Cinnamon, April 15th Pet of the Week!

Sugar, spice, everything nice, with some chow chow mixed in! Cinnamon is a sweet senior, 10 years old, who came in as a stray. Her awesome all-black tongue is a clue to her heritage. She loves to be around people, and if they show her the proper respect that you would toward your elders, other dogs are OK as well. Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted through appointment, so call 562-570-PETS or email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to meet Cinnamon. Ask for ID#A655121.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Faith and Sammy, April 8th Pets of the Week !

Faith

Faith and Sammy are bonded siblings who came in as owner surrenders. Faith is very loving to both people and dogs, and so is Sammy does—he’s even learned to play fetch from one of them. The cats are protective and needy of each other. They’ve been bounced around from place to place and are adjusting to shelter life. We feel bad for the former owner because there was obviously love going on, but we feel even worse for Faith and Sammy because they’re used to a loving home. Do you have one for them? Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted through email, so contact PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to meet Faith and Sammy. Ask for ID#A537301 for Faith and ID#A540906 for Sammy.

Sammy

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Strengthen Bond With Your Horse And Train Him Well Simultaneously

Whenever someone talks about pet animals, we often limit ourselves to either dogs or cats. But if we tell you, you can get the same love with horses as well, what will be your reaction? Confused! Don’t worry. Keep reading, and you’ll know more.

Horses are social animals or more like herd animals. But no two horses are alike. Some are loners and handle a solitary life well. And others adapt to the circumstances and develop stable vices. But did you know that these creatures can read human facial expressions clearly? And if you consider certain studies, they might even remember your mood.

But how to get started initially?

Everything Starts With Forming a Bond

This is quite a simple ideology. If someone doesn’t trust you or feels comfortable around you, why would they do anything you ask for. Similarly, horses need time to gel with humans. So, you must give them some time to get to know you. That way, they will better understand you.

But how to do that? It’s simple. All you need to do is start spending some time with your horse. Start focusing on low-stress activities with a positive feeling. And when it’s due, make sure to reward the horse. Let the horse associate you with positivity.

Other than that, focus on the likes and dislikes of your horse. Understand his/her fears and emotions and make sure to keep a note of them when you start the training process. When you take the first few steps, your horse will naturally come closer to you and start taking you as a part of your herd.

Now that you have attained some affection and confidence, the next step is to prepare him well via training. Surprisingly, horsemanship is often referred to as an art. Contrary to popular belief, you won’t have to jump on the bucking broncos to train them. That’s too much exaggeration.

It is a lot simpler and less dangerous than what the Wild West always portrayed. But how to get started? Let’s find out!

Master The Foundation of Training

There is a saying, “if you can’t do it on the ground, you won’t be able to achieve anything in the saddle.” So, you must master the groundwork. To do that, you must start with some of the key exercises mentioned below.

Standing Still- The purpose of this exercise is to let your horse understand the meaning of leadership and that you are in charge.

Leading- The purpose of this is to help the horse understand your body language.

Flexing and Soften- The purpose is to let your horse adjust to pressure tactics and respond well.

Moving their hind end and front end-  Doing this will help them understand your personal space.

The whole idea of these exercises is to develop a bond so that nothing happens when you are on the saddle. If you don’t, you might face a situation that will leave you with a rearing horse that can be dangerous for your horse and the rider if left uncorrected. It could be because he/she is stressed or being disrespectful. Whatever may be the case, you’ll have to develop a rapport with your horse not to let that happen ever.

Wrapping up

Horse training is quite fun, but it can be a challenge, especially for beginners. Experts suggest leaving the young horses to experienced trainers. And if you don’t know how to get started, you can always take classes online or look for videos to train your horse in a fun way.

4 Ways to Improve Your Dog’s Behavior – Fast!

A dog can be a source of fun and a great addition to the family, but there are times when their behavior leaves a lot to be desired. If your pooch is playing up at the park, barking throughout the night, or simply wants to do their own thing, there’s no doubt you’ll want to put a stop to bad behavior and gain a little more authority. To do so, take a look at these four ways to improve your dog’s behavior fast:

1. Use Positive Reinforcement

When you dog follows a command or behaves in a way you want them to, be sure to give them a reward. With the best dog training treats, you can ensure that food-driven dogs will be eager to repeat good behaviors, in the hope of receiving another reward. Ignoring bad behavior while rewarding good behavior is a tried and tested method of dog training, but it’s one that really works.

2. Give Them More Exercise

The amount of exercise your dog needs will depend on their breed and age, but most healthy adult dogs require at least one hour of exercise every day. If your dog isn’t getting enough exercise, boredom may be a cause of unwanted behaviors, such as chewing or barking.

Letting your dog spend more time in the garden, taking them to the dog park, and playing endless games of fetch are all good ways to burn of your dog’s excess energy, and playing with your dog will allow you to strengthen your bond with them too.

3. Be Consistent

When you’re training your dog, it’s important to be consistent and use the same commands. Similarly, reward good behavior in the same way each time, so that your dog becomes familiar with the routine. Expected different behaviors from your dog at different times will confuse them, so be sure to use commands in varying environments. This will ensure your pooch follows your instructions at home or when you’re out and about.

If you’re sharing the responsibilities of dog ownership with other people, be sure to work together to create a training plan. This will ensure that everyone uses the same commands and has the same expectations, which will deliver maximum results.

4. Keep Your Dog’s Mind Active

Physical activity is essential for your dog’s well-being but keeping their mind active is vital too. Fortunately, training is a great way to encourage your dog to use its brain. When you play training games or teach them a new command, for example, this will keep their mind engaged and help to give them the mental stimulation they need.

The Benefits of a Well-Behaved Dog

When your dog’s behavior is reliable and consistent (and good!), you’ll be a less stressed owner. What’s more – your pooch will be happier and more confident too. Although it can take time to eradicate unwanted behaviors, training your dog ensures that they’ll be easier to manage and much more fun to be around.

Bebe, April 1st Pet of the Week!

Guten tag! Meet Bebe, a 6-year-old German shepherd who actually understands German! She’s pure black and gorgeous. The person who relinquished Bebe to the shelter had heard from her previous owner that she knows many commands in English and in German. Shelter staff and volunteers have indeed seen her in action responding to German commands! She’s been well trained, is housebroken, and has some protection training. She’s also playful—that ball is her favorite thing! She has a few medical issues, but they’re manageable. Bebe would do best as the only pet in the house, as she prefers people to other dogs. If you take her home, she’ll surely say “Danke!” Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted through appointment, so call 562-570-PETS or email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to meet Bebe. Ask for ID#A654354

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Mandy, March 25th Pet of the Week!

Here’s Mandy, posing with her big, generous grin amongst the posies. Mandy, 5 years old, was found as a stray, and now that the shelter volunteers are walking with her and cuddling her, she has plenty to smile about. She has a gentle, mellow disposition, although she does get eager on a walk and likes to pull. She’ll need some leash training. Want to make Mandy smile even bigger? Take her home with you! Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted through appointment, so call 562-570-PETS or email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to meet Mandy. Ask for ID#A6287411.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Tidus, March 18th Pet of the Week!

Those of you who are “Final Fantasy X” gamers will know that Tidus’ namesake is a worthy, cheerful hero who possesses a character that propels him to be a survivor and not a victim. Our Tidus’ past isn’t as horrible as the character’s, but it’s pretty sad—his owners had to give him up because of human allergies and a testy relationship with the other family dog. He should be his new human’s only dog. Tidus is 2 years old and a bit shy but warms up quickly to potential friends. He also needs an exercise buddy to help shed some of his 30 pounds! Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted through appointment, so call 562-570-PETS or email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to meet Tidus. Ask for ID# A645841.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Kratos, March 11th Pet of the Week!

This is Kratos, a 1-year-old fellow of Herculean stature  who was found tied to a gate and was brought to us. You don’t tie up the namesake of a god of war! And you really don’t do that to someone who loves to run around and play, which Kratos does. He’s smart, too—the volunteers have taught him to sit and shake. If you have room in your heart, home and play schedule, come meet this big guy! Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted through appointment, so call 562-570-PETS or email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to meet Kratos. Ask for ID#A654689.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)