Many dogs love water! While it may not be for every dog, you and your pet may love going to the lake or beach together. It can be fun and freeing for both of you. Though it is a great time to have dogs around water, it is important to practice proper water safety. If you do not use proper water safety techniques, it could be harmful for your dog, yourself, or another person or animal. Before you take your dog to a public beach, familiarize yourself with the area’s regulations and laws. Avoiding legal trouble is a good way to start having fun at the water!
General Safety Procedures
Before you take your dog to the water, make sure you know some safety guidelines to follow.
Letting your dog off-leash
Letting your dog off-leash can be dangerous if your dog is not properly trained. Even if the area is not next to a busy road, if your dog gets too far away from you, it may be difficult to get him or her to come back to you, and you may lose track of your pup. This can be particularly dangerous if neither you or your dog knows the area well. If you are unsure if your dog will stay near you or come when called, keep him restrained or at home. You may be sad to have some fun by the lake or pool without your pooch, but it is not worth the risk of his safety. If your dog is not appropriately trained, it may also be dangerous for other people and animals. If you do not have complete control over your dog, you may be caught in a bad situation. Even if you know your furry friend is good with other dogs, another dog may not be. If a dog approaches another, there could be a fight or another issue. The same applies to people. Your dog may be friendly, but another beach-goer might not like dogs. Before you take your dog off his leash, try out some secure situations, such as at a dog park, to make sure you can control your dog with distractions.
When your dog is first learning to swim choose a quiet and shallow spot. Leave the leash on him while he learns so you can have control and so he or she will stay close. Make sure to get in the water while he or she is learning to ensure safety and bring comfort to your dog. When your dog starts paddling with his front paws, lift his back legs so he can learn to float. Most importantly, do not force your dog to swim or go into the water if he or she does not want to. You cannot force your dog to have fun in the water. If your dog does not want to swim, just let him enjoy your company and the beach. A dog does not have to be in the water to have fun outside. Bring a ball or toy with you which he can play with if they do not want to swim.
If you own a pool
Pool-time can be fun for your pup! But in addition to the safety precautions you should utilize when playing in the water, there are precautions to take when you are not using the pool as well. Keep a fence around your pool so your dog can be safe when you aren’t using it. Keep a sturdy cover on the pool that allows rainwater through. It is dangerous for the dog in the pool, and he can also drown if rainwater collects on the cover. Show your dog the proper ways to get in and out of the water, and make sure to check the temperature on the water before he gets in. Some breeds cannot handle cold water.
Keep these tips in mind when taking your dog to enjoy the water with you, especially when it is his first time. If you are planning a beach trip and your dog is not properly trained, contact us today so we can help make sure the experience is safe and fun for both of you!
Training your dog is essential for having a long, happy life with your companion. Many people may attempt to teach themselves and their pets at home with no professional guidance. People have had positive experiences with using this method, and it is beneficial to start teaching your dog some stuff at home. You know your dog better than anyone, and you can learn what motivates your pet. While there are benefits to attempting to train at home, those of hiring a professional trainer can be far greater.
For many people, the way a dog gets trained at home is through methods learned from the owner’s childhood or from internet research. The techniques learned in this manner are not always the best ways. Many people use the “rub their nose in it” technique for house training, or “popping” the dog when it misbehaves. These methods are outdated and ineffective. Behavior problems, such as jumping and aggression, are especially difficult to manage at home. Mannerisms like this are often dealt with by locking the pup away, yelling at him or her, or simply letting the misbehavior continue. You and your dog both deserve better than a stressed-out, frustrated life.
At Pack Leader we can help you and your dog. Not only can we show your dog the right and wrong ways to act, but we can also teach you how to handle and ultimately eliminate your pet’s issues. Through correction and rewards we can give you the skills to encourage good behavior and discourage the bad. Of course, there are other trainers across the country, each with varying methods and programs. Some may wonder what sets us apart from other training businesses. Simply put, we understand what you are experiencing. Our trainers are all dog owners. We know what it is like to experience frustration with your dog, and sometimes yourself when dealing with at-home training. Our trainers have all dealt with misbehavior in their own pets. We understand how much you love your dog because we have our own. We also consider you and your dog’s happiness in everything we do. While when dealing with some behavior modification we pay stress your dog out so he or she may react, so we may handle the issue, we will do everything we can to keep you and your pet safe and happy.
In addition to our experience with animals, we also have methods that set us apart. We have various programs that can suit any dog’s needs! Our board and train options are great for any dog that needs some extra training attention. Private training sessions are typically done in your home and are mostly used to show you how to train your dog. Group classes are effective for long-term training and socialization. We teach and enforce commands and every program is customized to meet you and your dog’s needs. Our correction and reward methods have been proven effective time and again. We have experienced which techniques work best in our training and are always willing to adapt so we can do what works for your pet.
We offer more than simple obedience training and behavior training, however. We also offer service dog training, trick training (for dogs who are already obedient), and much more! Is there something you want your dog to learn but don’t see it on our website? Let us know! We will do our best to work out a program for you. We have many options for training.
Stars Howl-o also has a strong group of people within its walls. The management and staff have open communication. We help one another and listen. This benefits our clients as the strength and happiness within our company shows itself in our work. Since we have open and honest communication among each other we are always learning what may be better for our clients. We believe in having a positive, healthy environment for everyone involved in our business.
We at Pack Leader K9 Academy also do what we can to help our community and unfortunate animals. We give discounts to people who have recently rescued dogs. We also donate portions of our merchandise proceeds to local shelters and are always looking for new ways to help local rescues and our community.
Why choose us? The answer is easy! We have been where you are, we have effective methods, we radiate positivity, and are always looking for ways to give back. Training is important and often a necessary expense for your dog and your peace of mind. It is never too late to start learning and living a better quality of life.
Contact us today to receive a quote and set up a consultation!
At Pack Leader we are here to help you and your dog learn anything from basic obedience to specialized tricks. Our services are available for teaching virtually anything. However, there are some basic “tricks” that you may want to try at home. Professional training is necessary to ensure your dog fully understands the move and that they can “sit” even in the most stressful situations. Though it is a good idea to start showing your dog some stuff early! We love all the dogs we work with, no matter their skill level, but it can make the learning process easier if your dog has a grasp of basic commands.
“Sit” is a great place to begin for you and your dog. It is a useful basic command and an essential stepping-stone for other moves and tricks. Grab some treats and begin!
With you standing or kneeling and your dog facing you, hold the treat in your dominant hand and lure the dog to you. Don’t let them get the treat yet! Say “sit” in a neutral, clear, firm voice. Do not add extra letters, like “ssiiiiit,” state it clearly. Put the treat in front of your dog’s nose and slowly lift and move it back (towards your dog’s tail), so the dog is looking up. This will likely cause the dog to automatically sit down. If your dog does not sit, place your hand on its bottom and gently guide it down to a sitting position, do not force your dog down. The dog will think it’s in trouble and will get confused. Forcing the dog down will also be potentially harmful. Only guide it down as much as necessary, likely only the first few times. Make sure you stay patient. It is a learning process and your dog may not immediately understand. When your dog does sit (whether it be from your guidance or on its own) reward your dog with the treat and tell him how good of a job he did!
With your dog in the “sit” position take the treat, put it to the dog’s nose and slowly move it to the floor, between the dog’s front two feet. Point to the floor and say “down” clearly and firmly. Move the treat toward you (away from the dog) to get him to slide to the floor. Immediately praise the dog and reward him. This move can be difficult for some dogs, and the dog’s body may need manipulation for it to work. Stay patient and your dog will get it! Make sure to go over this lesson regularly so your dog can remember. As you progress with this command, gradually move your hand farther and farther from the floor until you can point down from a standing position and your dog will obey.
Your dog should start “stay” from a “sit” position. When your dog is seated, hold up your hand, palm to the dog (as if symbolizing the number 5) and clearly say “stay.” Take only one or two steps back, then say, “okay” to release them. Reward and praise them. If you notice your dog starting to break, give the release word and praise him. You want your dog to be rewarded so he may understand what he is doing right. As your dog begins to understand, you can take more steps back and gradually turn around. After your pup understands what “stay” is, try “down stay.” This command is usually more difficult for dogs. Make sure to take this command slow and practice it often (like before going inside and outside). It will take time and is a gradual learning experience.
Come is a wonderful, useful tool for a dog. Be extra patient with this one as recall is difficult for dogs to learn.
Lean or kneel with a treat, tell your dog “come” usually paired with his name. When your dog gets to you, reward him heavily and give praise! If your dog does not come to you, try using a leash. Tell your dog come and guide him toward you, and reward heavily! After your dog begins to understand the command, begin grabbing his collar and petting his face as you reward him. This ensures the dog will know he may get grabbed or touched after he is instructed to “come,” if your dog is used to grabbing the treat and taking off it will be difficult to grab the dog if he is loose or needs to be detained.
Keep your lessons short and as positive as possible. It is also important to leave each session on a positive note, so you and your dog will leave happy. With these commands patience is necessary. Your dog may understand some commands faster than others. Teaching your dog is gradual. You may also find that traditional dog treats do not motivate your dog. If treats are not working for your dog, try cheese, lunch meat, or toys. Also, be sure to be clear and firm in all your commands to help the dog’s comprehension. It is possible for your dog to learn these commands and more.
Whether your dog is having a difficult time with these commands or if your dog has the hang of it and you are ready for the next step, contact us today to set up a consultation and take your dog’s training to the next level!
Many dog owners like their dogs to have a playmate of the same species. Dogs require a large amount of attention and getting a second dog can help. It is also rewarding for you to provide a loving home to another animal. Dogs are great to have in life, so why not have multiple?! Introducing a second dog into your home, however, can be tricky. There are precautions to take to ensure everyone in the home is comfortable.
Be sure the first dog in the home is properly socialized (check out our post about the importance of socialization). Before introducing a second dog into his space, be sure he’s comfortable around other dogs. Take him to the dog park or set up a play date with a friend’s dog. If he dog reacts positively to other dogs outdoors, try bringing the other dog into his home (with proper supervision). Before bringing a second dog into your home it is important to see how your dog responds to another dog in his environment, especially around his usual places and around food. If the dog responds negatively to other dogs, it may be best to wait on bringing another pup into your home until he can be properly trained and socialized. Also, be sure to inquire if the dog you plan to adopt has issues with dog aggression. If the dog has experienced aggression, consider getting a different dog, or contact us about getting him into our board and train program before introducing him into your home (we offer discounts for recently rescued pups).
Make sure your dog has proper training before bringing a second dog into the home. If something goes wrong and the dogs become aggressive, having full control and ensuring at least one dog will listen to you is important. It is also less stressful to train one dog at a time instead of two. Having a properly trained dog ensures safety and reduces stress.
To ensure safety you should also introduce the dogs before bringing the second one into the home. It is best to introduce them off-leash and where they have some room to run and play. A fenced-in yard or the dog park would be best for this situation. After introducing the dogs and ensuring everyone is comfortable and safe, you then should bring them both into the home. This is where training and socialization is the most important. If the dog feels territorial or jealous, that is when bad situations may occur. Fights may happen, but positive relationships can be built through training.
Bringing a second dog into your home can be beneficial and rewarding. However, there are precautions you should take and research you should do before introducing another dog.
If you are introducing another dog, want to socialize your dog(s), or have experienced fights between dogs in your home, contact us today so we may figure out the best training option for you!
Socializing your dog with other people and animals is very important. When a dog is socialized and knows how to act when someone they may not be used to is around, it is a safer and more comfortable situation for everyone involved.
Some people may not bring their dog around strangers or infrequent visitors much. However, even if you don’t experience regular socializing your dog should still know how to behave around people are animals he or she may not be used to. Keeping your dog separated from society is difficult and unhealthy. There are bound to be times where your dog is exposed to someone unfamiliar, such as on a walk, when a visitor comes, or at the vet. Dogs need socialization to avoid depression and to stay healthy.
Yes, dogs can become depressed! Many people may not know that depression can be present in animals. Dogs typically become depressed when they are not given enough love and affection or are not getting the level of physical activity they need. However, depression in dogs is 100% avoidable.
Why did you bring a dog into your home? So, you can love it and it can love you! The easiest ways to keep your pup happy are to make sure he’s well cared for through a balanced diet, proper grooming, and regular vet visits. You also need to show your dog lots of love. Give him pats, play with him, and talk to him! Talking to your dog may seem silly, but it can help build a bond with your dog and show him love. When you get home from work or school, talk about your day with your dog. He will be happy because he’s getting your attention, and it can help you, too! All of these can prevent depression in dogs, but so can socialization.
Taking your dog to the pet store when you’re picking up his food or taking him to the dog park, so he can let loose and have fun can have a large difference on his happiness, and therefore his health.
Socialization can also prevent dangerous incidents from occurring. If your dog is not properly socialized and you take him on a walk and someone walks by, or an animal approaches, it can lead to your dog slipping his leash or attacking someone. Dangerous situations can occur even if your dog is not normally aggressive.
Regular exposure to other people and animals can ensure your dog’s safety in many situations.
Pack Leader K9 Academy is offering group training classes, which can not only help with socialization, but can also help your dog with obedience and build a stronger bond with you and him. However, not matter how you get your socialization in, it is important.
Contact us today for more information with how you and your dog can get involved with group training classes!
You may be on the fence about getting your dog(s) trained. If so, here are some questions to ask yourself before you decide to hire a trainer.
What do I want from training?
What would be your goal from having your dog trained? Do you want your dog to be better in public? Do you want your dog to be more obedient? Do you want your dog to be a service or therapy animal? There are numerous reasons why someone would want to get their dog trained. If you are debating about hiring a trainer, sit back and think about what you would like to achieve from getting your dog trained. If you have a clear, established goal, it will likely be worth it to invest in a trainer.
Is my dog misbehaving?
This may seem like an obvious question, but it is necessary to ask yourself if you are struggling with the decision on hiring a trainer. If your dog is misbehaving, jumping on people, not listening, being destructive, or any other misbehavior you should investigate training your dog. You should not live with your home and patience being tested.
Can I afford it?
We know that training program prices may seem large, but even if the cost seems significant, we do offer payment plans and have a variety of services at different price points. If the prices are still too high, however, read our other blog posts with training advice and do research into training your dog on your own. Of course, we recommend a professional train your dog. Professionals are educated and experienced and know the best way to train your dog. However, if you must wait to hire a trainer due to finances, there are exercises you may do at home. If there are any at-home exercises you would like us to talk about, let us know and we may include it in a future blog post!
Will it improve life?
Our training services have changed the way many people live. If you think that hiring a training professional will improve life for you, your family, and your dog by removing stresses or making life easier, it is likely time to contact a professional.
If you analyzed your situation and believe it is time to start training your dog, contact us today!
Summer is the perfect time for outdoor fun! Many people spend large amounts of time outside with their families and friends during the summer. It is only natural to want to bring your furry friends outside with you! Whether it be to the beach, the park, or just in your backyard it is important to keep your dog’s safety in mind when you’re outdoors, especially in the summer heat.
Here are some tips to ensure you and your dog have a great time in the summer!
Have plenty of water available
It is so important for your dog to have access to clean drinking water in the heat. Without water available the dog can become dehydrated, which can lead to health issues. If you are near a body of water, do not allow your dog to drink water you did not provide. If you are at the beach, salt water can be extremely harmful to dogs. Even freshwater sources, like lakes and rivers, can have toxins in them that can harm your pooch. Pool water also has toxic chemicals. Only let your dog drink water that you provided, and make sure it is available always! For more information about taking your dog to the water, check out our upcoming blog about proper water safety!
Don’t make your dog walk on hot concrete
Hot concrete can be horrible for a dog’s feet. If you’re taking your dog for a walk, make sure he’s on the grass or dirt as much as possible. Of course, there will be times that grass, or dirt is unavailable, but be sure to avoid concrete. Hot concrete or asphalt can severely hut your dog’s feet. The pads on their feet can get burned and become severely damaged. If it is too hot for you to walk barefoot, it is too hot for your dog!
Try a small pool
A shallow pool can be a fun way for your dog to cool off! Doggie pools are available on www.amazon.com for about $30. They are designed for dogs to play in, but pools designed for small children can also be used for your dog. Be wary of inflatable pools, as your dog’s nails or teeth may puncture it. Never force your dog into the pool if he does not want to go in. While it can help keep him cool, it won’t be fun for anybody if your dog is stressed and uncomfortable. Be sure the water is not too high and you’re watching your dog when he’s in the pool. Bonus for this tip, a pool doubles as a bathtub!
Freeze toys to keep dog occupied and cool
This step takes a bit of planning, but it can be worth it! Place some of your dog’s favorite things, like treats and toys, in a large bowl, submerge in water, and freeze it. This gives your dog a water source, keeps them cool, and is fun! Freezing your dog’s Kong toy is also great and can provide relief! For more information about using a king toy, check out our blog about using a Kong toy for crate training!
Pay attention to your dog
Be sure to observe your dog regularly when playing in the heat. Be sure he isn’t becoming sick (vomiting and diarrhea), panting heavily, dizziness, and becoming unresponsive. If your dog exhibits any unusual behavior, take him to the vet immediately. Be sure not to exercise them heavily on a hot day and do not muzzle them when it’s hot. This ca lead to overheating.
NEVER leave your dog in the car
This tip may seem obvious to some people, but we need to keep the reminder out there because incidents still occur. NEVER leave your dog in the car, especially in the summer! It is so dangerous, and many dogs have died from their owners leaving them in cars. Even with the window cracked and even when it isn’t that hot outside, it is NOT worth the risk of your dog’s life and safety.
If you use any of these tips to keep your dogs cool and safe, let us know in the comments!
It is important to consider breed when making the decision to bring a new furry friend into your home. A dog of any breed can be a great companion, but it is important to do research before selecting a dog. While each individual dog has its own personality, they will have mannerisms that coincide with the breed.
Even when rescuing a dog, consideration of the breed is important. If the dog is a mix between breeds, consider all the aspects the dog may have. While the dog may not have every quality of each breed, any person should be prepared before getting a dog.
Everyone has certain breeds that they want or love. However, because a person likes the look or even some of the mannerisms of a dog, it does not mean that it is the best breed for them. No person should get a dog solely because they like the look of it. Many beautiful dogs are high-maintenance. For example, dogs with long hair likely need regular grooming and/or brushing. Despite hair length, many dogs shed, some worse than others. Some breeds also need extra attention due to high-energy, or even low-energy dogs need more devotion to ensure their health does not decline. Certain breeds are also known to bark and howl more than others. While every breed of dog is deserving of a loving home, it is important to assess if the owner can give a dog the proper care and attention it deserves.
If the owner lives in an apartment or small home, it may not be best to get a large breed, such as a Great Dane of Mastiff. Breeds such as these need a large amount of space and room to run or even relax. Large dogs can feel cramped and restless in small spaces. This is not to say that large dogs cannot have happy lives in smaller homes. However, it is important to consider the best space for a dog and if they will be happy and comfortable in the home. If there is a larger dog in a smaller space, it will likely be necessary to take the dog out on more walks or to the dog park. While big dogs are appealing and cuddly, it is important to consider if your area will be the best for a breed.
High-energy dogs, such as Australian Shepherds and Boarder Collies, need a large amount of exercise and room to run. Dogs such as this were bred to herd and have a large amount of space to run, so they naturally have more energy. Fenced in yards or frequent walks and runs are essential for these breeds. Without a way for these breeds to release their energy, they will likely act out and become destructive in the home. Before getting a high-energy dog, the owner should ensure they have enough time or space, so the dog may be able to do what it is bred for. Other dogs need a large amount of stimulation and challenges, like through play time, to prevent them from getting bored. Boredom leads to destruction and will not be a positive experience for the dog or the person.
Some breeds, such as Cocker Spaniels and Brussels Griffons, are demanding of attention and can get lonely and may misbehave or become depressed if they do not get enough attention. Many breeds are independent and do not require much attention, others like a moderate amount of affection, but breeds such as those previously named will demand as much attention as possible. Before getting a breed such as this it is important that the person determines if there will be enough time to give the dog as much attention as it would require. Dogs that need a large amount of attention may be best for families with multiple people, so the dog does not have to only rely on one person for the affection.
Health risks are important to keep in mind as well. Some dogs are more prone to conditions like hip dysplasia and others have a higher chance of getting ear infections or breathing problems. If the breed is more likely to have health issues it is important to observe them and take them for regular vet check-ups. While these issues vary from dog-to-dog they are still necessary to note as some people may not be able to donate as much time as a high-risk dog may need.
There are many factors to consider when choosing the right breed of dog. Some dogs are better fit for smaller spaces, high-activity households, and homes with more time to devote than others. There is a breed that is suited for each person. Training and patience may be necessary before a person can achieve ultimate compatibility. Though all dogs deserve a loving home, it is best to research any dog breed before making the commitment to bring a pup into your home.
Pretty much everyone loves a puppy! They're adorable, cuddly, fun, and silly. Even when puppies are doing something naughty, they're still cute. Unfortunately, even if you're ready for 24/7 cute (I mean, who isn't), that doesn't necessarily mean you're ready to be a lifelong companion for a dog. If you're trying to figure out if you're ready for a dog, you're already taking a step in the right direction by doing research. The best way to determine if you are ready to welcome a new furry friend into your home is to analyze your environment and emotions. You must consider if a dog will be happy and comfortable in your home and if you and the rest of your household are comfortable, ready, and responsible. Here are some questions to ask yourself before getting a new dog:
AM I FINANCIALLY READY?
A crucial part of determining if you are ready for a dog is to analyze your financial situation. Dogs cost much more than the initial adoption or re-homing fee. You must consider expenses such as food and treats. Dogs need quality food, the cost of which depends on the size and age of the dog as well as the brand of food. Treats are essential for training, making it necessary to always have them on-hand. Vet bills are also necessary expenses. Puppies need to go to the vet often for shots and check ups. After dogs reach about a year in age, they visit once a year (possibly more if there are emergencies) to ensure they are healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations. Dogs also require monthly heart worm preventative. Putting your dogs on heart worm prevention protects them. Heart worms are extremely harmful to dogs. It is expensive to treat them after the dog has contracted them, so preventative is important. Dogs also need toys and supplies (collars, leashes, beds, etc.). Training is also strongly encouraged as it can ensure the safety of you and our dog. Dogs can be a large financial toll. Assessing your financial situation is key for determining if you are ready for a dog.
DO I HAVE THE TIME?
Dogs require significant amounts of time and attention. If you work long hours, frequently go on business trips, or are a mostly on-the-go person you may not be ready for a dog. Dogs need to be trained, cared for, played with, and loved. Your dog should not live lonely and locked in a kennel. Not only is that a poor quality of life, it also can cause behavior problems in the dog. You should also ensure that you have time to devote to training your dog. Dogs need to be trained so you, your dog, and those that interact with it have a positive experience. It is especially important to train your dog for when you take it into public. There are also walks, vet visits, clean up, feeding, and general care to factor into the time you must devote to your pup. Of course there will be times where you cannot play with your dog one day and sometimes it may have to be in the crate for a little extra time, but make sure you can regularly have time to devote to your furry friend.
IS MY FAMILY READY?
If you live with other people, whether it be family or a roommate, you should consider them before getting a dog. If any members of your family have a fear of dogs or an allergy, consider them. If a dog will physically or mentally harm a person in your home to have a dog, hold off. Be sure to consider if the other people in your home are mentally prepared for a dog. Dogs can be loud, destructive, and can make messes, no matter how old they are. Discuss with the people in your home if they are okay having a dog in their home and be considerate of them when making the decision.
If you have young children in your home, even if it is "their dog," you should be prepared to take primary care of the dog. While dogs can be useful in teaching your children about responsibility, you should assume responsibility when the child looses focus or fails to complete a task. Be prepared to train a dog if you have children as dogs can get crazy at times and you may need to have control.
If you have another dog it is drastically important to consider both or all dogs involved when potentially introducing a new pup into your home. Determine if your dog(s) are well behaved around other dogs, including in your home and around food. If you are introducing an adult dog into your home, ensure they are good with other dogs as well. Fights are always possible, but can be avoided if you are prepared.
AM I EMOTIONALLY READY?
Dogs can be an emotional toll. Of course they are fun, cuddly, and great to be around, but they are a large responsibility. As previously stated, they can be loud, destructive, and messy. They demand a large portion of time and attention. It is crucial to be sure you are prepared to handle difficult situations before welcoming a new furry friend into your home.
It is also important to determine if you are ready to open your heart to a dog. If you recently suffered the loss of a pet, you may want to give yourself time to heal before getting a new dog. Keep in mind that no two dogs are the same. You may want a new dog that is exactly like your previous one, but that will never happen. Assess yourself and your emotional situation before you welcome a new dog into your life.
This post is, of course, not intended to show dogs in a negative light or to discourage people from getting an animal. However, dogs are a large responsibility and there are many factors to consider before adopting a dog. Analyze yourself and your environment before getting a new companion. Consider your happiness as well as the pup's before making the commitment to care for an animal.
Keep an eye out for upcoming posts about how to choose the right dog for you and what to do now that you have a dog! Also, feel free to post any questions you may have for us in the comments.
To start, we at Pack Leader K9 Academy love all dogs, no matter where they come from. We hold no bias against the people who got their pups from breeders or pet stores. Some of our own dogs are not rescues and there are benefits to purchasing a dog as well. We wanted to share the importance of rescuing with people and how beneficial it can be as we always support local animal shelters and recognize the many unfortunate animals that need homes.
As reported by the Humane Society of the United States, there are 2.7 million animals euthanized in the United States that were eligible for adoption. It is tragic that the animals are euthanized, but shelters are filling up and they have no more room to take in strays or surrendered animals. Of course it would not be possible to save every dog, though we may want to, but it is possible to make a difference in the animal's life and your life. You could save a life by rescuing. There are many great dogs on death row because no one will commit to adopting them. Each dog rescued is a life saved.
In addition to saving a life, you can also help other dogs. The adoption fees for the animals go to the shelter so other dogs can live comfortably until their adoption fee. Save one life, help many more!
It also costs less to adopt an animal. Buying a dog can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Adoption fees are less than what you would pay when buying a dog, plus you get added bonuses when adopting an animal!
Through rescuing you can also get a healthy dog that's ready for a home. Many shelters vaccinate, fix, and microchip their animals and ensure they are ready for a home before they're eligible for adoption. You also have a higher chance of knowing more about your dog when adopting. The people who work at the shelter get to know the dogs and can learn a large amount about their personalities. You can get a great dog at a shelter. Many dogs are already house trained and have experience with families and basic commands. It is easy to find a great dog through a shelter!
Another benefit is you can find your dream dog! You may have a specific breed in mind of what you want, and while it is not a guarantee that your local shelter will have the breed you want, there are chances that a different shelter may have one, or there may be a mix available. Many shelters post the adoptable dogs online, so through a quick Internet search, you may be surprised by what you find.
These are just a few of the perks of rescuing your dog. While we love all animals, there are many dogs sitting in shelters or on the street waiting to be in a great, loving home. Even if it is just one dog that is saved, it can make all the difference, especially to the pup.
We offer 10% off of our training services for any dog recently adopted from a local shelter!