The Pitty Ranch
Because Good Dogs Don't Just Happen
Contrary to what many people may believe training your dog is not about “breaking their spirit” or making them a robotic machine in tune to every one of your commands.
Training is all about strengthening the relationship between dog and owner and making your dog a wonderful addition to your family. A well trained dog is one that will earn more freedom and contribute to your household in a positive way. A dog in the family should not add frustration or stress but rather be a joy to be around and a member of the family in every sense of the word.
If you have a dog with behavior issues, please don't surrender him to the shelter and pass on the issues to someone else. Yes, training is work! Work for you AND your dog! You have a commitment to your four legged family member. Many owners can't do it alone and need the support and guidance of a trainer. Please check out the list of trainers listed in Our Volunteers, make the calls, get some advice, enroll in a class or two, and give your dog the chance it deserves....not abandoned at a shelter because you didn't try.
Dogs are naturally social beings who thrive on interaction with human beings and other animals. A dog kept chained in one spot for hours, days, months or even years suffers immense psychological damage. An otherwise friendly and docile dog, when kept continuously chained, becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious and often aggressive.
Living with a pet can be beneficial to children. Pets can enhance a child's self-esteem, teach them responsibility and help them to learn empathy. Parents must be willing to teach the dog and the child acceptable limits of behavior in order to make their interactions pleasant and safe.
Parallel leash-walking, on neutral territory with two handlers, is a great way to introduce dogs. Neutral territory means an area where neither dog has been or where neither dog resides. Both dogs should be wearing properly fitted collars and be on nylon or leather leashes. Prong collars, choke chains, and Flexi-leads should not be used when introducing dogs.
Dogs want and need to know a few things so they can be comfortable. They want to know what the other dog is about. Does she mean me harm? Is he someone I can trust? Am I safe? Do you belong here? What’s your story? Are we going to be friends or enemies?
Adopting a Shelter Dog
According to a study by the National Council on Pet Population, over 56% of dogs and puppies that enter shelters are killed. For this reason alone, it becomes clear why adopting dogs from your local shelter is the most ethical choice. Animal shelters have loveable dogs and cats of all shapes, sizes and ages. Only about 25% of shelter dogs are purebred. The rest of the population represents unique mixed breeds that are often one-of-a-kind. Many of these shelter dogs have already lived with families and know how to become an enjoyable member of your household.
Much more information at: http://www.humanesociety.org/