Articles WHAT TO EXPECT FROM RESCUE DOGS: "For an adult dog, the first few weeks in a new home are a critical transition period. How well you manage the dog's behavior during this time will determine whether he develops into a well-behaved, loving pet. This article will help people know what to expect from a new dog. Adoptive owners view a dog's new life in their home as a wonderful change from a shelter pen, but the transition presents some problems for the dog. The transition brings a change in the dog's daily routine and caretakers. In the new home, the dog suddenly faces a new set of social companions in a new environment filled with unfamiliar sights, smells and sounds. He will be confused, stimulated and a little frightened. He faces a big adjustment as he learns his way around and develops relationships with his new family. Some undesirable behavior may result. Don't panic! By modifying or redirecting his actions, you can help the dog become a solid citizen in a few weeks. What to Expect: * Jumping up (which you can discourage by ignoring the behavior and making sure you don't reward it). * Exploratory behavior, including sniffing, mouthing and chewing new things. * Stealing food. * Accidents in the house. The shelter rules differ from the new home's rules, which will take time for the dog to learn. * Accidents in the house. The shelter rules differ from the new home's rules, which will take time for the dog to learn. * Wild running and play in the house. Frequently this behavior is encouraged by children, even adults. The new dog cannot yet distinguish between indoor and outdoor behavior. Managing Your Dog during the Transition: The first few days following an adoption is a critical time for learning rules and breaking bad habits. Dogs are particularly impressionable in a new environment, especially the first time they try a behavior. Therefore, plan to invest time during this period to socialize, teach and get acquainted with your new dog. Plan and prepare for your new dog in advance. Read about basic training. Get food, bowls, collar, leash, brush and comb, toys, and dog gate or crate. Decide where the dog will be confined when you're not home and arrange a bed or crate in that area. Decide what particular area outdoors will be the dog's bathroom. Prepare yourself mentally -- all things will not go smoothly at first.  As soon as you get your new pet home, begin managing his behavior and supervising him closely. Do not give him run of your house. The most important thing he needs for the first few weeks is STRUCTURE -- enforced rules for living in your house. Freedom comes later as he develops the responsibility to handle it. Failure by the owners to teach a dog the house rules is a chief reason for unsuccessful adoptions. Rules to teach: 1. Housebreaking. Take your dog out on a long leash at two-to-three hour intervals to the area designated as the bathroom. Allow him to explore and get used to the area. When he poops or pees, praise effusively and then reward him with a few minutes of play, sniffing or a walk. The dog should be kept near you in the house so that if he begins to potty inside, you can reprimand (say "nah-ah-ah") and take him out immediately. Punishing a dog after the fact is ineffective and confusing to the animal. 2. Jumping up should never be permitted. 3. Chewing and mouthing is permitted only on dog toys. As you introduce your dog to each area of your house, take him there on a long leash. Bring along some toys and chewing items, and make them available on the floor. 4. Stealing food. An important reason not to feed dogs table scraps is that it leads to food-stealing. 5. Running, wrestling and other rough play should not be allowed in the house. Make toys and chews available. Some Management Rules That Owners Must Learn: 1. Correct, praise and re-direct. If the dogs ignores corrections, work to improve your communication skills. 2. Pay attention and be consistent. Don't send mixed messages. If you correct behavior sometimes and ignore (or even inadvertently reward) it other times, you dog will be confused and never behave reliably. Keep the rules simple and enforce them, but always remember to praise. 3. Dogs look for authority in their lives. If none is forthcoming from people, they begin to act as their own bosses and may even try to push around their human companions using growling, snapping and lunging. Leadership with a dog is a positive relationship, not based on punishment or abuse. Shortly after you've adopted your dog, enroll in a positive reinforcement-based obedience class to get expert help in developing leadership and control. This greatly reduces the possibility of problems later. 4. Dogs should not roam when no one is home. A newly adopted dog that is free to wander in the home in the owner's absence is almost certain to get into trouble or practice bad habits. In most cases, the damage is not done out of spite, but because the animal is nervous, stressed, frightened, stimulated to escape, bored or just exploring. Restrict the dog's access when you are out, at least until he has comfortably adjusted to your home. To do otherwise jeopardizes your possessions, the dog's safety and your new relationship. 5. Never tie or tether a metal training (AKA "choke collar," though if it's choking the dog, the handler is using it incorrectly). This can kill your dog, and should be used only when leash-walking and only after learning to use it correctly. Incorrect use of a training collar will cause problems rather than cure them. Keep a regular leather or nylon collar bearing license and i.d. tags on the dog. Dogs have an amazing way of making people happy. You can enjoy all the benefits with some well-directed efforts to help your dog adjust to life in your new home." PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH YOUR RESCUE DOGS, THEY ARE WORTH IT ! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ EUTHANASIA, COMPASSIONATE KILLING? "No one doubts the tireless efforts of shelter workers or the complexity of the problem, however, using the word "compassion" to describe the reality of the situation is definitely pushing the truth of the animal’s lives and deaths at these county concentration/death camps. I believe shelter workers do care about animals and in their heart of hearts they realize the killing is morally wrong. Therefore, the animals and shelter workers are caught up in a system that is in emergent need of true "compassionate" change. Approximately 27 million animals are handled by animal shelters in the United States each year. Of them, about 10 million are reclaimed or adopted, leaving 17 million dogs and cats to be killed and tossed into trash cans where they wait to be cremated or picked up for commercial uses. In some cases rendering companies get the bodies and sell the dead animals to corporations who use them in everything from cosmetics to even pet foods. In 1990, 40% or 5.2 million animals were sent to rendering factories. "When you read pet- food labels and it says meat or bone meal, that's what it is - cooked and converted animals, including some dogs and cats," says Eileen Layne, of the California Veterinary Medical Association. All animals killed at the local animal shelter are cremated, according to a county official. Although, the Lancaster shelter has been under investigation for animal abuse and neglect in the past. While doing research for this article, I came across a photo that appeared in the Animals' Voice Magazine. This photo shows a live dog lying on top of several dead dogs that had recently been killed at the shelter. This dog was soon to join the stockpile beneath her and from the expression on her face, she knew it. Man's best friend has become man's biggest victim. The salient question is not whether "euthanasia" is presently necessary, but what can be done to hasten the day when we end the killing of millions upon millions of our closest companions. And that question will never be answered by avoiding our own responsibility. We need to get away from the phrase "put to sleep" and the word "euthanised" when describing the "killing" of animals because it desensitizes and hides the truth. We need to face up to what happens to these animals if we are ever to fully accept the responsibility of finding an alternative solution to their early and unjust demise. Too many people accept that because this is the way it is, that there is not a better solution or something they can do personally to help alleviate the suffering. We hide our eyes and pretend that it is not happening. It may be out of sight and even out of mind for most people, but it is not out of the minds and lives of our companion animal friends. If you do not believe me, go spend an hour visiting them - and make sure your eyes meets theirs. I recently visited the local animal shelter, and in my view "shelter" is about all you can say for it. In the eyes of the animals I am sure that it is prison. Paws reaching out from the metal cages and pathetic cries of desperation for some loving human to liberate them from the cages of doom. Of course spaying/neutering come to mind when thinking of ways to keep our animal friends from getting a lethal dose of sodium pentobarbital injected into their bloodstream and spaying/neutering is still the best preventative measure. For the living, we must look for other solutions such as the many "No Kill" shelters that provide more natural and humane living conditions. In cities like San Francisco and many others across the U.S., all adoptable and healthy animals are no longer killed in county shelters. This is proof that when enough people care and speak up, the system can and will be changed. We must no longer accept "killing" as an option to pet overpopulation. We need to understand that breeding equals overpopulation; over population equals killing; killing equals moral complicity among those who continue to breed (reinforcing the concept of individual responsibility for perpetuating the unconscionable slaughter) - and the remedy is to stop breeding animals, stop buying animals who have been bred for profit, adopt animals from nonprofit shelters, and tell your family, friends, neighbors, and professional colleagues to do the same. People genuinely want to be close to nature and animals - and we need to be - but we can't because we have been destroying them for our own benefit for far too long. We have insulated ourselves from the pain of that exploitation by building a culture of human supremacy and dominionism. As throne-sitters, we are alienated, disconnected - warped - in our relations with animals and nature. Our obsession with pet-keeping, then, is a mixed bag. It is at once a sign of our deep-seated psychic and emotional needs for animals/nature and of the degree to which the needs have been twisted, mutated, rather than met. In keeping pets, we get both to love nature and to control nature; we want/need to love nature, but our culture directs us to control nature. We have taken the nature out of nature and with that, the responsibility for the mass execution of animals in county shelters is a responsibility shared by us all and not just the person holding the needle." Source: ஜ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬۞▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ஜ Please "like"our page to help us fight animal abuse and help dogs in need. Thank you. PLEASE DON'T BUY OR BREED WHILE SHELTER ANIMALS DIE!