Kim Kavin joins Karen and Renee today to discuss how she met her rescued dog, “Blue” and what she learned about how dogs are killed every day in shelters that use gas chambers. She explains why so many rescue groups are now running vans down south to bring dogs up north to save them from this horrible death!
Karen opens the show by discussing what traits you want to avoid when selecting a dog to adopt. Renee then shares advice on how to set your newly-adopted dog up for success with you and your family.
Renee talks to Bruce Compton, the President of the Board of Directors of the Animal Orphanage. Bruce talks about the shelter and how it’s run. They also discuss the controversial issue of bringing dogs up from down south to our local shelters and why this is being done. Listeners learn about a few great dogs currently up for adoption. Bruce also talks about an event coming up on September 8, 2012, “Woofstock Pet Festival!” Check the website for more information: www.theanimalorphanage.org
Dr. Sally Foote, veterinary behaviorist from Tuscola, Ill. Talks to Renee and Karen about how she’s rehabilitating her dog Bella, who is very reactive to seeing men and other dogs. She also discusses how Royal Canin’s food, “CALM” is helping to keep her dog much calmer during this process. If you want to read Dr. Foote’s blog about Bella, click on this link: http://www.drsallyjfoote.blogspot.com/
Renee advises listeners how to research and select the right dog to adopt from a shelter.
Renee & Karen interview Betsy Banks Saul, co-founder of the very well-known website; www.petfinder.com Betsy explained how her site works to get thousands of dogs adopted every year. She also informed listeners that each time people purchase a puppy from a pet store, they only increase the sales of puppy mills who are mass producers of unhealthy and unsocialized puppies
Renee and Karen interview Wilma Melville, founder of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. Wilma was spotlighted this year (2011) by CNN as a hero for her wonderful work training shelter dogs to partner with firefighters in order to save lives after major disasters in our country. Listen to Wilma’s heartwarming story of how she got started in this endeavor and how shelter dogs are selected for this important work.
Viviane Arzoumanian, a Certified Pet Dog Trainer from Brooklyn, NY shares her experiences of living with her own, very problematic rescue dog, Toby. Viviane originally fostered Toby but soon found out that he was not adoptable, and chose to keep him with her family. Listen to Toby’s story and you’ll realize even professional trainers are sometimes quite challenged by their own dogs.
Renee and Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Joan Hunter Mayer discuss the best way to get to know a dog in a shelter before bringing him/her home. They also talked about how important it is for adopters to ask specific questions about the dog in order to get as much history as possible. Joan talked about the game she created for families that can be purchased from her website: www.inquisitivecanine.com. The name of her game is called: “Out of the Box Dog Training Game.” Great show for potential adopters of shelter dogs!
Renee interviews Kelly Shwiner, a professional dog trainer from West Palm Beach, Florida. Kelly is a full-time trainer at a shelter and she describes how dogs are temperament tested, and whether those tests are a guarantee for the dog’s future behavior. Kelly talks about the importance of setting rules immediately when the dog comes into its new home, and why all adopters should learn how to read canine body language. Today’s program was another good one to hear for those who are thinking of adopting or who have recently adopted a shelter dog.
Expert trainer and behaviorist, Sue Bulanda visits The Doghouse today. Sue talks to Renee about adopting shelter dogs. They discuss when to start training, how to reward desirable behaviors, and what to expect from these during the “honeymoon period” when they first come to the home.
Marthina McClay, Certified Pet Dog Trainer from California, talks about how she rescued Leo. Leo is one of many Pit Bulls who suffered at the hands of Michael Vick. Hear how Leo bounced back within 5 weeks to become a Certified Therapy Dog and now visits cancer patients at an infusion center. Read Leo’s complete story and see his videos by going to www.ourpack.org If you want to learn the complete story about all of Vick’s Dogs, buy the book, “THE LOST DOGS” by Jim Gorant available at http://www.amazon.com.
Interview with Local Trainer, Phil Guida. We Discuss the Shelter System and How to Select the Right Dog to Adopt for Your Family