These resources are ones that I use, or have used, myself, and feel that I can personally endorse:
|How To Be Your Dog's Best Friend|
By the Monks of New Skete
This book changed my life. Reading this book was a revelation for me, fundamentally changing the way I interact with dogs (not just my own). It also made me think alot about how I structure my life, in terms of noise, alone time, family time, etc. I love the monk's approach to raising a dog (and note that I say this as an atheist). Only thing I disagree with is their emphasis on getting a dog from a breeder (get a "pure" bred), and that dogs from a shelter are too unpredictable: hogwash.
My own page of helpful hints with camping with your dogs, as well as my own list of resources and advice that I found helpful in getting us all over to Deutschland (I like to think of it as a really, really long, involved camping trip... ).
|Camping and RVing with Dogs|
By Jack and Julee Meltzer
Comprehensive guide that covers just about everything you can imagine regarding taking your dogs on the road with you. The owners have two German Shepards, and have lots of advice for those with dogs that are perceived as aggressive. In addition to excellent, practical information, this book also includes a directory of pet-friendly campgrounds in the USA. I am NOT being paid to post this link on my site! I have read this book and was super impressed with it, and am happy to recommend it on my site.
A not-for-profit organization that helps animals during earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes. "Noah's Wish recognizes that animals need and deserve an organized, consistent, and professionally managed national disaster relief program. Otherwise, they will continue to pay for human indifference with their lives." The organization holds volunteer trainings all over the USA.
Members of the rec.pets.dogs newsgroups compile and maintain an excellent FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions and their answers) that cover selecting a dog, choosing a dog or puppy, health care issues, canine medication information (including canine epilepsy and genetic diseases), training, behavior, discipline, and canine clubs. This FAQ is also available via the rec.pets.dogs.info newsgroup (only the FAQs are posted to this newsgroup; you can read, but not post to, this newsgroup).
Traildog, for the discussion of hiking with your dog.
For more dog-related hiking and camping web sites, see Yahoo's Directory of Such information
The Humane Society of the United States has a wonderful and much-needed campaign called "Pets for Life." The campaign features a variety of programs to empower pet caregivers to solve the problems that threaten their relationships with pets. Behavior problems top the list of reasons for sending pets to shelters -- where, in the U.S., millions of adoptable dogs and cats are put to sleep each year. Other dogs and cats are given up because of the owner's lifestyle changes, such as the birth of a child, family members with allergies or a family member with a disability. Still others are given up because their caregivers couldn't find pet-friendly rental housing, or because their owners simply had unrealistic expectations about what it meant to care for a pet. The goal of the Pets for Life campaign is to curtail the numbers of animals relinquished to shelters - or otherwise given up on - by helping people address all of the aforementioned issues, rather than giving up entirely on their pets. These resources can also help those considering the adoption of a dog or cat to better prepare for the LIFETIME experience.
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