If any dogs test positive for Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) at the shelter, we are immediately isolating them at our medical teams counsel and attempting to get them into a foster home. Since distemper positive dogs can shed the virus to other dogs for up to 3 months, they need to be isolated for that entire period or they pose a risk to other dogs at the shelter.
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Jalisco came to the SPCA of Texas through an animal cruelty case. Frightened, stressed and suspicious of humans, Jalisco was an ideal candidate to be the first dog to take part in our brand new Behavior Rehabilitation Program. With the careful, consistent implementation of training protocols specifically designed to reduce fear and stress, our behavior specialists were able to make slow and steady progress in getting Jalisco to accept humans.
The Behavior Rehabilitation Program was created through research done at the ASPCA’s Learning Lab, where behavior specialists work with shy and fearful dogs to help them reach the point where they are able to find their forever homes. The ASPCA, which is a separate entity from the SPCA of Texas, chose us as their first partner to implement the program outside of the ASPCA.
Today, Jalisco still has quite a way to go on his journey to live a stress-free, happy life. He’s much more inclined to show his playful side and even solicits affection from his human friends. While he waits to find his forever family, volunteers and staff will continue to work on building Jalisco’s ability to trust humans. He’ll need a patient adopter to help him with potty training – just like a puppy, Jalisco hasn’t had the opportunity to learn yet!
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