I read a short article today about Five Commands Every Dog Should Know and found the article on Google Alerts. Google Alerts is a great way to find the latest news on puppy training. Just go to http://www.google.com/alerts. Fill out the form by adding the following:
- Search Terms
- How Often
- Email Length
- Deliver to
Here’s the form as I filled it out:
Click the “Create Alert” button and just let the emails come to your inbox. That’s how I found the article: What five commands must every dog be trained to know?
Five Commands Every Dog Should Know
So what are the five commands every dog should know?
All of these commands are included in our list of commands we teach our guide dog puppies in training and I would agree that they are very important for not only guide dogs, but for every dog to know.
The Importance Of Puppy Training
One other item I gleamed from this article had to do with the importance of puppy training. Here’s the statement I’m talking about:
Behavior Specialist Dayton Vance says:
“Once you get a puppy, if he grows up and isn’t trained the likelihood of him going to animal control is so much greater.”
This is something we’ve been harping on since the inception of this blog. Puppies are adorable there’s no question about it, but it is oh so important to make sure you train your puppies so they grow up into well-behaved dogs.
A second quote from Vance:
He said being rigorous in training could even have a long-term positive effect on welfare as there would be fewer creatures in adoption and rescue centres.
One of our goals here at Puppy In Training is to try and reduce the number of dogs ending up at the animal shelters. We believe that we can make a small difference by dispensing dog training tips and information in the hopes that our little contribution will save one dog from ending up at an animal shelter.
Are you involved in dog rescues or shelters? We’d love to here what you think about the importance of puppy training and the impact on our local shelters.
The third annual Orange County Super Pet Adoption Event at the Irvine Animal Care Center is just around the corner. We were at the Super Pet Adoption Event last year and plan on checking out the festivities again this year. If you’re interested in adopting a pet then this is a must see event as there are over 40 rescue groups in attendance with approximately 700 homeless dogs, cats, and rabbits. I even saw several pigs, chickens, and goats at last years Pet Adoption.
Here are some more details on this years Super Pet Adoption:
OC Super Pet Adoption 2009
WHAT: Orange County Super Pet Adoption Event
WHEN: Sunday, June 7th 10am – 5pm
WHERE: Irvine Animal Care Center, 6443 Oak Canyon Road, Irvine, CA 92618
More than 40 rescue groups will bring about 700 homeless dogs, cats, and rabbits.
Other activities include:
- Food Court
- “Ask the Vet” booth
- “Ask the Trainer” booth
- Silent Auction
- Low-cost Microchips
- Special Guest Appearance by Snoopy from Knott’s Berry Farm
This is one of the larger pet adoption events in Orange County. If you enjoyed the Orange County Pet Expo back in April we highly recommend visiting the Irvine Animal Care Center June 7th for the Orange County Super Pet Adoption
Have you ever heard of big black dog syndrome? Until just recently I never thought twice about the color of my dogs fur then I heard about big black dog syndrome. I was amazed when I heard that big black dogs were euthanized at a much higher rate then other dogs.
What Is Big Black Dog Syndrome?
As mentioned earlier Big Black Dog Syndrome is basically the fact that big black dogs get euthanized at a much higher rate then other dogs.
There are many ideas and theories as to why black dogs don’t get adopted as easily:
- They don’t show in kennels as well – features on a black dog can often times not be seen very well when shown in a kennel.
- Grey hairs show more easily on their coat making them appear older then they actually are
- Superstitions and bad press – stories, poems, movies have often portrayed black dogs as fearsome and evil.
- Teeth on a black dog can look whiter and more menacing
- Black dogs aren’t photogenic – we even mentioned this one in a post about Stetson: 4 Steps To Avoid In A Puppy Group Photo
Which Labrador Retriever would you choose?
Stetson and his siblings – from left to right Stetson, Stuart, Salem, and Sukie.
Linus the Big Black Dog
Linus is more of a medium sized dog at 55 pounds, but he’s tall and lean and therefore looks a little bigger then he really is.
I wasn’t sure what kind of dog I was going to get when I picked up Linus from the shelter, but the color of his fur was just one minor detail amongst the different criteria I planned on using to choose my next pet. Before choosing Linus I visited several breeders and had my eye on one particular chunky little yellow Labrador Retriever we visited out in Riverside, CA.
However, a few days after putting a deposit down on the little yellow lab I saw pictures of a couple puppies at animal shelter in Carson, CA. The puppies were mixed Australian Shepherds and in the picture one had a the tri-color look (black, tan, and white) and the other was solid black with a small white spot on his chest.
When we saw the two puppies I remember commenting on how beautiful the tri-color puppy was and was instantly taken by her beautiful coat. However, I still was intent on testing personality over looks (isn’t that what we always do when starting a relationship). After putting both puppies through several personality tests I thought both dogs passed with flying colors, but I was leaning towards the solid black puppy versus the tri-color. In the end I ended up taking home the solid black puppy and named him Linus. While I was much more attracted to the tri-color coat I ultimately (and now happily) went with the dog I thought matched my personality best.
I guess Linus wasn’t a big puppy, but I knew he was going to be a medium to large dog. If you plan on getting a dog take a good look at the black dogs as well as the other colored dogs. A black dog can be just as good a pet as a golden, white, tri-color, blue merle, and any other color you can think of.
Have you heard of black dog syndrome? Do you have a black dog and why did you choose him or her?
Happy Election Day! With all the hoopla surrounding the election today I decided to get a political post up on the puppy in training site and try and find out who my dogs would vote for.
I’m not a very political person and while I do keep my ears open to the election, candidates, and coming propositions for the most part I try not to get into those heated political debates. However, my dogs on the other hand may argue otherwise. After doing a little online research I came across some striking differences between Senator Obama, Senataor McCain, and their pet ownership.
Senator Barrack Obama Has No Dogs Or Any Pets
After researching with Google I found out that the Obama’s don’t have any pets! This could be disastrous for the candidate if they were trying to pull the pet lover vote (looks like they obviously are not). However, possibly to try and sway the dog/pet lover vote Obama win-or-lose has promised his two daughters a dog after the election.
Following the report the AKC launched a poll to choose a breed of dog for the Obama’s. From the AKC website:
The Poodle clinched the nomination after the breed battled it out with the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier in a race almost as tight as Clinton and Obama’s run for the Democratic nomination for president. The Poodle won by a (dog) hair, with just a few hundred votes separating the top two contenders.
Might I suggest adopting any breed of dog mixed or pure-bred from one of the many impacted shelters across the nation as we talked about in Tough Times For Cat And Dog Adoptions.
Is the promise of a dog after the election enough to sway the pet lovers vote…
Senator John McCain Owns A Whopping 24 Pets
After reading about McCain’s stable of 24 pets I’d have to say that he’s on the complete opposite side of the spectrum compared to Senator Obama’s pet ownership policy. A report from the Times Online website:
He (McCain) has four dogs, including Lucy and Desi, named after the black-and-white television sitcom I Love Lucy, which rather dates the 71-year-old candidate. He also has a cat, a parakeet and a shoal of fish, including one called Lucky, and once owned a ferret and an iguana named Henry, who turned out to be Henrietta and laid an egg.
Okay, now we may be going a little over board with 24 pets. Being the dog lover that I am I dug a little deeper to find out exactly what breeds of dogs live in the McCain household. From WikiAnswers:
- An English Springer Spaniel named Sam
- A Yorkshire Terrier named Lucy
- A Yorkshire Terrier named Desi
- A Mixed breed named Coco
Linus, Stetson, and Derby’s Choice For President Is…
My dogs liked this bit from the Times Online on the importance of a dog in the White House:
A dog is an essential tool of government. There is nothing like a furry friend to feature in a distracting publicity photo during a domestic or international crisis and to provide private consolation when times are hard.
As my dogs pointed out to me their choice for President was clear. John McCain is the pet lovers choice in this election. While the number of pets a candidate has seems like a very insignificant and silly way to choose a candidate…if you’re on the fence on which candidate is the correct choice then this may be the one reason that pushes your vote in one direction or the other.
What do you think? Did you vote today?
Did you guys visit Pet Days at the OC Market Place this past weekend? I hope some of you were in attendance. I know my mom, dad, and sister made it out there. I even heard my mother purchased a new cat tower that almost reaches her ceiling.
I also made it to the event, but unfortunately Derby had to stay at home. After much deliberation (in my mind) I decided it might not be a great activity for Derby as there would be lots of strange dogs and people that at 5 months of age could be a little overwhelming for a puppy. Anyways, as our Guide Dogs of America group leader told me Derby doesn’t have to do everything you do.
Anyhow, back to the Pet Days event. It was a little smaller than I expected, but had a nice turn out during the time I was there. There were several cool things going on besides the pet adoptions. The main stage was showcasing puppies and dogs who needed homes. I also was lucky enough to catch the Le PAWS Pet Agency do a little obedience and trick work on the stage.
While dogs seemed to be the main attraction they were not the only pets on display. We ran into booths from dog breed specific, to pet product booths, dog sitting and boarding, Parrot rescues, Guinea Pig rescues, and of course cats and kittens were up for adoption as well.
Another popular attraction were the soccer collies. A couple soccer loving collies were willing to take on anybody who could kick the ball on a giant inflatable arena.
Thanks To All The Rescues
I did have a chance to talk to several of the volunteers at the different rescues and I’d just like to say thanks to everyone working so hard to find these animals a home. As one volunteer mentioned to me “Aren’t these people amazing…how much they love these animals and gather to help them find a good home.”
I agree, they are amazing people and I’m so happy they organize events such is this one.
Here are a few pictures of puppies I saw while visiting the different booths:
This little guy was up for adoption at the Cuddly Canines Rescue and I believe it said that he had a Chow Chow mommy. It sure looks like he didn’t get the Chow Chow fur:
A couple more puppies from the Cuddly Canines Rescue. These little guys had a Shepherd mommy and from the looks of these two and their siblings may have have had two different daddy dogs.
Animal Assistance League of Orange County
Another thanks to the Animal Assistance League or Orange County for coordinating the event. As it says on their website:
The Animal Assistance League of Orange County is a non-profit no kill humane society dedicated to aiding lost and homeless pets, helping people with pet related problems, promoting responsible pet-ownership and pet population control, and preventing cruelty to animals through educational programs.
I always enjoy going to these pet related events and hopefully some of you made it to the Pet Days at the OC Market Place as well. My mother made it to the Pet Days on Sunday and told me: “We’re hoping the OC Market Place has a Pet Day at least once a month. It’s such a good way to promote pet adoptions.”
Did you go to the Pet Days at the OC Market Place last weekend? If so, what did you think?
I was visiting the Cuddly Canines website today and found out that there are two pregnant dogs slated to be euthanized unless they can find a foster family to care for the dogs and (future) puppies.
It’s so sad to see neglectful people let their dogs get pregnant and then just drop them off at the shelter because they don’t want to take care of the litter of puppies.
Here are pictures of the dogs and the short blurb from the Cuddly Canines website. The dog on the left is a Puggle and the dog on the right is a Terrier Mix.
Puggle And Terrier Mix
URGENT FOSTER HOMES NEEDED
Both of these dogs are slated to die! The shelter is very overcrowded right now & has no place to put either of these dogs. Right now, they are in the general population in cages with several other dogs. Both girls are very pregnant & will be euthanized if we cannot find foster homes for them ASAP. Please e-mail if you can foster & help save either of these precious dogs & their unborn babies. These girls shouldn’t have to pay the price for having neglectful & careless owners.
If you are interested in adopting or know anyone who might be interested then please go to the Cuddly Canines website and contact them immediately by email. Their email address is CuddlyCaninesRescue [at] yahoo [dot] com.
As I’ve mentioned several times in this blog, fostering is a very rewarding thing to do. You have the opportunity to save the lives of the mother and the unborn puppies. It’s definitely a lot of work, but to me it’s well worth it.
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