Educate The Uneducated

Understanding the propensity of certain behaviors in breeds and mixes will help owners understand where the behavior is coming from. It doesn't mean the dog gets a free pass for the behavior, but someone looking for an agility dog may not want to go with a bloodhound "because I just love their ears" or a herding breed "because I want a dog to lay around all weekend with."

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Loving vs. Spoiling

As we're getting Board and Train dogs in at the Indiana K9 Learning Center we are asking lots of questions about how the dogs live in the home. We're seeing a pattern...people are confusing loving their dog and spoiling their dog. They feel that if punish bad behavior the dog won't like love them any more.

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Just Train

Who needs fancy equipment to train a dog? I'll tell you who. Procrastinators. You can give those people a multimillion dollar facility and they'll need to stock it with the best training tools money can buy and they still won't train. They'll say they need to watch more videos. So after they've watched all the videos created about dog training they'll have to buy the latest training tools that came out while they were watching the videos. Then they'll have to tweak their logo. And then the website isn't right. Twenty years go by and they still haven't trained a dog. 

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Is He Good With Kids?

I was at my local shelter in an outdoor play yard with a dog recently and a man came over to chat. In the conversation, he bragged about his dog that lets his kids "do anything" to him and the dog "loves it." He was so proud of this dog, so boastful, and the lightbulb went off. We all want a dog that loves our children so much that they'd never hurt them.

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Let's Talk About Fear

You have a gift that the world is waiting for. Something that no one else can bring to the table. Maybe it's your grandmother's secret apricot jam recipe. Your special way with children. Can you connect with abused women in a halfway house? Let's talk about your unique take on a local political issue.What are you afraid of? I imagine it's the same thing I've been afraid of my entire life. Fear of failure and ridicule. Being afraid to disappoint someone important to me. Knowing I won't measure up to what others think I should be.

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No Kill

Does the general public really understand what "no kill" even means? I don't think they do. Time to spread the word. Wikipedia says "A "no-kill" shelter is an animal shelter that does not kill healthy or treatable animals even when the shelter is full, reserving euthanasia for terminally ill animals or those considered dangerous to public safety."

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Biting Dogs

Somewhere along the way humans have put dogs that are obtained from shelters and rescues into their own category, and that category is one that says the dogs can't have anything negative in their life ever again. They have to be coddled and tiptoed around to make up for these perceived horrible events that have already happened to them. The truth is that a great deal of the dogs coming through shelters and rescues have unknown histories, and plenty of the owner surrenders come in with lies in order to make the owner feel better about surrendering them.

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Purebred Dogs

So those of you sitting in the Gullible Seats can stop losing sleep over buying a purebred dog versus getting one from the shelter. It's no one's business but yours where you get your dog from. No one can make you feel guilty unless you let them. Let me repeat that.No one can make you feel guilty unless you let them. It's your life. Get the dog you want from where you want and enjoy it!

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Tori Smith posted a video not long ago of a toddler bouncing up and down on a rottweiler. The video showed 16 times the dog licked it's lips, whale eyed, etc. It was telling everyone how uncomfortable it was. I'm sure the parents brag to their friends about how much the dog loves the child. A dog can only take so much and when it snaps or bites to say "Enough!" it's labeled aggressive and euthanized or rehomed with an unearned stigma attached.

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