Dog 101-The Basics

Some tips to help you before adopting or fostering a dog.

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...

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 and resources are...

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...

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: Autumn walks through the...

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 be prepared...

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 children, dogs...

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,...

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 your...

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...

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,...