What we're about

Hello Dog & Cat lovers, this group is about keeping families and their pets happy! We aim to accomplish all of the following:

-Keeping pets and families together
-Educate pet owners as to solutions for problem behaviors
-Connect owners with qualified trainers and behaviorists in Tucson
-Provide lectures on behavior solutions, pet enrichment, and other useful topics
-Provide a calendar for workshops, classes, community walks and other local pet events
-Increase the overall happiness for pets and their families
-Minimize the cycle and influx of pets returned to shelters
-Help fosters address behavior solutions prior to adoption
-Help new owners address behavior solutions as an alternative to relinquishment

I have volunteered hundreds of hours with hundreds of dogs and cats at shelters. I have discovered in my interviews with people who returned pets that they did not know that their dog & cat problems had solutions. Many of them believed that their pet had a hardened personality issue which could not be changed. This created the impetus for me to inquire into this issue further, leading to me to begin study to become a Certified Dog Behaviorist (CBCC-KA). I have in turn taken workshops with top behaviorists here and in Phoenix and want to help spread the word on how and where can you begin resolving issues with your pet.

Come join us and help educate the community. If you are a trainer, behaviorist, foster, we'd love to hear about events and post them on the calendar. If you are an owner, please sign up and be notified of key workshops & events to help you & your pets live happily in harmony. Sign up today and be a part of this vital movement!

**WANT TO HELP RIGHT NOW?**

Did you know that you can "check out" a dog for the day, or even overnight from the Pima Animal Care Center? Have you ever had a bad day, going through a rough time, or just felt lonely? Have the day off and nothing to do?? There is an answer! Just go grab a snuggly doggy woggy at the Pima Animal Care Center and have a great day together! NOW you don't have to even be a volunteer, you can JUST SHOW UP and check out a dog! What better way could you find to make your day and bring joy to a lonely doggy who needs love just like us? Just go to the PACC front desk and say you'd like to check out a dog for the day. You could take him for a picnic or a hike or just stay home and snuggle! This is one of the best ways to help these pups get out, bond with people, and help relieve stress, so you are really helping their adoptability. Call PACC at (520) 724-5900 if you have any questions.

**TRAINING & BEHAVIOR VIDEOS & BOOKS**

The basic key is dogs are highly motivated to please and most effectively trained by SALARY, NOT SLAVERY. Everytime you yell, jerk, prong, shock, and threaten your dog, you disarm the amazing power of motivation already programmed into this loyal pack animal. Checkout the Dog Dancing Championships on Youtube and you'll realize you can get your dog to do anything without all the crazy shouting! Large Zoo animals are trained easily using non-aversive positive reinforcement techniques. Just watch the Elephants. Giraffes, Lions and Tigers, at the Reid Park Zoo, they provide picture positive proof of the power of positive reinforcement! Slavery (intimidation, pain) works quicker at gaining compliance and is thus unfortunately capitalized upon by those wanting to appear as quick-fix gurus for the sake of their financial gain. At the pound we see over 10,000 dogs a year and all the saddening manifestations of these negligent practices. Why the heck anyone would be proud about abusing their best friend is beyond me. Seek a real trainer/behaviorist. Don't pay for pain for your pet!

VIDEOS: Free training videos covering most topics at:

https://www.dogtrainingrevolution.com/videos-from-the-book

A great primer on the benefits of reducing stress via counter conditioning, desensitization, and positive reinforcement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMLrYaoxNOs&t=7s&index=16&list=WL

BOOKS: If you are seeking to filter out the truth from all the self-proclaimed dog gurus, please read this one book! It contains instructions on dealing with most behavior issues, and it is written by the world's top Veterinary Behaviorists:

Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones

https://smile.amazon.com/Decoding-Your-Dog-Explaining-Behaviors/dp/0544334604/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1522170151&sr=8-2&keywords=DECODING+YOUR+DOG

In this book, you will learn that shock collars and electric fences often lead to increases in aggressive behavior with many dogs being put down after use with these torture tactics. Please don't risk your dog's life with these quick-fix gimmicks when other far more effective training techniques will work. Also see the Pet Professional Guild statement on this issue: https://ppgworldservices.com/2018/04/12/the-pet-professional-guild-position-statement-on-the-use-of-shock-in-animal-training/

A terrific professional level book with quick, concise solutions: Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Canine and Feline Behavior 3rd Edition

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0781757355/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

FREE EVALUATIONS: In attaining my CBCC-KA, I need to accumulate 300 hrs of consulting. If you have a problem with your dog(s), please do not send them back to the shelter! Message me and I will give you a FREE evaluation of your dog and/or refer you to a qualified trainer if you need extra help. I can meet you at a nearby park to evaluate your dog and give you hands-on training on how to resolve your issue. I'll follow up with a written plan for your dog as well. I am glad to help!

****MOBILE VET****

Often, a newly fostered dog or cat needs a checkup, but has absolutely had it with vet visits! Many pets get very stressed going to the vet and besides, why take the chance of catching a cold, long waits, driving across town etc when a super awesome vet can come right to you? Instead call the wonderful Dr. Martin and her colleagues at Desert Paws http://www.desertpaws.com/ . I highly recommend them! Tell her Al sent you.

***UPDATED TUCSON CERTIFIED DOG TRAINER LIST***

The dog training business is unregulated, so anyone may call themselves a trainer or behaviorist. To become certified, one must have documented a certain number of hours with clients (typically 300), pass a lengthy test, and have a recommendation by another certified trainer or veterinarian. Many people may be qualified without getting the certification, but why not just get it to help the client feel better about the choice they are making for a beloved family member? Hiring a certified trainer takes a lot of the gamble out of it. Following are some great trainers. In any case, please tell them Al sent you!

Kim Silver, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, holds highly coveted KPA-CTP (Karen Pryor Academy) certification, experienced with fearful and aggressive dogs. Certifed Fear-Free trainer. Building Bonds tel: 520-775-2663 cell: 520-820-7143 1665 E 18th St Suite 213, Tucson, AZ 85719 http://buildingbondstraining.com info@buildingbondstraining.com

Pam Lundy CPDT-KA Need a service or therapy dog? Call Pam! She is a great trainer, always sweet and kind, and a great teacher with 30+ years experience in all dog matters. https://atpaz.weebly.com/about.html (520) 891-3629

Janet Galante CPDT-KA Sit Stay Play http://sitstayplaytucson.com/vetsteam/janet-galante/

Susan Sparks CPDT-KSA Sit Stay Play http://sitstayplaytucson.com/vetsteam/susan-sparks/ info@sitstayplaytucson.com 520.882.PLAY(7529)

**CAT BEHAVIORIST** Carrie Seay CBCC-KA, MS-CABAC, Purrfect Behavior Solutions, Have taken her workshops, a pleasure to work with! : 480-216-7223 and info@purrfectbehaviorsolutions.com www.Purrfectbehaviorsolutions.com

Thanks for being part of the solution.

Warm Regards,

Al

Upcoming events (5+)

Weekly Community Walk at Pima Animal Care Center

Pima Animal Care Center

Every Tues at 5:00pm and Fri at 6:00am, the Tucson Ruff Runners host a community walk at the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC). The reason I am listing this on the site is that dog walking is a great way to help reduce shelter dog stress and behavior problems. This is also a great gateway to getting involved in enrichment, play groups, training, and home fostering which all serve to reduce behavior problems, increase adoptability, and reduce returns. It is also an easy way to see if you like walking and working with dogs and whether you'd like to become a volunteer. This is how I started! These wonderful folks make it real easy to just show up and walk dogs. Just park behind the NEW center at Columbus park and look for the truck with dog stuff and the attendants wearing the Ruff Runner shirts. They'll supply everything you need: leash, bags, treats and directions to get you started! It's a great way to help out, feel good, and take a walk around a beautiful lake while helping a dog. The dogs will love you! IMPORTANT: Check out the Ruff Runners facebook page before you go to confirm the actual start time which may vary seasonally and to check if they cancel it for any reason (usually just weather): https://www.facebook.com/TucsonRuffRunners/ If you like it, there are many other advantages to taking the next step and becoming a volunteer. Did you know that you can "check out" a dog for the day, or even overnight from the Pima Animal Care Center? Have you ever had a bad day, going through a rough time, or just felt lonely? Have the day off and nothing to do?? There is an answer! Just go grab a snuggly doggy woggy at the Pima Animal Care Center and have a great day together! NOW you don't have to even be a volunteer, you can JUST SHOW UP and check out a dog! What better way could you find to make your day and bring joy to a lonely doggy who needs love just like us? Just go to the PACC front desk and say you'd like to check out a dog for the day. You could take him for a picnic or a hike or just stay home and snuggle! This is one of the best ways to help these pups get out, bond with people, and help relieve stress, so you are really helping their adoptability. Call PACC at (520)[masked] if you have any questions. Thanks for being part of the solution!

Weekly Community Walk at Pima Animal Care Center

Pima Animal Care Center

Every Tues at 5:00pm and Fri at 6:30am, the Tucson Ruff Runners host a community walk at the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC). The reason I am listing this on the site is that dog walking is a great way to help reduce shelter dog stress and behavior problems. This is also a great gateway to getting involved in enrichment, play groups, training, and home fostering which all serve to reduce behavior problems, increase adoptability, and reduce returns. It is also an easy way to see if you like walking and working with dogs and whether you'd like to become a volunteer. This is how I started! These wonderful folks make it real easy to just show up and walk dogs. Just park behind the NEW center at Columbus park and look for the truck with dog stuff and the attendants wearing the Ruff Runner shirts. They'll supply everything you need: leash, bags, treats and directions to get you started! It's a great way to help out, feel good, and take a walk around a beautiful lake while helping a dog. The dogs will love you! IMPORTANT: Check out the Ruff Runners facebook page before you go to confirm the actual start time which may vary seasonally and to check if they cancel it for any reason (usually just weather): https://www.facebook.com/TucsonRuffRunners/ If you like it, there are many other advantages to taking the next step and becoming a volunteer. Did you know that you can "check out" a dog for the day, or even overnight from the Pima Animal Care Center? Have you ever had a bad day, going through a rough time, or just felt lonely? Have the day off and nothing to do?? There is an answer! Just go grab a snuggly doggy woggy at the Pima Animal Care Center and have a great day together! NOW you don't have to even be a volunteer, you can JUST SHOW UP and check out a dog! What better way could you find to make your day and bring joy to a lonely doggy who needs love just like us? Just go to the PACC front desk and say you'd like to check out a dog for the day. You could take him for a picnic or a hike or just stay home and snuggle! This is one of the best ways to help these pups get out, bond with people, and help relieve stress, so you are really helping their adoptability. Call PACC at (520)[masked] if you have any questions. Thanks for being part of the solution!

Weekly Community Walk at Pima Animal Care Center

Pima Animal Care Center

Every Tues at 5:00pm and Fri at 6:00am, the Tucson Ruff Runners host a community walk at the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC). The reason I am listing this on the site is that dog walking is a great way to help reduce shelter dog stress and behavior problems. This is also a great gateway to getting involved in enrichment, play groups, training, and home fostering which all serve to reduce behavior problems, increase adoptability, and reduce returns. It is also an easy way to see if you like walking and working with dogs and whether you'd like to become a volunteer. This is how I started! These wonderful folks make it real easy to just show up and walk dogs. Just park behind the NEW center at Columbus park and look for the truck with dog stuff and the attendants wearing the Ruff Runner shirts. They'll supply everything you need: leash, bags, treats and directions to get you started! It's a great way to help out, feel good, and take a walk around a beautiful lake while helping a dog. The dogs will love you! IMPORTANT: Check out the Ruff Runners facebook page before you go to confirm the actual start time which may vary seasonally and to check if they cancel it for any reason (usually just weather): https://www.facebook.com/TucsonRuffRunners/ If you like it, there are many other advantages to taking the next step and becoming a volunteer. Did you know that you can "check out" a dog for the day, or even overnight from the Pima Animal Care Center? Have you ever had a bad day, going through a rough time, or just felt lonely? Have the day off and nothing to do?? There is an answer! Just go grab a snuggly doggy woggy at the Pima Animal Care Center and have a great day together! NOW you don't have to even be a volunteer, you can JUST SHOW UP and check out a dog! What better way could you find to make your day and bring joy to a lonely doggy who needs love just like us? Just go to the PACC front desk and say you'd like to check out a dog for the day. You could take him for a picnic or a hike or just stay home and snuggle! This is one of the best ways to help these pups get out, bond with people, and help relieve stress, so you are really helping their adoptability. Call PACC at (520)[masked] if you have any questions. Thanks for being part of the solution!

Weekly Community Walk at Pima Animal Care Center

Pima Animal Care Center

Every Tues at 5:00pm and Fri at 6:30am, the Tucson Ruff Runners host a community walk at the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC). The reason I am listing this on the site is that dog walking is a great way to help reduce shelter dog stress and behavior problems. This is also a great gateway to getting involved in enrichment, play groups, training, and home fostering which all serve to reduce behavior problems, increase adoptability, and reduce returns. It is also an easy way to see if you like walking and working with dogs and whether you'd like to become a volunteer. This is how I started! These wonderful folks make it real easy to just show up and walk dogs. Just park behind the NEW center at Columbus park and look for the truck with dog stuff and the attendants wearing the Ruff Runner shirts. They'll supply everything you need: leash, bags, treats and directions to get you started! It's a great way to help out, feel good, and take a walk around a beautiful lake while helping a dog. The dogs will love you! IMPORTANT: Check out the Ruff Runners facebook page before you go to confirm the actual start time which may vary seasonally and to check if they cancel it for any reason (usually just weather): https://www.facebook.com/TucsonRuffRunners/ If you like it, there are many other advantages to taking the next step and becoming a volunteer. Did you know that you can "check out" a dog for the day, or even overnight from the Pima Animal Care Center? Have you ever had a bad day, going through a rough time, or just felt lonely? Have the day off and nothing to do?? There is an answer! Just go grab a snuggly doggy woggy at the Pima Animal Care Center and have a great day together! NOW you don't have to even be a volunteer, you can JUST SHOW UP and check out a dog! What better way could you find to make your day and bring joy to a lonely doggy who needs love just like us? Just go to the PACC front desk and say you'd like to check out a dog for the day. You could take him for a picnic or a hike or just stay home and snuggle! This is one of the best ways to help these pups get out, bond with people, and help relieve stress, so you are really helping their adoptability. Call PACC at (520)[masked] if you have any questions. Thanks for being part of the solution!

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