Understanding Different Dog Tolerance Levels


A Normal Trait that is as Flexible as it is Manageable

This page is designed to help demystify the common trait of dog-dog aggression. Dog aggression shows up in numerous breeds, and it’s generally “no big deal”…unless you deny it, misunderstand it or exploit it. Like so many dog owners, we expect that our dogs have the potential to show some degree of dog aggression in select situations. Our job as responsible stewards is to keep our pets out of those situations by reading their body signals and understanding their individual limits. At the same time, we work to improve the tolerance of each dog through appropriate socializing opportunities. Because dog aggression is not a “one size fits all” trait, outlined below are four very common levels of dog-tolerance that we’ve come to recognize in our work with the dogs. read more

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Puppies aren’t presents

More puppies are abandoned after Christmas than at any other time of the year. Why? Puppies make cute, adorable Christmas presents, but in the days and weeks that follow reality usually sets in. Overcome with the responsibility that it takes to own a puppy and have it become a part of the family will force many people to give up their puppies to a shelter, or in some cases just turn it out on the streets.

Puppies chew things. They chew up furniture and children’s toys. They eat Mom’s good shoes, and shred Dad’s newspapers. Many families find that they don’t have the patience for this kind of behavior. After the holiday has past, they begin to wonder what they were thinking, when they got a puppy. read more

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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

‘Tis the season for friends, family and holiday feasts—but also for possible distress for our animal companions. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink.

Check out the following tips from ASPCA experts for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy, too.

Talkin’ Turkey
If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria. read more

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Paws-itively Fun Indoor Games for Dogs

When it’s raining or too cold to go out and play, try these fun indoor dog games.
By Arden Moore

To start playing indoors, pick a room with enough space for tail-wagging romps, and stash the breakables out of puppy’s reach. Intermingle tricks and games with a few reinforcing obedience commands, and you’ll have a fun-loving dog with good manners. Let the games begin!

Play hide-and-seek. Have your dog heel by your side in a room. Throw a treat across the room. As your dog darts after it, slip around the corner out of sight and call your dog by name. When he races to you, reward him with a treat and plenty of praise. Repeat four or five times. read more

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What you can do if you see someone leave their pet in a hot car!

Long story short, there are crazy people out there who just don’t care what they subject their pets to and then there are those people who simply don’t realize the dangers of leaving an animal in an unconditioned car on a hot day.

So, I’ve created a non confrontational way to deal with the problem. Today I created some fliers (attached or you can download them at One to put on the car where the pet is located and the other to fill out with make, model of car, license plate number and location of vehicle to take into the office of the store so that they can make a public announcement on the PA and get the owner to return to their vehicle. At that time, they will find the other notice that you have left on the car and hopefully, do something to help their pet. read more

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Adoptables: Kylo

Kylo foster mom says he has been the easiest foster they have ever introduced into our house. Kylo has started to develop great social skills... more

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