Category Archives: Rescue Dogs

The link between puppy mill dogs and pet shops

Renee & Karen interview Betsy Banks Saul, co-founder of the very well-known website;  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

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California woman trains shelter dogs for search and rescue missions

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.

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Toby, a problematic rescue dog

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.

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Getting to know a shelter dog before adoption

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: The name of her game is called: “Out of the Box Dog Training Game.” Great show for potential adopters of shelter dogs!

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Testing a dog’s temperament

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.

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