Waggin' Tails Dog Rescue

PO Box 438, Northville, MI 48167

Email: wtdr2008@yahoo.com

248-788-7050

When asked what people can do to better communicate with their canine friends, Terry Ryan said, 
"Learn dog instead of insisting that they learn human."

                                     -Terry Ryan, Legacy Canine Behavior and Training

There comes a time when all of us humans need a little help understanding our four-legged pals. After all, they are a different species and communicate their needs differently than us.

The following information was collected by our volunteers in hopes that it will help you form a better understanding of dogs and ultimately increase the bond between you and your best fur pal.

Waggin' Tails Dog Rescue supports positive, reward-based, training methods to get your dog to do what you want (or not to do).  We believe that striking your dog or giving harsh collar corrections, using choke/prong collars, undermines your relationship. Your dog is your friend. It is your duty to be his advocate, protecting him from physical or emotional harm by being aware, alert and proactive on his behalf.  Be worthy of his devotion and please seek professional advice if serious behavioral issues arise.

-Your friends at Waggin' Tails Dog Rescue

A WORD ABOUT AGGRESSION:

If your dog attacks another dog or person, please seek the advice of a qualified trainer/behaviorist immediately - for your own safety and the safety of your dog. There are many factors that can contribute to threatening behavior.

Please read the following

A WORD ABOUT CONSENT - You want a healthy relationship with your dog?  Read this.  Your dog will thank you and we bet you'll say 'hmmm' while reading this article.  

BOOKS WE LIKE:

How to Behave so Your Dog Behaves, Sophia Yin

Bonding With Your Dog, Victoria Schade

The Rosetta Bone, the Key to Communication Between Humans and Canines, Cheryl S. Smith

The Power of Positive Dog Training, Pat Miller

It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet, Victoria Stillwell

Do Over Dogs: Give Your Dog a Second Chance for a First Class Life, Pat Miller

How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication, Stanley Coren

Parenting Your Dog: Develop Dog-Rearing Skills for a Well-trained Companion, Trish King

 

BOOKS FOR DIFFICULT DOGS:

Control Unleashed, Leslie McDevitt

When Pigs Fly: Training Success with Impossible Dogs, Jane Killion

The Bark Stops Here, Terry Ryan

Mine, Jean Donaldson

Fight, Jean Donaldson

Feisty Fido, Help for the Leash-Reactive Dog, Patricia McConnell

Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage and Enjoy Your Multi-Dog Household, Karen London and Patricia McConnell

Scaredy Dog, Ali Brown

I'll Be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety, Patricia McConnell

We recommend the Thunder Shirt, www.thundershirt.com for high anxiety dogs and dogs afraid of thunder, fireworks, etc.

HOW TO LOCATE A TRAINER IN YOUR AREA:

Association of Pet Dog Trainers - www.apdt.com

LOCAL TRAINERS WE RECOMMEND:

Training Buddies, LLC, Livonia 

**Waggin' Tails foster dogs attend basic training class for free here!

www.trainingbuddiesllc.com

Trust and Obey Pawsitive Dog Training, Plymouth 

www.trustandobeydogtraining.com

Longsnouts Dog Training, Ann Arbor/Ypsi 

www.longsnouts.com

K9 Turbo Training

www.k9turbotraining.com

Good Wolff, Ann Arbor

www.goodwolff.com

Positive Pups Dog Training, Livonia

http://positivepupsdt.com

VETERINARY BEHAVIORISTS IN MICHIGAN

 

Theresa DePorter, DVM, MRCVS Diplomate, ACVB and European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioral Medicine in Bloomfield Hills  https://www.ovrs.com/specialty-services/veterinary-behavior.html

Camille Ward, M.S., M.S., Ph.D., CAAB  in Ann Arbor http://aboutdogsllc.com/

 

TOP DOG TRAINING WEBSITES:

DINOS, Dogs in Need of Space - https://dogsinneedofspace.com/  For good dogs who just need space. Support for those living with challenging dogs.

Victoria Stillwell - www.positively.com Check out the Knowledge Center for tips on the basics.

Sophia Yin - drsophiayin.com  Good books and DVDs available.

Patricia McConnell - www.patriciamcconnell.com   Good resource on solving problem behaviors.

Resources for fearful, shy and anxious dogs www.fearfuldogs.com

Best Friends in Utah has great resources for new pet parents https://bestfriends.org/resources/dogs

BAD RAP   Training videos, multi-dog households, nail trimming, reactive dogs, etc.
www.badrap.org
www.badrap.org/favorite-how-links

 

HOUSING:

Search for pet-friendly apartments!  No point in moving if you're best friend won't be allowed.

www.apartmentguide.com/apartments/Michigan/Northville/pet-friendly-4lh/

 

 

SAFETY KIDS AND DOGS:

Promoting Safety for Families and Dogs www.familypaws.com

Dog Bite Prevention - www.Doggonesafe.com

Living with Kids and Dogs... Without Losing Your Mind, book by Colleen Pelar

First Step of Wayne County - Supporting domestic abuse survivors and their pets.

Read more about First Step's ARK (Animals Receiving Kindness) program here. 

HEALTH & WELL BEING:

Pet food reviews and recall notifications.  Sign up!  https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine works with government and industry to replace the use of animal tests with more modern methods to test safety of cosmetics, chemicals, pesticides, drugs and other products.  Sign up for newsletter / alerts so your voice can be heard on important issues.   www.pcrm.org

Shop Cruelty Free with https://www.leapingbunny.org/

Disaster Preparedness.  Be ready for the unknown.  https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/disaster-preparedness

ID TAG and MICROCHIP  

Even if your dog is micro-chipped, the old school method of having an ID tag with current phone number on your pet at all times will help your best friend get back home quickly, if lost.  We'll stand on our soap box and preach all day long about the power of the microchip and ID tag and how it helps the entire pet community.  All of us want your pet home safe and sound if lost.  Please keep up-to-date ID on your pets at all times! 

A note about invisible fences:  Please consider the dangers before making your purchase.

http://courteouscanine.blogspot.com/2012/03/visible-dangers-of-invisible-fencing.html

Never put a puppy on an invisible fence

http://thelifeofroyal.blogspot.com/2011/02/why-you-shouldnt-put-your-puppy-on.html

ENDING PUPPY MILLS

We support Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan and the end to the mass production of dogs in commercial kennels ("puppy mills").  Join the effort!  You can make a difference.

http://michiganpuppymills.com/ or follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Puppy-Mill-Awareness-Michigan-1262558133767767/