Happy "Howl"-o-ween! Keep your pooch safe!

Halloween is a fun, time honored tradition for many families. We as humans love the sweet treats, the spooky costumes, and a good scare from time to time! Our dogs, however, may not be quite as open to these things! Halloween can be a really scary time for our dogs, from people looking weird in their costumes to decorations blowing in the wind and staring your dog down, it's critical that we make sure our dogs are having a good time too! Read these tips for some ideas on how to keep Fido feeling safe! 1) Careful with your candy! First and foremost you want to make sure that your dog doesn't have access to Halloween candy! At best getting their paws on a large amount of candy will create tumm

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month 2018: Top mistakes made when bringing home your new dog

We're almost at the end of Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! I hope these blog posts have given you some information on what adopting from a shelter is like and how to go about it, and have better prepared you for the adoption process. In the last post of this series I've listed some of the most common mistakes that new dog guardians make, and how to avoid them. 1) Too much, too soon It's common to hear rescue and shelter volunteers refer to something called the "decompression" period. Typically the decompression period is the period of time after your new dog is in their home where they need to "decompress" from the stress they may have been under in the shelter and during the transition period in

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month 2018: Essential supplies to have when bringing home Fido

Alright, so you've decided where you're getting your new dog from, chosen the lucky pooch, and prepared for the car ride home. What now? Did you plan ahead and make sure to have all supplies waiting at home so that you could make the transition as stress free as possible? NO?! How could you?!?! Just kidding, it's pretty common that we get home with our new addition and have forgotten to pick something up from the store, but it does always help to think ahead, so here's a list of my favorite tools and items to help make the transition into the new home as seamless as possible! Side note: A lot of people think that bringing their dog straight from the shelter to a pet store to look for harnes

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month 2018: Bringing Home Fido

So, you’ve decided what type of dog you want to adopt, where you’re adopting your dog from, asked all the right questions, and it’s now time to bring your new best friend home. Seems simple enough, right? Unfortunately it's not always that easy, and it's not uncommon for dogs to get overwhelmed or even lost in transit to their new home. To prevent this, here are some things to consider to keep everyone safe. 1. Crate or seatbelt Before you go to pick up your new family member make sure to have a safe way to bring them home in your car. While some people may eventually choose to leave their dog loose in their car (heads up, this isn't the safest option!), starting out it's a much better idea

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month 2018: Questions to ask during the adoption process

So, you know you want to adopt a dog, and you have an idea of where you'll get him from, but where do you start? What questions should you be asking? In terms of deciding on what type of dog you'd like to adopt I'll direct you to my previous blog post, Essential Factors to Consider When Adopting a Dog. Once you have an idea of the age, breed type, and temperament you're looking for, it's time to start visiting some contenders. Some people know after visiting just one dog that they have found "the one" (both Regis and Phoebe were my first and only choices after I had found them online). But if that's not you and you need to weigh your options, here are some questions you want to make sure to

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month 2018: Should I get my dog from a rescue, no-kill shelter, or "kill&qu

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and in celebration of that fact I'll be writing some posts specifically about bringing home a new dog. The first thing I'd like to discuss is where to adopt your dog from: rescue or shelter? So, what's the difference between a rescue and a shelter? Typically the term shelter is reserved for a physical facility where dogs are kept, versus keeping the dogs in foster homes which is what many rescues do. And within the category of "shelter" there are two kinds of shelters: "no-kill" and open admission shelters (commonly called "kill shelters"). First and foremost, there is a serious problem with society's view of these two different types of shelters. I often

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