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4 weeks ago
The Small Dog Rules

Flashback to last May when the local paper wrote about my first book, Downward Sizing Dog. (The story is linked in my story :). I’m now so grateful to be working toward 1000 books sold 📚🐶.

Book two (The Small Dog Rules) is chugging along, but I’m slowing myself down because I also want to become a certified trainer. I lean toward a behavior certification…and I’ve been taking several classes with different schools to decide which direction works best for my style and strengths. Whatever I do, it will be strictly positive training.

Do you have any opinions about clicker training? Victoria Stillwell’s programs? Would love to hear.

#dogtraininglife #smalldogtraining #smalldogrules #havaneseofinstagram #dogwriter #dogbooks
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Flashback to last May when the local paper wrote about my first book, Downward Sizing Dog. (The story is linked in my story :). I’m now so grateful to be working toward 1000 books sold 📚🐶.  

Book two (The Small Dog Rules) is chugging along, but I’m slowing myself down because I also want to become a certified trainer. I lean toward a behavior certification…and I’ve been taking several classes with different schools to decide which direction works best for my style and strengths. Whatever I do, it will be strictly positive training.

Do you have any opinions about clicker training? Victoria Stillwell’s programs? Would love to hear.

#dogtraininglife #smalldogtraining #smalldogrules #havaneseofinstagram #dogwriter #dogbooks
1 month ago
The Small Dog Rules

Such a smart post by a heroic group of humans. Pass it on!Social media is an amazing tool and it has been instrumental in helping countless rescue animals find homes. We are so grateful for our incredible followers around the country who support our dogs and our mission and we’re thrilled that we’ve been able to inspire some in other parts of the country to adopt a senior dog.

Unfortunately having an audience around the country can sometimes cause confusion and hurt feelings. We are a small rescue in Rhode Island and we often get comments and emails from people all over the country wanting to adopt one of our dogs. Some people are not happy with us when we say “no”.

“Can he be shipped to Florida?”
- There were 24,295 animals killed in Florida shelters in 2023.

“I’ll take him. I’m in North Carolina.”
- There were 38,017 animals killed in North Carolina shelters in 2023.

“Can someone bring her to Texas?”
- There were 78,938 animals killed in Texas shelters in 2023.

One comment we often see is, “oh I would never support a kill shelter”. But, these are the shelters who need your support! High-intake shelters are the ones who need adopters, fosters, volunteers, and donors to save more lives.

We know our dogs are completely adorable and we love that they are in high-demand but if you are truly serious about adopting an animal, please check your local shelters and rescues first. We promise you that there are animals in your state looking for homes.

Yes, transports do exist, but the primary goal is to help animals in overcrowded, high-intake shelters. Transporting a dog from Rhode Island to a state with a high euthanasia rate would unnecessarily use a lot of time, money, and resources when there are local dogs waiting for somebody to choose them. Also, each state has different laws about importing animals so it’s never a simple process. We are only licensed in certain states.

We love that so many people want to adopt and there is a huge need for homes all over the country. Please check your local shelters, rescues, or Petfinder and save a life. Today is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day so we encourage you to visit your local shelter.
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