Training Tips to Use with the ThunderShirt

yellow dog wearing a thundershirtWe’ve already detailed how the ThunderShirt works but if you’re planning on using the shirt for the first time this 4th of July, make sure you know how you should act when fireworks go off.

Did you know you shouldn’t yell at your dog for barking? ThunderShirt offers some training tips on their website to use with the shirt.

We also consulted The Pooch Coach, trainer Beverly Ulbrich, for tips on dealing with 4th of July noises. Here’s what she suggests:

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Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days Success Stories

More than 15,000 animals were adopted nationwide during this year’s Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days, and roughly 5,000 of those pets were adopted right here in the Bay Area.

Now we’re bringing you some of the local adoption stories!

maddie's days success story 1Here is Papi with new mommy Lara on the beach! Papi was all smiles after finding his new forever home Saturday. Papi ended up back in the shelter after his first owner developed Alzheimer’s and had to move into a home. Lara says he’s already very well-trained, loves fetch, treats and meeting new people. Papi came from the NorCal Poodle Rescue, an East Bay organization that rescues more than 100 poodles each year.

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The Yellow Dog Project Gives Dogs Their Space

By: Kyle McKay, Guest Writer

Everyone is unique. We each have our own likes, dislikes, personality and comfort zone.

Dogs also have these character traits but sometimes, it’s hard to remember that when meeting a dog for the first time.

dog showing fear

Sometimes dogs get spooked and need space from humans and/or other dogs. Usually a tail tuck or a dog hiding behind its owner are clues the dog needs space.

Some canine companions are incredibly friendly. They’ll run to you with a furiously wagging tail, practically begging you to pet them and play with them. This scenario is often a default expectation among most people when encountering an unfamiliar dog in public.

But it’s important to know this is not always the case. And even if your dog is friendly, that doesn’t mean every dog the two of your encounter will be, too.

Just like humans, some dogs need a little more space than what people expect. A dog may be a bit skittish and leery around new animals or people. But how do you know when this is the case?

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Maddie’s Days a Roaring Success; More Than 15,000 Animals Adopted

More than 15,000 dogs and cats found forever homes this weekend during Maddie’s Days, the nation’s largest free pet adoption event. The Bay Area accounted for nearly 5,000 of those adoptions.

More than 200 shelters and rescues nationwide participated in the fifth annual Maddie’s Days, including 90 groups in the Bay Area.

Maddie’s Fund donates anywhere from $500 to $2000 per dog or cat adopted during Maddie’s Days. That money will be used by the participating shelters and rescues to save animals with special needs that might otherwise be euthanized.

Maddie’s Fund had earmarked $10 million for this year’s event with the goal of adopting out 10,000 animals. Surpassing that goal by about 5,000 pets means they will donate even more money.

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