print I’ve Adopted A Dog, Now What?

dog rescueNow that you have adopted a dog you are probably wondering what’s next. It is important to know that the first months in a new home are crucial for any dog. During this time, its development and behavioral patterns are determined. Hence this is the perfect time to establish rules, boundaries and limitations you expect of your new pet. You will be teaching your dog the basic commands such as sit, stay, and down, along with many others. Most importantly you will teach them about their roll in the household and let it know that you are the “pack leader”.

Instead of spoiling your new adopted dog with tons of toys, hugs and attention, give the dog the time to settle in to your home. A great way to do this is by going for a 30 minute walk/run around the neighborhood before going in to the house. This will help your dog to release energy and to be calm. Once you get home keep him or her leashed until the whole family has been introduced to the dog. Do this by letting him/her smell each member of the family without them rushing up to the dog to pet him/her or give him/her any kind of affection. This will come later. Introduce each family member to the dog one at a time. It’s very important for the dog to approach the person first and not the other way around. The reason for this is because the dog doesn’t know you, and if he doesn’t feel comfortable enough he might react negatively.

Once you’re done introducing the family members, lead the dog through the house with the leash. Don’t let him or her roam around the home because you are not letting the dog claim this as his or her territory. Giving them too much freedom at this time may cause problems later when the dog, for example, claims a certain space (such as a couch) as his or her territory and won’t let anybody near. Show him your home room by room; by doing this you’re letting the dog know that this is YOUR territory and he must respect it.

Another aspect every dog owner should know before adopting a dog is that in order to keep your dog healthy and happy they need to get plenty of daily exercise, food and water. By exercise I don’t mean running back and forth in the back yard, but daily walks that last no less than 20 minutes. Exercise is the key for success for a healthy dog. When you exercise your dog releases energy. If you don’t exercise your dog, energy accumulates and it creates obsessions and anxieties in your dog.

Another great way to get your family involved and become responsible dog owners, is to get them involved in grooming and bathing which is very important to keep a dog healthy and looking good. Bathing should be done every other week depending on the dog’s fur and how often it gets dirty. You can bathe at home or at a grooming place, but either way there is no excuse not to.

Finally, when you take home your new dog from the shelter don’t forget to get it’s history. This includes if it has had a past of neglect or abuse from previous owners or if he or she has any traumas, or obsessions. If you feel that you need more help to understand you’re dog’s behavior visit Dog Pro or contact the adoption center where you originally adopted the dog.

paw print Seattle Dog Adoption

Located in the state of Washington, Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. It has an estimated population of 573,911 and is growing. Like many other major cities across the U.S., Seattle has a growing overpopulation of dogs. Dog overpopulation has become an increased concern to the Seattle animal control and various rescue organizations. In order to control and solve this problem, rescue organizations and the city of Seattle need your help. There are different ways to help. You can donate, volunteer, adopt a dog or, by spaying or neutering your own dog.

The best way to help dog overpopulation is by adopting a dog. Dog adoption in Seattle has much to offer. You can find different pure-breeds and mutts, and can also find different ages and sizes. When you walk into the shelter be prepared to fill out an adoption application and be interviewed; this is done to match the guardian with a perfect dog. The typical adoption fee ranges from $90-$115. Find adoption centers and dogs up for adoption in Seattle here.

Another great way to help is by spaying and neutering. If you’re a dog owner and haven’t spayed or neutered them, do so as soon as possible. Seattle has many low cost or free spay and neuter clinics around you area. It is estimated that an unaltered dog can produce an estimated 67,000 new dogs in just 6 years.

The majority of rescue organizations in Seattle are non-profit organizations and accept donations. When donating consider giving money or supplies or both. The money you donate goes directly to animal care, such as food and health supplies. Shelters and rescue organizations will also welcome blankets, crates, bowls, leashes, medical supplies, etc.

If donating is not for you, try volunteering. When volunteering, you are working one-on-one with dogs and other animals. You are able to see progress first hand. There are many positions available for volunteers and all it takes is a few hours of time per week. Call or visit your local shelter for more volunteer information.

In the city of Seattle there are different laws which protect dog. There are also rules and regulations which pet owners must obey. Laws

paw print Rescue Dog Adoption

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Rescue Dogs
When a disaster strikes, rescue dogs will save lives.

All rescue dogs and handlers are volunteers. Handlers choose dogs at a young age. Dogs that display a strong desire to play are usually excellent candidates to become rescue dogs. A handler has to sharpen the skills of a rescue dog by way of regular training sessions but training varies according to the type of rescue. No matter the type of resuce, dogs train in different terrains and weather, in order for the dogs to be familiar during a real emergency. In order for dogs to become a certified rescue dog they have to be evaluated and tested on their ability to find victims in need. Handlers and dogs have to build a trust relationship to make the best search and rescue team possible.

There are no specific breeds used for rescues, but the most effective dogs are large breed dogs. Some of the most frequently used breeds in rescues are German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and Golden Retrievers. However good rescue dogs are not chosen because of their breed. They are chosen because they display the abilities and skills of a good rescue dog.

Rescue dogs usually retire at the age of 5 or 6 years old. Because of their long commitment to search and rescue, handlers and rescue dog become lifetime partners and it is very unusual for rescue dog to be given up for adoption. If you want information on becoming a rescue handler you can visit here.

paw print Senior Dog Adoption

senior dog rescueWhen searching to adopt a dog, be open to adopt a dog of any age. In this case consider adopting a senior or older dog. Don’t be deceived by senior dogs in shelters or rescue organization. Many people don’t think is a good idea to adopt a senior dog because they believe they might have health problems or they would not be as active anymore. But the reality why older of senior dogs are given up to shelters or rescue groups is the same as any other dog; owners can’t take care of them anymore, or simply just don’t want them anymore.

There are far more encouraging reasons for adopting a senior dog over adopting a puppy. Unlike puppies, senior and older dogs are already house trained, and grown and done with the puppy phase. You won’t find your best pair of shoes chewed. They know better than that since they have passed the puppy stage and learned to behave. Also, older dogs have more focus and are able to learn or adjust better and quicker to new environments then younger dogs.

Because of their experience in life, older dogs already know the meaning of NO. They have already learned what it takes to get along with other dogs and humans, and to become part of the pack. Moreover, senior dogs have completely developed (shape, size and personality) and you’ll know exactly the type of dog he or she is. Unlike puppies, with senior dogs you get what you see. Senior dogs are not as demanding as puppies or young dogs and are ready to be your true companion.

You can find senior dogs for adoption by visiting your local shelter or by searching online. Before starting your search do a self assessment on the type of person you are and the type of dog that will suite your life style best.

paw print Bernese Mountain Dog Adoption

bernese mountain dog rescue
The first Bernese Mountain Dogs were bred in Switzerland by farmers to drive cattle, haul products and protect the family. Over the years this extraordinary dog has become a family companion, and the perfect helpmate. Bernese Mountain Dogs have an affinity for children which makes them very popular among families with young children. Bernese Mountain Dog are people-loving dogs, and by nature they are gentle and obedient. However, those skills need to be developed with training, practice and rewards. An untrained Bernese Mountain Dog will still be gentle, but more of a troublemaker.

The most outstanding characteristic of a Bernese Mountain dog is their beautiful coat. The coat is mostly black with bright white and rust color markings. They weight ranges from about 65 -115 pounds, bitches being the smallest. Since Bernese Mountain Dogs are large breeds they eat more, and they need to be exercised at least once daily. The life span of Bernese Mountain dogs is only seven years, due to several genetic diseases. They are vulnerable to hip and elbow, bloat, several types of cancer, autoimmune diseases, and kidney problems.

In the United States there are thousand of dogs given up for adoption, abused or abandon every year and one of those breeds happens to be Bernese Mountain Dogs. There are also many mix breed Bernese Mountain Dogs available for adoption. To find Bernese Mountain Dogs up for adoption dogs in you state visit this link.

paw print San Francisco Dog Adoption

Located in the northern part of California, San Francisco is a one of a kind city. This beautiful city holds unrivaled attraction, and renowned entertainment. However, like many other big cities across the U.S., San Francisco also holds a major problem of dog over population.

Every year in the City of San Francisco thousands of dogs will be abused, abandoned, or given up by their owners. But amazingly, every year there are far less dogs euthanized in this great city. The city of San Francisco Animal Control and the San Francisco SPCA have made a special agreement to give dogs more than a second chance. The both have agreed to not to euthanize any adoptable or treatable dogs in the City of San Francisco. The San Francisco SPCA will hold any adoptable dog until they are able to find a suitable home. Unfortunately, those dogs that cannot be rehabilitated will unfortunately be humanly euthanized.

In order to help control dog over population the San Francisco Animal Control, the San Francisco ASPC and other rescue groups have agreed to neuter their adoptable dogs, and facilitate low cost neuter and spay clinics to San Francisco residents. You can find low cost neutering or spaying clinics by visiting the SF SPCA

Another way to help the overpopulation of dogs in the area of San Francisco is by adopting. When adopting a dog research the type of dog that will suite you best and also keep your options open for age, sex, and breed. There are many rescue groups in the city of San Francisco and in the outskirts of the city.

In every state and city there are laws which protect dogs and other animals, there are also rules and regulations pet owners must follow. If you want to find about these laws visit the San Francisco Animal Control.

paw print Big Dogs

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Big dogs are very different from one another. From the very beginning, big dogs where bred for different purposes like hunting, sporting, or working.

Before adopting a big dog or giant dog, think of all the characteristics you do and/or don’t want in a dog. If you know you have the time and dedication please do adopt a big dog. To find big or giant adoptable dogs visit your local shelter. Keep in mind when searching to adopt a big dog, you may not always find the exact pure breed you’re looking for. Keep your options open, and think about adopting one of the many big size mutts you may find. Large size mutts have the same or better life expectancy than a pure breed.

Because of their big size, big dogs are not well suited to small, compact homes. When adopting a big dog always be realistic about their size; especially if your adopting a young dog, or a puppy. Remember, they will grow to be large animals. Big dogs and giant dogs need to be taught boundaries at an early age or the moment they are welcomed into your home. Boundaries such as not jumping on people, not sitting on top of furniture and more importantly let them know that your home is not their territory.

Not all big dogs are high energy dogs. Surprisingly many of them turn out to be couch potatoes. Still big dogs need exercise. I recommend using a stretchable doggy back pack to add weight when exercising the dog. Doggy back packs are usually strapped around the torso area and they do not harm the animal whatsoever. To add more fun, fill the doggy back pack with something useful that can add weight, such as water, portable bowl, treats, and toys.

paw print Toy Dog Adoption

toy dog rescueIf you live in a big city, you’ll probably find toy-sized dogs everywhere you look. Because of their small size and the fact they don’t require as much exercise as bigger size breeds, toy dogs are very popular in big cities. Toy size dogs have also become extremely popular because of recent media exposure. Today, toy dogs have become the “in” item to own. However, dogs of such a small size are not purses, handbags or shoes, they are living beings.

There are 21 toy breeds recognized by the American Kennel club: Affenpinscher, Brussels Griffon, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, Chinese Crested, English Toy Spaniel, Havanese, Italian Greyhound, Japanese Chin, Maltese, Manchester Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, Papillon, Pekingese, Pomerinian, Toy Poodle, Pug, Shih Tzu, Silky Terrier, Toy Fox Terrier, and Yorkshire Terrier. There are even more toy size mutts available at a local shelter waiting to be adopted. Toy size mutts are able to give you the same quality and life span as any pure breed. A dog is a dog regardless if they are a pure breed or not.

Unfortunately, there are thousands of puppy mills across the nation breeding toy size dogs to meet the constant demand of toy size puppies. When sold, toy dogs can range anywhere from $600 to $4000. If you’ve decided to add a new pet to the family, consider adopting instead of buying. When adopting fees range from $60-$150, and you are actually helping to solve the dog over population problem. You can find a pure breed toy size adoptions or toy size mutt adoptions in your area by visiting 1-800-Save-A-Pet.

paw print Greyhound Dogs

Greyhounds are one of the oldest documented pure breeds. They are believed to have been the pets of pharaohs and great kings during ancient times. The earliest discovery of a Greyhound came from the Tomb of Amten, in the Valley of the Nile, Egypt.

The greyhound is the fastest dog breed registered by AKC. Their bodies are built to be athletes and they can sprint up to 45 MPH, but only for short periods of time. They are built for speed not endurance. Unlike like many other medium breeds, Greyhounds are low energy level, pretty much a couch potato. However, they still have to be exercised daily. Not necessarily needing to be ran, they do need a minimum of 2 walks per day. They can adjust well to small places such as apartments. The typical behaviors of Greyhound puppies are energetic, curious, and mischievous. Young Greyhounds are active and this is the perfect time for Greyhounds to develop their bodies. The old or retired Greyhound is usually calm, quiet, clean and gentle.

The key reason for the over-population of Greyhounds is mainly due to larger quantities of farm breeders and backyard breeders. Farm breeders usually breed with the purpose of earning a profit from racing Greyhounds, essentially gambling.

When a litter is born, puppies who display racing potential will be trained to become race dogs, the others who don’t will be sold, or killed. Shockingly, it is estimated that 20,000 pure breed Greyhounds will be killed each year. Unfortunately, there are many atrocities inflicted upon greyhound dogs which are not good enough to race. Many of them will be killed by mass euthanasia, gunshot, starvation, bludgeoning, electrocution, donated to medical research, or simply abandoned. Those lucky enough to be sold or adopted by good families, rescued by rescue groups or shelters are not the majority.

There are numerous Greyhound rescue groups across the U.S. if you’re interested on adopting a Greyhound you can visit Adopt A Greyhound. Remember that by adopting, donating or volunteering you are helping and changing the life of a dog.

paw print Dog Adoption in San Jose

San Jose Dog adoption

The city of San Jose, the capital of Silicon Valley has many great things to offer, stable economy, wonderful weather and geography and a great diversity of cultures. San Jose is the third largest city in California and also one of the most prosperous. However, like many cities San Jose is not exempt of animal over-population. Dog over population can be controlled and solved by spaying and neutering dogs, and also by adopting from a local shelter or rescue group.

In the City of San Jose, there are less than 20 dog adoption centers; however there are more rescue groups and shelters in other nearby cities such as Santa Clara, San Martin, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Campbell, Los altos, Milpitas, Saratoga, Cupertino, Mountain View, Los Gatos, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale. You can find additional information about San Jose dog adoptions and other northern California shelters and dog rescue centers by visiting the PGAA.

Another way to help dog over population is by neutering and spaying dogs. The San Jose animal shelter offers low-cost spaying and neutering for dog and other animals. For more information visit San Jose Animals.

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