This session on pre-ownership will include topics such as: budgeting for a dog, rescue vs breeders, puppy mills, choosing the breed of dog for you, adopting during COVID-19, being wary of puppy scams, puppy-proofing your house, preparing yourself and your family on what to expect, questions to ask before and while you try to adopt, what problems can be avoided if you watch out for these things, etc.
ABOUT THE SERIES
During the pandemic, a lot of people are adopting pets. But adopting a pet comes with the responsibility of caring for them and training them. This has resulted in a huge demand for pet-training services-- right when many training schools and pet stores are closed because of lockdown! There is also a new twist to online scams, with "offers" for expensive dogs online! Where is the new or potential pet owner to go for resources or events about purchasing a pet?
The Ottawa Public Library is therefore partnering with Ruff House to offer an online series of tips, resources, guides and demonstrations to help inform locked down pet owners. Sessions will include basic training, grooming, feeding, essentials you need to know / have when getting a dog, what is and is not available in the way of services during lockdowns, online resources, and even alerts about the scams online.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER / PARTNER
The Ruff House is an Ottawa-based organization that is a one-stop-shop for all your dog’s needs! This includes dog daycare, grooming, training, dog food, supplements, and training supplies. They are here for all of your dog’s socialization, training and health needs! Their mission is to become your dog’s home away from home.
Jonathan Sumner, the owner of Ruff House, is a dog enthusiast and advocate. His dog family consists of Burley (Rhodesian Ridgeback) and Maeby (Staffordshire Terrier). Jonathan has had a connection and passion for dogs since a very young age. With 18 years of experience in sales and business, Jonathan shifted his focus towards his passion: the health and well-being of dogs and canine education. He has received training from the Animal Behaviour College as a certified Dog Trainer as well as certification from the Companion Animal Science Institute in Canine Nutrition. Jonathan is constantly learning and is continuing studies on dog behaviour and positive training techniques.