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Rescue Came!!!!!

We are so Excited because yesterday, 17 dogs left our facility and headed up North to find their loving homes!! Within this past week, 23 dogs were saved 🙂 One was adopted, one found their owner who had been looking for him, two were sent to rescue and then the 17 yesterday. Been a great week for our friendly Canines 😀 Many loving dogs still here from small to Large, your sure to find a forever friend when you come to visit. Our hours of operation are 11:30-6:00 Monday thru Saturday and we’re closed on Sunday.  We also house alot of Lost pets and strays. If you’ve lost a pet, be sure to check us out. You can also check out our furry friends online at or call us at 540-344-4922. Thanks for all the hard work the staff and volunteers do on a daily basis for the betterment of these babies.



Come meet us Today

We are all so eager to meet you! We’ll wag our tails and prance our feet and if we get really worked up, we will even start barking to say hello. But once one of us starts we all will. We don’t mean to be loud, we are just so excited that one of us may be going to our forever home.  They take really good care of us here but we would much rather be curled up In your lap, in our own bed or…if you let us,maybe in your bed with you 🙂 our adoption fees are low and they cover a lot. I promise you won’t regret taking us home. A faithful companion,guardian and friend.  Sometimes people want to help but can’t adopt us and that’s ok too. There’s lots of ways you can help even if you can’t adopt. You can come take our picture so we have a better chance of being adopted. Take us for walks, or out for training even on Saturdays or you can even just come and play with us. You will love it and so will we. You can even donate to us as well. We love treats…bacon or doggie bone treats and toys, we love toys. Tennis balls or kongs would be good 🙂 we have a play yard here as well and we get to go out and play, so we can take all the toys out there with us 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to read this and remember…Before you shop…Adopt 😀  Give us a call at 540-344-4922

Dog Training Methods

Dog Training. What type of method is best for me?

When it comes to dog training it can be challenging trying to find the right trainer for you. A dog trainer should be experienced in dog training as well as dog behavior aka Dog Behaviorist. They don’t necessarily have to be book smart as long as they have enough experience working with different breeds of dogs big or small and have helped correct bad behaviors.

cesar911Dog trainers/behaviorist can always learn continuously from other trainers and people. It bugs me when I hear dog trainers influence people not to listen to one trainers type of training versus another.
For instance Cesar Millan from the show Cesar 911 (On NATGEO Wild, Fridays 8 pm) also known as the Dog Whisperer is a great trainer. He uses a combination of positive and conditional training techniques. Although he is known widely for his conditional (Alpha) techniques, he has grown to change his extreme techniques because not everyone can do those or agree with them.

Cesar has written a book called, Cesar’s Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog. The inspiration for this book was written because not everyone agrees with his Alpha techniques so he consulted with trainers of all backgrounds to give a range of theories and methods so dog owners can find what techniques works best for them. This is what I mean when a trainer is continuously learning and altering their training to become better at what they do.

itsmeorthedogVictoria Stillwell is another great dog trainer who also had her own TV show called Its Me or The Dog on the Animal Planet channel. Although this show has been cancelled as of March 2012 she still has her Top Ten Training Tips on the Animal Planet website and several books available on her website.

I like Victoria as well because she teaches positive reinforcement where the dog gets rewarded for doing what you want them to. She is very knowledgeable to help the owners to get control of their dog when they do not know what to do with the bad behavior.

What I can say about both of these training methods is that attitude is what is required to get your dog to listen to you. Whether you use positive or conditional your attitude is key. If you let the dog take control and do whatever he/she wants then that’s what they will do. It’s always easier to understand what to do by watching and learning rather than reading but you can get a heads up and start learning the terminology and techniques from the books.

As far as the differences in techniques, Cesar is a more take charge method and a lot about attitude and your energy. It helps you practice getting your energy into a calm state and controlling your anxiety about your dog. It takes practice, and although not everyone can tap their dog on the side when they are misbehaving because they either don’t want to or afraid their dog might redirect on them. It is a preference and there are other ways to get your dog under control with the leash or other tools.
When training with positive reinforcement what I can say is that treats aren’t for every dog. If you have trained with treats sometimes dogs can get stuck on only doing something for you if you have a treat and even then you can be taken advantage of and not really get the respect you need if you’re always pushing treats down their throat. It is about bonding, praising and treating is extra credit.
Usually treats work to get your dogs attention or help train them with commands but it may not be enough for every dog and in that case praise or even a ball may be what the dog will work for. I totally agree with Cesar when he says exercise, discipline then affection because if you have a total spaz dog with energy through the roof exercise can help get them to focus when you’re trying to teach them something, even dogs with issues.

With all training positive or conditional each style uses a piece of the other whether they like to acknowledge it or not and practice is the only way to make changes happen.
In closing, I want to say that you make the choice on the type of training that is best for you and your family. I recommend watching both type of shows/videos or books and make your own decision, besides those trainers must be doing something right if they have their own television show!

RCACP Dogs Need Help NOW

These dogs are in need of Rescue, Foster or Adopt NOW!

If you can help any of these guys please call RCACP IMMEDIATELY AT 540-344-4922 EXT 300 Rescue Coordinator.

Caddy (Pet ID: 1042217) Caddy is approximately 4 -6 yr old. He is a calm quiet guy. Very patience and independent. Caddy is a Lab Chow mix, very sweet and would be a great pet. He has also been at RCACP over 90 days and although he has held up well he would want nothing but a nice family and bed of his own. He is available for Adoption or Rescue/Foster. Contact RCACP about him 540-344-4922

Caddy, quiet nice guy. Lab Chow mix.
Caddy, quiet nice guy. Lab Chow mix.

Ember, a good looking pibble/boxer/?mix is looking for a home. She is a young gal 2 yr old, very attentive, friendly and knows some basic commands. Ember has been at RCACP over 90 days. She has held good giving her patience but she is a little stressed if she hasn’t been outside for a while. She is friendly with people, kids and other dogs. Look at her giving me a sit and come. She has come a long way in learning commands and walking skills.

Sweet Ember wants a new home.
Sweet Ember wants a new home.

Macho (Pet ID: 104424) is a 7 yr old full Boxer. Macho was previously adopted out from RCACP and returned because he used the bathroom all over the house. To me this is not a reason to return a dog. It is the owners responsibility to house train the dog. He also may have separation anxiety when being left alone. This is another issue that can be resolved without rejecting the animal back to the pound as if he is no good. Macho is very sweet. Loves people and gives hugs and kisses. He needs a responsible family that is willing to give him what he needs and there for him. Can you be his family?


Francie (Pet ID: 1046334) is a 1 yr old Bull Terrier Pit mix. Her uniquely shaped head looks to be of Bull Terrier. She is very friendly and playful. She listens well to commands and sits pretty. Miss Francie Prancie has been at RCACP for a while as well and needs a place to call her own. An experienced bully adopter or foster should work out well for her along with training and exercise. She is young and impressionable.

Francie, 1 yr old Bull Terrier Pit mix at RCACP.
Francie, 1 yr old Bull Terrier Pit mix at RCACP.