After puppy dropped off bridge, a vets advice on adopting abused dogs; Humboldt’s Last Week of news

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week: While some are still discussing this emotional rollercoaster of events where a puppy was dropped off the Samoa Bridge and then adopted by one of the fishing crew members that rescued her, a local veterinarian shared some advice on adopting traumatized dogs.

“...The good thing to know is that dogs primarily live in the moment, unlike us humans who constantly relive our past and worry about the future,” said Dr. Susan Burden of the Sunny Brae Animal Clinic. “So it's best to not forever label any dog as a victim. Yes, absolutely dogs can develop negative associations from traumatic experiences which lead to fearful or anxious behaviors. You need to be aware of this and immediately address any behavioral issues that should happen. Seek the help of your veterinarian or animal behaviorist if needed. But if you forever feel bad for that dog, that dog will feel it too. Dogs pick up on nonverbal communication really well. So just provide the obvious -- food, water, and shelter -- with lots of positive reinforcement like belly rubs, playtime, chew toys, and treats to reward good behavior.”

There are too many pups locally that need loving homes. You can adopt dogs in Humboldt County via the Humboldt County Animal Shelter, Sequoia Humane Society, Miranda’s Rescue, Humboldt Craigslist, the Greater Rural Rescue Society, the Companion Animal Foundation, and more.

The story begins at 7:31.

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