A Dog’s View: Tip 8 – Impulse Control

jax3Hi, my name is Jax. I have waited a long time for an opportunity to blog and am excited to share my story.  For starters, my human friends at the shelter tell me that I have the cutest ears.  Everyone at the shelter is super nice.  They constantly praise me for learning quickly and for my ability to get along with other animals.

I love when people stop by my cage to offer a treat.  I politely take the treat and often flash a goofy grin their way.  One day I hope the grin and the ears warm someone’s heart.  I’m tired of waiting for my forever family to rescue me.  I would make a wonderful family pet. For some reason, I am constantly overlooked — probably because there are so many cats and dogs waiting for a family.

jax4I sure wish loving arms would replace the bars and walls that surround me.  Please share my story and help me settle into a home in time for the holidays.  I don’t want to spend another holiday season alone.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story.  In return, I’d like to share a dog tip.  My trainer, Laura Garber, teaches me new things every day.  Enjoy the information.


Tip #8: Impulse Control

Instilling impulse control means teaching your dog that he gets the things he wants for polite behavior, not for demanding behavior.  If your dog wants to go for a walk, dancing around when he sees the leash is going to make the leash go back on the hook; sitting quietly to be leashed up is a successful way of saying please and will get the desired result.  While waiting for his meal to be prepared, barking and whining will mean that the dinner bowl goes back on the shelf out of reach; sitting calmly and waiting to be released to his bowl will earn his meal.

Ideally, with impulse control exercises, you don’t want to tell your pooch what to do explicitly. That would be solving his problem for him.  Instead, wait for polite behavior to be offered.  This way your pooch is learning how to be a polite dog every moment of the day, not just the moments that he’s receiving direct instruction from you.

jax1About the Author:  Jax is a two-year old Terrier-American Pit Bull mix.  He is playful, smart and tolerant of other dogs.  Jax enjoys playing with toys and is a great companion. He is up-to-date with his vaccinations and neutered. Visit the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh.  The telephone number is 516-785-5220.


A Dog’s View – Tip 6: You Are What You Eat

versace  Hello, my name is Versace. I am a four-year-old Terrier-Pit Bull. Not only am I adorable, I am affectionate too. I had a great life until allergies forced my owner to surrender my sister and me to the animal shelter. One day soon, I hope to find a home with people who love me.

My sister Sassie is an eight-year-old purebred Rottweiler. Being in a shelter frightenssassie her. My wish for Sassie is to find a quiet home to live out the rest of her life.

I’ve shared my hopes and dreams, now I’d like to provide the benefits of welcoming a dog into your life. Did you know that owning a pet can improve your overall health? One walk a day or a several minutes playing ball with your pet would increase your activity level, thereby lowering blood pressure and improving heart health? In addition, our silly behavior brings extra smiles to your face and leaves you in a better mood. Tests indicate that spending time with animals lowers your stress level more than spending time with family and friends. I’m sure having someone who views you as the greatest person in the world also plays a positive role in emotional health. Decrease the amount of hours you spend in a doctor’s office by stopping by the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter to adopt your next pet. My paws are crossed that you’ll pick Sassie or me.

I’ve shared the benefits of owning a dog, now I’d like to share a tip that will keep your pet healthy. This tip comes from our trainer Laura Garber. Laura and the staff at the animal shelter are committed to keeping our hearts and bodies healthy. Enjoy Tip 6 – You Are What You Eat!

The saying “You are what you eat!” applies as much to dogs as it does to people.  Feed your dog a diet with high-quality nutrient sources.  Look for specific meats (like “chicken”) as well as specific meat meals (like “turkey meal”), which offer a high concentration of the meat source.  Avoid by-products and, above all, corn, which is a simple sugar.  Finally, remember that animal proteins are not only tastier but also more digestible than plant proteins in dogs.  It is a rare dog that can thrive on a vegetarian diet.

Is your dog hyper, unfocused, and exhibiting out-of-control behavior?  It may be due to an extremely high level of cereal foods such as wheat, corn or corn meal.  As a test, soak a piece of his kibble in water for 15 minutes; if it swells in size and gets mushy, it’s mostly cereal.

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Versace and Sassie


About the Author and her sister: Versace’s former owner indicated that she is house trained, crate trained and lovable. Her sister Sassie is a gentle giant who would flourish with a family familiar with her breed. Both dogs are spayed and micro chipped. For more information, please contact the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh, New York. Our telephone number is     516-785-5220.


A Dog’s View: Tip 4 – Walk without the Pull

billblassSCREENWRITER WANTED to help write my happy ending. The sole prerequisite for this position is love.  Hey there, my name is Bill Blass.  I spend my days at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh reading the papers that line my cage.  My favorite part of the newspaper is the Movie section. 

I don’t know about you, but the movies this summer are a bit frightening. Have you seen the flick where monkeys take over the world?  How about the prehistoric creature that devastates a city? I prefer family stories with happy endings. That isn’t to say that my story isn’t any less terrifying than the movies mentioned above.  There isn’t enough time to start from the beginning, so I’ll begin the day I arrived at the animal shelter.  I didn’t arrive in clothing and sandals like the monkeys.  My attire was a choke collar attached to a heavy metal leash that was weighted down with padlocks. My previous owner didn’t keep his promise to love me until the end of time.  In fact, he hated when I showed him affection and took to constrain me in a terrible manner. The marks along my nose are constant reminders of his discourse.   

My prayers were answered he day animal control rescued me.  The staff members and volunteers at the shelter, treat me well.  I even made a new two-legged friend who enjoys my kisses.  Her name is Andrea.  She’s really nice and pretty too.

Laura Garber, my trainer, spends a great deal of time with my dog friends and me. She’s taught us how to act like gentlemen.  I work hard during her classes just so my next owner treats me better.  Do you want me to share a tip I learned just last week?  Great! This is Tip 4 – Walk without the Pull.

Dogs enjoy pulling and are actually encouraged to pull when they wear traditional collars and harnesses where the leash attachment is on their neck or their back.  It’s called opposition reflex and the perfect example is the husky pulling the sled… he shoulders into the load!  But there is walking equipment available that will discourage pulling.  Front-attach harnesses, such as the Easy-Walk or the Freedom Harnesses, are effective in decreasing pulling on leash.  Alternatively headcollars like the Gentle Leader, the Halti, the Snoot Loop, or the Canny Collar, can decrease pulling on leash for dogs with issues on leash (lunging, etc) or for dogs who outweigh/outmuscle their handlers.

Of course, dogs should be trained to loose-leash walk, as if holding hands with their humans, but these no-pull devices can help as you work on these skills.

Thanks for dropping by our blog!  If you’re looking for a friend to watch movies with, please stop by the shelter and complete an adoption form.  I savor a broad array of genres – provided we don’t watch Garfield by Twentieth Century Fox or Disney’s Lion King.  Cats – yuck!

About the Author:  Bill Blass is a three-year old Terrier, American Staffordshire/Mix.  He enjoys spending time with everyone – from kids to strangers.  He is healthy, heartworm negative and up to date on all vaccinations.  Help Bill write a happy ending for himself, stop by the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh, New York and provide him the life he deserves.

Adopt Your Next Pet From An Animal Shelter

Summer is the season most of us look ahead to all year long.  Alas, for shelter staff and their four-legged occupants, summertime is the scariest time of year.  For some reason, the highest percentage of animal surrenders takes place during June, July and August. Once again, animal shelters have reached capacity.  When available space runs out, there are merely two alternatives to make room: Adoption/foster or death.  To avoid the latter alternative, I am listing a few of the wonderful dogs at the shelter.  

If your family is considering adoption, or you know someone eager to welcome a dog into their home, please consider adopting or fostering an animal from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter.  The shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh, New York.   To read more about the shelter and the animals available for adoption, please check out their web site at http://toh.li/animal-shelter.

In addition to the dogs featured in the above photo section, please read past blog postings written by some of our best friends. Adopting an animal from a shelter saves the life of a dog and brings happiness to your home.  Please visit the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter this weekend.  Kindly share this post with your family and friends.  Did I mention that the animal shelter is waiving adoption fees?  It’s true. For a short time, adoptions are free.