My name is Tanner the Pit Bull. I was living on the street when a kind lady took me to the shelter, the jail for dogs. I was supposed to 'go to sleep', but then Lou and Eugenie showed up and took me home. We've written a book about it, GIMME SHELTER. We're hoping you'll drop by from time to time to learn what's new with us and our friends. We'll be talking about rescue dogs, especially Pit Bulls, anger issues, and things we love, like movies, books, travel and karate.
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Friday, April 1, 2016
HOW TO GRAB YOUR DOG'S ATTENTION…ASSESSING QUALITY OF LIFE
Much as it pains our humans, we dogs don’t live and die on your every
whim. That’s why we’ll refuse to ‘come’ when asked to leave the dog park (our
30-minute respite from domestic incarceration), or refuse to ‘stay’ when neighborhood squirrels invade our turf. According to Cesar Millan, a key step in getting us to
do your bidding is training us to look at you.“If you can get your dog to focus on you instead of everything else going
on around him, it will be easier to communicate with him and teach him other
commands — not to mention getting him to ignore that taunting squirrel, far-off
bark, or daily visit from the mailman. In addition, that look is also helping
to build your relationship with your dog.” To make that happen,
he suggests the following approach: Choose a word or phrase to focus your dog.
Sit or stand near your dog and hold a treat close to your eyes. Say your
attention word and, when the dog looks at you, reward him with the treat. Later
on, you should add in a hand signal to accompany the word. Once your dog get
the hang of it, begin phasing out the treats but not the affection for
completing the task. Like with many things, practice is the key to mastery but
don’t tire your dog and never punish him for failing.
You have my attention, now where's my treat?
A few weeks back, we
wrote about knowing when it’s time to say ‘goodbye’. In his recent newsletter,
Cesar offers a practical guide to assessing your dog's quality of life and how it might impact the decision to euthanize or not. Among the categories to
consider are Hurt, Hunger, Hydration Hygiene, Happiness and Mobility. If your
best friend scores very low in most or all of them, then it might be time to
say goodbye. When in doubt, consult your veterinarian.
Connie & 'Ava'
Our friend and
rescue volunteer Connie Kruse recently contacted us about Ava, a 6-year old
stray pit bull mix from the Santa Barbara County (CA) shelter who she's
trying to place. Ava was a stray recently suffered a stoke, but
managed to bounce back nearly all the way. She still needs
medication to control her condition but she's otherwise in good health.
This pretty 90-lb. girl is playful and loving with people and
potty-trained. They are looking for a foster or an adopter who can
love and care for her. If you are interested or know anyone who is, please
contact STACY SILVA (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call Connie Kruse at
805-878-8017. And please share this with your contacts. You stepped up
big-time for Rex last year (3 tries before he found his forever home). Now we
need to save Ava. It takes a village to save a dog!