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Thinking about fostering, but…..?


Thinking about fostering, but worried about having to give up the dogs when they get adopted? Well, sometimes you still get to see them even after they go to their forever homes! This is Shana (formally know as Miss July in the SDRO calendar ) on a visit to her former foster mom with her forever mom Melissa. Just look at what a happy girl she is!

There’s no such thing as too many people to love a senior. And because Shana’s foster mom was able to part with her so she could take in the next dog, many more seniors have been saved.

Please consider fostering for SDRO if you live in the Eugene or Corvallis areas or if you know someone that may be interested in fostering, please forward this email ! Here’s the application:

Thanks from all of us!

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Training tips with Sheila Clicks: make your dog think you’re saying ‘yes’ when you’re really saying ‘no’!

Obedient AbigailSome of you may know SDRO’s wonderful volunteer dog trainer, Sheila Smith – or, as many know her due to her promotion of the benefits of clicker training: Sheila Clicks. For those of you how haven’t had the benefit of meeting and working with Sheila, we’re going to start a new feature on our blog called “Training Tips with Sheila Clicks” with advice on how to use positive reinforcement to train your pooch. We hope you enjoy!

Today’s installment is about positive ways to make your dog think you’re saying yes when you’re really saying no.

  1. Train an alternate behavior that’s incompatible with the behavior you don’t like. Remember, before you’ve trained, prevent the bad behavior. Examples:
    Behavior Prevention Incompatible behavior
    Chewing your stuff Put stuff away Click and treat for chewing toys
    Begging NEVER feed from table, scraps in dish OK Dog on bed at meals
    Location guarding Prevent access Teach Up/Off
    Barking Difficult to prevent Have dog lie down
    Jumping up Stand on leash Sit for greeting
    Dislikes visitors Dog confined (for example, train dog to go to crate when the doorbell rings) Say hello – dog targets hand
  2. Put the behavior on cue if it’s OK sometimes. Rarely give the cue. This even works with people! For example, when I worked in a 95º lab, we all complained all the time until we came up with a game where we scheduled complaining. We complained every hour on the hour: “I’m sweating buckets, my socks are wet, my T-shirt’s sticking, etc.” and that contained the complaining to only the designated times. A few years later I took a road trip with a nine year old boy. To stave off the usual whining during the whole trip, we played the Complain Game. By the third day we were complaining there was nothing to complain about, giggling all the while.
    Examples in dogs:

    Behavior On switch Off switch
    Barking Speak! Hush!
    Jumping up Hugs! Off!
    Pulling on leash Go sniff! Heel!
    Excitement Rev up! Zen! or Calm!
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Foster Homes Needed!

Need foster homes

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Great News for Astro!

Astro4Astro, one of the dogs we showed off at our special Valentine’s Day Petco adoption event, has been adopted!! His name is now Quincy and he looks to be settling into his new home quite nicely, with toys galore and a new haircut to boot!   Here’s what his new mom said:

“What a wonderful dog, pal, friend, and soul-mate! He and I are quite the pair… we’re both seniors, AND we both have hearing, vision, and arthritis issues… a match made in heaven, with the earthly help of SDRO!! “Thanks” just doesn’t begin to cover it!”


Thank YOU – to Quincy’s new forever mom and to all of your for helping us help seniors!

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Whether you are Irish or not….

St Patricks day

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Looking for her forever home, please spread the word….

Shasta1Meet Shasta, our Senior of the Week! She is a wonderfully sweet German short hair pointer/Shepard mix, weighs 59 lbs, and is a very friendly (to everyone!) 10-year-old girl.

She passed her behavior assessment with flying colors: she is sweet and gentle with people, and gets along fine with other dogs and cats. Shasta is being fostered on a farm and is fine with all the farm animals. She knows her commands and loves to please. She also loves car rides and walks.

Shasta’s previous owner had to move to an apartment and Shasta wasn’t allowed to go along. She was very loved and well-taken care of. Now, let’s get this perfect girl into a forever home! Shasta3

To adopt Shasta, visit SDRO’s website and fill out an adoption application:

Contact us with any questions – about Shasta or any of our adoptable seniors: 541-224-2488  or

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