Have you recently brought home a rescue that shies away from you, or startles very easily? Don’t you wish your new dog was more confident and trusting of you and your family members? Gaining the trust of your rescue may not be easy and will take time and patience on your part, but it can be rewarding!
Have you ever thought about ways to help your local animal shelter? Not all of us can adopt a dog for various reasons. If you can, that’s great, and here are several reasons you might consider adopting.
Preparing for a new puppy should be an exciting time, and a time to make sure your new family member feels comfortable. Although there are a number of things that should be done before the arrival of your new puppy, the task does not have to be daunting!
Note that even though we are talking about puppies here, much of the information contained within applies to middle-age or even senior dogs.
The decision to bring a dog into our homes shouldn’t be taken lightly. This requires even more thought when that decision involves a rescue. Rescues come with a history. It’s a history that many times we will never know. That history could shape the animal’s behavior and socialization in positive or negative ways.
So, if you are anything like me, you have probably wondered, “Just what is the purpose of a dog’s tail, anyway”? What can we learn about what our pooch is thinking by paying attention to the angle of the tail, the direction of the wag, and if the tail is rigid or relaxed. It turns out quite a bit. But, there is even more to a tail than that!
Meet Max. Max is, we believe, around 2 years old. I can truly call him a “mutt” because we are not sure exactly what he is. There is surely some Chihuahua in there somewhere, but what else is in the mix is anyone’s guess. I wasn’t sure I was a small dog kind of person when I rescued Max. I have always had “medium” dogs. No one ever told me that small dogs had big dog personalities in a tiny package. Max and I hit it off from the git-go! I can be having a terrible day, and sure enough, he will do something to make me laugh.