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Don't Return Them, Learn Them

Guest Blog by Jennifer Caves Pendleton, M.Psy, CGC, Canine-Human Educator for REAL Animal Sanctuary and Behavioral Solutions

Part of our work at REAL Animal Sanctuary and Behavioral Solutions is to partner with shelters and rescues to help the dogs adopted and the families responsible for their mental and physical well being with post-adoption transitioning. One behavioral issue that comes up often is resource guarding. These summaries are in no way meant to be a replacement for a comprehensive in depth behavioral plan but they are meant to be succinct and to the point. Not all adopters are as enthusiastic about reading pages and pages on decompression, dog introductions, veterinarian care, behavioral do's and don'ts, spay and neuter/medical protocols, etc. It can all be so much that people won't read any of it and do what they assume or heard to do. So we are here to help adopters learn in a way that is concise, clear and doable.

Giving adopters behavioral tools is part of our #dontreturnthem #learnthem program.

Meet the Behaviorist, Jennifer Caves, M.Psy, CGC:

"Welcome dog lovers and all dogs! I am the founder and Canine-Human Educator for REAL Animal Sanctuary and Behavioral Solutions. We consider our work to be rooted in science and driven by ethics. Our passion meets purpose mission is unique in that we empower and educate people with a lifelong skill set to help any dog they share their life with currently or in the future. Dogs are incredibly resilient and intelligent and when the humans in their life know the how, why and successful implementation of behavioral principles- our dogs become happy, healthy and healed. I have my Masters in Psychology and Canine Good Citizen Certification through the AKC. I have literally been rescuing animals since I was 16 years old with 15 years of behavioral experience. I consider it a privilege to work with you and your dog!"

Contact Jennifer by visiting

Thank you for supporting Dallas Dog. Our mission is to create a safer place for animals by rescuing and rehabilitating those who are neglected, unwanted and abused across Texas or displaced by natural disasters nearby and finding them a permanent home. You can visit our website at to follow our amazing journey.

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