Training Tips

  • What To Do If You Have Found a Lost Dog or Cat

    What To Do If You Have Found a Lost Dog or Cat If you see a dog or cat that seems to be lost, do take action!  Don’t assume it’s a homeless pet.  In Canada, the number of abandoned pets is low (yes, it happens), so if you see a cat or dog, there is
  • Lost Dog! Steps to Take

    Lost Dog! Steps to Take As a new dog owner, you need to take extra precautions;  multiple leashes, monitor door usage (tackle stance like you’re in the NFL), collar, tags, microchip (ensure info is always current on file) But – if your dog does get past you, here is what you need to know In
  • Congratulations on your Adoption! Now the fun begins!

    It’s so important to be thoughtful about introducing your dog to your world.  First impressions matter – your dog feels this way too! Arriving at home: If you have existing dog, perhaps let the dogs meet outside the home (the back yard or on a walk) to keep the area neutral. Keep a leash on
  • Shelter Puppy Syndrome!

    Shelter Puppy Syndrome.  Ok, we made that term up as there isn’t a lot of info on the topic.  Perhaps it isn’t a universal issue. But – it is an issue facing our rescue organization. We have amazing rescue partners, and like anything in rescue, funds and resources are limited.  The phrase “we are doing
  • Shy / Fearful Dogs – Navigating the Great Outdoors

    Showing Your Dog the World Beyond! Lots of dogs are very excited at the word “walk”or a glimpse of the leash. But not all dogs. There is a whole other category of dogs that are terrified to explore outside the safety of their space.  We find it often happens with younger dogs that were raised
  • Teaching “Touch” to your Dog

    Teach “Touch” or “Hand Target to your Dog” Why should I add this to my training regime? Helps nervous dogs approach people (our focus below) Gives your dog a proper way to say “hello” Allows them a way to focus when needed Provides a new way to communicate with your dog Stimulates brain Party tricks:
  • Leash Reactivity in Dogs (and the human at the end of the leash!)

    Leash Reactivity – Dogs & You! With leash-reactivity, the common denominator is a dog who feels trapped while on leash attached to the human. That usually points towards a unsure or tense handler. Check to see if YOU are leash reactive?  We don’t mean that you are barking at every dog that walks by, but
  • Kids & Dogs!

    If you have been looking for a rescue dog for a while, but have kids, you may find it discouraging.  Many rescues will not adopt to families with kids, or with kids under a certain age.  Typically this is due to something that has happened, and falls into the “lesson learned” category.  This video is
  • Why Hire a Dog Trainer?

    Why Hire a Dog Trainer? When you adopt a DIBS dog, the expectation is that you will sign up for training (well…it’s more than an expectation: it’s actually in the adoption contract). We don’t hesitate to have veterinarians and groomers lined up to help with our pet.  We likely have a dog walker, or have connected
  • Dealing with a Shy Dog

    From time to time a dog enters the rescue that seems “shy”.  Often they have entered a shelter at a young age, and are not exposed to a lot of human contact, or life with a family.  New surroundings can overwhelm then, and fosters and new families need to be prepared with the right approach
  • Congratulations on your Adoption!  Now the fun begins!

    Congratulations on your Adoption!  Now the fun begins! It’s so important to be thoughtful about introducing your dog to your world. First impressions matter – your dog feels this way too! Arriving at home: If you have existing dog, perhaps let the dogs meet outside the home (the back yard or on a walk) to
  • Understanding & Catching Fearful Dogs

    This document is aimed at assisting people who are trying to catch a high stress, fearful dog.   It can not cover every possible scenario but details the most proven methods for getting a fearful dog back home. Dogs generally run for one of two reasons; you need to first understand why the dog has run
  • Potty-Training!

    When you adopt (or foster) we don’t know a dogs skills in the bathroom department!  We can hope, but we never know! To help with potty-training, there are few important tips! Outside treats only Schedule & consistency Crate training The same as with children, dogs aren’t born knowing what to do: it’s our job to
  • Lost Pet?

    Posters are still the #1 way to get the word out about your lost pet.  Post on trees/posts within several km of “last seen” site. Use this link to list your Lost or a Found Pet:  Safety Net:  ensure your pet has a tag AND a microchip!
  • Setting Boundaries for Your New Dog

    Setting Boundaries for your Dog Picture this: your new rescue dog has come from a life on the streets or in the shelter. Desired human contact is a treat. Unconditional love is more than they can imagine. Then, they get rescued, traveled, fostered – lots of changes, but when they get adopted – OH MY
  • How to Help your Dog Manage Stress

    Training – Give your Pooch the Gift of Training! Training is good for all dogs, regardless of age, or the current skill-set. If you and your dog are new companions, training is the best way to help you both speak the same language. Your dog sees this time as a bonding time, but they also
  • Integrating your new dog with an existing cat

    INTEGRATING YOUR NEW DOG WITH AN EXISTING CAT How you introduce your new dog to your cat or cats plays a significant role in establishing their long-term relationship. We want your new dog and your cat to have many happy years together! We ask that you please follow the steps below to help them to
  • First Few Days at Home – Setting Your Dog up for Success!

    Trigger stacking: how we set our dogs up to fail   When we adopt a dog, what we expect is for them to be happy. We like to think that they get what’s happening and that it’s all blooming marvellous. We tell ourselves that they know what’s going on and that they’re going to love

    Before You get a Dog!

  • Keeping Your Dog Secure

    Keeping Your Dog Secure Dog Safety is one of those things that we don’t think about, until after something happens. – After your dog bolts from the car – After a race around the neighbourhood after a front door escape – After your dog has been gone for days, and you have no idea where
  • Your Rescue Responsibility

    Adopting the perfect dog isn’t really a thing.  Some dogs are better than others, some are fantastic, but under the wrong guidance from their humans, even the best dog may flounder.   A dog’s life, learning, education is an on-going work in progress (just like with people), and your investment in them, will make all the
  • Introducing a New Dog to your Existing Dog(s)

      Whether you are adopting a second (or third!) dog or introducing a new foster pup to your pack, you may be wondering how you can create the conditions for a successful introduction. Know your existing dog Understanding how your existing dog reacts to other dogs is an important first step. Some dogs love every
  • The high’s and lows of having a dog…

    Are You Ready for a Dog? We Mean, Really, Honestly, Undoubtedly and Unconditionally – Ready for a Dog? The reason for wanting a dog falls into the “high’s” category.  We visualize all the wonderful things that goes along with having a dog: Autumn walks through the leafy park Summer walks on the beach Snuggles on
  • Therapy Dogs

    We do get asked if we have dogs that could be therapy dogs.  Generally, we do not.  Some may surprise us and be up for the task, but at DIBS, we do want our dogs to be the ones on the receiving end of support, while they acclimate to their new lives.  Being a pet,
  • Shopping List for Your New Dog

    Shopping List for Your New Dog Crate – discuss with foster parents, as not needed for all dogs. Will need to know size to purchase. Toys: * Deer antlers or animal horns. This is something that they can chew on, but it’s non-toxic * Toys – stuffies vs hard? Most dogs like squeaky. Durables may
  • Decompression and Why It’s Important to Your New Dog

    The First Thing To Do When Getting A Dog From A Shelter – Learn What “Decompression” Is (source: ) It’s pretty damn awesome of you to look to the shelter when searching for a dog to add to your family. I mean that. Our nation’s shelter’s, pounds, and humane societies are overflowing with perfectly healthy
  • Dog Peeing in Favourite Spot Indoors

    You’ve brought your new rescue dog home and suddenly they are peeing in that one spot – this is unexpected as you were told the dog was housetrained! There are a few things to consider: 1. Newly adopted dogs – even if fully housetrained – may have an accident in your home, as they get
  • Are you Ready?

    We want to help you and your new pet live long, healthy lives together. Start here! Selecting a Pet Set yourself up for success. Think about your family’s lifestyle, financial situation, space restrictions and time limitations to ensure you choose the right breed, size and activity level for your new pet. Some questions to ask