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.
The Operation Kindness Pet Food Pantry provides temporary food assistance to help owners keep their pets.read more
Positive reinforcement works by giving a reward to the dog after a desired behavior is exhibited, making the behavior more likely to happen in the future. The timing of the reinforce must happen within 1 second of the behavior, otherwise the dog is not likely to connect the reward with the behavior.
Examples of Positive Reinforcement
• The owner gives her dog a treat (reward) for going potty outside (desired behavior).
• The owner throws the tennis ball (reward) after the dog sits calmly (desired behavior).
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.read more
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.read more
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!read more
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.read more
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 pack.read more
Did you know your pet sends you signals through its body language much like people do? Find out what some of the most common messages look like for both cats and dogs.read more
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)read more