Dog Care & Training Information

Many animals are surrendered to shelters every year due to unresolved behavior issues. With a little effort and commitment on the part of the pet owner, most unwanted behaviors can be corrected or prevented by using humane and proven methods.

The Animal Shelter of Wood River Valley explores common behavior issues, and endeavors to provide adopters with the behavior support they need. We address the possible causes, as well as offer alternative solutions for correction.

Our commitment to promoting quality relationships with our pets is significant… If you have a specific behavior or training question, we would like to help! Please call or email us with detailed information.

The Animal Shelter of Wood River Valley supports humane and positive reinforcement training techniques. Through sharing this invaluable information, we hope to promote lasting and rewarding relationships for people and animals alike.

Below are links for common dog behavior issues & some information on how to work with your pooch:

Destructive Chewing

Dinner Table Begging


Jumping Up

Ask Abby

Meet Abbey, Our Resident Dog Behavior Expert!


Dog behavior advice, straight from a dog! Ask Abbey is our monthly column answering dog behavior questions from the public!  Abbey’s mom just so happens to be our Behavior & Training Manager, Hillary Hayward CPDT-KA.  Abbey & Hillary join together to tackle some tough questions, fun enrichment ideas, and even how-to videos for common dog behaviors.

Check out some of our past columns and videos below – & if you have dog behavior questions, send them to Abbey at!

Special Guest, Granny the Cat, Talks about the benefits of Senior/Adult Cats

Ask Granny

Adding a New Dog to the Home

Multiple Dog Homes

Celebrating Easter Safely with Pets

Keeping Easter Fun!


Teaching Your Dog: The “Leave It” Command

Puzzle Toys for Enrichment

Teaching Your Dog: Target Training