Anna Grace is our Pet of the Week on Wet Nose Wednesday
Anna Grace, from the Humane Society of West Michigan, came to visit.
Anna Grace is a 4-year-old Terrier Mix, she has been in and out of our shelter for about a year, and she is a sweetheart with a great smile. She loves to play, go for walks, and lay on the couch and cuddle. Anna Grace is reactive towards other animals and would prefer to be the only pet in the home.
With it being National Train Your Dog Month, Emily said they would like to highlight our obedience classes. A well-mannered, socialized dog is a joy to live with. Teaching helps you and your dog communicate, ensuring that he/she becomes a well-behaved family member. Our classes address not just basic cues but socializing, house training, chewing, barking, play biting and other behavioral concerns.
Emily said their teaching method is based on kindness and respect. We use positive reinforcement such as praise, toys, playtime or treats to motivate, reward and correct behaviors.
At Humane Society of West Michigan we offer a wide variety of canine courses for you and your dog's needs. To learn about each of these unique opportunities visit hswestmi.org/obedience-classes.
January is Walk Your Pet Month! Walking isn't just healthy for you but it's also healthy for your pet. Your dog is stimulated by the smells and sounds of the outdoors and it also helps them lose weight and gain muscle! If you do not regularly walk your dog but want to get into the habit of doing so consult with your veterinary first to see how much your pet can handle. Start out with short and slow walks and slowly increase over time. Train your dog how to walk on a leash and know how your dog reacts to others. Make sure to have water on hand for you and your pet. Last but not least, keep an eye out for the weather for those icy days or for those extra hot days - it may be best just to stay inside and cuddle on the couch instead!
You can get all the information on the Humane Society website or call (616) 453-8900.