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  • Writer's pictureTracy Vicente

For the love of a shelter dog

Updated: Dec 5, 2018

To all of you who choose to adopt your pets, this blog is for you <3


If not for my own pets and the shelter dogs I have loved, I would not be writing this right now, and I owe them all so much for enriching my life. Every moment I have spent helping them feel better about the world around them has been a true labour of love. Every fear they have overcome, every step they have taken, has been a moment of joy for me, as I am sure it has for you when you see your pet overcoming their fears and challenges.


Many times they present in the shelter shut down, fearful - they are lost, devastated, and scared. The species and language barrier reaches such dramatic misunderstanding at times. We can help, with the right training, one of kindness to build that trust bank account back up again. Slowly, they feel more confident in our homes, then we carefully expose them to new things out in the world, from a distance, watching them, and making them feel good about that, too. It truly is one of the most rewarding feelings, and they are forever grateful.


I learned that, as with many major non profit welfare organizations, certified animal behaviorists, veterinarians, and esteemed trainers across the world agree, positive reinforcement, science backed force free training will not only teach our pets more effectively, it will create an unbreakable bond based on trust. This type of training gives our dogs choice, in result making them feel good about their choices and wanting to do them more for us.


Bless every soul who wants to right the wrongs. You are not alone, there are so many of us who want to make a difference for homeless pets.


Reach out to me with your rescue story. I am also here for you with some challenges you may be facing.


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