According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, the top five reasons people give up their dogs to shelters are: moving, landlord issues, the cost of pet maintenance, no time for a pet, and inadequate facilities.
A non-profit organization located in Maryland, Your Dog’s Friend, is trying to change that by taking a proactive approach. Their mission is to keep dogs out of shelter by educating owners about dog behavior. Your Dog’s Friend offers free advice and workshops on helping choose a dog, common behavior issues, dog health and life with a dog.
The founder of Your Dog’s Friend, Debra Ekman, cares for 10 rescued dogs and says that:
I hope that people will learn what they need to know to make their dog their lifetime companion. I want them to know that itâ€™s important to choose the right dog, that there are better ways to relate to and train their dog and that most behavior problems can be prevented or resolved.