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Are Millennials Ready To Have Pets?

I’m often asked this question by my clients and fans. After all, pet ownership is a big responsibility and all too often pets are adopted by people who either aren’t ready for them or aren’t prepared to take on the responsibility. The end result is that those unfortunate pets end up in shelters. This is an important question to ask because Millennials — people born between roughly 1981 and 1995 — now make up the largest group of pet owners in the U.S., and they’re also becoming pet owners younger than previous generations did. According to a Wakefield study, as

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Trust Issue

Misconceptions about Adopting a Dog As we’ve discussed many times here, there are a lot of misconceptions about shelter dogs, a big one being that they are somehow “damaged” and unadoptable. But, really, most of the time the reasons that a dog winds up in a shelter come down to human failure. Dogs end up in shelters because we don’t properly train them, or we aren’t prepared ourselves, economically or personally, to take on the responsibility. If any damage has been done to those dogs, it’s been done by people. Of course, once a dog is in a shelter, its

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Dog Behavior

Help The Dogs Of The Northern California Wildfires

First came Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, flooding Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Then wildfire, fanned by vicious Diablo winds, swept over Santa Rosa and the California wine country, displacing thousands of humans and their pets and destroying complete neighborhoods. Because most emergency shelters for humans are unable to house animals, many beloved pets required temporary placement in animal shelters.  With shelters closest to the fires filled beyond capacity, surrounding agencies sprang into action, taking in hundreds (if not thousands) of displaced pets. There are many ways you can help, but the best gift you can give is cash. It

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UPDATE: How To Help With Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria

Updated October 5, 2017 When Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria struck, it wasn’t just people who were affected. With flooding through parts of Texas, Louisiana, Florida and the Caribbean displacing tens of thousands of people it’s easy to forget the many household pets also caught up in the disaster. Shelters from other areas across the US have taken in pets to reduce the load in shelters hit by the flooding — and remember, in many cases, these are not abandoned or lost dogs and cats. Rather, many emergency shelters for humans do not allow pets, so it becomes necessary to place

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Another Step Toward A No-Kill City

Last week, the city of Los Angeles moved one step closer to becoming another no-kill city in the United States, joining the ranks of Austin, and sharing aspirations with places like Chicago. Although the proposal is merely a resolution and not law, it does take a big step toward hitting the stated goal of “saving 90 percent or more of the cats and dogs coming through the sheltering system.” As reported by the website LAist, Best Friends Animal Society of Los Angeles already puts this number at 89.4%, so the city is well on the way to success — but

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Internet To Life Net: How Social Media Is Saving Dogs

One day in 2015, Johnjay Van Es’ wife Blake got a phone call about a Chihuahua found in an alley. Consequently, he posted the dog to his Instagram to see if anyone recognized her or wanted to adopt. Since Van Es is, along with Rich Berra, part of a nationally syndicated radio team with a lot of followers, people were messaging him in seconds about the dog, which soon found a great home. After he told the story on-air the next day, he started to get calls and photos from other people who had found dogs and so LovePup was

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5 Steps To Help Our Four-Legged Friends

There are 600 million unwanted and abandoned animals in the world, living without families or shelter. In many countries, such animals are routinely abused or killed. It seems like an overwhelming number, but we can do something about it by helping these animals find permanent homes and by reducing pet overpopulation. Here’s what you can do right now to help. Spay or neuter One unfixed female and her offspring can lead to 67,000 dogs in just six years. Spaying or neutering your pets now will eliminate unwanted litters, and has positive effects on their health and behavior. There are many

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Choosing A Compatible Breed/Dog

It isn’t Always About The Dog

You’ve probably heard me say many times that I rehabilitate dogs and I train people, but it is amazing sometimes how long it takes for this simple truth to click with people. If you aren’t providing calm, assertive leadership then your dog will not follow you. I relearned this first hand when I was going through depression, and my pack abandoned me because I was not leading them. One of the big reasons people wind up having problems with their dogs is that they started out with an incompatible dog. But in order to find the right match, you have

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Common Mistakes Of First-Time Dog Owners

When you think about getting a dog, you most likely imagine the fun and excitement of it. You’ll have a furry companion to snuggle with, a living alarm system to ward off would-be burglars, a playmate — or all three. But there’s a lot that goes into being a good Pack Leader. A dog is a big responsibility, and ownership means being able to commit a significant amount of time and money. Often it can even require a lifestyle change. First-time owners who don’t spend enough time learning about what they’re getting into can find themselves in over their heads

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‘What’s Up Dawg!’ Episode 3

In the third installment of Andre Millan’s web series “What’s Up Dawg!” he takes to the air with Wings of Rescue  as they save the lives of over a hundred dogs — and a few cats — by airlifting them from California to Washington. Wings of Rescue is an all-volunteer organization that moves animals around the country, taking them from overcrowded shelters and relocating them to places that are ready and able to take on and rehome the rescues. Completely donor funded, the group also provides air transport to animals with medical needs that might be made worse by a

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