Animal Rescue: A little training goes a long way for puppies _lowres

Photo by Suzanne C. Grim -- Belle is an outgoing and lovely kitty with a shiny tortoiseshell coat and bright, beautiful eyes. She is nice to everyone, cats and dogs included. She is very playful, but will politely give kisses and loves to be held close. Come meet her at the ARNO shelter, 271 Plauche St., Harahan, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. For more information, contact

When a puppy joins the family, chances are good that there will be potty training issues, chewing, nipping and lots of barking and jumping. If so, the pup may benefit from training.

Such socialization is a critical aspect of a puppy’s development and can go a long way in helping to curtail unwanted behaviors.

But behavioral issues are not just for puppies, and training has no age limit. An old dog can always learn a new trick or two. It just takes patience, consistency and guidance from a committed pet owner.

While a training session would benefit any dog, if a specific issue is an ongoing problem, simple changes at home may be able to correct the problem. For example, if Fido is a constant barker, it may be a sign of boredom or fear. This is usually seen in dogs that are left outside alone in a yard or in a home unattended for long periods of time. Leaving the television or radio playing sometimes helps to provide the background noise they are used to when other family members are home.

If the issue is bigger, such as food aggression or aggression toward another dog or person, hiring a trainer or behaviorist for some one-on-one guidance may be needed.

Whether you have a puppy or adult dog in the family, learning to communicate with your pet and setting boundaries will help set positive behavior patterns.

On Saturday, celebrity dog trainer Zak George will be launching his first book, “Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution: The Complete Guide to Raising the Perfect Pet with Love,” at Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Starting at 3 p.m., George will answer questions and sign books. At the same time, the store will host a dog adoption event with Animal Rescue New Orleans.

The book offers a comprehensive guide to raising and training your dog. It addresses topics such as choosing the right dog, socialization, housetraining, basic training, handling behavioral issues such as barking and chewing, health care essentials, cool tricks, traveling tips, etc. The book also shares which topics have corresponding videos on the YouTube channel so readers can see George’s advice in action.

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THURSDAY: Jefferson SPCA Buddy Break at Lafayette Square in the CBD occurs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nobody needs a brisk afternoon walk more than a desk-bound office worker — except for maybe a shelter dog. Buddy Break is a Jefferson SPCA program pairing 9-to-5ers with shelter dogs for lunchtime strolls. Everyone gets the fresh air, camaraderie, exercise and tail wagging they need. The event features dozens of adoptable shelter dogs, a Puppy Party with unlimited play for kids and adults with adorable shelter pups, and free “I walked a dog at Buddy Break” stickers. For more information, email

THURSDAY: Dozens of restaurants in New Orleans and the metro area will be donating 20 percent of their dining proceeds to the Louisiana SPCA during Dine Out 4 Paws. Breakfast, lunch and/or dinner options are available. For a list of participating restaurants or for more information, please visit

SATURDAY: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., an off-site pet adoption sponsored by the Louisiana SPCA will be held at MidCity Veterinary Hospital, 3821 Orleans Ave. Louisiana SPCA adoption counselors and volunteers will be on hand to help you select the right pet for your family.

A variety of shapes, colors and sizes of four-legged friends will be available for adoption. Call (504) 368-5191 or visit for more information.

SUNDAY: From 9 a.m. to noon, a Pet First Aid/CPR Course will be held at the Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. Find out what to do if your dog suddenly stops breathing or your cat cuts her paw on a piece of glass and more. This hands-on training course will teach the basics in animal handling, restraint, and pet first aid and CPR using realistic animal mannequins. Learn how to handle emergency situations before seeking veterinary care. Course fee is $50, and registration is required. Go to

SUNDAY: Enjoy a Sunday Jazzi Brunch Buffet benefiting the Louisiana SPCA with bottomless mimosas, unlimited food and live music at Algiers Auditorium, located at 2485 Guadalcanal St. in New Orleans, every Sunday in June from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 for early registration. Use promo code LASPCA for 20 percent off. For more information, visit

LOST OR FOUND PETS: In Orleans Parish, send a photo, description of the pet, date lost/found and your contact information to In Jefferson Parish, send to and In St. Bernard Parish, send to

Traci D. Howerton is social media editor of Animal Rescue New Orleans, a nonprofit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter. Contact ARNO at, or visit www.animalrescuenew