What’s New at Adopt-a-Pet.com in January?

Posted by Abbie on January 6th, 2011

Enter to win a Purina Prize Pack and a $50 GIFT CARD by posting your pets!
Congratulations to Lovebugs Rescue. in Irvine, CA! They were last month’s Purina Prize Pack winner.

For the next four months, we will be doing a monthly random drawing to select one shelter or rescue group who has posted a pet for adoption within the 30 days prior to the drawing. Every month is a new chance to win! Our prize pack right now is being provided by our generous sponsor Purina, and they’ve assembled some fun goodies for you: a drawstring mesh & cooler bag, a plush fleece blanket with carrying strap, a thermos, a pet-friendly map for kids, and a dog bowl. Adopt-a-Pet.com is also adding in a $50 VISA gift card to this month’s prize!

This third drawing, on January 15th, will be for shelters/rescue groups who have posted pets between December 16 and January 15th. Post a pet to automatically be entered to win!

Katya’s Training Tip: Stop that leash-pulling!

By Katya Friedman, certified trainer and Adopt-a-Pet.com team member

Are your dogs dragging you and your volunteers along on your walks? Want to tame that tugging to make them more appealing to adopters? Here’s an exercise you can try if you’ve got a puller on your hands!

First, remember that dogs pull because they want to move forward. When they pull us and move us forward, it works! So why wouldn’t they try again? Holding your leash with your hand planted firmly behind your back is recommended. This way, when your dog pulls he won’t get to move an extra two feet from your arm outstretching – if your hand is behind your back holding the leash, the leash stays the same length and can’t be stretched. Then with the leash behind your back, play the Red Light/Green Light game on walks with your rescue dog!  When your dog pulls, you stop and plant your feet – don’t move! Once he realizes that he is not moving forward, no matter how hard he pulls, he’ll back up or look at you or sit or perform some other action that causes the leash to loosen. Once the leash loosens up, praise him, and move forward. This will teach your dog that pulling does not work and that he only moves forward when his leash is nice and loose.

The trick of this exercise is that it’s a patience game for us, so if you want your pooch to stop pulling, be consistent with this practice and do the “red light” every time he pulls. Gradually over time you will increase the distance your rescue pooch can travel without pulling…this is a great way to get your dogs ready for adoption and a happy forever home!

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