Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The NEW EDITION of The Puppy Primer is an updated and expanded version of our best-selling Puppy Primer, used by thousands of trainers across the country. New dog owners love it because it provides clear and concise information that makes training effective and fun.
Purchase The Puppy Primer at http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/product/the-puppy-primer
Almost twice the size of the original, The Puppy Primer covers basics like sit, down, stand, and come, as well as no jumping, walking by your side, the Puppy Pause, take/drop it, and games like fetch.
Expanded sections/special topics include:
~ Positive Reinforcement
~ House Training
~ Crate Training
~ Handling/Collar Touch
~ How to Stop Unwanted Behavior
~ Helping Puppies Conquer Their Fears
~ How Play Teaches Obedience and
~ How Not to Play!
~ Lots of New Tricks and Games
Thanks for this fantastic tip, Glenda! Glenda's website is www.heelinghounds.com
Monday, August 29, 2011
Matilda Chicken Chaser to be exact! Don't let the name scare you, this little lady just needs love and guidance and maybe a long daily walk to burn off some excess energy!
Boxer/Great Pyrenees Mix: An adoptable dog in Marble Hill, MO
Matilda was adopted to an elderly widow. Her purpose was to be a guardian for her and for her prized chickens. OH DEAR, little Matilda became bored. She was a simple puppy, with curious energy and no other dogs or kids to play with so one bright day she did a not so-bright thing She decided to chase those prized chickens
Yep, it was just too much fun! She did not want to stop once she got started. She found it easier to catch them if she grabbed them by the neck!
Well, this was not how the story was suppose to end, but it did for Matilda. She came back to live on our happy ranch with over 50 other dogs and she has been happy every since.
NOW Matilda can find someone to play when ever she is in the mood. Matilda is not a wild child. On-the-contrary, she is usually pretty quiet. There are lots of things to see, places to explore and plenty dogs to hang out with if she so desires.
Matilda would be the happiest in a home with somewhat active humans and maybe another dog. She has a muted spotted tan on lighter tan coat suitable for the outdoors or as an inside pet. This girl glides like a large bird in flight when she trots (so beautiful).
IF little Matilda interests you by her picture and story, imagine how much you will like her when you MEET her! She should mature in the 50 to 60 pound range.
Matildas adoption fee is $150, with a $50 refund if a vet other than our vet spays her. Call Marilyn to adopt her at 573-722-3035 . Call between 9:30am to 9:30pm Central time.
We ship all over the
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Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary colors: Apricot or Beige, White or Cream • Coat length: Short
Matilda Chicken Chaser's Contact Info
Bollinger CountyStray Project
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Sabrina & Sox
Great Pyrenees/Labrador Retriever Mix: An adoptable dog in Marietta, GA
These puppies are adorable they have been with their mum and now must find their new families and homes - please call 770-402-0297 or email email@example.com
Great breed mix and wonderful disposition for family or singles
More about Sabrina
Pet ID: 842-00-0811 • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary color: White or Cream • Coat length: Medium
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Pet ID: 842-64-0811 • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary colors: Black, White or Cream • Coat length: Medium
Sabrina & Sox’s Contact Info
Animals Deserve Better Inc,
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The first Great Pyrenees Sire and Dam in
Mary Crane, Basquaerie Great Pyrenees, poses Ch. Urdos de Soum and
Blanchette, the first breeding pair of Great Pyrenees in the
Photograph: February, 1933
Photo Courtesy of Basquaerie.com
Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, (CAAB) has made a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals. She is known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behavior and dog training, and for her engaging and knowledgeable dog training books, DVDs and seminars. Patricia has seen clients for serious behavioral problems since 1988, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching "The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships." For fourteen years she dispensed advice about behavior problems, and information about animal behavior research, on Wisconsin Public Radio's Calling All Pets, which was heard in over 90 cities around the country.
A highly-sought after speaker on dog behavior and training, McConnell has presented seminars all over the
She is the author of the much-acclaimed books The Other End of the Leash (which is now published in 13 languages), For the Love of A Dog: Understanding Emotions in You and Your Best Friend and Tales of Two Species. Her self-published book and booklets on dog training and dog and cat behavior problems continually receive rave reviews from professional trainers, veterinarians and dog and cat lovers from all over the world. Dr. McConnell is also the behavior columnist for the Bark magazine (www.thebark.com) "the New Yorker of Dog Magazines") and writes for many other publications, including APDT's Chronicle of the Dog and Natural History. She has made numerous television appearances, including spots with Anderson Cooper on CNN, Martha Stewart and Wayne Brady.
Patricia received her Ph.D. in Zoology in 1988 from the
Karen Pryor is the CEO of Karen Pryor Clickertraining and Karen Pryor Academy.
Karen is an active, leading spokesperson and teacher for effective force-free training across the globe. Her work with dolphins in the 1960's revolutionized animal training by pioneering and popularizing force-free training methods based on operant conditioning and the conditioned reinforcer.
Karen’s 40-year career working with and educating scientists, professional trainers, and pet owners has changed the lives of countless animals and their caretakers in zoos, oceanariums, and pet-owning households.
She is the author of six books, including Don’t Shoot the Dog!, the "bible" of training with positive reinforcement. Her most recent book, Reaching the Animal Mind, is about how to bring out the undiscovered creativity, intelligence, and personality of the animals in our lives. Karen lives outside
Author, Jan Casey
Make the Right Choice When Choosing Your Four-Legged Friend
No doubt about it – the weather is beautiful, people are spending more time outside, and activities with our four-legged friends are on the rise. Wait! What’s that? You don’t have a dog? Well, no better time than now to find a new furry friend with whom to spend the next ten to fifteen years. So how do you choose a dog that’s right for you? Start by asking yourself the right questions.
What age dog do I want? Puppies are so cute. They have energy, they are easy to train, they are easy to handle. They also mess in the house, need lots of attention, and need a great deal of training. Middle aged dogs are more likely to be house trained, have some basic manners, and you are more likely to know what you have as far as personality goes. It’s also possible they may have a habit or two that will require effort on your part to change. Older dogs are likely to be calmer, house trained, and ready to enjoy life at a slower pace. They may be more prone to health problems. Decide how you like to spend your free time – outside playing and hiking, or inside reading a book. If it is the former, look at a younger dog or puppy. If it is the latter, consider an older dog who will be happy to just relax next to you and cuddle.
How much grooming do I want to do? While all dogs must be groomed to some extent, think of how much time and money you want to spend. Long haired dogs will require daily brushing. Some dogs will need special clips to keep them from becoming matted, requiring the services of a groomer.
What type of dog should I choose? Knowing the characteristics of dog breeds is a must. A great place to check out this information is http://www.akc.org/breeds/index.cfm . If you prefer a quiet lifestyle or have small children, do not look at dogs in the herding group. To paraphrase Dr. Patricia McConnell, “they need a job to do and if you don’t provide it, they will make one up. Chances are you won’t like it.” If living space is an issue, check out the toy or terrier breeds. Since dog characteristics can vary greatly even within a breed group, this site can provide much needed information. This site offers breed rescue group information, but remember that many shelters also receive purebreds . Check with them first. Putting your name on a specific breed waiting list can connect you with a dog you’ve always wanted.
Where should I purchase a dog? You may be aware of the story presented by Oprah Winfrey just a few weeks ago. Her show exposed puppy mills and the horrors that occur within their walls. Even if you are not worried about the senseless over-breeding of these dogs and the horrors of their living conditions, you should worry about buying a puppy from one of these unethical breeders. Their puppies generally have severe health problems throughout life and behavioral problems, too. Do not be fooled into thinking you are being heroic, saving a puppy. Chances are the puppy will become a drain on the family finances as well as the family’s mental well-being. If you want purebred,know that the word “registered” will not guarantee a good pup. Look for a breeder who is committed to improving the breed. They will generally be able to show you the puppy’s pedigree and any titles in the lineage. They will also have, in writing, a guarantee to take the puppy back should there be a problem. Ask for references from people who own dogs from previous breedings, then check on their satisfaction. Also look for health test certifications which rate specific breed weaknesses such as heart, eye, or hip problems for each parent. The best of the best breeders will also be involved in breed rescue. Purebred or not, you should meet both parents of the puppies and they should be friendly and well-mannered.
Please consider that some of the best dogs in the world are the ones that have no pedigree and who have been abandoned by a previous owner. Just because a dog is a shelter dog does not mean it has a problem. Some end up there because families are undergoing financial hardships or divorce, some because their owners must move to locations which do not allow pets, such as nursing homes. A dog adopted from a shelter is truly rescued and he will repay your kindness with unconditional love for life. Please consider saving a life and adopting a new friend today!
Jan Casey is a reward-based trainer in
Author, Jan Casey
There she sat. A little red dog with one brown eye and one blue eye. A puppy, Maggie, sitting in the shelter, waiting for someone to come rescue her, perhaps someone with children, perhaps someone with a large yard in which she could run or perhaps an older owner who just wants companionship. Maggie was found running on a street in bad shape. She was now clean with a roof over her head, but alone except for the workers who came to play with her for a short while daily. When I met Maggie, I was participating in an internship at the
I use the lessons that Maggie and my own dogs have taught me with Finn, Sigi, and Baylee Rae in my puppy class. Puppies are fun. They make you laugh. They remind us what it’s like to see things for the first time. They also depend on us. They are needy. They make mistakes and they have accidents. They are not perfect. If you are thinking of getting a puppy, please consider the following requirements that the pup will have:
Equipment: Your pup will need a leash and several collars as he grows (flat buckle or martingale, never prong, shock or choke as they can cause physical and emotional damage). He will need a top quality food, toys, grooming supplies, food and water bowls. He will need a crate. Even if you rarely use the crate at home, crate training allows a dog to be less stressed in the event of boarding or a stay at the vet’s office.
Veterinary care: Pups need a series of shots to protect them from diseases, some of which can be fatal. Vaccinations must be maintained on a yearly basis after the first series. Monthly heartworm medication is a must. You will need to establish a good relationship with a caring and knowledgeable vet as you will see the vet many times throughout your dog’s lifetime.
Training: The number one reason that cute little puppies become dogs in shelters is behavior issues. Positive training can help you address issues that might otherwise cause them to be surrendered to a shelter. Puppies need to be socialized before 16 weeks of age in order to learn about the world and avoid fear issues which later may become aggression. Socialization is more that learning basic commands such as “sit” and “down.” Puppy socialization class should be followed by manners class so the pup can learn proper behavior that allows it to be a part of the family at all times.
Time and Patience: Young puppies need to be taken outside every hour (more if they are playing hard), immediately upon awakening, and right after eating or drinking. They will need exercise and lots of it. You will need to find the time to take them outside for exercise even when you are too tired, it’s too cold or hot, or you just want to watch TV. They will have accidents, they will wake you at 2 a.m. to go out and then just sniff, they will chew your daughter’s $100 ballet shoes (ask my sister), they will destroy anything within their reach that you find important and irreplaceable. You will need to search deep in your soul for the patience needed to deal with these things and to keep from reacting to those who say “ This too shall pass” even though you know they are right.
Please look beyond the big eyes and floppy ears when considering whether to get a puppy. Think of the requirements he will have. Think about whether you are willing and able to provide for him over the next 14 years. If not, please consider adopting an older dog who will probably have fewer needs and an established personality. Older dogs probably will be past their destructive phase, and they seem to be aware and grateful that they are taken into a loving home. The shelter has many wonderful dogs for adoption and there are breed specific rescue groups as well.
As for Maggie, I do not know her outcome. She learned well and taught me much. I pray nightly that she was lucky enough to be adopted by someone who could love her and learn from her just as I did in our short time together.
Jan Casey is a reward-based trainer in
Friday, August 26, 2011
Saint Bernard St. Bernard/Great Pyrenees Mix: An adoptable dog in Asheville, NC
I am just a 4 month old big male BABY! My name is BAILEY. I will be a big beautiful boy...100 lbs when grown. I require a home that will love a big dog and can take care of a big guys needs. Happy, playful, loving, baby.....BEING FOSTERED in
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Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary colors: Tricolor (Brown, Black & White), White or Cream • Coat length: Medium
BAILEY's Contact Info
S.T.I.C.K.S. ORG. Supplying Tech. In Co. Kill She,
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Great Pyrenees/Australian Shepherd Mix: An adoptable dog in Frankfort, KY
Ariel is one of 7 puppies that were brought into the shelter as strays. She is a Shepherd Mix colored White. They are all extremely playful and loving pups that need to be in a home. Come see them today, to foster, adopt, or sponsor! Adopt, Foster, or Sponsor Today! Contact the Franklin County Humane Society for more information
More about Ariel
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary color: White or Cream • Coat length: Medium
Ariel's Contact Info
Franklin CountyHumane Society
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PUPPIES NEED A FOSTER HOME
Great Pyrenees Mix: An adoptable dog in Franklin, TN
We are some very sweet and precious Great Pyrenees puppies who ended with people who didn't care about our future. We were innocently born in a southern state to people who thought nothing of bringing us to a filthy kill shelter in order to rid themselves of the responsibility of finding us a home. What no one realizes is that these shelters are full of diseases that will kill us if we stay. A kind lady came to the shelter to take other dogs home for Critter Cavalry and instead came away with us. We are in need of another foster home soon. We are 7 weeks old and we weigh only 5 pounds. If someone could take one or two of us together to foster, we would be so grateful. If someone could help us until September 17th, we will be ready for adoption by then, or sooner if someone in
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Primary colors: White or Cream, Black • Coat length: Medium
PUPPIES NEED A FOSTER HOME's Contact Info
Critter Cavalry Rescue,
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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Spunky's Contact Info
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Abbey is doing great with learning sign language. Abbey will need a home that has great pyrenees experience and preferably someone experienced with deaf dogs.
This little fire cracker will need a strong pack leader as she has a stubborn streak and mind of her own (typical of pyrs) along with her deafness but she also has a sweet loving side that will melt your heart.
Abbey in NH (deaf)'s Contact InfoLonestar Pyrs & Paws-NORTH, Croydon, NH
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Samantha, her sister Carly, and brother Luke would each be a wonderful addition to a family with other dogs, cats and children.
Samantha's Contact InfoRosemont Rescue Network, Hinsdale, NH
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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Friday, August 19, 2011
Great Pyrenees/Labrador Retriever Mix: An adoptable dog in Harwinton, CT
- Phone: Please use email
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Great Pyrenees/Airedale Terrier Mix: An adoptable dog in Houston, TX
To see more of our rescue dogs please,click here.
$325 adoption fee, Volunteer adoption fee $225:
Adopter pays cost of transport to independent transport service.
There are many things you can do to help:
1. Adopt! If this Gentle Giant looks like the one for you, fill out an adoption application today!
2. FOSTER! This is a temporary commitment that gives all needy dogs the time needed to find the loving home they deserve. Your generous decision to foster can literally mean the difference between whether they live or die.
3. Donate! In upwards of $8/day, Boarding isn't cheap. A donation of just $25 can give all boarded dogs 3 whole days to find the home they have been waiting their whole life for. Vet bills. These can sometimes run into the thousands per dog. Every penny counts when it comes to vet bills!
- Please email!
- Email ***Great Pyrenees Rescue Society***
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