Pet Patrol: Adopt A Shelter Dog Month and Puppy Training

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – This Sunday’s Pet Patrol is all about shelter dogs and puppy training.

Sandie Lampe and John Van Zante from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society visited the studio to talk about what kinds of dogs you can adopt from shelters and important tips for training new dogs early.

Spock: 8 month old, 8 pound, male, Chihuahua / Terrier mix. Strong personality. Not afraid of anything.

Sulu: 6 month old, 10 pound, male, Chihuahua / Terrier mix.  More shy and sweet. Wants to cuddle and give kisses.

Uhura: 5 1/2 month old, 28 pound, female, Australian Shepherd mix.  Definitely acts a little bit younger. This is a smart puppy. She’ll be a big (not huge) dog.

All three transferred through FOCAS. There’s a $50 Training Deposit with puppies less than 6 months.

No matter what age of the dog you adopt, start with some training. This is especially important for puppies…and for the people who get new puppies. If you’ve had puppies before, but it’s been a while, you’ll be surprised how much you have forgotten.
• “Relax” and stick to the basics.
• Meals at regular times, trips outside, playtime, and naps.
• Socialization and exposure to noises, surfaces, and humans.
• No dragging, no spanking, and no feeding from the table.

Adoption fees: $195 for puppies under 6 months.
$145 for adult dogs.
$75 for senior dogs more than 7 years old.
Includes medical exam, spay / neuter, vaccinations, and microchip.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society is at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, Open 11 – 5 every day but Tuesday.
For more call RCHS at 760-753-6413 or log on to

The next time you’re ready to adopt an animal into your family, start at a local shelter or rescue.

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