Shelter & Rescue Work : How-To Guides

Puppies being rescued
Use your shelter data to increase lifesaving. Want to increase your shelter’s save rate?...Read More
Woman with her white three-legged cat
Three-legged pets can live long and healthy lives with minimal adjustment to compensate for their missing limb....Read More
Dogs at the shelter are taught to wait while a door or gate is being opened. This skill makes them more adoptable.
Why this cue is useful for your dog to know: This training plan will teach your dog not to bolt out of a door when it’s opened....Read More
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....Read More
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....Read More
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 o...Read More
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....Read More
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....Read More
Dog guarding a toy from being taken by a woman
Why this is useful for your dog to know: Guarding resources (food, toys, locations, etc.) is a common and natural behavior in many dogs....Read More
This dog knows his name.
Why this cue is useful for your dog to know: Teaching a dog to pay attention (i.e., give you eye contact) when you say his name can be convenient and very ...Read More