Tuesday, August 7, 2018

How to Crate Train Your Puppy or Older Dog

A note from SJ Francis: Aah! Puppies. You have to love them, but house training them or other dogs not used to it can be a handful. Here is an easy and effective way to train them. Remember to Adopt. don't shop. Always make adoption your first option. I always do.

Originally from Pet Coach...

How to Crate Train Your Puppy or Older Dog

How to Crate Train Your Puppy or Older Dog
Crate training is a delicate process and it works differently with every dog. Understandably, not every dog is immediately thrilled at the idea of being contained in a small, enclosed space. But thanks to your dog’s natural den instincts and with the right training, your dog’s crate can become his safe space away from the chaos of a family home—not to mention the benefits of knowing your dog is in a comfortable place where he can’t chew on the furniture or electrical cords while you’re away.
Whether you’re training a puppy or a dog, here are 7 steps to follow when crate training your canine pal.

Introduce your dog to the crate

Introduce your dog to the crate
The first step to crate training your dog is introducing them to the crate. This should be a casual introduction in which the crate is placed in a communal space where you and your dog already spend a lot of time together. Place a blanket or towel that smells like you or your dog inside and leave the door open. Leave food, treats, and your dog’s favorite toys near the door and inside the crate so that your dog knows that they are welcome to explore the crate.

Feed your dog meals in or near the crate

Feed your dog meals in or near the crate
Once your dog has been introduced to the crate, and has maybe even gone inside on his own terms, start placing meals inside the crate so that being in and around the crate begins to feel like a part of your dog’s normal routine. During this time, the crate should still be located in a communal area of your home. Eating meals in or near the crate will help your dog build a positive association with it.
Once your dog is clearly comfortable eating inside of the crate, go ahead and close the door while they eat. Leave them in the crate with their food progressively longer each time they eat, but not so long that they feel the need to whine.

Practice using treats and crate commands

Practice using treats and crate commands
Now that your dog is comfortable eating and being inside of the crate, it’s time to start teaching them commands associated with the crate and rewarding them for obeying. For example, use the word kennel and point inside of the crate. Once your dog enters, praise them verbally and with a treat. Do this repeatedly until your dog has learned the command.

Practice crate time when you’re around

Practice crate time when you’re around
Next, have your dog practice being in the crate for longer periods of time while you’re around. Once your dog is in the crate, sit next to it quietly while you do something else. Leave the room for 5 or 10 minutes at a time and then return to repeat. This will condition your dog to feel comfortable spending longer amounts of time inside of the crate, and will reassure them that you will always come back. Once your dog is comfortable with this, it may be a good time to place the crate where you want to keep it in your home.

Crate your dog at night

Crate your dog at night
If you plan to crate your dog at night, this is the step in the training process when it is appropriate to start doing so. Keep the crate close to your bed at first, and if you plan to have your dog crated outside of the room you can slowly move it farther away each night as they get comfortable with the new sleeping arrangement.
Put your dog in the crate when you leave
Finally, once your dog is comfortable being in the crate while you’re around or overnight, it’s fine to start putting them in the crate when you leave—though it’s best to do this for short periods of time at first. An important piece of this step is avoiding a long and overstimulating goodbye. This will only make your dog anxious about the fact that you’re leaving. Give them a treat as usual, leave their favorite toy with them, and walk away like it’s no big deal.

Continue to foster a safe crate space

Continue to foster a safe crate space
Last but not least, never give your dog any reason to associate a negative experience with the crate. For this reason, never use the crate as punishment when your dog is misbehaving. If your dog is misbehaving or needs to be separated, put them in a room alone and shut the door for a few minutes. The crate should never cease to feel like a safe and comfortable space for your furry friend.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

“Problem Child” Cat Returned To Shelter 5 Times Finally Finds Someone To Embrace Her Mischief

A note from SJ Francis: I have a young cat that is just as exuberant and I love her just the way she is. If you don't love animal just the way they are, perhaps, you shouldn't get one. A pet is forever. Adopt.Don't shop.  Always make adoption your first option.  I always do.

Originally from The Animal Rescue Site...

“Problem Child” Cat Returned To Shelter 5 Times Finally Finds Someone To Embrace Her Mischief

This cat, named Kitty, was labeled a “problem child” because of her mischievous habits. She was full of energy and would wreak havoc in whatever house she was in.
She would take toilet paper, pull it and take it off the roll, run away with it and make a total mess. Sadly, she was returned to the shelter by five different families, because they just couldn’t handle this rambunctious little kitten.
Instagram/@thekittythecat
Instagram/@thekittythecat
But then she finally met someone who was willing to give her a chance. Her new mom, Noelle Fischer, couldn’t understand why she was returned to the shelter so many times.
Instagram/@thekittythecat
Instagram/@thekittythecat
“In my mind, it would be the equivalent of someone adopting a child and being like, ‘All this person is doing is crying and eating’ and you know, it’s like, you’re describing the actions of an infant.”
Instagram/@thekittythecat
Instagram/@thekittythecat
This cat’s new name is Kitty, and she is living life like a queen with her new human. Fischer definitely embraces Kitty’s quirkiness. She put cardboard boxes all over the house for Kitty to play with when she has a burst of energy.
Instagram/@thekittythecat
Instagram/@thekittythecat
Kitty has been through so much, and no animal should have to go through that many different families. She was probably so confused every time she was brought back. All she wanted was for someone to love her and appreciate her for who she is. Luckily, she has finally found that in her new mom.
Instagram/@thekittythecat
Instagram/@thekittythecat
Click here to follow Kitty’s adventures on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thekittythecat/
Fischer loves Kitty and her weirdness and wouldn’t give her up for the world. You can watch Kitty and her silly antics in the video below:   https://youtu.be/H5Su_JEpDaE

 FYI: To find an animal in need of a home; to find an animal shelter near you, check out  https://www.petfinder.com



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Until next time….hug your animals. Tell them you love them. If you don’t have a pet, adopt one. Make adoption your first option when seeking a pet. Adopt. Don’t shop. Can’t adopt. Please consider fostering one. The animal will have the taste of home and the shelter will cover the expenses. Can’t foster? Make a donation or volunteer at your local shelter. Please, don’t hunt. Unless you’re starving down in a ditch somewhere, there is no logical reason to do so. Whatever you do, however you do it, please be a voice for the animals large and small. All it takes is one to make a difference, good or bad.
                                     
Together, you and I can make a difference in an animal's life.  I’m one for the animals. Are you? Thanks for visiting. Stay safe. Be strong. Be happy. Smile. Show compassion. Be nice to one another. Pass it onward. If you like what you see here, please consider signing up to become a follower. Please feel free to share this post with others.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

How to Help a Chained Dog..

Imagine being chained outside twenty-four hours a day to a stationary post. If you’re lucky, you have some stale food and dirty water and the odds of having adequate shelter and proper veterinary care are slim to none. Instead of being inside in a warm, comfortable home cuddling your humans, you are stuck to the same spot day after day to brave the elements.
Sadly, this is life for countless chained or “backyard” dogs all across the country. Perhaps the dog escaped one too many times from the house and the owner thought tethering them outside was the best solution, or perhaps the dog has accidents, or maybe the owners simply don’t want the dog in the house. Whatever the case may be, there are hundreds of dogs left unattended to the point they become isolated, lonely and sometimes even aggressive, becoming a danger to the public.
For many animal lovers, when we see a chained dog in their neighborhood, we want to do something to help. And in some situations, it could mean life or death for the dog if no one steps in to help. Many chained dogs die every winter because they are unable to protect themselves from the frigid temperatures. Similarly, summertime can be deadly for chained dogs in extreme heat, especially if they don’t have proper shelter and clean water.

Seeing a chained dog is heartbreaking, but being prepared helps. Many cities have laws regarding chained dogs (you can check yours here), which is important to know before getting involved in a situation. But remember, it’s important to always speak up but please be prepared so you don’t put yourself (or others) in dangers!

Document 

You may not be able to physically go onto the property, but you could stand on the sidewalk to document abuse. Gathering the details in as much detail is crucial. Take note of the dog’s apparent health, the dog’s approximate age, breed, size, as well as the location of the dog on the property. Record dates, times, any specific details. Any photos or videos can also be helpful. But it’s important to remember not to put yourself in danger. NEVER enter someone else’s property without their permission.

Try to Talk to the Owner

Knock on the door and politely express your concerns about the dog. Suggest that they bring the dog inside and try to troubleshoot any issues with them. For instance, if they are worried the dog is going to bark, suggest putting the dog in a closed room where at least he will be warm.
If the owner refuses, offer help by providing food, water, and shelter for the dog. Many local animal shelters will provide FREE dog homes. All you have to do is ask! Offering straw bedding for the inside of the doghouse is also an easy way to make sure the dog at least has some comfort. Make sure the owner is okay with it at first, but you could also offer to take the dog for a walk.

Call Local Authorities 

If you aren’t getting anywhere after speaking with the owner, the next step is to call your local animal control. Animal control agencies are required to investigate if a report of alleged animal cruelty is made, according to the Humane Society of the United States. One Green Planet also has the largest database of local hotlines to help rescue abandoned, injured, stranded, sick, and lost animals in need.
Provide all of the documented information you have on the dog. Note if they have food, water, shelter and the temperature that day. If the dog is in immediate danger (if they are emaciated or very obviously ill, for instance), CALL animal control as soon as possible! If you’re not sure what constitutes animal abuse, check this out.

Always Speak Up

If chaining dogs in your city is still legal, urge your local and state representatives to ban chaining. For information on how to get an ordinance passed, check out the Humane Society of the United State’s tips. Having laws in place to prevent dogs from being chained is the most effective way to put an end to this cruel practice!
Without voices to speak up for themselves or proper laws (and enforcement of the laws that do exist) to shield them from neglect or physical abuse, it is up to us to step in and do all we can to end the violence. This involves speaking out and raising awareness for animals who are the victims of abuse and also even working help get laws changed or improved on a state or national level.
Please share this article within your network so others can also learn what to do if they see a chained dog!
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Remember, all types, ages, breeds, even purebreds are waiting to be adopted. 


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Until next time….hug your animals. Tell them you love them. If you don’t have a pet, adopt one. Make adoption your first option when seeking a pet. Adopt. Don’t shop. Can’t adopt. Please consider fostering one. The animal will have the taste of home and the shelter will cover the expenses. Can’t foster? Make a donation or volunteer at your local shelter. Please, don’t hunt. Unless you’re starving down in a ditch somewhere, there is no logical reason to do so. Whatever you do, however you do it, please be a voice for the animals large and small. All it takes is one to make a difference, good or bad.
                                     
Together, you and I can make a difference in an animal's life.  I’m one for the animals. Are you? Thanks for visiting. Stay safe. Be strong. Be happy. Smile. Show compassion. Be nice to one another. Pass it onward. If you like what you see here, please consider signing up to become a follower. Please feel free to share this post with others.
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Remember: Animals don't have voices. We must be their voice. Always. Forever. Wherever. whenever. I'm one for the animals. Are you?