• Separation Anxiety and How to Prevent It

    Separation Anxiety and How to Prevent It

    Keep departures and arrivals low-key. During the 10-15 minutes before you leave the house, strive for a calm, neutral atmosphere. Avoid grand gestures of hugging, kissing, or petting with your dog.  If your dog has previously shown any signs of …

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  • What is Positive Reinforcement?

    What is Positive Reinforcement?

    “The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important than the amount.” – B.F. Skinner Here at ARF, the method of training we use (for both dogs and cats) is called “positive reinforcement.” Positive reinforcement works by using praise …

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  • How to Play with Cats and Kittens

    How to Play with Cats and Kittens

    We’re sure many of you may roll your eyes at the thought of learning how to play with your foster cats and kittens, but we thought we might provide some reminders about how to take advantage of appropriate play. Play …

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  • Starting a Rescue Organization

    Starting a Rescue Organization

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – margaret Mead Big Picture Questions In the beginning, rescuers should stick to smaller, manageable tasks. Understanding that …

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  • All About Crate Training

    All About Crate Training

    Choosing Your Crate Wire or plastic crates are better than soft sided crates during the training phase. A crate should be large enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and stretch out / lie down comfortably but not …

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  • Post-Operation Instructions and Care

    Post-Operation Instructions and Care

    What to Expect After Surgery The dog or cat may be groggy and lethargic up to 24 hours after surgery/anesthesia. This is a normal effect of the pain medication they were provided, but if these symptoms continue and the foster …

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  • Common Post-Anesthesia Cat Behavior

    Common Post-Anesthesia Cat Behavior

    Occasionally after surgery, cats and kittens can have an adverse behavioral reaction to anesthesia. Behaviors you may see include, but are not limited to: hissing, growling, and swatting and may be towards people or other animals including their family members. …

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  • What is Trigger Stacking?

    What is Trigger Stacking?

    Trigger stacking happens to dogs when there are too many sensitive stimuli occurring within short succession of each other. These sensitive stimuli are specific to each dog, but some common stimuli include other dogs, bikes, vacuums, and skateboards. Each stimuli …

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  • General Tips for Taking Great Animal Photos

    General Tips for Taking Great Animal Photos

    So you want to try to take some gorgeous photos of your pet? We can help! Every dog and cat has a photogenic side and we can assist you in finding it. If this helps you get some great shots, …

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  • Alone Time Training

    Alone Time Training

    Low-Key Departures and Arrivals During the 10-15 minutes before you leave the house, strive for a calm, neutral atmosphere. Avoid grand gestures of hugging, kissing, or high energy play or petting your dog. It may be best to simply ignore …

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  • Getting Your Dog’s Attention

    Getting Your Dog’s Attention

    The Nothing Game Stand with the dog and simply do nothing … until the dog pays attention to you! Then you come alive and respond to the dog. In this game, the dog is rewarded for making a choice to …

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  • Dogs and KONG® Toys

    Dogs and KONG® Toys

    KONG rubber toys play an important role in the wellbeing of dogs. The process of licking a stuffed KONG to take the food out is soothing, mentally stimulating, satisfies a natural need, and is also fun! It makes dogs feel …

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