At the Animal Control Officer (Humane Officer) training, Jason, Tawnee, and all the students were in the gym working out for about 8 hours solid. Control holds, self defense, all important maneuvers to learn for officers.

Part of the training was learning from a dog training expert, who has trained military, police, search and rescue, along with family pet dogs, about aggressive dog behavior. Part of the demonstration was his police dog attacking a former Animal Control officer who is involved with training police dogs. It is absolutely amazing how quickly a dog can attack and latch on! This could also serve as an insight to dog owners why they must train their dogs – for example, a friend of ours had their pet trained by the best dog training San Antonio has to offer, because they were worried that given the chance, it could go for somebody if they felt antagonized – they give you almost no time to react. Of course, a lot of dogs can be unpredictable, so it’s possible that they could bite someone if they felt threatened or scared. It’s always best to get dogs trained properly to prevent any future accidents. Dogs can cause injuries, leading to lawyers getting involved. Before now, some victims of dog attacks have contacted law firms, like The Keating Firm LTD. They help them to gain compensation from the owners to cover the cost of their injuries and medical bills. Hopefully, proper dog training will result in fewer accidents.

The Animal Control Officer class took a field trip to visit the Sanoma County Animal Shelter. It is a very wonderful shelter that does its best to do what is best for all of the animals in its care.

The dog trainer showed how simple body language can make a dog either be friendly or aggressive. It is important to do what you can to calm down a dog in the field!

One neat program at the shelter is the “Adopt-A-Kennel” program where you can sponsor toys and blankets for the kennels. Great idea!

Back at the rescue the pen fencing was being unloaded from the truck. We can’t wait to put this fencing up! Our idea was to let the horses run over the back part of the property while the front was set up, but the neighbor has a stallion across the fence, so that won’t work. So we are fencing off a section so that our horses can graze at large in safety.

Soon Jason and Tawnee were had their Animal Control training certification in hand and were on their way back to the rescue.

On Sunday the 16th the Girl Scout troop came back out to get some more white fencing put up.

They are such hard workers!

They stayed a bit late to get the job done, and now the first section of vinyl fencing is finished up to the entry! Way to go ladies, awesome job! They have completed their needed volunteer hours to get their badge.

It looks so lovely, clean and white.

Jason worked at getting some holes put in the ground for the fencing. Notice the nice heavy posts.

We would like to take a moment to thank Union Pacific for selling us the fence posts (railroad ties) for less than 50 cents each. That is a savings of over $16 each retail!

Monday morning Jason loaded up yet more panels into the stock trailer to take over to the new facility.

It was raining that day, so not a whole lot got done out of doors at the rescue.

But the panels did get unloaded. They had to get some new pens built because some new horses were coming in…

Tuesday morning Pik was loaded into the trailer for the ride to his new home.

He was being adopted by a previous adopter, and their other adopted horses sure are happy! They were so glad to see a new face, they just couldn’t decide who would get to say “Hi” first. Pik is at an absolutely wonderful home and we couldn’t be happier for him.

Then Jason continued on for many more miles to pick up some horses that needed to be surrendered.

This family took good care of their horses, but each month they had less money than the month before, and they made the very wise decision to surrender their horses before they could no longer afford to feed them. This chestnut is about 32 years old we are told!

to be concluded…

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