This page is still under construction and we plan on adding many, many, many more links on dog care!
The links below (and anywhere else in the site) help provide information that we hope will be useful to pet owners or potential owners.
Please understand that the information and advice provided in these sites are, to the best of our knowledge, accurate and given in good
faith. However, we have no way of knowing if everything is indeed factual and encourage you to consult an animal behaviorist or
veterinary rather than relying solely on the information provided in the links below. The decision to use, or not to use, any
information is the sole responsibility of the reader. In no event shall Heading Home K9 Rescue be liable for any damages whatsoever resulting
from any action arising in connection with the use of this information - Heading Home K9 Rescue makes no warranties or guarantees and expressly
disclaims all liability.
Why You Need to Train Your Dog - No Matter What His/Her Age:
Housetraining Fun: Many people want to surrender dogs to us because their dog has accidents in the house. More
often than not, the dogs can learn housetraining very easily and it is the owners, not the dogs, who need training. There are basic
things to consider - is your dog on a consistent potty schedule? Are you using cleaning products that contain enzyme removers, have
you tried crating your dog, what is the dog's feeding schedule like, have you brought him/her to the vet to rule out medical problems
(especially common things like urinary track infections?), are you feeding your dog a high quality diet, etc.
General Info about Cratetraining: There is a common misconception is that it is cruel to crate a dog or puppy.
The key to overcome the "I refuse to crate my dog because it is cruel" idea is by educating people. We have no doubt
that if more people used crates (and used them properly), less dogs would be owner released. Some of the reasons people owner
release dogs is because they think their dog has chewing or housetraining issues. More often than not, we are able to fix this
so-called problem by simply crating the dog. Does this mean a dog always has to be crated? Of course not. Not all dogs need to be
crated and do just fine when left alone in the house. In fact, we encourage people in the adoption packet we hand out to wean
a dog from the crate, once they feel the dog is completely reliable with his/her housetraining. Until then, we strongly
encourage crating. It is not cruel to use a crate, so long as one uses it properly. What is cruel is not even bothering to
alleviate the problem with the crate. After you read the articles listed below, you too will see the importance of crating a dog.