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Animal Behavior Workshop & Dog Training Classes


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On Sunday, June 23rd, the Found Animals Foundation hosted a continuing education workshop on animal behavior and safety for our current active animal volunteers.  At this fun-filled, interactive workshop, Jessica Johnson, the Found Animals Foundation’s Behavior Specialist was able to address the many safety and behavior issues that our current volunteers are faced with on a regular basis.
The workshop topics ranged from how to train basic commands such as sit, lay, stay and loose leash walking to proper restraint of a cat or dog while administering medications or trimming nails.  All those in attendance were sent home with a…

3 The First Seeing Eye Dog


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This guest blog was written by one of our volunteers, Jesse M.
Dogs have been lending a helping paw to man for centuries; however, there was not a demand for “seeing eye dogs” until after World War I. During the war, many men were blinded from combat and needed assistance once they returned home. To help these veterans, a formal school and training program for guide dogs (using only German Shepherds) began in Germany. Unfortunately, the program was short lived.
Luckily though, a dog trainer from Philadelphia named Dorothy Harrison Eustis was living in Switzerland and heard of the program…

2 A Bona Fide Good Dog: The AKC’S Canine Good Citizen Award


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In the late 1980’s, the American Kennel Club set out to create a program that could standardize the concept of what makes a “good dog.” They researched the most commonly desired behaviors for dogs and in 1989, launched the Canine Good Citizen Award. Thirty years later, the CGC test is available in nearly every city in the United States.
The CGC is a standardized test of 10 items that measure and reward dogs that demonstrate polite manners in the home and in the community. The program also stresses responsible ownership. Dogs of any age, size, breed and energy level can…

Dog Training Technique: Nothing in Life is Free

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The “nothing in life is free” dog training technique instills a sense of respect and understanding between you and your dog.

How to Practice “Nothing in Life is Free”
• Once your dog has mastered his basic commands, you can begin the “nothing in life is free” technique.  Before you give your dog anything (food, a walk, a treat, attention), require that he first performs one of the commands.  For example, before you take him out, have him sit patiently and quietly before you put on his leash.
• Do not give your dog what he wants until he has…

10 Things to do for Your Newly Adopted Dog



Congratulations if you are one the many families who decided to bring home a new dog over the Holidays! If you are still looking for your perfect pet, dogs can be a wonderful addition to any family. In an effort to keep your new companion happy in your home forever, here are a list of 10 things every dog owner or potential dog owner should know.
1. Think About Important Characteristics in Your Ideal Dog: Try not to focus primarily on looks. Think about size and energy level first. Do you want an active dog that can accompany you on…

Teaching Your Dog Basic Obedience Commands

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Teach your dog basic obedience commands with these easy-to-follow dog training tips!  If you know how, you can use a clicker as a training aid.  Otherwise, you can use a treats from a treat pouch.  Treats should be given within one second of the dog performing the desired action.  The pouch should be kept out of sight otherwise, as it can become a distraction for your dog.
Teaching “Sit”
Hold a dog treat in front of your dog’s nose, just beyond his reach.  Slowly raise the treat above his head so that as his eyes follow the treat, his backside…

20 Housebreaking 102: The Buddy System


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This guest blog was written by one of our volunteers, Brittany.
Phoenix is a two-year-old Pomeranian that I adopted after seeing an ad on a local website. He was the product of an unplanned litter and he is definitely the most loving dog I have ever encountered.  He loves taking walks, hiking, and playing fetch.
Phoenix came into my life with a couple of “behavior” problems.  First, he wasn’t house trained. Second, he had severe separation anxiety. These two problems are amongst some of the most significant reasons why owners give up their dogs. I’ll get to his separation anxiety…

2 Saving Lives & So Much More: The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation


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On Tuesday I had a wonderful opportunity to spend the day with the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation family. They are such an incredible organization, and I can’t wait to share all the new things I learned with you.
The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) was founded in 1996 by a retired schoolteacher named Wilma Melville. Melville, and her FEMA certified search dog Murphy were deployed to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building after the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. She, along with 6 other search dog and handler teams, got to work searching for victims trapped…

15 Six Tips for Safer, Happier Dog Walking

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This Guest Post was written by Jessica Dolce, an animal welfare advocate. She’s spent the past ten years walking dogs and working with shelter dogs in Philadelphia and Maine. Jessica blogs at notesfromadogwalker.com and can be found cheering people on over at the DINOS: Dogs in Need of Space Facebook page.
As a professional dog walker, I can’t say enough good things about walking your dog. It strengthens your bond, allows your dog’s world to expand (so much to sniff and pee on!) and provides both of you with exercise and fresh air. In honor of National Walk Your Dog…

2 Ask the Experts: Puppy Biting Problem


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This question was submitted by one of our readers. If you have a pet care or pet behavior question, send it to Ask the Expert and we may feature it on The Water Bowl.

I found your website. I guess you could say I am searching for answers. I have a 8 month old goldendoodle. She was without litter mates. She was taken from her mother at 7 weeks. We bought her from a pet store that had her for 1 week prior to us buying her. She has always exhibited fear of everything around her. She has always…