For the LOVE of DOGS ... the Barn Dog Rescue
dog of the Month
Jeni is one special doggie... We don't often know our dog histories but we know Jeni’s and it is that of a horrible life. Jeni lived on a chain in front of her owners house her whole life.. She was kept completely malnourished, deprived of food and water at times and she never knew love or safety.. Jeni clearly had puppies so one could imagine what happened to her while she was trapped on her chain.. Thankfully of that is in her past now! She will only know happiness and ample food from now on!
Jeni is a purebred German Shepherd and is slowly but surely gaining weight. Her bones aren’t nearly as prominent when you pet her as they were just a few weeks ago! Jeni’s struggles continue as she has an entire heartworm treatment to get through as well as an enlarged heart. Luckily, after two echocardiograms she is clear for heartworm treatment and will be starting soon. When dogs go through heartworm treatment, they have to stay extremely calm as a raise in heart rate for cardiovascular activity could cause a deadly complication.
So here we have an active, young and super playful German Shepherd that we have to keep calm… that is very difficult to do so we are pulling out all the stops! Jeni can be a bit reactive on the leash tp passing dogs which is very common from dogs who have lived on the chain.
Her program consists of basic obedience, lots of connection time and leash work.. she has little impulse control but has such a desire to do the right thing! We are teaching her to check in with us through all aspects.. while on a walk, before we go through a door or gateway, and when a dog comes into view. We also got Jenny started on FitPaws which is a low energy body conditioning program. She is loving it!
We moved Jeni to the quiet Vic house so she does not have to worry about dogs passing by. We spend a lot of time playing with her in her room.. She jumps up for cuddles and adorably walks around going from tennis ball too tennis ball!
It's no secret that we absolutely are in love with this resilient girl. We will be posting updates so stay tuned!
Dog Trainer Jamie's corner!
Mama Jamie & son Keaton
FitPaws at Love Dogs!
FitPaws is an awesome canine fitness and conditioning company that has specific exercises with their balancing equipment. We have just started using FitPaws with some of our dogs for confidence building, enrichment and body conditioning. This has been incredibly FUN for our dogs and people! Watching the dogs work up enough bravery to step on and balancing is captivating.. we can't get enough! I absolutely recommend this program to anyone looking to do something a little extra with their doggies at home!
Stay tuned for more about FitPaws at Love Dogs and CLICK HERE to visit their website to learn more!
For far too long there has been a MYTH that dogs are always happy. That dogs should always want to be pet by our friends, family, neighbors and children. That a tail wag only means joy. That a growl means they’re aggressive and we expect our dogs to tolerate all of our human affection and antics.. then we are surprised when dogs ask for space or get annoyed.
Dogs change as they get older, they have modes and feelings. They communicate and we must learn to listen and adjust. The Spoon Theory is an excellent way to measure your dogs tolerance level so you are not putting them in situations they are desperately trying to tell you they cannot handle. The more you know, the better we can be for our dogs!
How to Greet a Dog..
Dogs have a wonderful way of making people smile. They are quirky, adorable and loyal beyond comprehension. One of our missions here at Love Dogs is to continue to infuse doggie education everywhere we can! Something almost everyone of us experience ourselves and see often is the snapshot of someone walking up a dog to say hello. Sometimes the dog really loves it.. other times they're conflicted.. and other times they are down right terrified. Let's work together to make our beloved dogs more comfortable during greetings!
Click on the info graphic to learn more about Greeting a Dog Their Way!
Children and Dogs..
a VERY important Topic
We love children.. and of course we love dogs too! So it would only make sense that children and dogs should naturally live in harmony, right?
Unfortunately, no. Children do a ton of things that are really scary to dogs.. unpredictable movements, loud noises, running quickly, grabbing, tugging and throwing toys.. All of these things diminish trust over time. Trust is not something that is permanent.
It is important that parents learn the Do's and Don'ts of living with kids and dogs. We LOVE educating the public on the ways to make living with kids and dogs joyful and simple for all.
Dash needs our help and support!
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We recently took on a major medical case and are asking for donations to help offset some of the costs.
Poor puppy boy Dash has found himself in an awful and extremely painful situation. He was brought to the shelter with a shattered hind leg and other injuries. He leg is so badly broken, in order to live a pain free life his leg needs to be amputated. He is SO young and so scared! Stay tuned for updates.
Lovely RainyDay Transport!
All ten of our wonderful dogs made it to New York safe and sound and are settling in nicely! Check out some pictures below and stay tuned for more information. If you are interested in adopting, apply here! Lucy and Scooter have adoptions pending.
Scroll down for updates on mama dog Periwinkle!
- Updates -
What is "dog friendly"?
“Dog friendly” is a term that gets thrown around quite a bit when describing a dogs attributes. I find it to be vague and misleading. The term dog friendly gives the expectation that the dog will be friendly with all dogs, in any situation at all times. Which we know isn’t fair and it takes away from the fact that dogs are individuals.
Dog's have individual personalities, likes, dislikes and emotions.. and they have the right to express as such. It’s us, their humans and caregivers that do not understand the very clear communication they are showing us. So much pressure for the dog, isn’t it? I mean, we don’t get along with every single person we come in contact with... why do we expect our dogs to do so?
In the video above, Jasper is playing really well with Leisel. Jasper is a sweet sweet boy who loves other dogs but is a bit immature with his play style. He’ll often truck over the other dog while trying to mount or use his mouth in inappropriate ways. While he is technically dog friendly, he requires the right type of doggie partner to have a balanced and successful playtime. We paired these two because we know Leisel was a mama who has incredible patience and dog communication skills. She also is big enough to handle Jasper! The result was absolutely fabulous. Jasper is learning more appropriate play behaviors with each passing play session!
For the LOVE of HORSES
Part of the magic here has to do with the integrity of our mission. Our combined efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals stem from a foundation of respect, kindness, clear intention and a humble desire to learn from every animal in our care.
Our rescue is located on the grounds of a serene and magnificent, private horse farm in Westchester County NY. Not only does the farm provide a sanctuary for homeless dogs it also provides sanctuary for special equines in need. As with our dogs the ponies and horses are given all they need to go to live happy and fulfilling lives. Some become "homies" at the farm.. many others are adopted to loving homes!