Each dog that walks through our doors will undergo a “check-in” process, which includes but is not limited to: vaccinations, microchipping, spay/neuter, general de-wormer for intestinal parasites, and of course, heartworm testing.
A solid relationship provides many benefits. The stronger the bond between you
and your dog, the more each of you will
enjoy your time together, the more your dog will look to you when uncertain, and the harder your dog
will try to please you.
As the human who has control of all things that are wonderful in your dog's
life, stop giving away resources for free. Anything
and everything that your dog wants comes from you and must be earned in order to properly structure his
Being prepared is the key to success when bringing a new pet into your home. Cats are particularly sensitive to new surroundings and some may hide under a bed or in a closet for days or even weeks. Make homecoming for your new friend easier by following these guidelines.
Some dogs will growl when you get near their food bowls or bare their teeth when you approach their toys or rawhide chews. They can even become possessive about their bed or favorite napping spot on the couch.
Despite how it might seem, your dog does not hate you; nor is he trying to dominate you. He is
“resource guarding” – a
normal behavior in canine society ( just like jumping, digging, barking, etc.). Fortunately resource
guarding is something that
can be managed, treated, and even eliminated with proper time and intervention.
Separation Anxiety can be common in shelter dogs. It is important to address
the behavior before it escalates. Below, are
standard suggestions to help set dogs on a path to help ease separation anxiety. You may have already
tried some of these
techniques; if so, let us know and we will further advise.
Puppies bite. And thank goodness they do! Puppy play-fighting and play-biting
are essential for your puppy to develop a soft
mouth as an adult. Puppy biting is normal, natural, and necessary!
These books are recommended by the Operation Kindness staff to be used for foster reference and as recommendation
during adoption. Many books are available for download (i.e. Kindle).