TNVR Action Kit

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:34
Gray-and-white feral barn cat who is part of TNR project

Do you want information on how to help stray cats? Do you want to get involved in advocating for and implementing a trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) program in your area? If so, here are some resources to help guide you through the process and educate people about TNVR:

Well-Mannered Dog: Training, Play, Socialization

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:34
Well-mannered dog walking on a leash with her person

If you want a well-trained, well-mannered, well-socialized dog, interact multiple times every day with your dog, with the goal of building a foundation of trust and a healthy relationship.

All dogs benefit from learning and practicing skills daily. Keep all interaction fun; if you are stressed on a particular day and will not play nicely with your dog, skip spending time with your dog that day. Dogs are sensitive to your emotional state and will pick up on your stress.

Teaching ‘Sit’ to Stop Guarding: Dog Training Plan

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:34
Dog who has a tendency to guard his resources is learning self-control by sitting.

Why this cue is useful for your dog to know: Guarding resources (food, toys, locations, etc.) is a common and natural behavior in many dogs. They do it because they are afraid they’ll lose the resource. A lot of dog bites happen as a result of guarding. Implementing this training plan can help to prevent a dog from guarding, keeping him and everyone around him safe.

End behavior: While the dog has food or a high-value object, he sits when a human approaches, and allows the human to take the food or object.

Teacup Pigs

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:34
Pig who outgrew his teacup pig status

Teacup pigs for sale? Buyer beware: Baby piglets may not be “true” mini pigs, and pigs that stay small are more myth than reality.

These days, there are many ways to describe the same cute little critter. Mini pigs, miniature pigs, micro mini pigs, dwarf pigs and pygmy pigs are but a few. More commonly known as teacup pigs, they have become one of America’s most popular pets within the last decade.

Teaching ‘Come’: Dog Training Plan

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:34
Teaching your dog to come is important, for instance, during times when you are hiking in remote areas as shown in this picture.

Why this cue is useful for your dog to know: Recall (getting your dog to come when called) is the most important behavior you can teach your dog. Although no recall on cue is 100 percent guaranteed, it could get your dog to come back to you if he dashes out the door or slips his collar. And getting him back to you could save his life.

End behavior: The dog comes when called, regardless of the environment or situation.

Teaching ‘Off’: Dog Training Plan

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:34
Frenchie dog who knows the command "off"

Why this cue is useful for your dog to know: You can teach “off” to get your dog to move when you want his spot on the couch. It’s easier — and kinder — to have the dog jump off the couch (or chair or bed) on cue than to lift or push him off. Teaching “off” is also a great way to work around dogs who might guard their spot.

End behavior: On cue, the dog will remove his paws (or his entire body) from the item, person or surface he is currently on.

Teaching ‘Go to Your Place’: Dog Training Plan

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:34
Dog who has been taught to go to his place, and is waiting patiently in his spot.

Why this cue is useful for your dog to know: Teaching a dog to go to a specific place can be helpful at those times when you need your dog to settle down or stay in a particular spot for a while. Your dog can be out of the way, but also in a comfortable and safe area. This is a great cue to use when someone comes to the door, you are making dinner, or you just need to not have your dog underfoot.

Teaching ‘Back Up’: Dog Training Plan

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:34
Dog being taught how to back up

Why this cue is useful for your dog to know: Walking backward or backing up doesn’t come naturally to dogs, so it’s a skill they have to learn. It can come in handy when navigating tight spaces. It’s also a way to help dogs who do agility become more aware of their hind end.

End behavior: The dog walks backward on cue until he’s released.