Q&A: How do I help my newly adopted dog know when my resident dog wants to be left alone?

I recently adopted a dog who mostly gets along with my resident dog, but when the two pets get together and play, the other pet will send a signal that he doesn’t want to play any longer and my new dog isn’t getting the message. He continues trying to play and my other dog will snap at him. I don’t want to surrender my new dog, but how can I get him to know when enough is enough?

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Me and my shadow: my newly adopted pet follows me everywhere

Does your newly adopted shelter pet shadow you and stick to you like Velcro? Relax, and learn from star dog trainer Andrea Arden of Animal Planet and Discovery Channel fame how to help your adopted pet calm down as well. Active and retired service members know all too well how stressful their departures and absences can be on their […]...

Q&A: How do I stop my dog from jumping on people?

Our new Pets for Patriots rescue has been with us for three weeks now. He is very well behaved, except he likes to jump up on people when he gets excited. He is approximately 12-15 months, chocolate lab/pit mix. I am embarrassed when someone comes to the door, and he jumps on them. Albeit to kiss them, but still inappropriate. 

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Puppy Mill Puppies

I had a dog training lesson recently with a family that purchased their 5 month-old Havanese puppy from a pet store in New York City. They have had the pup for a few weeks and during that time have dealt with what seems to be more than their share of puppy issues. This little pup […]...

How to introduce your dog to crate training

In order that your dog associate his crate with comfort and security, it is important that his initial experiences be pleasant. Rather than simply putting your dog in his kennel and expecting him to “get used to it,” spend some time helping him to gradually become accustomed to it and you will be rewarded with […]...

Dog crate safety tips

The usefulness of a crate to help your dog learn to be mannerly (and eventually enjoy as much freedom as is safe and reasonable) knows no bounds. Once you have chosen the appropriate crate, be sure to consider these crate safety tips before introducing your dog to his new crate. 1. Duration: The crate is […]...

Preparing the crate for your dog

When preparing the crate for a new puppy or dog, most people’s first inclination is to outfit it with a comfy dog bed, towel, or blanket. It is generally best to hold off on this thoughtful gesture until you are confident your puppy or dog will not chew on (and ingest pieces of) the bedding, […]...

The benefits of teaching your dog to be crate trained

A crate is an indispensible management and safety tool for your dog. The most familiar use of the crate is for travel. But, it is also a most useful aid for housetraining puppies and adult dogs and for helping to prevent and resolve separation issues. • As a housetraining aid as short term confinement in […]...

Humane education for children: Amelie visits Animal Haven

Last year as I was working at Animal Haven Shelter I was called down to the front desk to meet someone who had dropped in for a visit. Apparently, they had come to know us from watching Animal Planet’s Underdog to Wonderdog. As I came down the steps to the storefront adoption center I saw […]...

Food bowl guarding

Some dogs, like people, learn to live by the code that what is theirs is theirs and what is yours is theirs as well. Resource guarding exists because the dog sees a vital resource and is attempting to keep it for himself. It also exists because it is, in great part, a learned behavior. While […]...