How to help your rescue dog settle in

Home introduction

Step 1
When you arrive home, take your dog out for a walk or let him explore your enclosed backyard. Walks in the neighborhood should only be done when the dog has been fitted with a secure harness. Since this is his first time in his new neighborhood go slow and let him sniff. If your new dog is nervous and is pulling on the leash, then take him inside or let him explore the backyard. Once he has eliminated you can take him inside.

Step 2
Introduce him to his new home on leash, including the confinement area. A confined area could be an area blocked off with a baby gate, an exercise pen area, or a crate.

Step 3
Take off his leash, give him a chew or a stuffed Kong.

Start alone-time training now. Begin getting your dog used to short absences within the first few hours of his arrival. You will want to spend every minute with your dog when he first comes home, but it is better to prepare him for a normal routine right away. He must learn to be relaxed, calm, and settled when alone—and this doesn’t come naturally to dogs, social animals that they are.

House-training 101

Dogs that are potty trained in their foster home will have to re-learn this in their new home. Potty accidents can happen even with adult, previously house-trained dogs. It is not at all obvious to dogs that the bathroom rules in one place apply everywhere else. Take your new family member outside to eliminate every 2 – 3 hours and then reward him with treats. Prevent accidents by watching your dog when inside and use a baby gate to block rooms and areas where you can’t see him. Crates and ex-pens can be used when you can’t watch your dog. With a little patience and supervision, your dog will soon be fully versed in potty etiquette.

  • Until your dog is perfectly house-trained, don’t leave him alone except in his confinement area (gated kitchen, exercise pen area or crate).
  • If you see your dog sniffing and circling in the house, take him out immediately.
  • Praise and reward your dog with a treat when he relieves himself outdoors.
  • Never yell or punish your dog for a potty accident, otherwise he may become afraid to relieve himself in front of you.

Pairing your house with good experiences

Dogs learn by association or by pairing safe as good and bad as dangerous. Many behavior issues (barking, growling, biting, etc) stem from a negative association, which translates into danger for the dog. From the beginning make sure you set some positive association for your new dog. That means a lot stuffed Kongs and toys, limited family visits and trips to the outdoor mall. Hold the hugs—for now. Allow time for you and your dog to get to know each other before you try to handle him completely. Dogs can be just as particular as humans about being touched by strangers and as long as your relationship is brand new, proceed with respect. You wouldn’t ask for more than a kiss on a first date, right? To make it a pleasant experience for your dog to be touched, offer a treat every time you touch him in a new area. Any kind of grooming or holding should be minimal at first and always combined with lots of delectable treats. If your dog is on medication of some kind, be extra gentle and careful. A good rule of thumb is to let the dog initiate petting sessions until you know each other well.

Mental stimulation – brain games

Toys galore. Toys are a great way to engage your dog’s brain and pair a positive association. Dogs have distinctly individual toy preferences, depending on the day, time, and situation. Do some detective work and find out what truly tickles your dog.

Work to eat. Biologically speaking, your dog is not supposed to have a bowl of kibble plunked down in front of him. He is a hunter by nature, meant to work for his keep. Mimic this by serving your dog’s food in a Kong or treat ball. Your dog will spend the first part of the day figuring out how to get at his food and the rest of it recovering from the mental effort. Perfect!

Kong stuffing for pros. Don’t just throw in a few cookies—take your Kong stuffing prowess to the next level. But start with easier Kongs and then make them tougher, so your dog succeeds while developing perseverance.

Easy stuffing = Loosely packed food and pieces small enough to fall out.

Difficult stuffing = Tighter packed food, such as canned dog food, mash potatoes, cream cheese or peanut butter will take effort on your part to get out of the Kong.

Stuffing tips

  • Use a matrix (peanut butter, cream cheese, baby food) to hold in smaller bits
  • Stuff with meat and mashed potatoes or canned food and freeze

If your dog has lots of energy, give him all his food this way. And remember to clean your Kongs regularly with a bottle brush and/or in the dishwasher.

For more recipes, see www.kongcompany.com

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Adopt a Lovebug today!

To view our adoptable pets, please click here.

If interested in adopting one of our available pets, you must complete our ADOPTION APPLICATION.

All applications will be reviewed and considered in a timely manner. Pets are placed in the home deemed most suitable to meet that pets needs. All adoptable animals have been examined by a vet, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, treated for internal parasites, treated for external fleas and are playing and getting socialized in a healthy, happy foster home environment.

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Is your microchip registered?

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If you have adopted a Lovebug, please make sure your microchip is registered and up to date. The first step is to have your dogs microchipped scanned by your vet. Verify that the chip number scanned matches the chip number on the adoption paperwork in your adoption folder. Lovebugs Rescue registers ALL AVID microchips for the life of your pet. If you have an AVID chip, please call them at:1.800.336.2843 and make sure your chip is registered with the correct information. If your dog has a Home Again chip, or other type of chip, please contact the microchip company directly to register the chip.

While microchips are a great back up, please make sure your dog is wearing an ID tag with your current phone number on it. If your dog should get lost, that is the quickest way your dog can be reunited with you!

What is a microchip?
A microchip implant is a small identifying integrated circuit that is about the size of a large grain of rice. It is injected by syringe under the skin of the animal, usually in the back between the shoulder blades for dogs and cats. Microchips can be implanted by a veterinarian or at a shelter.

Why is it important my chip is registered?
Unfortunately, there is no universal database that exists for microchip registration. There are various microchip implant companies that each have their own database for registered microchips. The majority of our Lovebugs are implanted with an AVID microchip. The microchip is only activated when scanned; it does not track the animal. So if a dog is lost, it must be taken to a vet to be checked for the presence of a microchip and once scanned the person that is listed under the microchip can be contacted and the dog can be returned to its owner. If you adopt a dog with a pre-existing chip, owners need to contact the company to make sure the microchip is registered under their contact instead of the previous owners.

MAX: A Story of Hope

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Max started his life as a very young Lovebugs puppy. At around 8 weeks old his new family found him and took him home to live happily every after. Max was so happy when he found out that he had four humans (mom, dad and two kids) and another dog to love, play and share his life with. He was truly a loved member of the family. A few years went by and things seemed to be going well when Max’s mom’s work scheduled changed from part-time to full-time. Soon the family started to notice some changes in Max.

At first the changes were small, he would bark when everyone left the house, tear apart a pillow and sometimes he would urinating inside the house. The family decided to use the crate to help him settle when they weren’t home.

Things became worse and Max would break out of the crate. Once free in the house, he would become destructive and chew apart the couch, the dining room table or any item he could find. As time went on the family began to get anxious when they would come home dreading what they might find that Max tore apart while they were gone. They decided to keep Max in the crate when he was home alone. Max began to refuse to go into his crate and when he was forced in he would become stressed, bite and bend the bars of the crate and spending all of his time barking and trying to break out.

Article-Max At almost 4 years old Max’s anxiety had completely overwhelmed the family. Stressed, overwhelmed, frustrated and at the end of their rope the family contacted Lovebugs for help. They were considering surrendering Max because they thought they had no other option. Lovebugs recommended they contact Sherry with All About Training Dogs for help. When Sherry, a professional dog trainer, asked the family to describe Max they said he was loving, but wild and out of control. Sherry went to their home, explained that everyone would have to help and walked them through several training exercises.

Article-Max2 After a few training lessons the family was excited, relieved and prepared to help Max relax with positive reinforcement training. Max no longer becomes anxious when they leave and he voluntarily goes into his crate. Now, the family describes Max as “an amazing little dog.”

All About Training Dogs has helped several dogs and dog owners using positive reinforcement techniques (exclusively). Raising a happy, healthy and confident dog starts the day you bring your dog home. Prevent behavior problems before they start or get help with your dog by contacting All About Training Dogs. Check out their group classes or schedule a private training today!

FUNDS NEEDED FOR QUINCY’S HEART SURGERY

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We pulled Quincy off the euthanasia list last week from the shelter. This darling boy was diagnosed with a significant heart murmur (5 out of 6 per the shelter notes). We took him to the cardiologist for a more detailed work up and it turns out that Quincy has a birth defect called Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA). For those of you who were familiar with Whisper, this is the same thing she had.

The good news is, we can have this fixed surgically! The bad news is, it’s costly – between $4,000 to $5,000. Quincy has been having fainting spells in his foster home, so we need to get him into surgery asap! The success rate on this surgery is very high, and we think Quincy deserves a chance to live out a full life.

Please take a moment to donate and share this post so we can help this little guy out. You can make donation via our website at:  www.lovebugsrescue.org/donate  Please reference QUINCY

RECAP-Free Spay and Neuter Clinics a Success!

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As part of giving back to the community, Lovebugs Rescue partnered with Lucy Pet Foundation and OC Animal Care to provide FREE spay and neuter clinics to 54 Orange County resident’s pets. These clinics were 100% paid for by Lovebugs Rescue. Each registered animal became part of the pet overpopulation solution, which means less unplanned litters and less dogs being euthanized in the shelters.

A total of 54 dogs and cats had surgery, as well as all receiving a rabies vaccine and a registered microchip. The Lucy Pet Foundation mobile clinic was easy to spot in the OC Animal Care parking lot, alongside Lovebugs Rescue’s signature pink information booth. All animals had to register in advance due to pre-surgery requirements.

“After five years of rescuing countless stray animals off the street and in animal shelters, our team realized that adoption alone wasn’t going to solve the problem,” states Lovebugs Rescue Founder Heather Peterson. “Our goals broadened to not only reduce the number of animals euthanized in shelters every year, but to help reduce the numbers of pregnant animals and orphaned puppies and kittens coming into the shelters in the first place. Teaming with Lucy Pet Foundation’s Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic is our first step in meeting our goals.”

The first event on May 19th booked up so quickly, Lovebugs Rescue added a second spay/neuter clinic on Friday, July 19, 2015. These events were also 100% funded by Lovebugs Rescue. If you’d like to donate towards future mobile spay/neuter clinics, please visit the Lovebugs Rescue donation page at: www.lovebugsrescue.org/donate

We thank you for your continued support.

12 Dog Training Mistakes Owners Make – Part 1

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12 Dog Training Mistakes Owners Make – Part 1

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1. Keeping your new puppy indoors until they have had all of their shots.

Early positive exposures (socialization) between the ages of 8 – 12 weeks is what the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, a large group of veterinarians, behaviorists and researchers, recommends. Why are those early months so important? The first three months are the most important time to socialize your puppy because sociability far outweighs fear. Puppies should have as many positive exposures to people, places, sounds as can safely be done. Incomplete and improper socialization during this age can increase the development of aggression, fear and anxiety as an adult. Having a well-behaved adult dog starts the first day your dog comes home.

Read more by clicking here. (http://avsabonline.org/uploads/position_statements/Puppy_Socialization_Position_download_-_10-4-14.pdf)

2. Too much time in a crate.

Dogs are denning animals and can stay in their crate all day, right? Wrong, a dog should never be kept in a crate longer than four hours at a time, except when sleeping at night. Keeping a dog in a crate all day creates hyperactivity and can lead to frustration and aggression. If you need to leave your dog all day while you are at work, block off an area for them, ie. kitchen, laundry room or use an exercise pen. Hiring a dog walker to come walk them is also a great idea. Adding some mental stimulation can help as well (read 6 below).

3. Using the wrong equipment.

Choker Choke chains, pinch collars and shock collar do exactly what they say – choke the dog by cutting off his air supply, pinch his neck until it hurts and deliver an electric shock to the dogs throat. Making these kinds of training mistakes can not only cause physical harm such as blindness, trachea damage and death but they can, and often do cause behavior damage. Build a solid bond with your best friend by teaching them what you want instead. Using a front click harness can help with a dog that pulls on the walk. Hiring a good positive reinforcement dog trainer can help teach you the basics and get you started on the right paw. Read what educated veterinarians say about using the wrong equipment “AVSAB’s position is that punishment (e.g. choke chains, pinch collars, and electronic collars) should not be used as a first-line or early-treatment for behavior problems. This is due to the potential adverse effects which include but are not limited to: inhibition of learning, increased fear-related and aggressive behaviors, and injury to animals and people interactive with animals.”

Click here for more information from the AVSAB. (http://avsabonline.org/uploads/position_statements/Punishment_Position_Statement-download_-_10-6-14.pdf).

Using a front click harness can help with pulling during the walk and finding a positive reinforcement dog trainer or class can teach your dog manners.

4. Not enough time walking.

WalkingDog One of the joys of having a dog is that you will never walk alone. Taking a walk with your dog twice a day for at least 30 minutes can reduce barking, chewing, hyperactivity and eliminating in the house (and those are only the benefits for the dog). A walk is great physical exercise but your dog will also get environmental enrichments in the form of sights, sounds and sniffs! The more sniffing your dog does, the more fatigued he will be so let the sniffing begin. And if you really want a tire dog, walk him in a new place, neighborhood or direction. The new sites, sounds and smells will exhaust him. Home Depot and Lowe’s have some great environmental enrichment so take your dog with you when you go.

5. Poor leadership.

Pop culture wants us to believe that dogs are trying to dominate us for leadership and we need to show them we are the “alpha.” But decide which type of “pack leader” will be more effective, a dictator or someone that influences behavior. Leadership expert Steven Covey explains that in order to be a good leader you must first seek to understand. Dogs behave in a way that benefit them, in other words they do what works (humans do this too). If your dog investigates the counter top because it smells good up there and he finds and eats a tasty ham sandwich, then you can bet he will be checking the counter tops more often. Once you understand the simple principals of how dogs learn then you can solve any problem. Being a knowledgeable benevolent leader is the most effective way to lead.

6. Not enough enrichment and mental stimulation.

Work to eat. Biologically speaking, your dog is not supposed to have a bowl of kibble plunked down in front of him. He is a hunter by nature, meant to work for his keep. Mimic this by serving your dog’s food in a Kong, treat ball or interactive toy. Your dog will spend the first part of the day figuring out how to get at his food and the rest of it recovering from the mental effort. Perfect!

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The best toys have a purpose. They deliver food, present a challenge, squeak, or make themselves interesting in some other way. Some classics to consider: Rope toys, plush toys (with or without squeakers), Hide-A-Bee (Squirrel, Bird), tricky treat balls, soft rubber toys (vinyl), and hard rubber toys like Kongs and bully sticks.

Sherry Nativo, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, is a professional dog trainer and owner of All About Training Dogs. Visit allabouttraingndogs.com or email questions to allabouttrainingdogs@gmail.com .

Tis the season for giving

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Fall for a Lovebug!

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If interested in adopting one of our available pets, you must complete our ADOPTION APPLICATION.

All applications will be reviewed and considered in a timely manner. Pets are placed in the home deemed most suitable to meet that pets needs. All adoptable animals have been examined by a vet, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, treated for internal parasites, treated for external fleas and are playing and getting socialized in a healthy, happy foster home environment.

For more information or view our adoptable pets, please click here.

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Cash For Cupid Fund Drive

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Will you be our Valentine?

During the month of February, show your love by joining our Cash for Cupid fund drive to
benefit Lovebugs Rescue.

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To join, simply  drop in a dollar (or more)  in an envelope, or, write a check, and mail to:
Lovebugs Rescue
PO Box 953,  Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

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You can also go online and donate at http://www.lovebugsrescue.org/donate.html.

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Each dollar received goes towards:

 Spay/Neuter
 Microchips
 Vaccines
 Dog Food
 Shelter Pull Fees
 Major Medical

Tis’ the Season for Giving

We can’t do the work that we do without the generosity of our supporters. Together, we can make a difference.

PARVO strikes again!

These two are SAFE with Lovebugs Rescue after we received an urgent plea from the shelter with only 1 hour to spare these two from euthanasia. They are both being treated at Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital As a reminder, we provide our PARVO dogs with 24 hour round the clock IV fluids/supportive care and whatever they need to have the best possible chance for survival. This comes with a price tag! Please consider donating so we can continue to save these PARVO cases.

Please reference Frosty & Snowflake and you may find many donation options at: http://www.lovebugsrescue.org/donate and a HUGE thank you to Cindy and Stacey who dropped everything to rush to the shelter and get these two admitted into the vet.

Holiday Travel Tips

 

The holidays are one of the peak seasons for travel, and with a little planning; it can be the perfect time to take your furry family member with you. Whether you are off on a ski vacation, visiting family or perhaps enjoying a coastal road trip during the holidays, having your best friend along can make the trip more fun and enjoyable.

Here are some holiday travel tips for you and your pooch –

Pet Identification – Keep Your Pet Safe
Be sure to consider your dog’s identification before you leave. Should your dog be accidently separated from you, it is crucial that your dog be identified. More than 80% of unidentified pets who are lost are never reunited with their owners. That is a scary number and should be taken seriously. Use pet ID tags with your cell phone number are great since there will not be anyone at home to answer the phone. If you are going to be spending a couple of weeks in one place, consider buying a second Pet ID tag with the contact information on where you will be staying. 

Get a good pet crate or carrier
Crates are a great way to keep your pet safe when traveling in the car. Unless your pooch is confined or harnessed, their behavior can cause distraction to the driver. As much as you may like to have your little cutie-pie in your lap, it can be detrimental to the safety of the dog, the driver, and the passengers. A collision, even at a slow speed, can seriously injure an unrestrained pet. It is much safer to buckle them in or confine them in a crate. If your pup is not yet using a crate, buy your crate well in advance of your trip so that your dog can get used to it before you travel. For a few days leave the crate open and put treats and a favorite toy inside. After seeing that your dog is comfortable, try closing the door for a short period of time and increase the length of time slowly over a week or two. With lots of praise and treats, most fur-kids adjust to a crate very well.

Don’t leave your dog alone in the car!
If it is very warm or very cold, do not leave your dog in the car alone. In hot climates, temperatures in an automobile can climb very quickly even when the windows are slightly open. No matter where you are when you travel, when you leave, your pet will react by trying to find you. Should they escape from their tethers, they will be at great risk.

Bring food and water
When you are traveling, be prepared by having a supply of water in portable pet water food bowls. You may not find the brand of food that your dog is accustomed to where you are going, so bring extra food with you.

Know your hotel
If you will be staying in a hotel, call and ask them about their pet policy. Avoid surprises when you arrive. A great majority of pet friendly hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts accept pets but they do not always accept all types and sizes. It is important to make your reservations in advance. If you need to leave your pooch behind when you go to dinner, a crate is the proper place for them to stay while you are away. Make sure that the crate is large enough so that your dog can stand up and turn around. It is also a good idea to place an absorbent pad in the bottom of the crate that will keep your doggie dry in case of accidents.

Know your airline’s pet policy
If you are traveling by air, it can be stressful for both you and your dog if you do not plan ahead. Make your reservations early and know your airline’s pet policy so there will be no surprises at the airport that could ruin your vacation. Each airline is slightly different in their requirements regarding vaccine and health certificates so make sure you know what is required well before your travel date and have the appropriate paperwork on hand. Small dogs can travel in the cabin of the aircraft with you in an airline compliant pet carrier. We do not recommend flying with your dog in the cargo area of the aircraft as it is sure to be scary for the dog and can be dangerous as well. 

Keep calm
We do not recommend medical tranquilizers for your dog and instead recommend giving them an all-natural product that makes them less anxious such as Pet Naturals “Calming Chews” or “Rescue Remedy”.

Learn about your destination
Research pet services in your destination. Find the nearest veterinarian. Find the nearest dog parks and pet friendly restaurants. International destinations require special veterinary certificates. When traveling to most countries, there will be no quarantine of your pet, but you must have the proper forms. Advance planning pays off when you arrive at your destination.

Keep it normal
When traveling, keep your dog on their normal schedule by feeding them and taking them for their “walk” as close to the regular time as possible. Be sure to pack a supply of plastic bags to take along on your walks. Realize that your dog is out of their normal surroundings, so be sure and keep them on a leash and watch them closely. Reassure them should they show signs of nervousness or anxiety.

Be considerate
Although there are many dog lovers in this world, there are some that do not feel comfortable around dogs. Respect others by restraining your pet when necessary.
So whether your destination is a mountain cabin, Grandma’s house or a cottage by the sea, your furry best friend can enjoy the holidays with you in safety and comfort with the proper planning.

Photo Fund Raising and Adoption Event

Say Cheese!!! Pet Photo Shoot to Benefit Lovebugs Rescue.

Join us on January 25, 2014 for a fun filled pet photo shoot with Paw Print Foto!
Please call Mayra with Pooch Sitter at 714-310-2050 or email mayra@poochsitter.com for a reservation.
We will also have Lovebugs available for adoption.

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