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January 31, 2018   No Comments

Don’t Forget to Check Your Pup’s Paws for Ticks

January 30, 2018   No Comments

Enticing Your Dog to Eat

This article is about encouraging your pup to eat when s/he is being treated for cancer. There are probably other times when your dog won’t eat, but for my pups those times are few and far between. In fact, I can’t think of any. However, I wanted to post this article in case others need it or, hopefully, not, I ever need it.

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January 29, 2018   No Comments

China Pup Rescue Coming Together

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Starting to get excited about bringing five goldens in need of furever homes from China to Maryland. Lining up transporters from JFK, foster families and adoptive families once the pups are ready for their furever families.

Pups have been vetted in China and are now in quarantine.

Confirming logistics, arranging travel for a flight volunteer to travel with the pups from China, completing Dept of Agriculture and Center for Disease Control documentation and getting approval is what we are doing now.

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January 28, 2018   No Comments

What to do if Your Dog is a Resource Guarder

]Twelve-week-old Yellow Labrador pup, crying away from food-guarding Lakeland Terrier x Border Collie, Bess

I have a resource guarder and I know many of you do as well. Here are 5 tips for dealing with this behavior.

Resource guarding may be a natural, normal dog behavior, but it’s alarming when your own dog growls – or worse, snaps – at you over his resource. Resist your first impulse to snap back at your dog.

Instead, do this:
1. Stop. Whatever you did that caused your dog to growl, stop doing it. Immediately. If you were walking toward him, stand still. If you were reaching toward him, stop reaching. If you were trying to take the toy or bone away from him, stop trying.

2. Analyze. Your next action depends on your lightning-fast analysis of the situation. If your dog is about to bite you, retreat. Quickly. If you’re confident he won’t escalate, stay still. If you aren’t sure, retreat. Err on the side of caution. Complete your analysis by identifying what resource he had that was valuable enough to guard, and what you were doing that caused him to guard.

3. Retreat. If you already retreated because you feared a bite, go on to #4. If you stayed still, wait for some lessening of his tension and then retreat. Here’s the dilemma: dogs give off guarding signals – a freeze, a hard stare, stiffening of the body, a growl, snarl, snap, or bite – to make you go away and leave them alone with their valuable objects.

Your safety is the number one priority, so if a bite is imminent, it’s appropriate to skedaddle. However, by doing so you reinforce the guarding behavior. “Yes!” says Dog. “That freeze worked; it made my human go away.” Reinforced behaviors are likely to repeat or increase, so you can expect more guarding next time.

If, instead, you are safe to stay still and wait for some relaxation of tension and then leave, you reinforce calmer behavior. “Hmmmmm,” says Dog. “Relaxing made my human go away.” If you can do this safely, you increase his relaxation when you are near him and decrease his guarding behavior.

4. Manage. Give your dog guardable things only when you won’t have to take them away. Crates are good places for a resource guarder to enjoy his valuable objects. When he’s crated with good stuff, don’t mess with him, and don’t let anyone else mess with him. When small children are around, put him away – for his sake and theirs – since you may not always know what he’ll decide to guard, especially when kids bring their own toys to play with.

5. Train. Work with a good, positive behavior professional to modify your dog’s guarding behavior so he no longer feels stressed when humans are around his good stuff. Teach him to “trade” on verbal cue for a high value treat such as chicken, starting with low value objects and working up to high value, so he’ll happily give you his things on cue when you need him to. Out-think your dog. Resource guarding behavior is not a good place for a battle of wills.

January 27, 2018   No Comments

Graphics Designer Needed

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The person who did our newsletter, flyers, calendar, etc was in a bad car accident and can no longer help us with getting the word out about the rescue. We provide the content, need a volunteer to make things look beautiful. Quarterly newsletter is our most pressing need. If you can help, please let us know by emailing contact@goldenretrieverrescueofsouthernmaryland.org or call 855.477.3728 and click on the adoption line.

Thanx!

January 27, 2018   No Comments

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January 27, 2018   No Comments

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January 26, 2018   No Comments

Playdates

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Here is a good article about even dogs with cancer needing play dates that I thought I’d share.

Playdates

The rescue occasionally has play dates at dog parks in Calvert and Charles Counties and plans to do so again in the spring; however, there are often a lot of dogs there with varying energy levels and ages. For some dogs, this can be overwhelming. Your dog might prefer a play date with one or two other dogs of similar age and energy.

If you’d like to find a pup for your golden to play with, post your approximate location (Central St Mary’s County for example), your dog’s age and energy level and perhaps you can find a BFF for your pup/s here!

January 25, 2018   No Comments

Protect Your Pets From Coyotes

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There ARE coyotes in Southern Maryland. Here’s a quick read that provides tips on protecting your pet.

Coyotes

January 24, 2018   1 Comment