Tips for Success With Your Adopted Dog

Crate Training: Is it defiance, stress or panic around the crate?

Source: Rhonda Bilodeau | Vermont Dog Pack Are you finding yourself with a newly adopted dog that is starting to show signs of fear, defiance or anxiety around the crate?  Follow these directions to help your dog feel secure and confident getting in the crate and staying in the crate for long periods while you’re...
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How to Save Money and Keep Your Dog-Friendly Home Feeling Fresh

Photo via Rawpixel Source: Tyler Evans | www.dogzasters.com Dogs love spreading joy, but they also love making a mess of our homes. From drool, dander, and fur to stubborn odors and carpet stains, our lovable little friends leave us all kinds of cleaning tasks to tackle. Keeping a dog-friendly home clean is a bit of...
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The Story of Kona and Liza

I have always wanted to rescue a dog, specifically a pitbull, but I wanted to wait until college was over because for some reason I thought I wouldn’t be able to carve time out of my schedule in college for a living responsibility. However, the summer of 2018 right before I adopted Kona was really...
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Potty Training Your New Rescue Dog

Source: Rhonda Bilodeau | Vermont Dog Pack RULING OUT MEDICAL ISSUES If you are having trouble house training your dog, the very first thing you should do is eliminate the possibility of a medical issue by having a urinalysis and fecal culture done at your veterinarian’s office. If they are urinating frequently in small amounts...
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Helping Dogs Get Over Their Fear of the Car

Source: Rhonda Bilodeau | Vermont Dog Pack We often see client’s that bring in dogs that have developed extreme anxiety and fear on car rides, resulting in shaking, barking, heavy breathing and panting in the car. Most of these dogs are dogs that came from the shelter. Many shelter dogs can have post traumatic like...
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Before You Go to the Dog Park

Dog parks can be a great resource for exercising, stimulating and socializing your newly fostered dog. Here are a few things the P4P Team would like you to consider before entering a dog park with your foster pup. Assume you cannot trust other people’s interpretation of their dog’s behavior. (“My dog is friendly and loves...
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Tips On Caring for Hearing Impaired Pups

Positive reinforcement: Smile! Deaf dogs are very aware of facial expressions and body language; Mark the exact second your dog does something right with a “good” sign or simple thumbs up; Give a high valued treat; and Repeat. Visual commands: Use the “see” visual command to get your dogs attention. Start this by putting a...
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A Letter From Your New Dog

A Letter From Your New Rescue Pup

Hi! I am your new rescue dog! Please be patient with me. If I am going to be a part of your family, please understand the following: I’ve probably been bounced around quite a bit, removed from my home, my family… in new buildings with lots of new sounds, smells and people. I am probably...
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