Thursday, January 21, 2010

Where do dogs go when there is an evacuation?

People being evacuated to local high schools in S. Calif are told: "Small animals can be taken to the Sunland/Tujunga Recreation Center, the Northeast Animal Shelter, the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control Shelter, the Pasadena Humane Society and the Baldwin Park Shelter."

THIS, my friends, is one of many reasons why you need to crate train your dogs. The shelters are already overflowing with homeless pets, and the last thing they need are evacuated pets too. Crate train your dogs and keep them safely in the car where you can care for them personally during an emergency evacuation.

Even in warm weather, you can keep your dogs safely crated with car windows and doors open. There is no way I would ever take my dogs to an animal shelter during an evacuation-- they're staying with me, thank you.

Monday, January 4, 2010

National "Train Your Dog" month!

January is National Train Your Dog Month, and I'll be available at the Peninsula Center Library in Rancho Palos Verdes to anwser dog training questions on Wednesday January 20th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.

It's my hope and intention to encourage and inspire dog owners to want to learn more about how to humanely and effectively train their dog. I'm a clicker training advocate, and will be giving out clickers that night (and explaining how to use them!).

I'm also working with one of the librarians, Marissa Perley, to make a special table available during January with the library's dog training resources.

If anyone has dog training questions, please feel free to contact me. I'm passionate about helping people have a great life with their dog!