andrea arden

  • Handling and gentling your puppy

    Handling and gentling your puppy

    One of the great benefits of volunteering at a shelter like Animal Haven in NYC is having the opportunity to foster young puppies and play a part in their development. I am currently fostering an eight-week-old Chihuahua mix puppy named Edna. To look at her is to love her. She weighs all of two pounds, […]

  • Teach Your Pup How to Handle Restraint

    Teach Your Pup How to Handle Restraint

    A hug by any other name is still as sweet, just not to most dogs. Hugging is a common way that people express affection, so it is not surprising that we want to hug our pups. Unfortunately, the way that people express affection is often at odds with what dogs are comfortable with. Ventral to […]

  • Roll over for examination

    Roll over for examination

    Teaching your pup to roll on their belly for examination is often confused with an Alpha Roll whereby the dog is physically forced to lie on their back in an effort to make them submit. This approach is likely to create an adversarial response from the pup. Alternatively, teaching your pup to willingly roll over […]

  • Handling: Prepare puppy for vet exams and grooming

    Handling: Prepare puppy for vet exams and grooming

    Once your pup is calmly accepting of brief, gentle touches, it is time to start working on helping them to enjoy handling which more closely resembles a veterinary or grooming exam. Not only will this endear you to the pet professionals who assist you in supporting your pup’s well being but, these daily exercises will […]