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Trauma: Addressing Behavior, Health and Confidence in Dogs



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*Finding Your Calling
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*I Can't Control Myself
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*Introvert in an Extroverted World?
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Do I Go Home Today? by Sandi Thompson
My family brought me home cradled in their arms.
They cuddled me and smiled at me and said I was full of charm.
They played with me and laughed with me and showered me with toys.
I sure do love my family, especially the girls and boys.
The children loved to feed me, they gave me special treats.
They even let me sleep with them all snuggled in the sheets.
I used to go for walks, often several times a day.
They even fought to hold the leash, I'm very proud to say.
These are the things I'll not forget - a cherished memory.
I now live in the shelter-without my family.
They used to laugh and praise me when I played with that old shoe.
But I didn't know the difference between the old ones and the new.
The kids and I would grab a rag, for hours we would tug.
So I thought I did the right thing when I chewed the bedroom rug.
They said that I was out of control and would have to live outside.
This I did not understand, although I tried and tried.
The walks stopped, one by one; they said they hadn't time.
I wish that I could change things; I wish I knew my crime.
My life became so lonely in the backyard, on a chain.
I barked and barked all day long to keep from going insane.
So they brought me to the shelter but were embarrassed to say why.
They said I caused an allergy, and then they each kissed me goodbye.
If I'd only had some classes, as a little pup.
I wouldn't have been so hard to handle when I was all grown up.
"You only have one day left." I heard the worker say.
Does that mean I have a second chance?
Do I go Home today?


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Please send any corrections or additions to these lists to

> Animal Shelters in Metro Denver
> Special breed rescues in metro Denver
> Animal shelters outside of metro Denver
> Special breed rescues outside of metro Denver

Other ways to help animals:

Animal Shelters in Metro Denver

  • Adams County Animal Control Shelter, Commerce City
  • All Breed Rescue Network, Inc., Lakewood (Dogs)
  • Almost Home Adoptions for rescued cats, Westminster (Cats)
  • Angels With Paws, Lakewood (Cats)
  • Animal Rescue and Adoption Society, Denver (Cats)
  • Australian Cattle Dog and New Hope Cattle Dog Rescue and Rehoming, Denver/Boulder/Colorado Springs
  • Cat Care Society, Lakewood (Cats)
  • Cavy Care Inc. Guinea Pig Shelter, Aurora (Guinea Pigs)
  • Colorado Puppy Rescue, Aurora (Dogs)
  • Denver Animal Shelter
  • Dumb Friends League, Denver
  • Evergreen Animal Protective League, Evergreen
  • Feathered Family, Erie (Birds)
  • Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Boulder
  • Knick O’Time Horse Rescue and Rehab, Longmont (Horses)
  • Longmont Humane Society, Longmont
  • MaxFund ‘no kill’ Animal Shelter
  • Recycled Critter Rescue, Northglenn
  • Rocky Mountain Alley Cat Alliance, Denver (Cats)
  • Suggie Savers (Sugar Glider), Northglenn
  • Table Mountain Animal Shelter

    Special breed rescues in metro Denver

  • Colorado Basenji Rescue, Denver
  • Colorado Beagle Rescue, Littleton
  • Colorado Saint Bernard Rescue, Littleton
  • Colorado Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Aurora
  • Colorado Greyhound Adoption, Denver
  • Denver Samoyed Rescue, Denver
  • Colorado Sheltie Rescue, Englewood
  • Front Range German Shepherd Rescue, Denver
  • Golden Retriever Freedom Rescue, Inc., Denver
  • Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies, Golden
  • Great Dane Assistance League, Inc., Denver
  • Greater Denver Airedale Terrier Club and Rescue, Denver
  • High Country Basset Hound Rescue and Adoption Service, Inc., Denver
  • Irish Setter Club of Colorado Rescue, Brighton
  • Mile High Weimaraner Rescue, Littleton
  • New Hope Cattle Dog Rescue of Colorado, Denver
  • Old English Sheepdog Rescue of Colorado, Denver
  • Rocky Mountain Border Collie Rescue, Lafayette
  • Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue, Inc., Aurora
  • Rottie Aid, Aurora
  • Safe Harbor Lab Rescue, Golden
  • Scottish Terrier Club of America, Morrison
  • Snow Capped Shepherd Rescue, Denver
  • Wiseguys Italian Greyhound Rescue, Golden

    Animal shelters outside of metro Denver

  • Ahimsa Ranch Animal Rescue, Fort Collins
  • Ark Valley Humane Society, Buena Vista
  • Australian Cattle Dog and New Hope Cattle Dog Rescue and Rehoming, Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs
  • Black Forest Animal Sanctuary, Black Forest
  • Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter, Crawford
  • Clear Creek County Animal Rescue League, Georgetown
  • Colorado Animal Rescue Shelter, Glenwood Springs
  • Colorado Canine, Fort Collins (Dogs)
  • Denkai Animal Sanctuary, Carr
  • Dreampower Animal Rescue Foundation, Colorado Springs
  • Evergreen Animal Protective League, Evergreen
  • Every Creature Counts Sanctuary, Fort Lupton
  • Feathered Family, Erie (Birds)
  • Flat-Faced Friends Rescue, Fort Collins (Cats)
  • Fort Collins Cat Rescue, Fort Collins (Cats)
  • Golden Hearts with Paws, Colorado Springs (Cats)
  • High Peaks Cat Shelter, Coaldale (Cats)
  • Humane Society of Weld County, Evans
  • Humane Society of Western Colorado, Grand Junction
  • Intermountain Humane Society, Pine Junction
  • Knick O’Time Horse Rescue and Rehab, Longmont (Horses)
  • La Junta Animal Shelter/Rescue, La Junta
  • La Plata County Humane Society, Durango
  • Larimer County Humane Society, Fort Collins
  • Longmont Humane Society, Longmont
  • Roice-Hurst Humane Society, Clifton
  • SAINT Animal Rescue, Calhan
  • Trail of Hope Horse Rescue, Sedalia (Horses)
  • Underdog Rescue, Greeley
  • Valley Dog Rescue, Carbondale (Dogs)
  • Shelters throughout Colorado

    Special breed rescues outside of metro Denver

  • Australian Cattle Dog Rescue of Colorado
  • American Lhasa Apso Club – Rescue, Loveland
  • Colorado Area Weimaraner Rescue
  • Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue, Fort Collins
  • Colorado Greyhound Companions, Inc, Fort Collins
  • Colorado Pit Bull Rescue, Longmont
  • Colorado Pug Rescue
  • Colorado Vizsla Rescue Group, Fort Collins
  • Dalmatian Rescue of Colorado, Fort Collins
  • ERU: Eskie Rescuers United, Colorado Springs
  • ESRA of Rocky Mountain Region, Colorado Springs, English Spaniel rescue network
  • Irish Setter Club of Colorado Rescue, Brighton
  • Italian Greyhound Rescue Colorado Foster Network
  • Jack Russell Terrier Rescue of Colorado, Wellington
  • Mastiff Club of America Rescue, MWS-RM Region
  • Polaris Alaskan Malamute Rescue, Fort Collins
  • Polaris Siberian Husky Rescue, Fort Collins
  • The Poodle Preserve Rescue & Rehab, Cotopaxi
  • Prairie Farm Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Watkins
  • Pueblo Collie/Sheltie Rescue, Pueblo
  • Retriever Rescue of Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain Border Collie Rescue, Lafayette
  • Rocky Mountain German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue, Penrose
  • Rocky Mountain Siamese Rescue, Greeley
  • Western Colorado Sheltie Rescue, Clifton and Grand Junction
  • Wolf Sanctuary, La Porte Colorado

  • Miscellaneous Info

    PhilosophyTipsTrainers ClassesServices


    Holidays are the Olympics of Dog here!

    Cesar Milan, Dominance Theory and Punishment
    This video proves Milan has no idea what he is doing! That Husky needs to be worked with at a level where he can be calm and LEARN. Instead he is over the top sensitized, practicing the unwanted behavior and then being corrected and confronted for it. What else can he do but what he knows and believes will keep him safe? Ask yourself, do you learn best when you are in a state of high arousal, panic or anxiety? Neither do dogs. Canine behavior science has the answers and they are called counter conditioning and desensitization done properly.
    There are 2 main philosophies in dog training: dominance theory and learning theory. Learning theory is based on teaching a dog what they need to know to live succesfully in our culture. Dominance theory is about teaching them who's boss. Trainers who use dominance theory will use whatever techniques they need to win - thus creating a loser, the dog. Learning theory advocates choose win-win techniques. Which philosophy do you think Milan employs? I have never trusted him because his philosphy of domainance allows, even encourages him, to 'win' against dogs even if it appears he is helping them!

    Training Videos


    See this latest handout with YouTube videos to click and watch!

    Help! My Dog is Jumping Up printable info

    Samson is rewarded as people approach
    Exercise Goal: to create positive assocations between Samson and approaching people.
    Samson, a 5 yr old neutered male Rottie mix, is uneasy, and sometimes even startled, when people approach, even those he knows. And, if that person is approaching a person he really depends upon, such as his seated foster mom Shannnon in this video, he is even more troubled.
    Since Rotties were orginally bred to guard, they guard, when they have not been taught a different behavior response. We wanted to teach Samson the correct response to approaching folks.
    In this exercise, Shannon says "Mom" in a cheery voice as her mother approaches. Samson already knows and likes Susan very much, so the exercise goes well. Because Samson remains calm and welcoming, he gets a treat from Shannon and then also from Susan.
    Right away, he begins to anticipate Susan's approach and moves toward her for a treat. He still hears Shannon saying 'Mom" and can get a treat from her as well.
    This exercise should always begin with people the dog likes and trusts the best, and then can slowly include people they know less, until finally it can be done with strangers with the dog on a leash.
    If the dog ever shows signs of discomfort or stress, you have gone too fast and should go back to the beginning. You really can't go too slow, but moving too fast will not teach the dog what you want.

    Samson guards his food #1 - It's raining kibble!
    Exercise Goal: To teach Samson to relax while eating and not feel threatened, because people are the source of his food.
    Samson, a 5 year old neutered male Rottie mix, has shown discomfort with folks being around his food dish. When very uncomfortable, he will growl softly. It seems that he believes, perhaps because of a past experience, that people around his food are threatening. Maybe they will take it away.
    In this first of a series of three exercises, we are teaching Samson that people moving around his food can only mean good things. Lorraine tosses kibble into Samson's bowl while he is eating, and he continues to eat without being disturbed. She helps him make the connection that she is the source of his food by waiting for him to look at her and see that she is indeed tossing the kibble.
    Because he did very well in the first exercise, we proceeded to the others. If he had shown any discomfort, we would have stopped immediately, asked him to do something at which he could be successful like a 'find it' (we throw the treat on the ground for him to find), and then begun fresh the next day.
    As with all of our dog training, we are lowering the anxiety, building trust,and creating an environment for learning with precise goals. We also create a safe environment for the people, thus Samson was tethered just in case he became aroused or overstimulated.
    The Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue offers a 6 week behavior class called Understanding Dogs. There is also an Apprentice Dog Trainer Program. for more information.

    Samson guards his food #2 - It's okay if people move around.
    Exercise Goal: To teach Samson that people moving around his food bowl pose no threat.
    Samson begins with an empty bowl into which Lorraine tosses kibble. Samson sits and looks at Lorraine, understanding that she is the source of his food. He is more relaxed than in the first exercise; his tail is not tucked.
    Then Lorraine switches to small pieces of turkey preparing Samson for a bigger challenge. She moves away and toward the food bowl, each time tossing turkey to Samson. Samson enjoys the food and is undisturbed by the movement.

    Samson guards his food #3 - what about the bowl? what about puppies?
    Exercise Goal: To teach Samson that hands picking up his bowl are safe and also bring a treat.
    Samson sits and looks at Lorraine anticipating treats. Lorraine tosses cheese this time. Lorraine demonstrates how to throw a piece of cheese away from the bowl enabling her to pick it up without direct confrontation.
    Some dogs are sensitive about their empty food bowl or even the water bowl. There are many variations of these exercises to choose from dependent upon the dog, his issues and his level of aggression.
    Puppy Exercise Goal: To teach puppies right from the beginning that people around the food is a great thing.
    Lorraine has raised quite a few litters of rescued puppies for Misha May. She keeps feeding time fun and light by serenading them, and having more bowls of food than there are puppies.
    Puppies will naturally migrate from bowl to bowl and usually littermates are fine with the give and take, making space as needed.
    If growling or struggling occurs, Lorraine rains kibble into the bowl in question right in front of these puppies and sings-songs 'there's always enough' or something like that! The puppies relax and realize that everything is okay. It is a beautiful lesson for the rest of their lives.

    Training Videos: K

    Crate Training at Misha May #1: K gets breakfast
    K, rescued from Afghanistan and in training with Misha May, has learned to like a crate filled with his bed and toys and snacks.

    He had previously been too anxious and worried to even go in one. He associated being in a crate with being trapped or restricted, perhaps even in danger. We started very slowly but he is now willing to go right in to eat his breakfast or play or hang out. He is calm when the door closes and can spend up to 30 minutes with no problem.

    I am able to leave the room and he doesn't panic.

    Crate Training at Misha May #2: K relaxes after breakfast
    After eating breakfast, K relaxes. I drop treats into his crate when I walk by - not every time, but randomly. Instead of getting over excited expecting a treat each time, he remains calm, certain that I will return and some kind of good thing will happen! I greet him quietly or not at all - again to help him stay relaxed and low-key.

    Anxiety is all about allowing the damaged nervous system to avoid panicked arousal, with the energy focused on healing. He is able to learn new behaviors because he is calm. He learns to relax because we have been building his 'being alone' and 'liking my crate' muscles according to what he can handle.

    Crate Training at Misha May #3: destruction, house training, anxiety, dog intros
    K is being crate trained because he is destructive when left alone. He is destructive because he is an anxious puppy with no previous experience living in a home, having been free and wild in Afghanistan.

    I have to help him resolve and heal his anxiety as he learns that a crate is safe. We began slowly at his speed allowing him free choice to enter and relax, and exit as needed. Dogs with severe anxiety should not be crated and left alone, because they can hurt themselves in their desperation to escape and find their people.

    I use a large size crate for any size dog because it can give a sense of a home rather than a cage. The dog inside may or may not want the wire crate covered with a sheet for some privacy, warmth or rest. Other friendly dogs can walk by and they all have a chance to meet. This is helpful if you are alone and aren't absolutely certain of the reaction. I move the dogs by quickly at first and then let them linger if no reactions occur.

    If I am using a crate for housetraining, however, it needs to be a smaller size to avoid encouraging the dog to relieve himself, and then having enough space to avoid it. We want the crate to discourage the dog from soiling his space with his belongings and food inside. No matter what we might be using a crate for, there should always be a positive association created so that the dog will willingly enter and relax, having a safe haven or behavior management tool when needed.



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    Lorraine May, Executive Director
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    Lakewood, CO 80215-1166
    Phone 303-239-0382

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