Are you going on a vacation during the holidays and worry about leaving your pets behind? Here are a few things you can do to make it safer and happier for your pets.
I’d like to think that everyone that has a pet plans to keep it for the length of the pet’s life. Sometimes we are in a situation where we have a pet that we cannot keep in our home. Maybe you have found a stray, or have become seriously ill. This article is not to debate whether or not you should find a new home for a pet. I am writing this on the premise that you have searched for every possibility to keep your pet and it cannot be done. Now, you need to find a pet a new home. Here are options.
The dog shown in this photo is available after 10/30/2017 at the Lancaster Animal Shelter. You can visit him now.
While there is always a small percentage of irresponsible or neglectful people, I believe that most people want the best for their pets. As a culture, we love our pets like family. We spoil them, spends hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on them each year. We bring them into our homes with every intention of keeping them until they die of natural peaceful causes. So, how do so many pets end up in the shelter? And, why do we feel justified in being so hateful towards their owners?
There is a lot of talk lately about separation anxiety in dogs. What exactly is it?
I am a volunteer at Best Friends Animal Society. They have wonderful training programs for their volunteer staff. One of the programs that benefitted me the most in my business has been the shy dog trainings. I love the shy dogs. There is a sense of real accomplishment when you can help a dog progress from hiding into the back of their kennel to being happy to see you and allowing you to leash and walk them. At the Rescue, this process can take days, weeks, or months. The progress depends on the dog. The dogs are never pushed or forced into progressing faster than their comfort zone allows. It is for this reason, that I am writing this post. I see an alarming number of dog walkers that are inexperienced with shy dogs that use treats to lure a scared dog into a forced dog walk. They think that if they chase a dog under a bed and can capture it without the dog biting them that they are being successful. This causes more harm than benefit. I urge you to reconsider having strangers come to your house to walk your shy dogs that you have not properly vetted. Not all dog-walkers (or family members) are a good fit for a shy dog. Here is what I learned from working with rescue animals: