Category: Dog Behavior

Rainy Day Dog Walking Survival Guide


Rainy day dog walking survival guide

The much-anticipated El Niño weather pattern has officially arrived in Southern California, and though the rain is certainly welcome in our drought-parched region, it has some unpleasant side effects. Traffic chaos for starters. But hoomans aren’t the only ones who are out of sorts when the weather is wet. SoCal dogs are in revolt over having to go outside to do their “business” in the rain! So to spare both you and your dog some soppy discomfort, here is our Rainy Day Dog Walking Survival Guide with our best tips and tricks for rainy day dog walking.
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Socialize Your Dog at Adopt & Shop’s Pack Play


Socialize Your Dog at Adopt & Shop’s Pack Play

Written by Chelsea B., Dog Trainer at Adopt & Shop
We all want our dogs to be able to socialize in a fun, positive way. Dog parks can vary greatly on the socialization a dog gets based on the time of day, the pet parents’ attentiveness, the dogs within the park, and even the weather. That’s why Adopt & Shop developed “Pack Play.” Pack Play is a great way to socialize your dog in a positive way while learning about your dog’s body language, play styles and how to encourage positive interactions. Pack play is supervised by a trainer and…

5 Preventing Dog Bites: What You (and Your Kids) Need to Know


kids with dog

Every year about 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs. Among these, most are children. As a parent, you can reduce this risk by teaching your children smart behavior around dogs. Laying the groundwork early will go a long way towards preventing dog bites and keeping your family (and your dog) safe. Here are some basics.

  • Never leave a young child unsupervised with a dog. This goes for any dog, including your family dog. Until you are 100% certain that your child is old enough to understand dog behavior and demonstrate good judgment, you should oversee all contact.
  • Never interact …
  • Overexcitement in Dogs: Training Seminar Recap

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    Overexcitement in Dogs: Training Seminar Recap

    Adopt & Shop Culver City held a free seminar last week on the subject of overexcitement in dogs.  Here is what we learned from Chelsea, our Trainer:
    Find an outlet for your dog’s energy
    If you have an over-excited dog, the most important thing to do is find the best outlet for their energy.  This could be running together, trick training, structured walks – – anything your dog really enjoys.  By finding their outlet, you will drain their energy in a positive way, which leads to less excitement elsewhere.  Next, begin breaking down what gets your dog excited.
    Break down…

    Meet Our Trainer: Chelsea

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    Huck Finn, Phoenix and Marley!

    In honor of January being National Train Your Dog Month, we want to introduce you to our resident trainer and expert, Chelsea. We sat down with Chelsea for a little Q & A session so you can get to know her better.
    Q: How did you become a dog trainer?
    A: While attending Illinois State University, I took behavior modification classes.  In those classes I actually got to use my dog, Marley, as a test subject.  It reignited a passion that had begun when I was a child.  My grandfather encouraged my love of dogs by watching dog shows with…

    Bringing Your New Dog Home: Training Seminar Recap

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    Our trainer, Chelsea, gave a seminar at Adopt & Shop last week and outlined some basic training tips for bringing a new dog into your home. If you couldn’t make it in person, fear not, we recap them here to get you started:

    When bringing a new dog home, the most important thing to remember is to go at the dog’s pace.
    Each dog takes time to adjust to a new environment, and we can make it easier on him by giving him a safe space all his own.  This space can be a crate, a dog bed, or a…

    2 January is Train Your Dog Month

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    It’s January and you know what that means! It’s time to break your bad habits, but what about your dog’s?  Here at the Found Animals Foundation, it’s time for our pups to break their bad habits as well.  In honor of National Train Your Dog Month, we are answering some of the questions that are most frequently asked of our Adopt & Shop Culver City Trainer, Chelsea.
    Do your dogs exhibit any of these bad behaviors?
    1. My dog loves walks so much she can become over excited and uncontrollable – What should I do?
    To begin, make sure every…

    6 For the Love of a Pit Bull

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    2 pit bulls napping together

    I have always loved dogs (and cats, and rabbits, and horses, and goats – but those are other blogs).  My mother had a purebred doberman when I was born and that dog and I were inseparable throughout my early years.  When she left us, as dogs always do too soon, there was a mischievous black Labrador.  He came to us as a puppy when I was in third grade and died after a long, full life while I was away at college.
    So you could safely say that I grew up knowing what it is to love a dog, or…

    National Walk Your Dog Week: Tips & 15% Off Dog Walking Gear

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    adopt & shop dog trainer with volunteers

    National Walk Your Dog Week kicks off TODAY and we have a special video to share from our Adopt & Shop trainer extraordinaire Chelsea!  A daily walk or two is one of the most important things you can do for your dog.  Why?

    • A tired dog is less likely to indulge in destructive (but normal) behaviors like chewing, digging and barking.
    • Wanderlust is in your dog’s DNA and the desire to move, sniff, explore and mark is all part of natural pack behavior.
    • Walking reinforces a dog’s sense of well-being, which helps fulfill their emotional needs and keeps them happy.

    Service Dog of the Day: Stormy

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    service dog stormy

    Meet Stormy.  This 4 year old black lab was a bomb dog with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines stationed in Afghanistan.  Highly trained to sniff out improvised explosive devices, during one foot patrol in the mountains of Helmand Province, Stormy located five roadside bombs, saving both soldiers and civilians from injury and death.
    Josh Miller, who served in Stormy’s unit, said this about Stormy:  “He was a great dog, not only because he could find IEDs, but also because of his personality and his companionship.  You’d go out on patrol and get shot at for three hours, then you’d come…