Whether you are preparing to adopt a new puppy or are a seasoned dog owner, you’re in the right place.
At Rescue Dogs 101, I will guide you in your journey of adopting and raising a rescue dog every step of the way. The blog is jam-packed with resources for not only adopting but also for when questions and problems may arise, including training techniques, tools, and useful products to help keep your dog happy and healthy.
The story and dogs behind Rescue Dogs 101
Hi, my name is Debi McKee. I am a dog mom to two dogs, volunteer as a foster home and perform home visits with our local rescue. I recently started volunteering for my local humane society also. I have been a dog lover my entire life, starting with our family dog as a young child. As an adult, my husband and I had the pleasure of adopting six dogs over the past 20+ years. Introducing: Symba, Nala, Abby Girl, JJ, Ginger and Bear.
When we adopted JJ, the concept of the foster home was intriguing to me, and got me thinking about how awesome it would be to help save a dogs life. Giving a dog the comfort of a home while he waits for his forever family is a fantastic way to help a dog in need. It took a few years before I felt we were prepared, but in 2015 we were approved to be a foster home for a local dog rescue group. I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about dog behavior and training since connecting with such an awesome rescue. You can follow our Foster Tails here.
Am I that crazy dog lady?
My mom commented last weekend that I take more pictures of our dogs than I ever did of my kids! I’m not sure I agree with that, but I admit, we do spoil our dogs. As a dog owner and foster home, I’ve experienced many different dog personalities, gone through several training programs with our dogs, attended training seminars and have done more than my fair share of Google searches.
I strongly believe training is not an option. Although it doesn't need to be difficult. Training happens everyday, with every action you take. Training can and should be fun for your dog. If you've never owned a dog before, a professional dog trainer is a great place to start.
Most of us adopt a dog and have an idea of how we want that dog to behave. TV shows and movies put this picture perfect dog in our head, that walks around off-leash, comes every time when called, never gets into trouble and saves our kids from danger! You know, Lassie. But the fact is, those TV dogs have been through hundreds of hours of training.
Dogs aren’t born understanding our “rules”. So please don’t expect to adopt a dog, bring him home and be the perfect dog you dream of. As dog owners we have the responsibility to train our dogs to understand right from wrong.
So now you know a bit about me, and why I started the Rescue Dogs 101 blog. I’d love to hear your story, feel free to drop me an email and let me know if you have a question I haven’t covered yet, or how I can help you become a better dog owner.
April 2019 – Started volunteering for Dane County Humane Society. Going through many hours of training.
December 2018 – Attended dog behavior and training seminar with Majors Dog Academy, hosted by Fetch WI.
January 2018 – Attended dog behavior and training seminar with Majors Dog Academy, hosted by Fetch WI..
October 2017– Attended 2-day (12 total hours) seminar on dog behavior and training with Sit Means Sit Dog Training, hosted by Fetch WI.
March 2017 – Attended seminar on dog behavior and training with Majors Dog Academy, hosted by Fetch WI.
January 2017 – Started dog agility training with our dog Ginger. Currently attending training classes every week.
November 2016 – Attended a seminar on Managing Multi-Dog Interactions and Play hosted by Fetch WI.
March 2016 – Attended 6 week training session at The Dog Den in Madison, WI with our adopted German Shepard Mix, Ginger.
July 2015 – Attended seminar on dog behavior and training with Majors Dog Academy, hosted by Fetch WI.
March 2015 – Attended seminar on dog behavior and training with Majors Dog Academy, hosted by Fetch WI.
February 2015 – Attended seminar on dog play and behavior at Charlie's Bark Park , hosted by Fetch WI. Learned about strategies for working with dogs with different behavior issues.
January 2015 – Attended seminar on dog behavior and training with Majors Dog Academy, hosted by Fetch WI.
November 2014 – Current – Foster home for rescue dogs in need.
2006 – Completed 8 week dog training class with our adopted yellow lab, Abby.
1996 – Completed 8 week dog training class with our black lab mix, Nala, after adopting her from the trainer we used for Symba. Nala "graduated" top of her class.
1995 – Completed 8 week dog training class with our black lab/golden retriever mix, Symba, in McHenry, IL. Symba "graduated" second in his class.