Pet of the Week!

Chunky Monkey is looking with hope at the potential pals out there who need some company during this difficult time and want to share quality hours with a good doggie. Chunky Monkey is a 5-year-old male pit bull who has the heart and soul of an angel and the kindest eyes you’ll ever see. He knows his commands pretty well and loves nothing more than affection from a loving companion. Meet him at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for #A640988.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Rufus, March 12th Pet of the Week!

From his smiling face to the white tip of his wagging tail, Rufus has good looks and the personality to match them. Not only that, but unlike a few of us humans, he knows his left from his right and will give you a hearty high-five with either paw. Sometimes, he’ll use both! Rufus is an 8-year-old metallic gray pittie who is also equal parts play and cuddle. Meet him at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID# #A631971.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village.

Mary Jane, March 5th Pet of the Week!

You probably don’t think “6-year-old steel-gray pit bull” when someone says “Mary Jane.” But take one look at that gently smiling face, and you’ll get why Mary Jane is Mary Jane. She’s the kind of dog who lights up the room when she walks in—happiness emanates everywhere! She’s loving, kind and lovable, and she’ll make a wonderful companion. Mary Jane can’t wait to go home—meet her at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A639261.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village.

5 Tips for Helping an Anxious Puppy

Anxiety is quite common among dogs, especially when they’re puppies. Puppies are experiencing a lot of things for the first time, and it can be quite overwhelming for them. They may be frightened of objects, sounds, or people that are new to them. One of the most common forms of anxiety is separation anxiety. If you leave your puppy alone, it will often assume you are never coming back, which can be very stressful for them.

You can reduce and even eliminate your puppy’s anxiety by using a combination of tools and training. Here are five tips for helping your anxious puppy become confident and calm.

1.      Crate training

Giving your puppy its own “safe zone” will dramatically help with anxiety. Using a crate as a base, you can train your puppy to go to its base whenever it feels scared or anxious. A crate is not to be used to lock your puppy up, but to provide a place for them to chill out. Make it comfortable for them and use treats and toys to encourage them to go into their crate. It will also make it easier when you do need to put them in the crate since they will already be comfortable with it.

2.      Desensitize your puppy

Your puppy will likely have anxiety about all new things. Once they realize they are safe and spend more time with certain things, they will begin to desensitize to it. If there is a specific object that your puppy seems nervous about, introduce them to it slowly and keep repeating. Ensure that you reward them with a treat every time they remain calm. It is a good tactic to use around people, especially if your puppy seems frightened or if they don’t like the sound of an item in your home, such as the dishwasher.

3.      Exercise

The most effective treatment for anxiety is exercise. Puppies have a ton of energy need somewhere for all that energy to go. Play fetch with them, let them run in the park, or play with another dog when you know you’re going to be leaving. Tiring them out will help them to settle down and relax when they get home.

4.      Natural supplements/alternatives

Some natural supplements and treatments can help reduce anxiety in your puppy without the concerning side effects of medication. Pheromone collars can help them relax as can compression shirts. CBD is also a common natural treatment for dogs with anxiety. CBD treats, such as the ones at ceebeedoo.com, can provide relief from stress and help your puppy calm down.

5.      Develop puppy independence

Separation anxiety is very common among puppies, and you can train them to be independent. Since they fear that you’ll abandon them, you need to teach them that it’s OK when you leave and that you’ll always come back. Building that trust takes patience and repetitive training. Train them to be confident on their own by starting with small distances of separation and build on it. For example, have them stay across the room from you and reward them. Increase the distance each time until you are in a different room. Using this method will help your dog gain independence.

Your new puppy is likely to have some form of anxiety. With a little work and a lot of love, you can help your puppy grow into a confident and independent dog.

Cardi C, February 27th Pet of the Week!

“C” may come after “B,” but 3-year-old Cardi C is not a follow-up act. She’s more of a companion piece! Like the hip-hop artist of nearly the same name, she has big, sparkling dark eyes, a talent for scampering around, and a loving nature for her fans—her humans! She’s a stunning steel gray and will steal your heart! Be Cardi C’s biggest fan—meet her at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A627959.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Bella, Feb. 20th Pet of the Week!

If Bella seems sad-eyed and sorrowful, there’s a reason. Bella was a much-loved cat of a nice family. One of the family members became tragically ill and is now in hospice care. They can no longer care for Bella and couldn’t find anyone who’d take her in. They had no choice but to leave her with us. Bella’s a lovely brown tabby, only 6 years old and playful and affectionate. She belongs with people, in a home. Please, meet Bella on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID# A578151.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Princess Leia, Feb. 13th Pet of the Week!

If you’ve always dreamed of having Princess Leia as your valentine, or at least your BFF, the Force is with you now! This silver-gray bunny is as mysterious and lovely as her namesake. She’s as sweet as a Wookie Cookie and a big favorite in the Bunny Barn. Meet Princess Leia at the shelter in the Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A631428.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Brody, Feb. 6th Pet of the Week!

Brody is a 10-year-old steel-gray cane corso. As the catchphrase goes, he’s a gentle giant around his human friends at the shelter. However, like any Chewbacca, he has a strong leash tug and needs to go to a home where a competent handler lives and he can be the only four-legs in the house! Want a couch buddy who’ll fully inhabit his side of the sofa? Then meet Brody at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A636764. We think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village.