If you turn on the TV or read any news source online you’ll likely hear that people are returning pandemic puppies to shelters. We’ve had a few of those returns and while it’s usually because of loss of a home that the landlord sold out from under a long term tenant or a financial disaster there are people around the country who are finding it hard to go back to work and life now that they have a dog.

Some of the dogs aren’t new. But these dogs got used to being with their people 24/7 and that’s never a good thing. Dogs need to learn to be alone and dogs really, really, really need training.

We emphasize training and boundaries and rules in the bios, in articles we write, and, of course, during the meet and greet with the dogs. We include lots of information in packets and then we tell people to call us before a struggle becomes an unsolvable problem.

We are good at finding homes for dogs. But it’s best for a dog to stay where they are loved and a home with which they are familiar.

Please know that we understand that bad things happen to good people and sometimes bringing a dog back is unavoidable and we will work with you. But often it’s a matter of working hard to make your dog ready to be alone, to work with separation anxiety, to use daycare and dog walkers. There are so many ways to make it all come together and keep your family intact.

If you find you are having a problem please give us a call, reach out to your vet, engage the services of a trainer or a behaviorist. Life is busy and as more things open up and we are able to travel and go to concerts and other places that aren’t dog-friendly you need to have a plan in place.

Dogs are amazing but, like children, they do need to be trained and to understand the rules.