This week, the NCSPCA would like to share with you a few highlights from a list called: 100 Mildly Useful Thoughts on Training & Living with Secondhand Dogs, featured on www.3lostdogs.com. If you enjoy the tips below, I definitely recommend checking out the original website for the entire list!
Don't take anything personally. Dogs have deadly weapons in their mouths. Most will go their entire lives without using them. Don't take this for granted. There is no way to know for sure why a dog does something. This doesn't mean you shouldn't try. Bonding with a new dog takes work; relationships are something you earn, not something you're entitled to. There may be "no such thing as a bad dog," but that doesn't mean you're a bad owner. The best trainers are the ones who are willing to make fools of themselves for their dogs' sakes. Show a shelter dog some respect. For that dog, you may be the only one who ever has. And finally, when your dog tells you to get off your lazy butt and go play with him, listen!
Our featured pet this week is Mazy, a cream-colored, Staffordshire Bull Terrier-mix who has been sponsored for FREE adoption by a generous donor. Mazy arrived at the shelter because her owner did not want to take responsibility for her any longer. This pretty pooch enjoys her walks and loves meeting new people. She would like to be the queen of her household and would prefer not to share your attention; we believe she would be happiest in a home without other pets. Although Mazy is "buddies" during her walks with several dogs at the shelter, but she takes a little while to warm up to new dogs in her space. Mazy is an intelligent girl who knows "sit", "shake", and "down"; and is willing to learn whatever it takes to become your new best friend.