I have already informed my kids that once they leave the nest I have big plans for their bedrooms and their childhood home… I will be converting it into an animal shelter- a refuge for any living, breathing creatures who find themselves in need of a warm bed, food and some TLC. While I’m not quite sure how on board my kids are with this; my daughter has requested that I leave her room intact to which I’ve assured her– she can sleep in said rooms surrounded by lots of furry lil playmates…we’re still working out the logistics.
In case you didn’t know I volunteer with a rescue group called Louie’s Legacy to help with their social media but I am also their NYC volunteer coordinator. It truly breaks my heart when I get requests to find homes for furbabies who are facing uncertain futures in shelters and feeling like my hands are tied. As a foster based rescue- we can only rescue dogs and cats if we have a foster home ready to care for that furbaby until we can find him/her a forever home! Apply here if you are ready to help out and make a TOTALLY temporary commitment and foster!
And if you can’t foster and you need to know how to avoid the doghouse with your kids who are begging and pleading for a pooch? My Number #1 piece of advice HEAD to a dog rescue on the weekend and offer to have your kids help out in any way they can- whether it cleaning poop, cages or hauling supplies and see JUST how much responsibility they are willing to take on. If you live on Staten Island get in touch with Louie’s Legacy to start volunteering and if you live anywhere else in the country START with The ASPCA.
I also thought it would be a perfect time to share some training tips to help relieve those you dog parents who have run into a bit of stress caused by your slightly unruly furbabies. According to The Humane Society of the United States,one of the top documented reasons why people give up their furry friends is due to the pooch exhibiting bad behavior.
In a time when more than 8 million animals enter shelters each year, it is important to promote responsible pet ownership to help pets find and stay in their forever homes. Training not only helps to build a strong owner-dog relationship, but it gives you a reason to spend quality one-on-one time with your pet.
Keep reading for 7 tips to Teach Your Furry Friends to Behave and some dogs who need foster homes through Louie’s Legacy!
#1 Chew Toys: All dogs unintentionally chew, rip and slobber on items that you might prefer them not to. Until your puppy can be trusted not to destroy your home, do not allow them to roam around unsupervised. Give Fido an area of his own where he can enjoy himself when you are out of the house or unable to closely monitor him. Flood this area with a variety of toys. He will naturally learn to chew and play with these items instead of yours. Also, be sure to protect your belongings by storing them in places that aren’t easily accessible.
#2 Dinner Time: You may find that every time you sit down for a meal your pet runs up to the table for a snack as well. If you do not want your pet to ask for food while you are eating, teach him a “go to your place” command to steer him away from the table. Offer Fido a doggy treat once he has learned this command to prevent him from hanging around the dinner table.
#3 Potty Training: If you’re having issues with your dog urinating inside of the house, it can be for one of a few possible reasons:
The dog might be dealing with a medical condition such as a urinary tract infection
The dog might be anxious and in distress about being left alone
The dog was left alone for longer than he can hold his bladder
He is not fully house-trained
Be sure to take Fido for walks regularly and consult with a veterinarian for possible health issues that may be related to this behavior.
#4 Move Around: Exercise is the key! A majority of behavior issues stem from the lack of proper exercise. At least one 30-minute walk per day is sufficient for most dogs. Playing in the backyard or in the house does not count as exercise.
#5 Seek Outside Help: If you’re finding difficulty in training your pet, try taking a pet training class. A professional can help you learn the skills needed to make changes in your pet’s behavior. Getting your dog to respect you is critical to having your dog listen to you. It may be beneficial to seek assistance from someone who is skilled in this area.
#6 Don’t Do it Alone: Socializing your dog can have a tremendous effect on their development and interactions at home. Newly socialized dogs become calmer, friendly, affectionate, and can adapt better to a new environment. Camp Bow Wow understands the benefits of social interaction and exercise, and offers group and private training classes through its Behavior Buddies program for pets. Training classes are held at Camp Bow Wow locations nationwide, as well as at client’s homes.
#7 Teaching An Old Dog A New Trick: Despite the common myth that you can’t train older dogs, older dogs actually learn quite well. Not only will doing some reward-based training help you and your new dog create a positive bond, it will also help keep your dog’s brain active and challenged.
And if you are considering FOSTERING or even adopting a furry friend into your family TODAY is a great day to check out the pet bios of some very ADOPTABLE furbabies who can be seen at http://louieslegacy.org/
And here are some of the RESCUES who are desperately in need of foster homes:
Hi I’m Fritz, I am a two year old Boston Terrier Mix. I am crate trained, house trained. I am 37 pounds and love a good walk. I love playing ball and ripping apart toys. I know how to sit. I am looking for a forever home that will understand that I am learning to be social. When meeting me I need to come to you and please wait for me because I will!. When I feel safe I will give kisses, give you my goofy smile and follow you around. If you’re cooking in the kitchen I will lay there and wait for you to be done. I will do great in a home that will take me for walks but also love to relax. I would do better in a home with older children. I am good in the car. Apply to foster me here: http://www.louieslegacy.org/home/foster
Meet KANYE! Hi! My name is Kanye and I’m a ~7yr old Golden/Aussie mix searching for my forever home through @louieslegacy. I take a minute or two to warm up to new people but I’ll become your best friend faster than you can say “peanut butter!” I’ve only been in my foster home a few hours and we’re already having cuddle sessions and playing together. I’m good with other dogs, housetrained, and great on a leash. I need a little extra TLC as I’ve got weak back legs from years of mistreatment, but don’t worry, I can still play fetch like the best of them!! If you’re looking for your new bff please apply to foster me! www.louieslegacy.org/
Meet Bianca! She is a gentle, energetic, loyal 1 year old hound mix. She had a brown face and a white body that is speckled with brown spots. She is very friendly with neighbors and neighborhood dogs. She enjoys playing fetch. She is a snuggle and a love bug. She has a huge heart and a lot of love to give to her furever home. She will do best in a house without small dogs and cats. She young and high energy and requires frequent walks.
She is house trained as well as crate trained. Want to help save lives by fostering a pet like Bianca? Apply here: www.louieslegacy.org/
Hey #NYC our sweet Cam urgently needs your attention! Our poor boy is desperate for a foster home! #NY #NJ: #Foster or #adopter needed for Cam! **Professionally trained** Foster application: http://www.louieslegacy.org/home/foster Adoption application: http://www.louieslegacy.org/home/nyc Cam's life was turned upside down last recently when his family dumped him at the shelter. He went to bed feeling loved in his very own home with his owners. These humans that he loved unconditionally failed him and woke up early One morning to drop him off at a high kill shelter, the same shelter that he was rescued him from. Cam is about 3-4 years old is very handsome and dapper. He loves to give affection to his people. He loves attention from people of all ages! Cam enjoys playing with dogs his size, has a gentle disposition and loves to play, go on runs, hikes, and walks. He loves to be trained and learn new things, doesn't mind being a couch potato and laying around the house. He is housebroken, crate trained, and knows several commands. Please help us get Cam back into a loving home either by joining our amazing foster team or applying to adopt this kind, gentle soul that is so deserving of getting his TRUE forever family. #nyc #pitbullmix #fosteringsaveslives
And let’s not forget about Cam whose life was turned upside down last recently when his family dumped him at the shelter. He went to bed feeling loved in his very own home with his owners. These humans that he loved unconditionally failed him and woke up early One morning to drop him off at a high kill shelter, the same shelter that he was rescued him from.
Cam is about 3-4 years old is very handsome and dapper. He loves to give affection to his people. He loves attention from people of all ages! Cam enjoys playing with dogs his size, has a gentle disposition and loves to play, go on runs, hikes, and walks. He loves to be trained and learn new things, doesn’t mind being a couch potato and laying around the house.
He is housebroken, crate trained, and knows several commands.
Please help us get Cam back into a loving home either by joining our amazing foster team or applying to adopt this kind, gentle soul that is so deserving of getting his TRUE forever family.
Did I mention that Academy award winner Hilary Swank is part of our Louie’s Legacy family?? Check out her story and her reason why you should FOSTER here->