May 122013
 

Figuring out how to help dogs, whether they be preloved dogs or otherwise, is often so overwhelming that many people end up doing nothing.

I was the same.

I used to think: How can one person make a difference?

adopt a dog 20 Ways You Can Help Dogs

How Can You Help?

Here’s a list of helpful things you can do. Maybe you will find one or two things that you might want to try.

  1. Volunteer at your local dog shelter.
     
  2. Offer to take photos of shelter dogs to be advertised online.
     
  3. Donate old blankets or food to your local dog shelter or rescue group – often they will have a website listing what items they need.
     
  4. Offer a particular skill to shelter/rescue dogs – massage, training, walking, etc.
     
  5. Foster a dog.
     
  6. Offer temporary dog shelter to centers for victims of violence – family dogs may need a temporary home too.
     
  7. Donate funds to your local dog shelter, or dog rescue group, or to pay for a dog’s care in a foster home.
     
  8. Check with your local hospice or aged care facility – offer to look after someone’s beloved pet and bring it in for visits.
     
  9. Help the elderly or disabled by volunteering to take them and/or their dog to vet appointments, or even just to walk their dog.
     
  10. dog taxi service 20 Ways You Can Help Dogs

  11. If you have a talent or product, consider making a donation for fund-raiser raffles.
     
  12. If you have a business, consider donating a percentage of sales to a dog-related charity.
     
  13. Hold a garage sale and donate the proceeds (or a percentage) to your local dog shelter – get your neighbors involved too.
     
  14. Set up your own website and share your knowledge and enthusiasm for dog training, care or other aspects of owning and caring for a dog – it’s easy to get started with WordPress.com.
     
  15. Write articles for local newspapers or magazines.
     
  16. Approach local schools about talking to the kids about being kind to animals – take your dog along and show off some ticks, let the kids say hello to your dog.
     
  17. Create a Facebook or Pinterest Page for lost and found animals in your community.
     
  18. If you know a lot about dog training, donate your time and write articles or answer questions on dog-related websites.
     
  19. Start a small rescue group – for your favorite breed, for small dogs only, for seniors, etc – something that suits you.
     
  20. Start a collection center for dog food, supplies and toys – distribute to dogs of the homeless and others in need.
     
  21. Adopt a dog from your local dog shelter or rescue group.
     

Create some positive energy in the universe.

 

Can You Help PreLoved Dogs?

If you do just one thing on this list, together we can make a difference.

Are you going to try something from this list? Do you have any other ideas for the list?

 

Nov 032012
 

When PreLoved Dogs Suffer Separation Anxiety

When PreLoved Dogs display separation anxiety, it is not an act of spite.

preloveddogsseparationanxiety When PreLoved Dogs Suffer Separation Anxiety
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Does your dog:

  • have separation anxiety?
  • have a nervous disposition?
  • destroy things while you’re out?
  • mess inside the house when you’re not there?
  • best described as neurotic?

They don’t leave trails of distruction for ‘revenge’ or to ‘get even’.

Don’t get me wrong… dogs definitely have emotions. Every dog owner knows that.

What you have to understand is that your dog lives in the moment.

You probably already know this – You know that to stop a dog’s inappropriate behaviour, you have to catch the dog ‘in the act’.

There is no point going back to the scene of the crime, and creating a fuss.

If you get upset when you find a mess, your dog will learn that it’s better if you don’t find the mess. He will learn to ‘hide the mess’.

If your dog is being bad when you’re not there, it is not because he is angry that you’re not there – it is because he is anxious and unsure because you are not there.

Remember that dogs are pack animals. When the leader is not there, the lower members of the pack don’t know what to do.

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PreLoved Dogs have experienced a total change of environment – Your new dog is in a new home, with new people, and new rules. It can be overwhelming.

After a few days, he will learn that you are providing a nice place to live, with comfort and shelter and food.

But then you go out and his world is turned upside down again.

So, understanding how your dog thinks, you can use this to create the behaviour that you want from your dog.

Find the spot where your dog feels safe.

For my dog, her safe spot is in the bedroom, between the bed and the chest of drawers. It’s where she naturally goes when she is feeling unsure.

In her safe spot, my dog:

  • feels safe and secure
  • has no responsibilities
  • does not have to check out noises
  • has no decisions to make

If you can, put your dog’s bedding where they have chosen their safe spot.

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How To Identify Your Dog’s Safe Spot

When you come home after your dog has been home alone, where do you find him? Dogs with separation anxiety are not often at the door to greet you. They may be hiding until they know it’s you.

Or where does your dog go when he’s feeling unwell? He’ll look for somewhere safe.

Or where does your dog go after he’s been told off?

Once you identify your dog’s natural safe spot, take a little time to enforce that this is a happy place for your dog.

  • keep putting your dog’s favourite toy in his safe spot – he will associate this place as where he will find his friend
  • give your dog treats in his safe spot
  • praise your dog and get him to associate this place with happiness and safeness

Once you have established your dog’s happy place / safe place, give it a name and consistently call it that.

This is why it’s good to have bedding there, I can say ‘go to bed’ and Bella will happily go there.

If your dog has learned the ‘stay’ command, you can tell him to stay in his safe place, and vary the length of time you are away from him. Just a few minutes at first. And praise him when you come back into the room.

Build up the time your dog is left in his safe place. 15 minutes is a good indicator. If your dog settles within that time he’ll be fine.

When PreLoved Dogs display separation anxiety, you have a responsibility to help them through it. Spending a little time with your dog will help him feel safer and more secure, which in turn will make you a happier dog owner.

Once your dog has a safe place, you will find that he will go there whenever he is feeling insecure or unsure. This will give him comfort – somewhere safe to wait for your return.

You will find that he will be less destructive (hopefully not destructive at all) – which will make you both happier.

Your dog has no decisions to make, and you have no mess to clean up.

Let me know if you try this. It worked for me, and I’d love to hear how you go. Let me know in the comments below.

 

Oct 262012
 

PreLoved Dogs need more love and attention than regular dogs.

If you’re thinking of giving a home to a preloved dog, here’s a few things to think about.

 

What Type Of Dog Do You Want?

When looking at preloved dogs, you don’t always get the breed of your dreams.

Often, they are crossed breeds and you are unlikely to know their medical background.

PreLoved Dogs that are not puppies may have come from a troubled background. As such, they may have psychological issues (mine is scared of cardboard and plastic bags… and the word ‘no’).

These dogs are often victims of circumstance:

  • their owner may have passed away
  • their owner may be elderly and unable to look after them any more
  • they may have been badly treated and taken from their owners by an animal protection society

Whatever the reason, these dogs have usually become homeless through no fault of their own.

Adopting preloved dogs can be just as rewarding for you as it is for the dog.

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True, you may end up with an unhealthy dog or one that is aggressive. But you can usually tell by taking the time to meet with the dog first.

Most animal shelters will have already checked their dogs for good temperament and good health. And they will often entertain some simple training methods to ensure the dog is appealing to would-be owners.

Think about your lifestyle and environment. Do you have space for a big dog? Do you have time for daily walks? Do you have small children?

When visiting an animal shelter, explain to the staff what your circumstances are and what type of dog you think you want. They will discuss options with you and show you some of the animals.

 

PreLoved Dogs In A New Home

Put yourself in your new dog’s shoes. She’s probably been through a lot in the past couple of months. And being introduced to yet another environment can be overwhelming.




 

Keep her on her leash to start with. Take her outside and see if she needs to ‘go’. Let her sniff around the garden for a little bit.

Go back inside, still on leash. See if she needs a drink of water. Stay with her and let her sniff out each room. Give her cuddles in each room.

Once she seems settled, take the leash off her and let her roam the house freely.

Keep an eye on her to make sure she’s not looking for a place to relieve herself.

If she lays down (somewhere she feels comfortable), this may be a good spot for her bedding. Just for now – You can move it later.

She may seem very quiet for a few days. This is normal. She’s taking it all in and getting used to her new surroundings.

It won’t take long before she works out her place in the family and loves her new home.

Remember to give her lots of love and encouragement. Before long you will have a great new companion and member of your family.

Have you adopted any preloved dogs in the past? I’d love to hear any tips or advice you have. Add your comments at the bottom…

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Here are some more articles about adopting dogs:

  • DOG ADOPTION – Bring your pet to Gatlinburg! – Jacque Lynn Schultz, Director, ASPCA Special Projects. Learn more about adoption at aspca.org! How To Select Your New Best Friend. Best friends are good listeners and always happy to see you. They are always there to …

  • Dog Adoption Tips in the Holiday Season « I Heart Dogs – Special thanks to Cesar Millan for the attached article. Here we are in the midst of the holiday season. Some of you didn’t even have time to let the turkey digest before you were in a mad dash to the Black Friday deals.

Oct 212012
 
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‘Care For Dogs’ Tips by Dr. James Talbott.

In this 7-Part video series, Dr. James Talbott takes you on a Care For Dogs adventure to leave you with a healthy and happy dog.

In Video 7, Dr. Talbott talks about what you can do to care for your aging dog.

Enjoy the video and please leave your comments below.

When dealing with an aging dog, there’s a lot to consider, such as arthritis and weight problems.

Now it’s your turn…

How To Care For Your Aging Dog

There are lots of things to take into consideration with an aging dog, just like there is for us.

Step 1 – Watch Your Dog’s Weight

As your dog ages, she becomes less active and will quickly gain weight if her diet remains the same. “Adult” dog foods are aimed at active dogs. Look for foods specifically designed for “Seniors”.

Being overweight will increase the risk of arthritis and back problems. So try to keep your dog slim.

Step 2 – Oral Healthcare

Aging dogs will have much more tartar build-up and gingivitis than a younger dog.

  • brush your dog’s teeth if they will let you
  • change your dog’s diet to dry food
  • many veterinarians now provide dentistry services, like root canals, cleaning and tooth replacements.

Step 3 – Arthritis & Back Problems

Arthritis and back problems can be a major concern in aging dogs. Check with your veterinarian. There are many medications and supplements used these days to help with pain, arthritis, joint inflammation and back pain.

Also, rehabilitation is more common now – such as, massage therapy, heat therapy and swimming.

Step 4 – Activity

You may need to change your dog’s habits. For instance, she may not be able to sleep on the bed as she gets older as it is too hard to get up and down. You may need to create a comfy bed for her on the floor beside your bed, or some have been known to build steps to help their dog.

The underlying point here is to keep your dog slim. Being overweight can lead to more problems for your aging dog than she may otherwise experience.

Care For Dogs – Healthcare Tips

Now you can move on to another area of your dog’s health care that might need attention.

Please leave your comments and feedback below…

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Oct 122012
 

Welcome to the PreLoved Dogs website. We’re just getting set up here, but we hope to have something for your real soon.  icon smile PreLoved Dogs welcomes you!

Here’s something fun for you in the meantime.

When A Puppy Attacks (A Weed) – 1:12 minutes

Now wasn’t that nice?

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