Saving Lives

 

The Good Dog Academy, understands the challenges that foster pets face, with finding new homes.  Many dogs are dumped at our shelters due to bad behavior.

The reasons, on average, are one or a combination
of these behavioral issues:

• the dog won’t listen or won’t come when called
• the dog chews up everything or digs huge holes
• the dog barks constantly or lunges and pulls the leash
• the dog can’t be housetrained or “he’s just spiteful”
• the dog jumps all over the kids or is too rough
• the dog growls/snaps/bites or seems unpredictable
• the dog can’t get along with other dogs or seems jealous
• the dog is just plain stubborn

Add these problems along with new surroundings, unfamiliar people, and unknown expectations; these dogs need guidance!
Most dogs can be trained to be a well-behaved member of a household. Canines thrive when given appropriate reinforcement  and direction. It does take a few hours of time, an effort, and a dedication, but behind any flaw, there is a “Good Dog.”

Rescue group foster dogs will have an opportunity to feel comfortable in their foster environment and to enjoy the company of people and other dogs.

Foster Volunteers will learn to teach and practice basic manners, such as COME, SIT, DOWN and WALK on LEASH. Volunteers will also be shown how to teach dogs to present themselves in the most impressive way to potential adopters, so that they can find permanent, happy homes-and stay a loved part of their new family!

The Good Dog Academy strives to promote awareness of animal rescue organizations, education and advancement of low-cost spay/neuter programs, education for responsible pet ownership, promotions of adoptions, provide dog behavior training of foster dogs, and are advocates of homeless and abandoned animals in our area.

What is a

reputable rescue

group?

 

A reputable rescue group:
• spays/neuters all pets before placement and does not offer animals to be used for breeding.
• requires an application form and adoption contract.
• screens every potential adopter and requires references.
• follows through on contacts and references and investigates each thing completely.
• understands the limits of its resources; doesn’t accept more animals than it has space/time to care for.
• makes sure animals are up to date on all vaccines, microchipped, heartworm tested/on prevention, and received necessary vet care before placement.
• works carefully to match the right home with the right pet, based on the pet's needs/personality/etc.
• always takes its adopted animals back if the placement isn't successful
• will never ask an adopter to take an animal "sight unseen." 
• makes an effort to work in harmony with shelters and animal control facilities. 
• will have a cordial and informed relationship with shelters in their area and work with those shelters.
• prioritizes working with shelters and owner-surrenders from within its own state first.
• carefully screens incoming animals for temperament and health, and would not accept animals with unstable temperaments or dangerous behavior that is not easily modified. 
• places the welfare and happiness of the animal first

The Good Dog Academy Longview, TX