Chia, Veronica, and Rina

Chia, Veronica, and Rina are three moms we recently rescued who have three very similar stories. We found them dumped out on the street trying to survive with their puppies. Of course, this was not their choice, its the result of irresponsible owners and sometimes just a lack of knowledge about the importance of spaying. Scroll down to see their photos and read more about Chia, Veronica, and Rina. 

While these girls are safe with puppies, there are so many more that need our help. So this year we are launching our biggest spay/neuter campaign to help to reduce population and suffering of street dogs. 

Please help us take care of these girls and their 18 puppies. If you are able, we would be so grateful if you could make a donation to help us to care for Chia, Veronica, and Rina and their puppies. 

Quite and loving Veronica and her 9 puppies.
Veronica wins the most dedicated mom award. The only time she leaves her puppies is to get up to go to the bathroom. She is also very loving and it's easy to tell how much she appreciates us giving her a safe, warm place for her and her puppies.

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Beautiful little Chia and her 4 puppies.
Chia, who has been with us the longest, is super friendly and loves to walk around wagging her tail. She gets along with cats, dogs, but her favorite is Platon.

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Energetic Rina and her 5 puppies.
Rina is the youngest of the three, she is a gorgeous black lab, the photos do not do her justice. Her favorite thing to do is hang out in the yard and play with the other dogs though she does take great care of all her puppies. 

These 3 wonderful moms and their puppies are currently with our foster family Sochi. In a month or so after being vaccinated they will move to our shelter.

2018 World Cup: Sochi Dogs Prepares

The 2018 World Cup is coming to Sochi and we are already hearing harrowing reports about dogs being killed in preparation for the event. 

At Sochi Dogs we are taking all possible steps to prepare and pull as many dogs from the streets as we can. Below is a comprehensive outline of our current plan: 

1. Distribute postcards at pet stores in Sochi and Adler urging people to spay their pets. Each postcard is valid for a free/discounted spay/neuter procedure at one of three designated vets. Sochi Dogs will be covering the costs of all of these procedures. 
You can help by making a donation to help us pay for these expenses. 

2. Clear the Sochi Dogs shelter to make room for dogs that are at risk during the World Cup. 
You can help by sharing adoptable dogs on social media and fostering. 

3. Provide resources to World Cup visitors about how to help when they encounter stray dogs: Sochi Dogs will create a designated page on the website and distribute this information widely. 
You can help by sharing the forthcoming page and if you are traveling for the World Cup please consider rescuing a dog in need. 

4. We'll be reaching out to rescues in other cities hosting World Cup Events to see if we can share our resources and experience with the Olympic Games to help animals in other cities. 

We are ready to help as many dogs as possible escape cruelty on the streets.
Please contact us if you have suggestions or can introduce us to organizations/individuals that can help in our efforts. 

Puppy Training Advice

Our friends at IfItBarks share puppy training advice: 

How Do You Housebreak a Puppy?

One of your first responsibilities as a pet owner is housebreaking your new puppy. This step can be a chore, but it’s something you have to do if you want to keep your home clean and comfortable enough for you, your puppy, and your guests. With enough training and a whole lot of patience, your puppy will learn proper indoor behavior and how to tell you that he needs to do his business. Give him the right start by following the 7 housebreaking tips below:

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1. Create a good routine.

Just like humans, dogs also follow routines when it comes to basic body functions. For canines, the urge to pee or defecate usually comes upon waking up, after meals, and at nighttime. So simply take note of these times and take your dog outside to encourage elimination outdoors. Do this consistently to train your dog and to let him know when he is allowed to go and supposed to go. Going out at night may require more effort from you but it is part of a good routine. You may be worried about losing sight of your dog if you let him out after dark. You can get your dog to wear a reflective dog collar so that you can see exactly where he is and which spot in your backyard or street requires a bit of cleaning up. 

2. Practice it consistently.

Just like babies, young dogs do not understand the concept of holding it in until they are allowed to go outdoors. Expect them to have accidents inside your home and anticipate these moments. Try to observe your dog’s body language and then take him outside if it looks like he is about to pee or poop. Do this consistently and frequently and your puppy will begin to make a connection between needing to go and actually going. But how frequent is frequent? Age equals hours. For example, if your puppy is 4 months old, 4 hours is the maximum time before he needs to do his business. 

3. Use a crate.

Puppies do not like soiling their sleeping or living space. As such, a crate is a good training tool for housebreaking. Select a crate that has just enough room for your dog. Leave him there when you cannot supervise or take him outside. If he soils the crate, he will be very uncomfortable and the situation will condition him to control bladder or bowel movement. 

4. Try indoor training pads.

Training pads can be used to instruct your puppy that there is a specific area for elimination. Select a good pad that is treated with special scents that attract dogs. Start indoors and gradually move the training pad outside. In addition to helping housebreak your puppy, this method is also a convenient option for times when you cannot take your dog outdoors.

5. Observe the 15-minute rule.

Whenever your dog finishes something, be it eating, drinking, sleeping or playing, take him outside for 15 minutes. This span of time gives your dog the chance to urinate or defecate. This is what seasoned dog owners mean when they advise newbies to take their puppy out of the house frequently.  

6. Supervise and reward.

Like a child, your new puppy needs and craves all the attention he can get. Constant supervision is key to mastering proper elimination behavior. Provide instructions and be patient when teaching your dog how to behave, and reward him well if he does a good job. Your dog desires your approval, and he’ll feel compelled to perform well if he sees that you’ll give him a treat or shower him with praise after he completes the task. 

7. Address accidents properly. 

It will take time to housebreak your dog and that is okay. The best thing you can do while he’s still learning is to prepare for these accidents so that everything can be cleaned with minimal effort. Stock up on strong cleaning products that remove stains and smells. Thoroughly cleaning the soiled spot is important because any trace of an accident will encourage your pet to return to the same spot instead of going outside.

It takes effort, commitment, patience, and time to housebreak a dog. You’ll know that your dog treats your home as his own once he starts to understand that there is a proper place and time for urinating and defecating. 

Smart Spike

Do you know what it means to be in the right place at the right time? Spike does! He and Vlada just happened to be waking down the same street at the same time and smart Spike understood quickly that she is someone who could help him. Spike was right! Can you see the difference in the photos below? When Vlada found him, Spike was lost, dirty, and had an inflammation in one eye. Now a month later, he is happy and healthy. This little boy will be available for adoption in February after being neutered and fully vaccinated. That is what Sochi Dogs is all about! 

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