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Understanding dog aggression

Posted on 14 February 2010

UNDERSTANDING AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR IN DOGS

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The word “aggression” can refer to a range of behaviors from barking and growling, snarling and snapping, to biting and attacking. Threats of aggression are one way dogs have of communicating and are often displayed as a means of avoiding outright aggression. However, a threat (growling or snapping) may escalate to outright aggression (biting) in any given situation. Continue Reading

When common advice can’t help

Posted on 14 February 2010

WHEN COMMON ADVICE CAN’T HELP

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The individuals who staff our Behavior Helpline have completed an extensive training program taught by animal behavior professionals. We are able to assist pet owners with many types of problems; however, there are some we can’t resolve by e-mail or phone because it isn’t safe or accurate to diagnose certain behavioral problems without observing the animal’s postures and reactions to certain stimuli. Continue Reading

Crate training your dog

Posted on 14 February 2010

CRATE TRAINING YOUR DOG

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Crate training your dog may take some time and effort, but can be useful in a variety of situations. If you have a new dog or puppy, you can use the crate to limit his access to the house until he learns all the house rules, such as what he can and can’t chew and where he can and can’t eliminate. A crate is also a safe way of transporting your dog in the car, as well as a way of taking him places where he may not be welcome to run freely. If you properly train your dog to use the crate, he will think of it as his safe place and will be happy to spend time there when needed. Always provide water for your dog anytime he is in the crate. Spill proof bowls or bowls that attach to the kennel gate work best. Continue Reading

How to solve the digging problem

Posted on 14 February 2010

HOW TO SOLVE THE DIGGING PROBLEM

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Digging is a normal behavior for most dogs, but may occur for widely varying reasons. Continue Reading

Things to consider before adopting a dog

Posted on 14 February 2010

Before you adopt a dog from Animal Rescue Sofia there are many responsibilities and lifestyle adjustments to consider. The following are some general points to keep in mind while making your decision. Continue Reading

Things to consider before adopting a cat

Posted on 14 February 2010

Before you adopt a cat from Animal Rescue Sofia there are many responsibilities and lifestyle adjustments to consider. The following are some general points to keep in mind while making your decision. Continue Reading

What is foster care?

Posted on 14 February 2010

Foster families are very important to us as they help us rehabilitate as many animals as possible in order to make them available for adoption. With the help of our dedicated volunteers, we support dogs and puppies that need a safe place and extra care in order to make it to their adoption day. Fostering a pet is a life-saving mission, because it addresses with priority:

  • Puppies are too young to be spayed/neutered. They are also unable to survive through the heavy conditions in the isolators and the infections diseases with which some of the more mature dogs could cope.
  • Dogs who are nursing their litter of puppies and need to raise them in a home environment where they can all receive proper socialization.
  • Dog who are being treated for an illness such as upper respiratory infection or kennel cough and require daily medications. Continue Reading

Destructive chewing

Posted on 13 February 2010

DESTRUCTIVE CHEWING

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It is normal for dogs to explore the world with their mouths. However, chewing can be directed onto appropriate items so your dog is not destroying items you value. Until he has learned what he can and cannot chew, it is your responsibility to manage the situation as much as possible, so he doesn’t have the opportunity to chew on unacceptable objects. Continue Reading