Oregon Humane Society is the largest animal welfare organization in the Northwest, with campuses in Salem and Portland, including a new Community Veterinary Hospital. OHS offers a wide variety of services from pet adoption, training, humane law enforcement, veterinary care, humane education, and disaster response.
OHS puts no time limits on how long animals remain at the shelter—a pet stays available for adoption as long as needed to find a loving home. If a pet in our care needs medical attention, the medical team provides that pet with the same level of care you would want your own pet to receive.
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Everyone knows that a tired dog is a good dog. Giving your dog plenty of physical exercise is important, but it's equally important to provide her with mental stimulation. Dogs love to use their brains and mental stimulation is a great alternative to long walks on rainy evenings or hot summer days. Here we discuss a few different dog stimulating options.
Crate training is a very useful tool for a variety of situations. If you have a new dog or puppy, you can use the crate to limit his access to the house until he learns what he can and can’t chew on and where he can and can’t eliminate. It will also prevent your dog from engaging in unwanted behaviors (like rummaging through the garbage while you’re at the store or in the shower). A crate is a safe way of transporting your dog in the car and gives you the ability to take him places where he can’t run freely. If you properly train your dog to use a crate, he’ll think of it as his safe place and will be happy to spend time there when needed.
Living with a pet can be beneficial to children. Pets can enhance a child's self-esteem, teach them responsibility, and help them to learn empathy; however, children and dogs may not automatically start off with a wonderful relationship. Parents must teach the dog and the child acceptable limits of behavior in order to make interactions pleasant and safe.
These exercises are designed to help you teach your puppy that human hands always deliver great things! By practicing the following, your puppy will relax and feel happy and content when adults or children pet her or come near her food. This will also help prepare your puppy for handling that comes along with vet visits, trips to the groomer, etc.
Every year, an estimated 400,000 children, most ages 5—9, seek medical attention for dog bites. Most dog bites to children occur while a parent is standing within three feet of the child, supervising the interaction. When dogs and children interact, parents need to recognize when the dog is saying "I'm doing fine and enjoying this interaction" or "I'm worried about this interaction and if it doesn't stop, I may have to take action!"