Our minds are like ocean waves full of emotions and turbulence's deep inside of us. In the animal world, they can understand us and they react depending on how we are feeling at any specific moment in our lives. For example, how many of us come home from work and don’t feel like talking to anyone just having a quiet moment and petting our best friend?. Life can make us feel empty and lost sometimes. Animals are the only ones who can understand our emotions and makes us smile again. They make us feel comfortable and strong, looking forward to overcome all obstacles that we encounter everyday. We can talk to them, we can share those special intimate thoughts, and we know that they will never betray or judge us. Animals are our best friends in good and bad times. They will always be there for us…always. Let’s protect them, love them, and always be there for them……don't ever forget who your best friend is!
Animal Body Language
They communicate when they are feeling happy, sad, nervous, fearful, angry, and they use their faces and bodies to convey much of this information. Dog body language is an elaborate and sophisticated system of nonverbal communication that, fortunately, we can learn to recognize and interpret. Although dogs and cats cannot speak, they can still let us know their emotions by their body language and the sounds they make.
The SPCA of Tennessee is 501(c)3 non-profit organization who relies on volunteers and a variety of partners to be able to continue the work of saving animals in the state of Tennessee and southern and northern states throughout the United States. Our main goal is to be able to get more animals of the streets and situations where they are not well taking care of and give them a better life. Thank you for all your support throughout the past 11 years. It has been a long road to follow but now an impossible dream to achieve.
You and your dogs speak different languages. Humane, interactive training gives dogs greater freedom and a better understanding of our world. Untrained dogs are often punished for their “improper” behavior. Be the one to train your dog—you are the one who will need to know how to communicate with him or her, but get help from a humane dog trainer if you run into problems.
Compassion, clarity, and consistency are the most important elements of dog training. Training should not include any activity or device that endangers animals (e.g. electric shock collars) or puts undue stress on them. Good books on the subject include A Well-Trained Dog by Deborah A. Jones, Ph. D; The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller; and for solving dog behavioral problems, If Only They Could Speak, Dogs Behaving Badley, and The Dog Who Loved Too Much, all by Nicholas Dodman.
Puppies should be taken out at least once every two hours (or within a half hour after eating or drinking) and guided to the same spot where they can smell having relieved themselves before. Immediately after they “do their business,” they should be praised lavishly in a high-pitched, excited voice. Crate training does not speed up the housebreaking process: Puppies do not develop full bladder control before 6 months of age and are physically incapable of “holding it” for very long.
Take your adult dog out at least four times a day and allow him or her time to linger and smell the area. If you cannot go home at lunchtime, enlist the help of a neighbor or a professional dog-walker.
Crating has recently become a popular practice often used on adult dogs by people who say that they are protecting the dogs. However, the true reason is often related to protecting the dog from damaging furniture or out of convenience. This practice deprives the dog of basic necessities, such as the freedom to walk around and look out of the window, the opportunity to relieve itself, and the comfort of stretching.
Sterilizing (Spay and Neuter) dogs helps stem the tide of companion-animal overpopulation. Spaying female dogs reduces the stress and discomfort endured during heat periods, eliminates the risk of uterine cancer, and greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer. Neutering makes male dogs much less likely to roam or fight and prevents testicular cancer.
Never wait to take your dog to a veterinarian if there is any sign of illness or injury, but do not leave your dog with the vet for any longer than absolutely necessary or allow the vet to refuse you to let your to see him or her upon request. Just like your home, a pet is YOUR property and not theirs, unless they detect neglect or abuse.
If you have been feeding your dog or cat commercial pet foods, you are jeopardizing his or her health in the long-term. Cheap, supermarket pet foods are composed of ground-up, moldy, and/or diseased parts of animals deemed by Agriculture Department inspectors unfit for human consumption.