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Resources and info for the responsible dog owner along with some other stuff:
Helping A New Dog Adjust To A New Life
These articles will help you to help your new (adopted or fostered) dog adjust to his/her new life in your home. Whether you’re adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue, or fostering a shelter dog for a rescue – this info will set you and your new furry friend up for a successful relationship together. A dog coming out of a foster home is not subjected to the same stressors (any longer) as a dog fresh from a shelter but all of this info still applies – always.
- Three Ways To Confuse A New Dog – “Three days, three weeks, three months.” To give you a better expectation of a new dog’s adjustment timeline. Thanks Dr. McConnell.
- Learn What Decompression Is – This is a term that you may hear often, and for good reason. It’s an important part of a dog’s transition into any new environment, regardless of where they’re coming from. KD Mathews does a nice job of explaining what decompression is all about, why new pet parents or fosters need to be cognizant of it, and why we need to address a new dog’s need to decompress – before doing anything else.
- Give ‘Em A Break – Trainer Erin Topp talks about the Two Week Shutdown and the need for slowing your roll when you bring a new dog into your home. She also emphasizes use of a crate and leash during this transition as well as limiting freedom, all things that make for a better honeymoon period and successful long term life together.
- Chill Out! Decompression Tips – Steffen Baldwin is awesome, so anything you can read by this guy – do. In this article, Steffen discusses how to bring a new dog into your home that already has another dog or dogs in it. (Take note that he also emphasizes the decompression period as well as use of crates.)
- Why You Should Consider NILIF – This is one of the main areas (aside from the above, of course) where people go wrong and placements fail. NILIF – Nothing In Life Is Free – is a way of living with your animal, and anyone who has worked with or adopted from me/WDR has heard this subject before. I don’t have kids but I was one once, and my grandparents raised me in the NILIF lifestyle. I had to work for the things I received. Dog owners today, however, expect our animals to behave perfectly even if we’re lavishing everything upon them and requiring nothing. I’m pretty sure if my grandparents had given me everything I wanted right off the bat, I’d have grown up to be a total spoiled jerk. Dogs are no different. NILIF is a way of life, and it’s a successful method for just about every living being on this earth.
Canine Behavior and Training
If you think about it, it’s kind of a dirty trick to take a species that naturally chases moving objects, eats whatever it comes across, bites to argue, etc., and then announce all these as behavior problems. ~ Jean Donaldson
Dog Body Language and Communication
- Great Photo of ‘Hard Eye’ and What to Do When You See It – Dr. Patricia McConnell
- The Power of Simplicity When Training Fearful Dogs – Mutt About Town
- 6 Things to Remember When You Have a Fearful Dog – Dogster
- Hoarded Dogs Study – Best Friends Animal Society
- No, You Will Not Be Meeting My Dog – Your Pit Bull & You
- Resource Guarding: Treatment and Prevention – Dr. Patricia McConnell
- Resource Guarding, Dog to Dog – Dr. Patricia McConnell
- How to Manage Your Resource-Guarding Dog – Pat Miller for Whole Dog Journal
- Separation Anxiety – ASPCA
Stuff For The Responsible Dog Owner
Excellent Books For Your Bookshelf
These are some of the most important books you can possibly have on your dog bookshelf!
- Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know by Alexandra Horowitz
- On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas
- Mine! A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs by Jean Donaldson
The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia McConnell
- Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook by Barbara Handelman
Canine Body Language by Brenda Aloff
Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet: Healthier Dog Food The ABC Way by Steve Brown
- The Pit Bull Placebo: The Media, Myths and Politics of Canine Aggression by Karen Delise
- The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant
Affordable Spay/Neuter Services
Amazing Veterinarians, Specialty Hospitals & In-home Care In SoCal
- Bressi Ranch Pet Hospital – Carlsbad (Dr. Jonathan Lax)
- Bay Animal Hospital – Manhattan Beach (Dr. Sean Goodell)
- DTLA Vets – Los Angeles (Dr. Eve Flores)
- Centinela Animal Hospital – Inglewood (Dr. Richard Palmquist)
- Surfside Animal Hospital – Oceanside (Dr. Gary Haver)
- VCA Mission Animal and Bird Hospital – Oceanside
- Sky Canyon Animal Hospital – Murrieta (Dr. Gary Haver)
- VCA Animal Medical Center of El Cajon – El Cajon (Dr. Nancy Hampel)
- Integrative Veterinary Care – San Diego (Dr. Katie Kangas)
- Veterinary Specialty Hospital – San Diego, San Marcos
- California Veterinary Specialists – Carlsbad, Murrieta, Ontario
- UC Davis Veterinary Medical Center – San Diego, San Marcos (cardiology)
- California Animal Rehabilitation – Los Angeles
- The Total Dog – Oceanside (hydrotherapy)
- Tsavo’s Canine Rehabilitation – Del Mar
- Eye Care For Animals – nationwide incl. San Diego, Orange County and L.A.
- Animal Dermatology Clinic – nationwide incl. San Diego, Orange County and L.A. (Dr. Mona Boord in SD)
- Loving Hands Vets – compassionate in-home euthanasia services, north county San Diego
Dog Trainers & Behaviorists
Reputable California Rescues
- SPOT Saving Pets One At A Time (all breeds + cats)
- It’s The Pits Dog Rescue (bully breeds)
- Last Chance At Life Rescue (all breeds)
- Even Chance Pit Bull Advocacy + Resources + Rescue (bully breeds)
- Pit Bull Rescue San Diego (bully breeds)
- Thrive Animal Rescue (all breeds)
- Animal Rescuers Without Borders (all breeds)
- Labradors & Friends Dog Rescue (all breeds)
- Holly’s Garden Rescue (small breeds)
- Bichon Furkids Rescue (small white fluffies)
- The Little Red Dog (all breeds)
- Barks of Love (all breeds)
- Orange County Pit Bull Rescue (bully breeds)
- Angel City Pit Bulls (bully breeds)
- Downtown Dog Rescue (all breeds)
- Much Love Animal Rescue (all breeds)
- BADRAP (bully breeds)
- Synergy: A Rescue, Rehab & Sanctuary for Special Needs Animals
- Lionel’s Legacy (senior dogs of all breeds)
- Frosted Faces Foundation (senior dogs of all breeds)
- Dogs Fur Days (small dogs)
- Second Chance Dog Rescue San Diego (all breeds)
- ARWOB (all breeds)
- San Diego House Rabbit Society
- Dogs On Deployment (*not a rescue; DoD helps dogs with deployable military owners)
Pawesome Dog Products
- Kong – safe rubber chew toys for (most) dogs (and remember – always choose black rubber for powerful chewers!)
- Nylabone – safe durable plastic chew toys for powerful chewers
- Goughnuts – safe rubber chew toys for (most) powerful chewers made from recycled tires!
- Jolly Pets – fun balls and things for active, playful dogs (and horses!)
- RedBarn Pet Products – quality rolled foods and treats, bone chews and more
- BestBullySticks – a great source for high quality antlers (and more!)
- Kuranda Dog Beds
- Through A Dog’s Ear – peaceful solo piano music designed to calm your dog
- Paco Collars
- Blackwing Farms – using plant based remedies to improve the mental and emotional wellbeing of our pets
- Natural Dog Company – organic, vegan, all natural products to heal our furry friends (snouts, paws, wrinkles, skin)
Higher Quality Dog Foods
- The Honest Kitchen
- Just Food For Dogs
- Open Farm – the ONLY Certified Humane dog food on the market today from earth conscious people who ethically raise and source their ingredients!!!
- Canidae PURE
- Wellness CORE
- Dog Food Advisor is also a very informative site and you can research hundreds of pet foods on the market. They also send out recall notices if you sign up. Read labels, know where the ingredients come from and what they really are!
- All the above said, the more you can home cook for your pets (or self or kids), the better!
- Check out the pet food documentary Pet Fooled now on Netflix for a more thorough investigative understanding of processed dog foods and their effect on our pets.