Every week we feature an adoptable animal from the Cedar Valley Humane Society. Each pet has their own story, but they all have one thing in common -- they are looking for a new home. If you would like more information about one of our pets of the week, you can call the Cedar Valley Humane Society at (319) 362-6288 or visit them online at CVHumane.org.


Jordy is this week's Pet of the Week. Jordy is a male chocolate lab mix and 1 1/2 years old. This sweet boy is very loving and loves to have his belly rubbed. Check out Jordy in the video below!

Chewing Behavior:
Puppies and dogs naturally enjoy grasping various items in their mouths in order to gather information about them. Puppies especially explore their environment in this manner, so they must be trained to understand what items are acceptable. In addition, puppies teethe for about 6 months. Chewing can relieve the discomfort associated with teething.

. Restrict access to items that you don't want them to have, such as shoes, clothes, books, remote controls, etc.
. Give them toys that are easily distinguishable from forbidden items. A dog chew toy that looks like a shoe, for example may not be a good idea.
. Confine them with access to their toys when you are unable to keep an eye on them.
. Provide plenty of physical exercise appropriate for the dog's age and health.
. If you catch your dog with something he shouldn't have, interrupt the behavior with a loud noise and then offer one of his toys. Give him praise when he accepts it.
. You should not scold the dog for chewing on something unless you catch him in the act. It is not effective to punish the dog after the fact. Even the space of a few minutes can eliminate the dog's ability to associate the destructive behavior with your scolding. They need to associate your correction with what they are doing at the same time. Disciplining him after the fact will not correct the behavior and, may create other undesirable behaviors as well.

Vinton Doggie Dip
On Sunday, August 23rd, the Vinton Pool will be hosting its annual Doggie Dip from 1 PM - 3 PM. The cost is only $3 per dog and owners are admitted for free! We will be there with dog treats and handouts with information about the Cedar Valley Humane Society. Fun will be had for all, dogs and owners alike, so come on out and enjoy one last dip in the pool before school season starts back up again!

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