You’ve brought a new dog into your home—congratulations! Now comes your first dog-training challenge: house training.
House training is not an exact science—there’s no sure-fire formula or timetable that will work for every dog. The important thing is to make it a positive, not a stressful, experience. Being attentive, patient and consistent are the keys to success, along with the following dos and don’ts:
Do: Closely supervise your dog. Limit the dog’s run of the house to the one or two rooms where you are able to see her at all times. Dogs usually show “pre-pottying” behavior such as sniffing, circling and walking with stiff back legs; all signs that you should get her to the potty area ASAP! As the training begins to take hold, you can slowly enlarge her territory as she learns where the potty area is—and that the house is not a toilet!
Don’t: Yell at or spank a dog for a mess she made earlier. If you catch her in the act, it’s okay to startle her by clapping or making a noise (hopefully this will stop her long enough for you to whisk her outside). But a dog will not learn anything by being scolded for a past accident, even one a few minutes old. Just clean it up and soldier on.
Do: Offer big, enthusiastic praise when she gets it right. Whether your goal is for your dog to eliminate on pee pads indoors or to do it outside, you have to really throw a party for her when she succeeds. Lavish her with praise, affection and some yummy treats!
Don’t: Rub her face in it. Ever!!! In addition to this action making your dog fear you, she’s incapable of making the connection that it’s the act of soiling indoors you object to—to her, you just really hate pee and poop. If she thinks that the waste itself is what you dislike, she’ll only get sneakier about hiding it from you.
Can we say road trip? While vacationers across the county hit the road last week in search of grand adventures, one very lucky group of dogs also embarked on the trip of a lifetime.
As part of our national transport program, the ASPCA helped relocate 121 dogs from Southern California to shelters in Oregon and Washington. In partnership with the Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team (START), we pulled the homeless pets from overcrowded shelters and transported them to partners in the Pacific Northwest, where they are more likely to be adopted.
“Without these life-saving transports, the majority of these dogs would be euthanized,” says Kristen Limbert, Director of the ASPCA’s Animal Relocation program. “Thanks to START’s tremendous efforts in their community, we have no doubt that this group of canines will find loving homes—and we sure are happy to help give them that chance.”
Special thanks go out to Live Oak Bank for providing the funding to be used over the course of this year for select animal transports across the country. If you are interested in adopting one of these transport pups, check out this list of participating shelters.
Earlier this year, the ASPCA removed scores of cats from a small apartment in the Bronx. We’ve been caring for and getting to know these sweet kitties ever since, and now they’re finally ready to find loving homes!
If you’re looking to add a feline to your furry family, and you can get to Brooklyn on Sunday, August 4, then here’s where you come in: The ASPCA is thrilled to be hosting our Summer Lovin’ adoption event to find these guys the families they deserve.
Looking for a kitty who’ll be Hopelessly Devoted to You? Tired of spending your Summer Nights without a cat to call your own? Then get down to our adoption event faster than Greased Lightnin’ and tell your favorite available feline “You’re the One That I Want!” (Seriously, we hope you’re convinced, because we can’t think of any more song titles from Grease.)
What: Summer Lovin’ cat adoption event to find homes for more than 30 hoarding victims.
When: Sunday, August 4, 2013, 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Where: TWO locations in Brooklyn:
Downtown Brooklyn One Love Animal Hospital 317 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11201 Map
Bay Ridge One Love Animal Hospital: Bay Ridge location 82-09 3rd Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217 Map
Adoption fees: Fees are waived on all cats over eight months of age. Kittens younger than eight months are $50.
Tell me more, tell me more: All cats come spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. Each cat is eligible for a free follow-up vet visit at either ASPCA Animal Hospital or either One Love Animal Hospital location.
We hope to see you there! And if you can’t come but live in NYC, please download our flyer [PDF] and post it!
We did it! Today the North Carolina State Senate adjourned for the year without passing S.B. 648, an “ag-gag” bill that sought to keep the public in the dark about animal abuse and food-safety problems on factory farms. We are thrilled to announce that this means all 11 state-level whistleblower suppression bills proposed this year were defeated!
This huge victory is thanks to the hard work of a large coalition of interest groups and the actions of concerned citizens, like the dedicated members of the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade, who told their legislators that they want transparency and accountability when it comes to how farm animals are treated. With the defeats of these bills, we have shown the agriculture industry that suppressing investigations—and the hard truths they often uncover—is not an acceptable response to the real problem of abuse on factory farms.