Keeping Puppies Safe From Injury- from trupanion

Puppies aren’t so different from kids in their exuberance. The world is new to them and they are growing fast. It’s no surprise then that they often get into mischief or make clumsy falls. Taking reasonable preventative measures with your pup will make life much easier – and help keep your puppy out of harm’s way.

Put a gate before any set of stairs. Puppy tumbles are dangerous and likely to occur without some boundary in between the pet and the staircase. A simple plastic, wood or metal gate that you can pass through easily and lock behind you is ideal. Whether the gate blocks the bottom or the top of the stairs, you just need something to stop the pup from scurrying up and down, up and down.

Teach the pet a basic set of commands. Although training a puppy definitely takes some patience and due diligence, it pays off immensely over the remainder of their life. Sit, stay and come are three key commands that will help teach your pup some control and will establish yourself as the authority in the house. Doing so will make them much more likely to stay out of trouble when you react to a situation and they obey your commands.

Get the dog used to being in a crate. Separation anxiety can develop in puppies if left totally to their own devices. If you can ease them into their crate early and often, they will be a lot more comfortable in it when you leave home for work, errands or fun. Choosing to let them wander your home freely may give them the opportunity to chew up carpet, couch cushions or other objects due to nervousness and pent-up energy.

Always have the puppy leashed when going outside. Following simple commands is one matter, but being well-behaved while off leash and outside is a very different ballgame. It is recommended that you establish the leash as an everyday thing whenever you take the pup away from home. If you have a yard with a secure fence, you might be able to make an exception – but otherwise, keep the dog leashed when you take them out.

Make sure to spay and neuter your pooch- IT IS THE LAW IN NEVADA. It is best to do so when the dog is still a puppy to minimize health complications. Equally important is the procedure’s effect of lessening a dog’s aggression. Canines that have not been spayed or neutered tend to get in more scuffles with other dogs. For the sake of your dog’s safety as well as other pet owners, go to the vet to spay/neuter.

Featured Dog- Cocoa

High energy super friendly border/heeler blend 1 1/2 years old so still a puppy.  He needs plenty of exercise and furthering in manners training will go a long way in helping to keep from making you dizzy from all my energy. He would do best in a home with children big enough to handle his exuberant spirit and zest for, well, EVERYTHING! If you’re looking for a running, hiking, biking, or agility partner, he is SO your man.

Other available dogs


Milo Extra large boy. Absolutely loves people and going for walks. Very strong No small children please

Stella- She loves people and going for walks. Gentle lady. Comfortable in a home situation.


Featured cats- Bonded pair Shadow & Smokey


Shadow & Smokey are 2 boys looking for a home together! These handsome fellows were surrendered by their owner due to a change in life circumstances, and they’re anxious to get back to a home environment. We’ve always been together, and we like to cuddle with one another and with our people. Sweet, but shy, we may take a little time to warm up at first, mostly because we’re not sure why we’re here. We’re hoping for a quiet home where we can sit on the sofa with you and warm up your bed. Spend some time with us so you can see how great we truly are. Shadow- gray & white Smokey- gray tabby& white

They were rescued as kittens from a cat engine and have been together since birth


Other available cats


Mustache and goatee make the perfect markings for this senior lady. She loves having her neck scratched and she’ll purr away!



If you’d like to visit with our adoptable pets, PLEASE CALL TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT (702) 346-5268. The shelter is open, but an appointment is required prior to arrival. Thank you!


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