For the LOVE of DOGS ... the Barn Dog Rescue
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY
What do Dogs Dig?
Well.. yah, they do like to DIG! Some more than others.. but we think they should all have a dig zone. Some dogs also like to bury their treasures.. sometimes over and over... let them dig.. in the "Dig Zone" you make for them.
They also really enjoy working for their food! YUP!!!!! In fact far more than being served up a bowl at the same time everyday! Dogs dig FORAGING.. they are in their element when they use their nose to explore & man, when there's tasty morsels involved! Its HEAVEN on earth!!!
We try our best to create that opportunity as much as possible, especially for the dogs who tend to anticipate feed time and develop an often annoying to humans behavioral issues! FYI Its not a fun time for dogs either!
Think of that say, 20 mins feeding time.. your dogs are amped, they know it's coming.. they hear all the little cues that indicate a bowl of nourishment will be delivered before them.. its all they can focus on.. every second feels like an eternity.. you rush a bit to get it to them ever sooner.. by the time the bowl hits the ground the dogs are in "lizard brain" barely uses their senses to enjoy their food...they just hoover it all in ASAP &... then its done..NOW WHAT?
Or you can fulfill important DOG dig... stuff by creating ways for your pals to seriously enjoy an activity they desire!! Its so fun.. plus sharing fun with your dog deepens your bond immensely!
Dogs also like feeling they serve a purpose!! Case in point.. everyone is familiar with the doorbell ringing scenario.. again a somewhat annoying experience for humans.. but dogs are watch dogs.. What if you thanked your dog for alerting you that an outsider had approached your dwelling.. then let your dog know you got the message, all is well.. thank FIDO and then add a reward of sorts.. something fun, or tasty to change channels & celebrate the whole WONDERFUL experience??!!!
Find a way to turn on the NOSE and watch how it opens the pathway for a dog to overcome worries!!!
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After over a decade of working in rescue and having the amazing experience of sharing life and learning from thousands of dogs.. one word that always ends up at the core of why dogs do what they do is "DISTANCE". Much of what dogs communicate to each other and to humans has to do with comfort and a sense of safety. Established intimacy can shift a dogs comfort with closeness but not always .. not all the time..
This cute little poodle has been an affectionate, devoted and much beloved companion in his adoptive home for many years. He like a fair amount of other dogs tends to stall out in the phase between being asleep and awake. This is a potentially dangerous phase & could easily render a bite if his sense of space and security feel threatened. You can see the white of his eye.. sometimes referred to as "whale eye", lip licking, a growl, the growl growing in intensity, and although not in the clip he went on to bare his teeth. He is unambiguously declaring "I will MESS YOU UP if you don't back off"
We would not place this otherwise super sweet playful and adorable doggie in a home with small children or anyone unfamiliar with or lacking understanding of this type of canine communication. Were the person who was inadvertently nudging the sleepy dog to react fearfully or harshly there most certainly would have been a bite! AND it would not have been due to anything but a lack of understanding and experience.
We have noticed that most people soften at the sight of a dog, & tend to think of dogs as soft, friendly companions .. and assume, largely based on limited experience with dogs that most dogs are friendly and would only enjoy our approach, closeness and touch.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has applied and/or inquired about adopting a dog from us. We are thrilled to such a huge response to give one of our rescue dogs a new and better life. We are so grateful to each of you!
Next transport will be July 11!
We will be welcoming the 11 new doggies below!
Here at a meeting with our manager/trainer Jamie and happy fosters for Johnny B, Miss Bear (who upon her arrival to us was extremely shy and reluctant to share space with new people) and her handler took the opportunity to join a very relaxed gathering as non essential elements of the purpose, completely free to explore .. approach and retreat, engage/disengage.. Well the result was so very lovely to observe and experience firsthand .. Fosters were awesomely chill & Johnny (also a shy boy) was delighted to introduce himself to Bear.. they did play bows, circular sniffing, paws on each other, rolling romping and and all manner of perfectly polite and easy, magnificently executed interactions! This was a major moment for Bear!! In this experience she was able to feel all the delights of her dogginess within the circle of mellow humans who so naturally gave her everything she needed to feel safe to express her Bear-ness!! JUST FABULOUS!! We LOVE this!!! Thank you so much JB fosters!!
Our Sweetie-Pie Award
goes to Michelle!
We ordinarily give this award to dogs but this time we had to give it to a superb human.. Why?? Oh my... for so many reasons ..but for this award we are just going to honor our Michelle's massive "above & beyond" dedication, special gift and unique calling to give her time, attention and that beautiful "Michelle Magic" to the completely freaked out.. nippy.. weird and ridiculously shy dogs! She has provided a doorway to discovering trust and respect for countless "special needs" dogs! We see her face light up and her huge heart explode with compassion when she has that so familiar to us moment when she recognizes her next doggie's adventure in healing!!
WE LOVE YOU MICHELLE!!!!
Thank you so much for all you give!
Our Talented and Dedicated
Check out our awesome Dog/Handler leash walking skills!
Two occasionally reactive dogs happily sharing space while staying focused on their handlers. What a lovely sight to see!👏🏼
Scout with Handler Beck & Kayley with Handler Nick
WANTED!!! Love Dogs Fosters
We specialize in saving older dogs, dogs with medical issues and dogs who need a little extra time and attention. The need at times is overwhelming. Not many rescues are able to take in these forgotten pups! We are hoping to develop a network of LOVE DOGS fosters who wish to provide loving homes for these darling doggies while they see our specialists and get their broken bits and pieces tended to!
Fostering is a wonderful way to support rescue! Very often these sweet dogs ask for very little & offer all their love and gratitude!
Maybe while at you are at home.. in quarantine.. you'd consider devoting some of your time and attention to a needy rescue dog Enjoy the incredibly rewarding experience of building a special relationship with one of our needy dogs.. their lives would be forever changed by the love and attention only a home and the love & focused attention of a trusted friend can provide!!
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!