January 2019
PAW PRINTS
Coulee Region Humane Society's monthly e-newsletter.

 Old dogs CAN learn new tricks! 

January is "National Train Your Dog Month." Around here we believe that any dog (and owner) can benefit from training-regardless of age. The key to training is finding the right motivation and positive reinforcement. Some dogs are more food motivated while others prefer toys. Figuring out what makes your dog happy and utilizing it in a positive way is the ticket for effective training. 

The word "training" encompasses many objectives beyond "sit" and "stay." It could mean helping your shy dog learn to be more comfortable around new people, making a trip to the vet more enjoyable, or even helping your reactive dog gain composure in triggering situations. Each dog learns at their own pace and doesn't need a resume of circus tricks to be a well-trained dog. But we encourage all dog owners to spend time each day to work on some form of dog training. We promise that your future self and your dog will appreciate it! 

Besides the obvious convenience of having a well-trained dog, there are many other benefits to take advantage of!
5 Benefits to Dog Training:

 

Stronger Bond: Statistics show that owners with behaviorally sound pets get more satisfaction and have a stronger bond with their pet. Training helps strengthen communication and understanding between dog and owner. 


Safety: A well-trained dog, under supervision, is safer to have around family and friends, and is at a lower risk to himself than an uncontrollable dog. A dog that comes back when it is called, in the face of dangerous situations (e.g. where they could get hit by a car) has an obviously positive impact on its own welfare.


Less Stress: Training enables you to manage your dog more easily. Better management means they can be easily controlled and be more involved in family activities as well as out in public. Having confidence in your dog's behavior and your dog being confident in a broad range of situations creates positive outcomes. 

 

Cabin Fever Cure: Wisconsin winters are cold, and it can be difficult for dogs to get adequate exercise on days when it's -15 below zero. However, an hour of training is a great way to mentally stimulate your dog and they're usually tired after! 


 

It's Fun!: Training shouldn't be a chore! Setting aside time each day to spend with your dog on training is something to look forward to. Training should always be fun and engaging for both you and your dog. Trying new tricks and progressing week to week is rewarding for both parties! 

 

Have questions about dog training? Not sure where to start? Give us a call at 608-781-4014 and we'd be happy to help! 

Stay warm! 

Sincerely, 
Taylor Bates
Marketing and Events Coordinator

 Super Bowl LIII Adoption Promotion 

Stay tuned for our Starting Lineup!
11 cats will be picked by the "coaching" staff of CRHS to have discounted adoption fees during
Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 2nd-3rd! 


 Featured Pet: Eko



Eko is currently one of our longest term animals available for adoption at the shelter. 

Eko is a 7 years old spayed female looking for her perfect home! She is one of our longest term animals at the shelter and has been with us since September 2018. 

Eko is a beautiful lady that sometimes likes her own space but when she wants pets, she'll be sure to let you know! This gal would love living in a quiet home with lots of places to relax and nap! She should be the only pet in the home and would do best in a home without children. 

Eko is a special girl and is our current Resident Superstar! Her adoption fee is waived to help her find a home! 

To learn more about Eko or one of the many other animals available for adoption at the Coulee Region Humane Society , visit the shelter during our visiting hours from 1-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, or 1-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
 
 Get Involved

There are several ways you can become more involved with our shelter. You can spend your free time socializing with the animals by becoming a volunteer , participate in and attend one of our many fundraisers or events , sponsor a kennel , become a foster parent or simply make a financial donation online. However you want to help, know that it is greatly appreciated and truly does impact the lives of the thousands of homeless animals that enter our shelter every year. We need your help to help them!