Happy Tails

Please note: If you have adopted one of our dogs and would like to have his/her info included here, please email HappyTails@gsrne.org. Also, if you have already sent in a story and pictures and don’t see it appear here within a few days, please ping me again to be sure I got it.

We all LOVE reading these Happy Tails stories. They make all the hard work and expense worthwhile. This is what rescue is all about!

See a gallery with many of our adopted dogs by clicking here.

Most dogs will bark when people come to the front door. Click here for the Humane Society's tip sheet on how to control this behavior.And this video will show you step by step how to teach your dog to give you a quick alert bark followed by quiet, calm behavior. [more]
Question: “My dog gets excited and barks in the car. She cues into direction signals and the car slowing down in certain areas. She has been doing this for several years. What can I do to stop this behavior?” GSRNE MemberAnswer: “As soon as your dog hops in the car, she’s excited and happy about her new adventure. She starts out with her signature whining. It escalates as triggers happen, such as a particular stop sign or a left-hand directional being turned on. She’s starting to w [more]
Halloween Safety Tips for Pets
Halloween can be a festive and fun time of year for children and families, but for family pets, it can be a stressful and even dangerous time of year.GSRNE offers pet owners some common sense tips to help keep your pets safe during this time of year.Don't leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween. There are plenty of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen, even killed pets on this night.Walk the dog early on Halloween night and hold the leash firmly. Dogs d [more]
Leash Training
Leashes:There are many ways to handle a leash. Most times, you will see people place the loop of the leash around their wrists. This can lead to injury. Please note the proper way to handle a leash and be able to handle your dog safely.Ask The Trainer: Leash Training by Mary Farren caninetrainer1@gmail.comThere are many ways to handle a leash.  Most times, you will see people place the loop of the leash around their wrists.  This can lead to injury.  Please note the proper [more]
Ask The Trainer: Leash Trainingby Mary Farrencaninetrainer1@gmail.comLeashes:There are many ways to handle a leash. Most times, you will see people place the loop of the leash around their wrists. This can lead to injury. Please note the proper way to handle a leash and be able to handle your dog safely.The leash is comprised of three different parts:1. The loop of the leash. This is most commonly used as a handle that the person who is walking the dog holds on to.2. [more]
A rolled up newspaper can be an effective training tool when used properly. For instance, use the rolled-up newspaper if your dog chews up something inappropriate or has a housebreaking accident. Bring the dog over to the destroyed object (or mess), then take the rolled-up newspaper… and hit yourself over the head as you repeat the phrase, “I FORGOT TO WATCH MY DOG, I FORGOT TO WATCH MY DOG!” [more]
Praising Your Dog
There is a right way to praise your dog. When your dog has performed a command or action that you think should be rewarded, praise him. Now, if you were to jump up and down excitedly clapping your hands and using a high pitched squeaky voice, your dog is going to get really excited and move off (most likely up at you or away from the crazy squeaky human). Your dog starts zooming around causing havoc because he was just given a signal to do this.The correct way to praise a dog is with a so [more]
Question: “How can I get my four dogs to stop rushing the door when someone comes to my house? I can get them one at a time to do it. But the unexpected guest gets everything from kissed to sniffed and practically violated! I have tried to have them sit until the company comes in, but all it takes is one of the dogs to jump towards the guest and (pardon) all heck breaks loose!” HELP! – WendyAnswer: This is an excellent question.What I would work on, since you can successfully do this [more]
We’ve all heard the old adage “Train, don’t complain”. When that cute bundle of joy arrives, there are the best of intentions, and a rush to “train the dog”, before he gets too old to train. Better to remember “training never ends…” Most adult GSDs are loyal, active, loving, protective and intelligent. Without proper guidance and training, many GSDs can be rambunctious and exhausting to live with. It is up to you to guide your dog to suit your lifestyle and that of your family [more]
Training Links
TrainingIf you don't give your dog a job, he will become self-employed. Praising Your Dogby Mary FarrenGSRNE Foster Home Training DirectorWhat A Nice DogThere is a right way to praise your dog. When your dog has performed a command or action that you think should be rewarded, praise him. Now, if you were to jump up and down excitedly clapping your hands and using a high pitched squeaky voice, your dog is going to get really excited and move off (most likely u [more]
2015 Calendars
   The 2015 GSRNE Calendar is filled with GORGEOUS shots of our GSRNE dogs! [more]
Adoption News
Magnum has found his forever home! [more]
German Shepherd Rescue of New England, Inc. (GSRNE) is looking for new foster homes.  Th [more]
GSRNE Buddy Program
Everybody Needs a Buddy Sometime!So many people love our dogs and would like to fost [more]
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