Debi@RescueDogs101, Author at Rescue Dogs 101

All posts by Debi@RescueDogs101

How to help dogs with firework anxiety

Is your dog afraid of fireworks? Does he run and hide, shake uncontrollably when he hears the loud boom? Dogs get confused and scared when they hear the loud noises of fireworks. Many times dogs will

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How to convince parents to get a dog

You want a dog but your parents won’t let you. Puppies are adorable. Dogs are loyal and can be the greatest friend you will ever have in life. So how do you convince your parents to get a dog?  Simple.

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What is black dog syndrome?

If you walk into a shelter or browse Petfinder looking to adopt a dog, you may notice an overwhelming amount of black dogs. Why?  It’s called Black Dog Syndrome.  Our foster dog, Prada According

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Is it OK to get a dog from a breeder?

Predictability is the biggest reason to buy a dog from a reputable responsible breeder. Knowing what to expect from that tiny little puppy as he grows into an adult dog is important in some scenarios. Don’t

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Homemade dog shampoo

So you want to make homemade dog shampoo. Whether you just want to avoid all the chemicals found in store-bought dog shampoos or just enjoy making your own, I have several different DIY dog

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How to speak to dogs

Are you curious about how to talk to your dog? Have you ever found yourself talking with your dog, telling him how your day went? Or asking what he thinks about your new outfit?  You aren’t

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Is coconut oil safe for dogs?

There has been some recent controversy about coconut oil and dogs. When I first researched this in 2017, my immediate answer is YES, coconut oil is good for dogs. Updated May 2020 Coconut oil is

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How can I remove dog urine odor from carpet?

Accidents happen. The best chance you have to get dog pee smell out of carpet is to act quickly.  But don’t panic if you just noticed it after coming home from working all day. There

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Which dog flea and tick control is the best? [chart]

With so many products on the market, it’s hard to choose which is best flea and tick prevention for dogs. Should you choose and over-the-counter option like Advantix II, or get a prescription

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Benefits of fostering a dog

We started fostering dogs in 2014 because I wanted a way to help save dogs from being euthanized. I also wanted a way to teach my daughter about different dog breeds, personalities, and challenges before

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How social distancing is affecting our pets

Is your dog wondering why you are home so much? I’m normally home all day with the dogs anyway, but now my husband and daughter are home too. So Ginger and Bear are missing their quiet days, as

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How To Foster A Dog

I realized I wanted to start fostering dogs after adopting our dog JJ. He was our first experience with a foster-based rescue and it had a huge impact me. Fostering was a great way for my dog-obsessed

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Dog kicking back legs while sleeping

At the end of the day, my family plops down on the couch to relax, watch some tv and catch up on our day… our dogs included! More often than not, we watch our dog, Bear, twitching in his sleep.

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Best Dog Crates 2020

Finding the Best Dog Crate for Your Dog With so many options available for dog crates, it’s hard to decide which is the best for you and your dog. From wire crates, plastic crates, soft-sided

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Getting your first dog

Did we make the right decision in getting a dog? When adopting a rescue dog, how do you know it’s the right dog? How do you know you are ready for your first dog? Is it a good idea to get a dog? Many

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My dog eats once every 2 or 3 days

How many times a day should a dog eat? Discover the many reasons why a dog may not want to eat and what to do about it. And when you should go to the vet. My personal dogs never miss a meal. They know

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Dog Jealous of New Dog

It’s been proven that dogs do feel jealousy. So what can you do when you have a dog that you know gets jealous and you want to adopt second dog? According to the AKC website: “Research

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What can you do for a dog that scratches all the time?

The suffering of a dog that scratches all day and night is not only heartbreaking but really frustrating.  For a stretch of time, I resorted to removing our dogs’ collar and tag. I felt really

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Pet Bloggers Journey 2020

Pet Bloggers around the world have come together to support each other in what can become a lonely profession. Colby Morita of Puppy In Training is hosting this years Pet Bloggers Journey. Each year

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How to stop a dog from nipping ankles

Running children can resemble a herd of livestock to herding dogs such as the Australian Cattle Dog. These dogs have a natural instinct to herd sheep and cattle. So what do you do when you have chosen

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Shelter dogs behavior aren’t always how they’re described

You may be surprised at how many stories I hear about dogs not being at all what adopters thought they would be after coming home. Think about this, shelter dogs are quickly assessed in a cold and

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Dog afraid of loud noises

Each week of 2020, I will be choosing a question from a Rescue Dogs 101 community member. Here is our first question of the Asking for My Dog series to kick off the new year! #AskingForMyDog “Billy

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Top 10 Best Slow Feeder Dog Bowls

Both our dogs, Ginger and Bear, seam to swallow their food whole. I wonder if they even taste the food!  Yes, just like you, my dog eats too fast. I’m not sure why, because they get

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29 Best Dog Training Books for Your Rescue Dog

Dog training goes far beyond teaching him to sit and stay. That’s why I put together this list of the very best dog training books for your unique dog and situation. When you adopted your dog,

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Fostering a dog – foster fail?

When someone asks when or how we adopted our dog, Ginger, I usually start with, “she was a foster fail”!  #fosterfail What does it mean to foster fail? The term “foster fail” means

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Should I get a dog? Yes, no, maybe so? [quiz]

You were just at a friend’s house that had this adorable, perfect dog and now you’re thinking… should I get a dog? Or maybe you just watched a heartwarming movie that featured a German

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27 Cool Dog Gadgets Your Dog Will Love

Cool dog gadgets to make your dog happier and your life easier! You are going to love our list of high-tech dog gadgets and toys.  Top 13 High-tech dog toys and gadgets This post contains affiliate

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How can I stop my dog from barking?

Does your dog bark in her crate while you are at work? Do you get complaints from your apartment neighbors that your dogs barking is out of control? Does your dog bark insanely out the window at other

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Adopting a fearful dog and how to help

How do I help my dog not be afraid of people, cars, loud noises… it’s a question I hear every single day. It’s not uncommon for a rescue dog to be scared of everything around him. The

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Dog Themed Kitchen Gift Guide for the Dog-lover

If you are looking for dog-themed kitchen items you are in the right place. And if your Christmas list has anyone that loves dogs on it, we have 24 great gift ideas for you to choose from.  Of

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36 Must-Have Gifts for Dog-Loving Kids

My daughter has been a dog lover ever since she was old enough to talk! Every year for her birthday and Christmas I search out the best dog themed gifts. Whatever I buy that has a dog on it, turns

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International dog rescue adoptions — can we save them all?

No, you can’t save all the dogs, but you can save one. And one dog is all you need to save. But which dog is the right one to save? You’re scrolling through your Facebook feed and come across

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Thanksgiving Dog Facts and Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is a time to feast and be thankful for everything we are blessed with… from family to health, to our pets. Our dogs are a big part of our family and are always a part of our celebration. I

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41 Indestructible Durable Dog Toys for Heavy, Aggressive, Destructive Chewers

If your dog tears apart every toy he can get his mouth on, you aren’t alone. It’s a struggle many dog owners face.  You bring home a new toy, toss it to your pup and 5 minutes later you have

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Dog Adoption Stories that Will Make You Smile, Laugh and Cry!

It all started with one question in one of my weekly emails to my loyal subscribers. I was absolutely blown away by the responses I received. The ding of my email notifications had me in shock.  So,

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Remember Me Thursday

What is Remember Me Thursday® and why does it matter? As stated on the official website: Remember Me Thursday® is a global awareness campaign uniting individuals and pet adoption organizations around

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Easy Homemade Frozen Dog Treats for Summer

Frozen treats are a great way to keep your dog cool and hydrated during a hot summer day! My dogs absolutely go crazy about their frozen dog treats in the summer (and even in the winter). They are a super

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11 Great Ideas on How to Get Your Dog to Drink More Water

We all know our dogs need clean water to stay healthy and to survive. Without water, he will become dehydrated and get very sick. Hot days make it hard for us as humans to stay hydrated and the same goes

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How Long Does It Take To Adopt A Dog?

How long it takes to adopt a dog is going to depend on a lot of variables. Simply put, it could take a couple of hours at the humane society, or it could take days to weeks with a volunteer-run rescue. Every

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Our Heartbreaking, Gut Wrenching Adoption Story

My stomach was literally in knots the entire day. I’ve heard that phrase before, but never really felt it. I mean deep down in your gut… I couldn’t eat, my mind was fuzzy, I just couldn’t wrap

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How to Bond with Your Dog (and Why It Matters)

It’s not unusual for a newly adopted rescue dog to be unsure and distant at first. You may be wondering if he will ever like you, will he ever not be afraid… or you may be simply wondering how to bond

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21 Secrets To Keeping My House From Smelling Like Dog

Does your house smell like dog? If you walked into my home right now, you may wonder who I am to talk about dog smell in a home. I will be the first to admit, since moving into our new country home last

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My Dog Ran Away! What Should I Do?

Your dog decided to run away, and you are scared of what will happen to him. Will he find his way home, will he get hit by a car, will someone steal him, will you ever see him again? I remember as a child,

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How to Potty Train a Puppy Fast & Easy

You brought home your new puppy, took him outside to show him where to go potty and he sniffs, plays, everything but doesn’t potty. So you take him inside and he squats and pees! Sound familiar?

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Your Ultimate Guide to Dogs and Ticks

Warning: you may start to experience the feeling of something crawling up your leg after reading this blog post! This year I have declared war on all the creepy crawly, disgusting ticks in our yard! The

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Beautiful Flowers and Cute Puppies… Are Plants Toxic to Dogs?

First things first, if you think your dog ingested a toxic plant, stop reading now and call your vet immediately! You may also call the Pet Poison Helpline 24/7.  There are many plants that are toxic

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The True Meaning of #AdoptDontShop

We’ve all heard the phrase Adopt Don’t Shop. You may have even used the hashtag, #adoptdontshop. But what’s the real meaning behind this campaign? Is it to say you should never buy a puppy from a

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Best Healthy Dog Treats for Training

I get asked all the time from our foster dog adopters, what are the best dog treats for training? I have several go-to brands that I like to recommend. These brands are known for their high-quality, limited

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13 Things to Know Before Getting a Dog

You are finally in a place that you think you are ready to adopt a dog. You found an apartment that accepts dogs, or maybe you just bought your first home and can’t wait to add a dog to the backyard.

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The Prong Collar, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I know some people cringe at the sight of a prong collar, it looks barbaric and cruel. The prong collar training gets a lot of attention from pure positive or force free dog trainers. These trainers believe

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