Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are an animal lover!  As the snow comes down (and it’s only November!), we need to advocate a bit more for our furry friends out there.  Here are a few tips / things to consider!     Stay inside...
Even If You Don’t Win the Lottery…..

Even If You Don’t Win the Lottery…..

Too often we hear “If I won the lottery, I’d help all the dogs!”   We get it, if I won the lottery, I’d be like Oprah “You get a spay/neuter van!  YOU get a spay/neuter van!  Everyone gets a spay/neuter van!!!” and they’d all...
What To Do If You Have Found a Lost Dog or Cat

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 a good...

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...
Keeping Your Dog Secure

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...

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...
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 keep the area...
Shelter Puppy Syndrome!

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...
Introducing a New Dog to your Existing Dog(s)

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...
Shy / Fearful Dogs – Navigating the Great Outdoors

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...
Teaching “Touch” to your Dog

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...
Kids & Dogs!

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...
The high’s and lows of having a dog…

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:...
Why Hire a Dog Trainer?

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...
Dealing with a Shy Dog

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...

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...
Understanding & Catching Fearful Dogs

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...
Potty-Training!

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...
Therapy Dogs

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,...
Lost Pet?

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:  http://www.HelpingLostPets.com/PET  Safety Net:  ensure your pet has a tag...
Shopping List for Your New Dog

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. GPS Tracker – there are options available (consider tracking ability, battery life, range, cost, etc).  In DIBS foster homes, we...
Decompression and Why It’s Important to Your New Dog

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: http://kdmathews.com/first-thing-getting-dog-shelter-learn-decompression/ ) It’s pretty damn awesome of you to look to the shelter when searching for a dog to add to your...
Setting Boundaries for Your New Dog

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,...
How to Help your Dog Manage Stress

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...
Dog Peeing in Favourite Spot Indoors

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...
Integrating your new dog with an existing cat

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...
First Few Days at Home – Setting Your Dog up for Success!

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...
Are you Ready?

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,...