Dog Training Tips

Training a dog can be challenging and frustrating. Check out our dog training tips below!

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...

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 a new way to communicate with your...

Leash Reactivity in Dogs (and the human at the end of the leash!)

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...

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 "lesson...

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 to help with our...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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

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

http://woofliketomeet.com/2016/03/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...