WHEN SOMETHING MUST BE DONE: DOGS IN SHELTERS
WARNING SIGNS FOR LOSS OF QUALITY OF LIFE
With long term kenneling (or separation from a "family pack"), it becomes unacceptable to merely provide for the physical health and needs of dogs in shelters or kennels. It is not enough to just hope for more adoptions, as the days pass by and the dogs deteriorate mentally. The behavioral and emotional well-being of the dogs in your care (or that you evaluate for rescue) must be addressed daily. Their mental state at least maintained - and as the animal's shelter goal - improved. Without intervention, the dog will become less and less adoptable and its chances for a longer and longer shelter life with increase.
Repetitive Action Behaviors:
Repeated displays of aggression:
Unacceptable standards of care:
.....SOMETHING MUST BE DONE....
- These "warning signs" are the result of Sue Sternberg's work & experience as a training and behavioral expert at Rondout Valley Kennels, Inc.[4628 Rt. 209, Accord, NY (914) 687-7619]. These signs of stress can be used in many situations that we encounter in rescue: evaluating a dog at a shelter, after transport, at an owner release. Use in conjunction with the pre-evaluation S.C.A.N. and the Signs of stress