We Are Their Voice!




‘Two Paws Up Tuesday”

As we wrap up the month of April which is ASPCA’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month we are going to touch on a few basic things that you can do to save the life of an animal. There are 10,000 estimated Puppy Mills in the U.S., 250,000 animals fall victim to hoarding annually and every 60 seconds another animal is abused!  Step one to reducing some of these staggering numbers is to educate yourself and get involved!

  • Be aware of all the neighborhood dogs.
  • Don’t be afraid of doing a health and wellness check on a new dog or puppy that is all of a sudden not seen or heard from.
  • Ask if you can introduce your dog, with their dog, and try to set up possible play-dates as a way of checking on the health and wellness of the new kid on the block.
  • A warning sign of possible abuse would be seeing a dog chained up without adequate shelter, food and water. Especially during hot summer or cold winter months.
  • If it’s safe to do so, take pictures of the abused animal, environment and owner if possible.
  • Add to the contacts on your phone your local Anmial Shelter, Rescue, and Animal Control.

Most rescues and shelters take in animals from puppy mills, dog fighting, hoarding, abusive situations and over populated shelters across the Country. You may not be able to adopt a pet of your own, but there are other things you can do to help.

  • Become a Foster parent to an animal who is too stressed out from the animal Shelter environment.
  • Check the wish lists of the shelters and rescues in your area to make donations based on their specific needs.
  • Volunteer your time to walk dogs or just to sit with the animals to help give them a human connection and feel loved.

Everyone can make a difference in an animals life just by supporting your local rescues and shelters.

Information courtesy of: ASPCA and Shirley Morse

Training Tip provided by Rebekah Hintzman Owner and Lead Trainer for RUFF Academy Real Life Dog Training. For proper socialization of a puppy it should interact with at least 100 people. This will help to build a great foundation for a happy healthy puppy and member of society.

FUN FACT courtesy of American Kennel Club: Puppies are born deaf, and they can’t hear until they’re about 3 weeks old. Once their hearing kicks in, though, they hear 4 times better than most people, making your dog’s hearing much more reliable than yours.


Looking for a website that provides you with all the resources and links you need for your dog? Look no further and use the link above for the perfect resource for you and your dog!






Disaster-Preparedness…Be Ready!




“Two Paws Up Tuesday”

Be ready for any emergency with a disaster-preparedness kit.

One never knows when the next hurricane, flood, tornado, wildfire or other natural disaster may strike. These events can be traumatic for families – but they can also be traumatic for pets.

That’s why it’s important to make sure your family and pets are ready for a disaster by putting together a disaster-preparedness kit.

Some basic items to consider for your basic disaster kit might include:

  • Food and water for at least five days for each pet, bowls and a manual can opener if you are packing canned pet food. People need at least 1 gallon of water per person per day. While your pet may not need that much, keep an extra gallon on hand to use if your pet had been exposed to chemicals or flood waters and needs to be rinsed.
  • Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container and a first-aid kit (a few weeks ago we covered what a first-aid kit should contain). A pet first-aid book is also a good idea.
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers to transport pets safely and to ensure that your pets can’t escape. Make sure that your pet is wearing a collar and identification tags that are up-to-date and visible at all times. Carriers should be large enough to allow your pet to stand comfortably, turn around and lie down  (your pet may have to stay in a carrier for hours at a time). Be sure to have a secure cage with no loose objects inside it to accommodate smaller pets, who may also need blankets or towels for bedding and warmth as well as special items, depending on their species.
  • Current photos of you with your pets and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them in case you and your pets become separated, and to prove that they are yours once you’re reunited.
  • Written information about your pets’ feeding schedules, medical conditions and behavior issues along with the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care.
  • You may consider having other useful items such as newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags, and grooming items or pet toys.

Visit human society.org/disaster or the Disaster Preparation board on Pinterest for more resources on staying safe during times of disaster. And remember, if it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pets!

Information courtesy of: The Humane Society Of The United States


The link above will provide you with options on various training classes and events. Is there a behavior that needs to be corrected or you’re just looking to network with other pet parents? The RUFF Crew is here and ready to help!  Our new facility is almost open for business and we are PAWSATIVELY RUFFERIFICLY excited about it!!!! This means no more destination locations for classes, except of course for Yappy Hours.

Training tip: This weeks training tip comes to you from Rebekah Hintzman Owner and Lead Trainer for RUFF Academy. Make your ringtone the sound of a doorbell to desensitize your dog from the sound of the doorbell.  Due to the fact that your phone goes off many times in a day, pretty soon the dog will learn to not care about the sound of the doorbell as it does not correlate it with anything.

Fun Fact: Your dog should spend 30 minutes to 2 hours a day being active. The amount of time depends on the size and breed of the dog.


Who Loves You More?



“Two Paws Up Tuesday”

Today is National Pet Day! What a perfect way to talk about the 13 ways your dog shows LOVE.

Dogs have been our constant companions for thousands of years. The history of dogs is closely tied to our own history, and no other animal on Earth shares as close a relationship with humans as dogs do. Dogs and humans understand each other, and it’s because of the undying love they show us that we keep them by our sides. We call them “man’s best friend”  for good reasons. Here are 13 ways dogs show love.

  1. Tail Wagging : We often think of a dog’s wagging tail as a sign of happiness, but that’s only part of the truth. A dog’s tail communicates many different emotions, including happiness, fear, tension or even an imminent attack. Generally, the looser and more relaxed your dog’s tail is, the more relaxed they are. When your dog is happy, they’ll wag their tail with their whole butt and their tail will sweep back and forth in a friendly way, or even in circles.
  2. Following You Around : When your dog seems to shadow you wherever you go, it’s just his social nature rearing its head. Humans are social beings, too, but we have more of a tendency to balance our social lives with a certain amount of solitude for peace and quiet. It doesn’t really occur to your dog to seek out “alone time.” It doesn’t cross their mind to want to be apart from you. His devotion means that wherever your are, that’s where he wants to be.
  3. Licking Your Face : Dogs lick people’s faces for a few different reasons, but in many cases it’s a sign of love and affection. Puppies typically lick faces even more than adult dogs. This behavior comes from Wolf cubs, who lick their mothers’ faces to signal hunger. A dog may also lick you in a submissive way, to let you know that it is not a threat. And of course, your licking dog may also simply be grooming you. Dogs groom each other as a gesture of intimacy when a solid bond is in place, so you can definitely take grooming as a sign of love.
  4. Jumping : Jumping is generally considered an unwanted behavior. When we walk through the door, it can feel nice to have your dog jump up and greet us with excitement. It really is an instinctive display of affection from your dog. As a puppy, a dog learns to lick it’s mother’s face and eyes. That’s why your dog jumps on you. It wants to lick your face because it recognizes you as its “parent.”
  5. Roughhousing : A bit of roughhousing is your dog’s natural way of playing and showing affection. It’s not only healthy, but also a necessary part of your dog’s social development, and it plays a big role in forming a bond between you and your dog. Of course, sometimes roughhousing can go too far, so teach your dog not to be too rough: no barking, biting or swiping. Keep it safe!
  6. Being Social : Dogs are hardwired to be social. When the crucial role you play in your dog’s life quickly becomes apparent to him, you become his “pack leader.” You are the most important individual your dog has, and they look to you for guidance, approval, companionship and love, and will provide the same whenever possible.
  7. Loyalty : If there’s one thing you can count on your dog for, it’s that you can count on your dog! Everyone knows that dogs are among the most loyal creatures on the planet. Living as part of a nuclear family unit is built into your dog’s instincts, which is what makes them so loyal and such terrific family pets.
  8. Sleeping Next To You : Dogs curl up with each other. Since you are your dog’s best friend and family, it’s only natural that they expect to be able to hop up on the bed and sleep up against you (and anyone else who may be in the mix). Whether or not this behavior is acceptable is a point of contentious debate among owners and experts alike.
  9. Looking After You When You’re Sick : Because dogs are inherently social animals, they possess an instinct to care for their “pack”. Dogs may even go as far as licking your actual wound, but their need to care for you can also extend to simply recognizing when you’re feeling sick, and watching over you.
  10. Leaning on You…Literally : It can be annoying when you’re trying to go about your business and your dog starts getting underfoot and literally leaning against you. The bigger your dog is, the more of a problem this can be. In your dog’s mind, though, it’s a sign of affection. It’s a way of both showing you attention and asking for you attention in return. When this happens, take a moment to sit down, pet your dog, and let them know you love them back!
  11. Smiling : Yes, dogs really do smile! If you’ve ever thought you’ve caught your canine flashing the dog version of a smile, you’re probably right. A dog’s smile can signal love and affection to an owner just as human smiles do. In fact, research has shown that dogs use many facial expressions in similar ways as we do when reacting to loved ones, strangers, and pleasant or unpleasant objects.
  12. Sniffing Your Crotch : This behavior firmly belongs in the category of things dogs do that are annoying even though they’re meant to be friendly. Sure, it’s very awkward and even embarrassing when someone’s dog shoves it’s snout all up in your business, but to a dog, it’s an important greeting. It’s the equivalent of a handshake. It’s literally a friendly, getting-to-know-you gesture, not only as a way of saying hello, but also of gathering information about you through scent.
  13. Peeing In Front Of You : Sometimes when you encounter a puppy, it will pee everywhere. Peeing is a puppy’s way of showing deference to you, recognizing you as the leader, the person in charge. It can give you a mess to clean up, but take it for what it is: a sign of respect.

Information courtesy of: mom.me


As always, use the link above for valuable information on classes and in home private training.

Training Tip: Training tip provided by Rebekah Hintzman Lead Dog Trainer RUFF Academy. It takes 18 years to raise a responsible young adult and that equates to training a dog for three years to become a responsible adult as well. The word “responsible” means that they listen and understand the rules and requirements of being a responsible adult. You can successfully let them do their own thing and know they will come back when asked and respect you when you tell them to do something. It doesn’t matter if you get a rescue dog or if you got a dog as a puppy….3 YEARS. If you commit to training your dog for 3 years, you’ll never have a problem!



This Is No April Fools!




“Two Paws Up Tuesday”

This is no April Fools joke for sure. April is ASPCA’s Prevention of Cruelty To Animals Month, American Red Cross’s Pet First Aid Awareness and Prevention Of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month.  We covered Lyme Disease in a 2 part series last month because of the warmer weather and the number of cases the Vets offices had been seeing. We will briefly touch on Lyme Disease today, for more detailed information please refer back to the 2 part series in March. April 11th is National Pet Day and April 10th-16th is National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week.

Lyme Disease

Unlike the famous “bull’s-eye” rash that people exposed to Lyme disease often spot, no such tell-tale symptom occurs in dogs.  Instead, an infected dog often starts limping, his lymph nodes swell, his temperature rises, and he stops eating. The disease can affect his heart, kidney, and joints, among other things, or lead to neurological disorders if left untreated. If diagnosed quickly, a course of antibiotics is extremely helpful, though relapses can occur months or even years later.

First-Aid Supplies

Many of these supplies are useful for both you and your dog.

  • gauze sponges
  • antibiotic ointment
  • rubbing alcohol
  • sterile gauze pads (non adhesive)
  • Self-stick Ace bandage or Vet-wrap bandage
  • triple-antibiotic ointment
  • eye wash
  • generic Benadryl tablets for allergies
  • cloth tape
  • kaopectate (tablets or liquid)
  • splint material
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • muzzle
  • blanket
  • thermometer
  • Pepto-Bismol tablets
  • buffered aspirin
  • either suture materials or skin glue
  • waterproof matches in an air-tight container
  • flashlight
  • duct tape
  • a sugar source such as Karo syrup (in case of low blood sugar)
  • fresh water
  • and something that identifies your dog, his health history and needs, and your contact information

Information courtesy of: American Kennel Club

Training Tip: Training Tip provided by Amanda Mondloch a RUFF Academy Dog Trainer. Make sure you use your very best treats to get your dogs attention when you know you are going to class or going to a public area with lots of distractions. Some examples are freeze dried chicken hearts, freeze dried liver, hot dogs and string cheese.


Please use the link above to register for various classes. Did you know RUFF Acedemy offers in home Private Training? Did you know that with in home Private Training you can get 2 Behavioralists AND you get them for the life of the dog? Does your dog show signs of aggression? Does your dog have other behavior issues and you feel like giving up or surrendering your dog? We’ve got the answers that can help you keep the peace and keep your family together.  We are Pawsative we can help you create a safe environment for you and Fido!