Resources

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*A Note on Rehoming Your Dog*

Wagging Dog Rescue does not accept owner surrendered dogs or those found as strays.  If you have a dog that you need to rehome, please read this informative page on Re-Homing a Dog provided by BAD RAP in northern CA.

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

Fearful Dogs

Resource Guarding

Separation Anxiety

Training

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
Amazing Veterinarians, Specialty Hospitals & In-home Care In SoCal
Dog Trainers & Behaviorists
Dog Boarding
Reputable California Rescues
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!)
  • Thundershirt
  • 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

All the above said, the more you can home cook for your pets (or self or kids), the better. And there is cancer in kibble. There’s always risk of bacterial contamination in raw foods just as there is in processed foods. It’s up to you, the responsible pet owner, to do your research and decide what’s best for your pet and you.

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.

Canine Medical Conditions

The Canine Cancer Epidemic – Check out The Dog Cancer Series documentaries for a wealth of information on this alarming increase in canine cancer and what you can do to help your pets remain cancer free.  Worth the investment!  There’s so much info on these dvd’s (also available for download).

How To Save The Planet
  • Cowspiracy – the Problem (it’s simple economics, folks)
  • Racing Extinction – the Cost (our planet)
  • What The Health – the Truth (this one was really good! why we have so many serious health issues)
  • Food, Inc. – more Truth (we are being manipulated and it’s costing us our health)
  • Farm Sanctuary – and more (you don’t like the dog meat trade? take a closer look at our own food practices)
  • Mercy For Animals – yet more (know where your food comes from)