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The 3 Top Mistakes to Avoid With Your Newly Adopted Dog

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Travis Brorsen

According to statistics recently released by the ASPCA, pet adoptions are up by a remarkable 18.5%. Nationally, an estimated 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats), up from 2.7 million adoptions in 2011. The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals also states the shelter intake and euthanasia are down and the number of animals being placed in forever homes in the New York City is up dramatically. This is thanks to not only the hard work of shelters and rescue organizations but also the general public’s dedication to rescuing homeless animals.

While this is fantastic news, it can also mean that many people may find they have adopted a wonderful dog who is no longer a puppy, but is still in need of some may find that they themselves need some training to avoid the all too common mistakes that new adoptive pet parents can make. And these mistakes can lead to a less than happy experience once the dog finds their new home.

I have found over the past several years the biggest mistakes new owners of adopted dogs make are:

Feeling guilty about their dog’s past
Not setting or reinforcing rules or boundaries to earn trust and respect
Not getting them on a schedule from day one

Feeling guilty about your dog’s past

Dogs live in the moment. This doesn’t mean they don’t have associations with past experiences i.e.: being hit with a stick or abused by a large man etc. But they do not live in the past. They live in the present.

Unfortunately, if you spend the first few weeks or even months coddling your new dog, protecting them from the world, you are more than likely forming bad habits and encouraging unwanted behaviors. For instance, if your dog learns that if they bark you come running to their rescue, pet them when they are scared, allow them on the couch of their own free will, then you are simply empowering them as an equal and creating bad had habits. Equals might love you, but rarely will they see you as the one in charge and respect you as the giver of all good things!

Not setting or reinforcing rules or boundaries to earn trust and respect

Rules and boundaries are the building blocks to a strong foundation when creating a bond a relationship with your new dog. Simple rules like, only one toy out at a time. This teaches your dog they need you to get them, it adds values to the toys because they don’t have full access and it adds value to you as their owner. Another rule might be that they aren’t allowed on the couch without permission. Dogs that jump all over the furniture and invite themselves into your personal space are showing no respect for you or your space. Make sure you follow through when establishing boundaries. If you give them an inch, they will take a mile!

Schedule and routine

It takes a dog one to two weeks to come out of their shell and become comfortable after moving into a new home. You might think the dog is tired all the time, won’t eat or even that they don’t like their new home. The majority of the time they are just going through a little phase I call “new home acclimation.” Dogs are creatures of habit, so if you get them on a schedule right away, you are setting them up for success. Schedules help them understand what is expected of them and when. Without a routine dog tends to get into trouble and create bad habits. Make sure exercise is a large part of their new routine. FYI, lack of exercise is the number one problem when it comes to behavioral issues.

Traveling with a Pet On Amtrak

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

amtrakpetDogs and cats up to 20 pounds are now allowed to travel with you on certain United States Amtrak routes. There are certain restrictions, however. Only certain train routes allow pets. Pets travel is restricted to routes under 7 hours long. There is a maximum of five pets per train and it is first come first serve with regard to buying pet tickets. So you should make your reservation as soon as possible. A passenger may only take one pet. There is a $25 pet fee for each travel segment. In the event of a service disruption, Amtrak will try to make accommodations at a pet-friendly hotel but will not guarantee that they can. The dog must remain in a pet carrier at all times on the train. The pet carrier counts as one of your pieces of baggage allowed.

At check-in at the station you must arrive 30 minutes before departure to allow the staff to verify eligibility of your pet. They will verify the size and weight, see that the pet is not distruptive such as non-stop barking or growling and have you sign a pet document. The pet must be at least 8 weeks old. You will need to certify that your pet is up to date on vaccinations.

Pets may not be shipped on Amtrak or checked as baggage. They must travel with a person.

Here are the routes that pets are allowed on at this time. You should check at for updates as your trip approaches.

Northeast Routes:
Acela Express (Weekends and Holidays Only), Adirondack (excluding Canada), Downeaster, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Maple Leaf (excluding Canada), Northeast Regional, Vermonter

Eastern Routes:
Capitol Limited, Carolinian, Cardinal, Crescent, Lake Shore Limited, Piedmont, Palmetto, Silver Star, Silver Meteor

Midwest Routes:
California Zephyr, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, City of New Orleans, Empire Builder, Heartland Flyer, Hiawatha, Hossier State, Carl Sandburg, Illinois Zephyr, Illini, Saluki, Pere Marquette, Wolverine, Blue Water, Lake Shore Limited, Missouri River Runner, Southwest Chief, Texas Eagle

Western Routes:
Amrtak Cascades (excluding Canada), California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle

To make reservations call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit a staffed station. At this time, you cannot make your pet reservations online. Service animals are allowed on all trains and routes for no fee.

Front Porch Cinema, a Free Outdoor Movie Experience on the Santa Monica Pier, Returns October 9

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Front Porch Cinema, a Free Outdoor Movie Experience on the Santa Monica Pier, Returns Every Friday From Oct. 9 – 30, 2015

Movie-Goers and their dogs Can Relax on the Front Porch of the Pacific with Classic Outdoor Films, Food, Drinks and Ocean Breezes This October
Back by popular demand, the iconic Santa Monica Pier presents Front Porch Cinema, a free community movie experience under the stars every Friday night in October starting Oct. 9. For four consecutive weeks, The Pier will be transformed into a cozy front porch environment, providing the perfect setting for a night of movies, food and drinks with a variety of films for all ages.

Guests can unwind on old-timey lawn chairs and watch oceanfront films on a giant inflatable screen with the highest quality HD-projection and line-array sound provided by LA’s premier outdoor movie producers, EatISeeIHear.

“We love to follow up the Twilight Concert Series with the Pier’s free outdoor movie series, Front Porch Cinema,” said Santa Monica Pier Administrator, Jay Farrand. “It’s the best place to bring your friends and watch both new and classic films under the stars.”

Front Porch Cinema is co-produced by award-winning producers, Eat|See|Hear, and sponsored by Fandango. The series will kick off with the family-friendly hit movie, “Big Hero 6″ on Oct. 9, followed by “The Imitation Game” on Oct. 16, “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Oct. 23 and closing with “Ghostbusters” just in time for Halloween on Oct. 30.

“We love movies here at Fandango and we wanted to spread that passion with the local community by supporting Front Porch Cinema,” said Fandango’s Adam Rockmore SVP, Head of Marketing and Communications. “Fandango is a Silicon Beach company – so what better place to celebrate the movies than in our own backyard and at a classic filming location like Santa Monica?”

There will also be a bonus screening on Thurs. Oct. 15: Luna Bar presents Luna Fest, a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This celebration of women in film will feature 90 minutes of six short films and include food, drinks and entertainment prior to screening and raise funds for local non-profits. For more information visit

“LUNA has always been a catalyst for bringing women together. For 15 years, our traveling film festival, LUNAFEST, has taken a stand to raise awareness about the gender disparity in filmmaking and support female filmmakers. LUNAFEST is a prime example of the incredible impact women can make on each other and their communities when they come together,” said Suzy Starke German, LUNAFEST Program Manager.

Viewers are encouraged to bring their own chairs, as only a limited number will be available for rent. Front Porch Cinema also offers the Cinema Lounge for guests to enjoy before and during the film, with movie-themed cocktails from Green Bar Distillery, Brews from Boulevard Brewing Co and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks. Attendees must be 21 and over to enter.


Front Porch Cinema Fall Schedule:

Cinema Lounge opens at 6 p.m.
Movie begins at 7:30 p.m.

October 9 – “Big Hero 6″ (PG)
October 16 – “The Imitation Game” (PG-13)
October 23 – “Guardians of the Galaxy” (PG-13)
October 30 – “Ghostbusters” (PG)

*Bonus Screening Oct. 15: Luna Bar presents Luna Fest, a celebration of women in film with six short films. More information at

This year’s Front Porch Cinema sponsors include Fandango, Boulevard Brewing Co., Luna & Cliff Bar, Verizon Wireless, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Green Bar Distillery, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, 98.7 – I Heart Media and Santa Monica Daily Press.

Parking will be available in the lot north of the pier at 1550 Pacific Coast Highway, and FREE bike valet will be provided.

For more information, please visit