Pet Tales

Meet Clyde: A very good pup who doesn’t understand why he’s at the shelter

This week, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the story of Clyde:

Dogs want to be good.

But many good dogs end up at the animal shelter because — without training — they don’t know how to be “good dogs.”

Clyde is an affectionate 9-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback mix whose owners had taught him many skills. He’s housebroken, knows basic obedience skills, likes to swim, and is good with cats, kids and small dogs.

Though when their life changed and Clyde became a backyard dog, they didn’t know how to train Clyde to be alone for long periods of time. Feeling abandoned, Clyde barked — hoping someone would come.

Thankfully, shelter staff and volunteers understand Clyde’s training needs. In his kennel he has dog puzzles to keep him busy as well as a dish of treats on his kennel gate so people can reward him for being quiet. This positive reinforcement is working, so Clyde’s anxiety is reduced and he’s learning to calmly wait.

The shelter’s Mutt Manners program is training volunteers to help shelter dogs acquire the skills they’ll need to find lifelong homes. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer dog trainer, call 805-781-4256.

Call Ellen Perryess at 805-550-7577 for more information about Clyde (ID No. 199014). And visit to see more shelter animals available for adoption.

The full-price adoption fee is $81 for cats and $105 for dogs, plus a $27 county license fee for dogs if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents. The adoption fee includes a spay or neuter operation, basic vaccinations, a microchip, eligibility for a free veterinary check within San Luis Obispo County and a new collar. Cats also are tested for FeLV and FIV, and adopters receive a carrier.

‘Home for the Holidays’

You can “Bring Love Home During the Holidays” by adopting a cat or kitten from the Homeless Animal Rescue Team in Cambria.

But if you aren’t able to adopt, Guardian Angel Certificates are available as holiday gifts. The certificates are available in any amount of $5 and over. The recipient receives a customized printed certificate stating that you have made a donation, in their name, to the HART Guardian Angel Fund.

Guardian Angel Certificates can be purchased by calling 805-927-7377, or by visiting the HART office at 2638 Main St.

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