Featured Pet: Wiggles
Wiggles and her sister were found abandoned at the dog park when it was still very cold outside. Her sister was adopted very quickly, and poor little Wiggles is still waiting for it to be her turn to get adopted. Unfortunately, it takes longer for black dogs to get adopted. She is going great in her foster home and gets along with other small dogs. She knows the basic doggie commands and loves to play.
The adoption fee of $175 helps with medical expenses incurred by the Rescue.
If you want to meet her, please fill out an online application at helpadogsmile.org and we will contact you so that you can meet this beautiful girl.
Education: Training Tips
1. Be Consistent: Apply the same rules and the same words all the time.
2. Be Concise: Give your command just once. Repetition of commands teaches your dog to ignore them because it sounds like you don’t care if he obeys or not.
3. Be Generous: Reward your dog for being right. Give him a treat, verbal praise, or an ear massage.
4. Be Smart: Don’t give a command unless either you are confident that your dog understands and will respond to it correctly or you are in a position to help him get it right.
5. Be Prepared: Have a leash handy in case your dog does not come to you when you call him.
6. Be Happy: Because your dog is your friend and your training partner, keep your voice upbeat and smile at him. Dogs are sensitive to our tone of voice and body language, so use both to let him know that you will be so happy when he does what you ask him.
Tips from the Pros
“I tell my clients that the best time to train is when their dog is about to hit the “puppy spaz” hour—that time of day when he races around the house or yard for no apparent reason. I find that it is usually around the same time every day. This is the perfect time to do some training.” -Melanie Walker, Surprise, AZ
“Keep your training sessions short and fun! Have three or four training sessions each day, and keep them short—less than 15 minutes each session. If you find yourself getting frustrated, stop. Training should be fun for you and your dog.” -Jacquelyn England, A Dog’s Life, Sunnyvale, CA
“Be sure to reward your dog during periods when he is quiet and not performing any unacceptable behaviors. For example, if he is sitting quietly and not barking, this is a perfect opportunity to reward him with his favorite treat or a belly rub.” -Dawn Nargi-Ferren, CPDT-KA, Metropolitan Pets, New York City, NY