kudos and kisses to everybody who adopted a dog from a
shelter last year. These dogs nearly always come with a
little baggage ó behavior or training issues to
address ó but with a little compassion and some time
spent working out their troubles, the end result is a
life saved and a great four-legged companion.
to those wrong-dog-for-the-owner combinations. Time and
again we see people matched with the wrong dog for their
situation or lifestyle. Dog and owner are caught in a
failure chain, as neither can meet the needs of the
other. The senior citizen with a large, very active
puppy, the marathon runner with a bulldog, the knitting
nester with a German shepherd. Training will not
supersede the essence of the dogís character or
activity level. The solution for this is simple: Think
about what energy level you can handle for the next 10
years, and then choose a puppy or adult dog accordingly.
Donít expect to bend the will and nature of the dogís
spirit ó you wonít succeed.
to www.muttville.org, a nonprofit in San Francisco
dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs.
Muttville rescues senior dogs and finds them new homes,
and provides information about caring for older dogs and
support for people who do. A person of any age can adopt
a senior Muttville dog, and senior dogs matched with
senior people are some of the best dog-human matches
to irresponsible dog owners who do not properly contain
their pets. Loose dogs are at great risk of personal
injury, as well as a possible menace to other dogs,
people and livestock. Contain your dogs!
to dog walkers who still donít get that itís their
responsibility to pick up after their pet. Honestly,
people, take along a plastic bag! When your dog leaves
his calling card, put the bag over your hand like a
mitten, pick up the poop, turn the bag inside out, tie
it in a knot and dispose of it in the nearest garbage
to the many people Iíve encountered this year who have
had the courage to question the "dog training
professionals" who incorporate electric collars in
their training. Common sense tells us that giving a dog
an electric shocks (yes, I know that the latest term for
this correction is "buzzing" ó puh-lease!)
our dogs can and does create serious negative fallout,
far surpassing any desirable results.
whoís been awake over the last 10 years has known that
nonviolent, compassionate dog training not only exists,
but incorporates scientifically proven methods that have
been discovered and tested by those with advanced
degrees in canine behavior, including applied animal
behaviorists and veterinarians. If youíve been told
that you need to hit, jerk, kick or shock your dog as
part of its training, listen to your little voice and
run the other way.
to our ever-loyal furry companions. The warmth of a
kitty on your lap and the sheer joy your dog shows when
you walk through the door are enough to brighten any
dreary winter day.
New Year to you and your pets.