The Behavior & Enrichment Team works with many of the dogs at APRA.  Adele has been one of them.  She is a wonderfully friendly and engaged dog.  However, we have found that Adele likes to bark.  Sometimes at passing dogs on walks, sometimes at cars, sometimes at nothing at all.  Barking just to bark.  The … Continue reading Adele – A work in progress!


Did you know that Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption has a Behavior and Enrichment Program?  Here is what you need to know about the staff. Laura Linneman Behavior Program Supervisor  Laura Linneman joined APRA in March 2010 as a part time kennel tech and vet assistant. She has a vast background in shelter behavior and … Continue reading Meet the Behavior and Enrichment Staff

Harden training

Everyone always wants the “perfect” dog.  Just like humans, dogs are very rarely perfect, especially when they have had a difficult history they have to move forward from.  Training and enrichment isn’t about making your dog perfect.  It is about making your dog have a skill set that makes them better suited for your lifestyle … Continue reading Why is training so important?

While we may all enjoy a beautiful flower in our home or ornamental trees and shrubs in our yard, they may not always agree with our pets tummies. Take a peak at the poisonous flowers, plants, trees and shrubs that can be deadly for our 4-legged family members. Lets keep them safe while enjoying the … Continue reading Poisonous Plants


Click the link below to read an article from our friends at K-9 Coach about bonding with your newly adopted pup!   Dog Bond


Do you have a 9-15 year old child that would enjoy learning about what we do at Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption? This summer we are offering a week long Junior Training Camp that will offer insight on animal rescue, training opportunites, arts and crafts, and much more! Admission is $150 for the week, and … Continue reading DATE CHANGE! JUNIOR TRAINING CAMP

choosing a dog

By Sherry Woodard If you’re thinking about getting a dog and you’ve never had one, please do some research first. Learn about what’s involved in having a dog – basic dog care, medical needs, training and behavior. In particular, ask yourself the following: • Do I have the time to give a dog the love … Continue reading How to Choose a Dog, Part 1

promises to my dog

By Sherry Woodard Bringing a dog into your family causes great joy all around. But, making a commitment to a dog is much like making a commitment to a human being: Both relationships require daily care and nurturing in order to flourish. So, as you embark (no pun intended!) on this new commitment, here are … Continue reading Promises to My Dog

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Relationship training

By Sherry Woodard The trainers at Best Friends have found that dog training built on a positive relationship is the most kind – and also the most effective – method of training. When you have a positive relationship with the dog, you have the animal’s trust, and he/she wants to spend time with you and … Continue reading Why We Use Relationship-Based Training

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Daily Activities

By Sherry Woodard If you want a well-trained, well-mannered, well-socialized dog, interact multiple times every day with your dog, with the goal of building a foundation of trust and a healthy relationship. (See “Why We Use Relationship-Based Training.”) All dogs benefit from learning and practicing skills daily. Keep all interaction fun; if you are stressed … Continue reading Daily Activities for You and Your Dog

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