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If you are having some problems with a dog you adopted from a shelter or a local rescue, let me know and I will try to help. Medical, behavior, housing, exercise, training- whatever you need. I am hoping by providing resources early in the process, dogs in loving homes can stay there instead of being returned to the stressful shelter environment.

Here is a short list of resources you can also try:
1) Contact the shelter you got the dog from to see if they can help. Often they have training resources or know of non-profits that can help with medical care. Many times people just don't ask. If you remember the name of your adoption counselor, that is a good place to start.
2) CARE4Paws has a great website with lots of resources. If you need medical care for your dog and are low income, they can provide care or references for you. Their website has contact info for trainers. Make sure you ask the trainers if they have a discounted rate for rescue dogs.
3) If you cannot exercise your dog, I can try to find someone to help. It is also easy to teach dogs to use treadmills for exercise and inexpensive treadmills are available on Craigslist.
4) Recently adopted dogs have generally been under-exercised and over-stressed. It is common for them to need some time to calm down and develop a relationship with you. In my experience after 2-3 weeks the anxiety and energy level dropped by a lot for my dogs. If you get through that period generally you will have the great companion that you wanted.

I am glad to help dogs and their companions in any way that I can. Don't hesitate to let me know if you need help!!
  • do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

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