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TINK AD 03-03-16


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ADOPTED ON 03-03-16 – During Tink’s time at the pound, the city workers were unable to touch her, because she was so afraid. Volunteers for our Partner Patrick’s Pals in LA have worked diligently to help she understand that there are good humans out there who don’t wish to harm here. She is making incredible strides every day. Tink is a 50 lbs. female Catahoula Mix. She is up to date on all vaccinations; she is approximately 2 years old and was pulled from the city pens of the Winnsboro, LA dog pound.

Tink is very smart and she knows hand commands. If you tell her to stay she will listen and not follow unless asked. She is excellent with other dogs and she gets along great with her southern foster’s dogs and she does fabulous with her northern foster mother’s dogs as well. It does not matter the size of the dog, Tink just wants to enjoy play time.

At the time she was pulled Tink from the pens, she was not house trained. However, she learned very quickly to keep her 8 X 10 pen clean at her southern foster home, and has not had any accidents in her northern foster home.  She has been crated for longer periods of time and is content with a marrow bone to chew on. Tink does very well in the car.  She tolerated her southern foster’s active grandchildren ages 6 and 8. It is tough to say if she enjoyed them, because at the time she was so unsure about new things. She did not show any concern in their presence, however, this was a new experience for her and these were two very active children.  In her northern foster home, she stays away from the cat because she was told to and shows no interest. Tink’s is absolutely the sweeties dog her northern foster tells us, that she has ever had fostered in ten years of rescue and she would do whatever you wanted her to do.

Tink loves to run, play and swim.  A home where she could do a combination of these activities would be ideal. Her activity level is a bit high for an elderly person, but she would make a great fit for an active family. She does enjoy activities, but when she is in the house she is content to hang with the other dogs and observe whatever her foster is doing. A fenced in yard would be great for Tink, however, if her new home did not include a fenced in yard and a member of the family runs daily, that would work for her. She would need to run twice a day and before bedtime a short walk would be sufficient.

Tink is a great dog, and needs someone who will be patient as she adjusts to new people and things. It does not take her long once she realizes she can trust them. It is important to remember where she came from. The first part of her life was confined to a small pen with lots of barking stressed out dogs and loud noises. That is enough to make any dog not sure what the world for her would be like. We have seen that with love and positive reinforcement that Tink is blossoming. She deserves a chance at being a “real” dog.  If you would like the one to give Tink that opportunity please fill out an adoption application.’

Catahoula Leopard Dogs have a gentle family spirit. Easily comfortable playing on the carpet with children. Gentle, wise and easygoing, they make an agreeable family dog and warm-hearted friend. They are naturally protective of their home and family, and make excellent watch/guard dogs.

Catahoula’s are exceptionally intelligent and loyal. However, they are also a highly energetic and very assertive breed. They are affectionate and sensitive to their owner. As one owner puts it, they are “strong” and “made of whipcord and leather”. They are very protective of their family

Friendliness toward dogs and friendliness toward humans are two completely different things. As you can see by the videos, Tink loves other dogs and life. She spent lots of time playing with other dogs

Some breeders describe the Catahoula as a great babysitter for kids. The Catahoula is suitable for families with children, but despite their family loyalty and protectiveness, the dog should always be supervised in the presence of toddlers or young children. Dogs can be rambunctious and may accidentally knock small children down.

Being gentle with children, sturdy enough to handle the heavy-handed pets and hugs they can dish out, and having a blasé attitude toward running, screaming children are all traits that make a kid-friendly dog. All dogs are individuals. Our ratings are generalizations, and they’re not a guarantee of how any breed or individual dog will behave. Dogs from any breed can be good with children based on their past experiences, training on how to get along with kids, and personality. No matter what the breed or breed type, all dogs have strong jaws, sharp pointy teeth, and may bite in stressful circumstances. Young children and dogs of any breed should always be supervised by an adult and never left alone together.

Catahoula Leopard Dogs are assertive, strong dogs. They are affectionate and playful with their owners. They are very protective and not afraid of a fight, they generally get along with children, but should be supervised. They are tougher than most other shepherd dogs and can serve as pack leaders.

The proper Catahoula is not aggressive toward people. He is wary of strangers but never shy. With family members, he is loving and protective. Catahoula’s are excellent watchdogs and will bark a warning or otherwise go on alert at the approach of strangers. Treat them firmly but fairly. They do not accept mistreatment or physical abuse.


Worm Puppies Every 2 Weeks Till 12 Weeks Worm Every Month Till Six Months Pregnant & nursing momma’s wormed more After That Dogs should be wormed every three months
1ST DHPP Giardia Snap Test BloodTests Office Visit Fee – at least five Visits
2ND DHPP Heart Worm Snap Test Antibiotics Health Certificate
3RD DHPP Parvo Snap Test Ear & Eye Medication Skin Scraping
Bordetalla Fecal Test Flea & Tick Medication Transport
Rabies Ear Test X-Rays Spay / Neuter
Kennel Cough Booster Eye Test Dewormer Collars
Leptospirosis Corona Booster HW Pills Head Cones


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  • Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs
  • Always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party.
  • Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog’s food away. No dog, no matter how friendly, should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
  • Children need to be taught how to how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children.
  • No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child because often-young children don’t understand that a cute little dog, or any dog, might not want “love and kisses.”
  • Never let young children pick up a puppy or small dog. Instead, make them sit on the floor with the dog in their lap. Pay attention to the dog’s body language, and put him safely in his crate if he appears to be unhappy or uncomfortable with the child’s attention.
  • Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs.
  • Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog’s food away. No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
  • Be prepared dogs will protect themselves
  • Most important, it is your responsibility to make sure that your children and the dog are supervised at all times and safe. You cannot leave it up to the dog, the dog is an animal and will behave like an animal. They rely on us to guide and protect them, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.



It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in its pack, therefore, the only way your relationship with your dog can be a complete success you must be the pack leader:

  • When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack
  • The entire pack cooperates under a single leader
  • Lines are clearly defined and rules are set
  • Dogs communicates his displeasure with growling and eventually biting
  • Humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog.
  • The humans must be the ones making the decisions, not the dogs.

Schedule Feeding Time – Find your dog’s schedule so that you can work with that

  • Feed your dog on a regular schedule time, always within a half hour of the time

 Schedule Water – Help your dog bee successful

  • Keep a schedule for water, however, you should design a schedule that fits you
    • Remove the water dish after the first feeding in the morning
    • After the night feeding, leave water dish for two hours, then take it up
    • Before your last walk for the night, put the water dish down about an hour before
    • Then walk your dog 45 minutes after he has had water. There will might be days where that might be an exception for water.

 Schedule Walking Time – Find your dog’s schedule, then gently move it to your schedule.

  • Start by taking the dog out every two hours for two days, if he goes every two hours,
  • Then take him out every three hours, for two days,
  • until you reach the time frame you need – every six hours—eight hours etc

The biggest problem is once a dog has had one accident in the house, there is a urine smell that the dog detects and his instinct to continue mark where he smells urine. This is how wild dogs let other dogs know that this territory is taken and for dogs not in the pack to go elsewhere. If you keep the house clean and pour some urine outside where you want him to go and then praise him when he marks there you will find house-breaking goes very easily.



Application instructions: click the link below to apply for adoption of this dog.

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Click the expand button in the lower right corner of each video to view full-screen. See Cesar Millan’s tips on dog behavior.


Catahoula Quick Facts

  • weight:55 – 80 pounds
  • height:20 – 26 inches
  • Life Span: 10 to 14 years
  • Color(s): Black, blue, yellow, red with our without patches

Ideal Human Companions

  • Outdoorsy types
  • Active Singles
  • Families

Trademark Traits

  • Active
  • Easy to Train
  • Easygoing
  • Gentle
  • Intelligent
  • Intelligent
  • Loyal
  • Playful
  • Protective


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  1. Introducing Your Dog to a New Home
  2. Cesar’s House Rules
  3. How to introduce your dog to new people




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RDVG wants to provide you with as much information as we can because some of our mix breeds you might not be familiar with. The below section on “About the Breed” offers information on some of the Breed Characteristics, Children & Pets, Behavior and Personality, Temperament and more.

It is important to point out that in addition to the breed, there is an enormous variety in the way a dog acts and reacts to the world around him. In the end, your dog’s preferences and personality are as individual as you are–and if you can accept that– then you’re bound to enjoy each other.

Children & Pets

Animal Behavior Guidelines

Many children, especially very young ones, do not realize that pets are living animals and not toys. Failing to teach a child how to handle pets properly can result in suffering on the part of the pet and, in some cases, injury to the child. Taking introductions slowly will allow you to introduce family dogs and your children safely

Puppy Behavior, Growth & Development

Each stage of Puppy Growth and development is fascinating; by the time it reaches its first birthday a puppy is considered a mature, adult dog. Puppy Growth rate is fast compared to humans, just compare a puppy of 8 weeks to a baby of the same age.

One of the most common questions asked about a puppy’s growth and development rate refers to the eventual size of the puppy. How big will the puppy grow? How can you determine the adult size of a puppy? A young puppy is tiny and cute – everyone loves puppies! But will the puppy be suited to your environment? How much exercise will be required for a full grown dog? Will the puppy be a suitable pet for children? The breed of the puppy will determine the answers to these questions. A general response to the size and growth rate of a puppy and the adult size of a puppy is therefore not possible – it needs to be specific to the puppy’s breed.

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Age DOB: 6/1/2013
Life Average 10-14 Years
Sex Female
Weight 51-60lbs
Location Preston CT
Breed Cathoula Mix
Altered Yes
Fee All Shots + Transport – 450
RDV # RDV585
Dogs Yes
Children All Ages
House Yes
Energy Medium
Fence Helpful
Crate Yes
Leash Yes
Car Yes
Personality Tink’s southern and northern foster's have helped her blossom
Organization Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.
Name Kris
Phone 860.940.3350
Location Preston, CT
Email rescuedogvillage@yahoo.com
Facebook Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.
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