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New and
Custom DDRI Jigsaw Puzzles
"The Puppy Pile"

You asked for it, so we're giving it to you!
Just $49.95 Now only $44.95 (incl. shipping)
This is a big puzzle, 24"x18" and 551 pieces.  With the size and the nature of the image,
this is sure to be a real challenge. So drain your brain and help DDRI at the same time.
The puzzle comes in a 6.5" x 8.5" x2.5
" heirloom tin with a full color print of the image right on the lid.
To order this puzzle or get more info, email us.
Update 12/2011
We have found a new supplier for this and been able to lower our price,
but we have also been able to offer other size and complexity puzzles.

10.5" x 13.5"  --  252 pieces  in heirloom tin  --  $30.00 (incl. shipping)
8" x 10"  --  110 piece or 30 piece kids' versions in cardboard box  --  $20.00 (incl. shipping)

Wood puzzles
14" x 20"  --  450 pieces  --  $
79.95  (+ shipping)
10" x 14"  --  250 pieces  --  $44.95  (+ shipping)
10" x 14"  --  150 pieces  --  $39.95  (+ shipping)
All made with wood from sustainable sources

But there's even more good news. We are able to offer these products with other images as well.
You can choose any of these products with any of the following images,
or ask about other image options, including custom imaging. A number of the images below have been custom designed specifically to provide a challenging puzzle.
Most are based on custom Giclée artwork by DDRI Director, Marc Sayer and are of DDRI dogs.

For the real jigsaw puzzle junkie, we are able to offer even bigger, more difficult puzzles by special order.
They aren't cheap, but for the jigsaw puzzle/dog lover, there's simply nothing like them anywhere, at any price.

Diatomaceous Earth

We have been advocating the use of Diatomaceous (die-uh-toe-may-shus) Earth for several years now, and every time we tell folks about it they tell us what a hard time they had finding it at a decent price. So as a courtesy to our adopters, and to anyone who can't find DE locally at a fair price, we are now offering DE. We have 50 lb. bags of Codex/food grade DE priced at only $36 plus S&H. If you shop around on the internet you'll find that is a very, very good price. Truth be told we get it for less than that, and the rescue makes a bit of money on it. But it is still a very fair price, and heck it's not like you're putting more money in Bill Gates' hands. The small profit we make on it goes to help care for our rescue dogs. If you don't want a full 50 lb. bag, we'll be happy to make up an order for you, We charge $1.50 per lb. plus S&H. If you want to place an order click here. Just tell us how much DE you want and what your zip code is. We will email you back with a price including shipping. We accept payment by check or PayPal.

DE is the remains of microscopic one-celled plants called diatoms (a phytoplankton) that lived in ancient oceans and lakes. Diatomaceous Earth is mined, milled, and processed into a myriad of types for a large variety of uses. Filtering and filler are two main uses but Diatomaceous Earth also ends up in paints, cosmetics, drugs, chemical insecticides, and all sorts of other stuff you use every day. Freshwater Diatomaceous Earth comes in at least three grades: Horticultural Grade, Pool Filter Grade and Food Grade. It's important to use only Food Grade DE if you're using it internally for your animals or yourselves. The DE we sell is Food Grade.

Pool filter grade Diatomaceous Earth has been heat and chemically treated and will poison an animal or human who ingests it, so it is always of utmost importance to only obtain food grade Diatomaceous Earth to use in and around your household. There are many DE based products that also contain chemical insecticides. These are not ingestible and are not food grade. Since we are using DE to avoid chemicals, and since these products can not be used for internal parasite control, we don't really see much point to them.

Food grade Diatomaceous Earth is EPA approved to be mixed with grains to control mealworms and other pests, and it has been exempted from tolerance requirements as an inert, inactive ingredient in chemical pesticides. Diatomaceous Earth is EPA approved for use against indoor and outdoor crawling insects. It is also USDA approved as an anti-caking agent for animal feed, and  FDA approved for internal and external use, and has a rating of Food Chemical Codex Grade.

Our Diatomaceous Earth is Codex Food Chemical Grade. It is a non-treated, non-milled, non-calcined fresh water form of Diatomaceous Earth and is pure white in color. There are food grade Diatomaceous Earth products that are yellow or tan in color. This indicates a higher iron content. All DE contains various trace minerals. These are actually beneficial when the concentrations are kept low.

DISCLAIMER: Any uses of any form of Diatomaceous Earth other than those approved by the EPA, FDA, or USDA are strictly based on anecdotal reports of what people such as ourselves have experienced, and are not backed by any scientific studies that we know of. Additionally, the informaiton contained herein is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician or vet. This information is solely intended to help uou make an informed decisions and not as a substitute for your independent judgment and personal responsibility. We strongly recommended you seek information and counsel from as wide a variety of sources as possible, including your doctor and/or vet, because it is YOU who must make the decisions about when, if, and how to use Diatomaceous Earth.

INTERNAL PARASITE CONTROL: Food grade Diatomaceous Earth makes a very effective natural insecticide. The insecticidal quality of Diatomaceous Earth is due to the razor sharp edges of the diatoms' remains, and its desiccant (drying) qualities. When Diatomaceous Earth comes in contact with the insects, the sharp edges lacerate the bug's waxy exoskeleton and then the powdery Diatomaceous Earth absorbs the body fluids causing death from dehydration. We feed kibble moistened with cool water just before feeding (about a cup of cool water per meal) and this is when we add the DE. It mixes with the food and water and the dogs just eat it up with the rest of their meal. Unlike chemical wormers, they all seem to like the taste of the DE. My horses on the other hand will not touch the stuff for some reason. Our friends' horses eat it up, but mine hate it.

Food grade DE has been used for decades as a natural wormer for livestock. Some believe DE scratches and dehydrates parasites. Some scientists believe it is a de-ionizer or de-energizer of worms or parasites. Regardless, people report definite control. To be most effective, food grade DE must be fed regularly for long enough to catch all newly hatching eggs or cycling of the worms through the lungs and back to the stomach. We recommend daily feeding for the life of the dog, but in any case no less than 90 days. Food grade DE works in a purely physical/mechanical manner, and does not rely on any chemicals. Thus it has no chemical toxicity. Best yet, parasites don’t build up a tolerance/immunity to it as they do to products relying on a chemical reaction, so rotation of wormers is unnecessary.

Daily recommended food grade Diatomaceous Earth feeding rates:

Kittens - 1/2 teaspoon
Cats - 1 teaspoon
Puppies - 1/2 to 1 tsp.
Dogs under 35 lbs. - 1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon
Dogs over 35 lbs. - 1 to 2 tablespoons
Dogs over 100 lbs. - 2 tablespoons to 1/2 cup (We used between 1/3 and 1/2 cup for most of our dogs. A few are sensitive and need less.)
Horses - 1/2 to 1 cup in daily ration
Humans - 1 heaping tablespoon daily

Internal feeding of food grade DE helps eliminate most internal worms with a life cycle in the digestive tract, though possibly not all. It’s also excellent when fed daily to keep down fly loads, since food grade DE is eliminated from the body, exactly the way it went in, it helps reduce the manure odor and kills flies etc., that come in contact with it.

EXTERNAL APPLICATIONS FOR DOGS & CATS: Lightly rub the DE into your pets fur and bedding to dehydrate fleas, lice, mites, and ticks. Dust them lightly, but thoroughly. In order to kill the parasites, they must come in contact with the DE. It may take several days to get a severe infestation under control.

Lightly sprinkle in household carpet (we like to work it in with a carpet rake). Leave for 2-3+ days, then vacuum lightly if you want (We leave it on until our next regular vacuuming, and we do not try to vacumm it all up when we do vacuum. It will continue to work for many months). Please do not get heavy handed with the DE in your carpet. It is a very fine powder and can make a real mess. DE is about the consistency of talcum powder - this means it can get very dusty if you start tossing it in the air- so be careful with it, as the dust can irritate your lungs and your eyes. Remember, DE is a desiccant that dries things out, and while it will not kill you or anything, it is best to avoid breathing much of the dust or getting any of it in your eyes. It can also do a number on your vacuum if you over do it. A little goes a long way, honestly. We generally dust once or twice a season and find that is all we need to do. If you or your neighbors keep bees you must be very careful, as it can also kill bees. If there are bee colonies near your home, and you want to use it on plants as an insecticide, DON'T get any on the flowers, where the bees are most likely to land. It will not harm earthworms, so it can be spread on compost piles to help control insect infestations. In addition to sprinkling it on stuff, you can also mix it with water and spray it on anything, for a quick, easy insect "barrier". Once dry it will leave a white powdery residue that sticks to whatever it is sprayed on. It will generally last through a light rain. You can even dust the inside of walls in new construction to give a permanent insect barrier. Just sprinkle DE generously on the bottom plate between the studs (before installing insulation). This will give you a permanent chemical free "interior" insect barrier that will GREATLY reduce the number of insects that will make it into your home.

Update 6/25/03  -  The Ultimate Dog Bed fundraiser!!

We have teamed up with Kuranda Beds, our bed of choice here at DDRI, to bring you their superb dog beds at a discount price.  And a portion of your purchase price will go to help DDRI care for our wonderful gentle giants.  You can get any of the Kuranda Beds for 10% off the regular retail price.  As you can see from the photo on the right, these beds are strong.  That bed is holding over 375 lb. of great Dane!  You can also see how popular they are with the dogs.  We had to buy more Kuranda Beds because the dogs were arguing over who got to sleep on them.  Not only are these beds strong, they are easy to clean (just hose them off), plus they don't give the dog anything to chew on because the fabric edges are completely encased inside the frame.  And to top it all off, if any part of the bed is damaged, you can buy just the replacement parts you need.  In the long run these beds are lots cheaper than any other alternative.  But that wouldn't mean a thing if the dogs didn't love them.  After years of messing around with other beds, and cleaning up shredded bedding, we can't say enough about these Kuranda Beds. They are the ultimate in dog beds.

If you use this portal to shop at PETsMART not only will you get great products at the best prices, but a portion of your purchase will go towards helping DDRI! So tell your friends, and be sure to start all your PETsMART on-line shopping right here.

Update 7/15/03 - A New way to give as you shop - We have joined forces with iGive.com
to bring you yet another great way to help DDRI as you shop. Just click on the logo at the right and shop till you drop. DDRI will get up to 25% on all purchases you make through iGive.com Best of all, it won't cost you a penny. The retailers are footing the bill. And you get to shop with a variety of online retailers you are already familiar with such as; JCPenney.com -- Gap.com -- EddieBauer.com -- CDNow.com -- Barnes&Noble.com -- Lands´ End.com -- Walmart.com

Protect your pet. ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs
Buy your pet health insurance through this banner link and you'll be making a $25 donation to DDRI!
Just click on the banner to get started. And please, tell your friends.

Now you can help DDRI every time you purchase flowers! Simply click on the image to the right and shop at our Flowers for Rescue flower shop. DDRI will earn 20% of all your flower purchases, and you save with our great prices. Check it out!!

You can shop the Dogwise website through our portal by simply clicking here, and know that DDRI will get a commission on anything you order while shopping from our portal. You get to shop one of the best on-line pet stores on the web, and the proceeds from your purchase are helping benefit DDRI. How cool is that! Or you can shop the specific titles and items we are recommending here in our store and still ensure that DDRI gets the commission. We've selected several books and videos that we feel are exceptionally good. Please take a moment to investigate these suggested items. 


Turid Rugaas working on her own home turf, doing what she does best, communicating with dogs. She shows footage of many calming signals, and how dogs use them. She also shows us how people can use calming signals in their own interactions with dogs. You'll enjoy visiting Turid's own dogs and those of her clients, while seeing her in action on her beautiful farm in the fjords of Norway. This is THE companion video to the popular book, "On Talking Terms with Dogs.".
By Ian Dunbar

Do you know someone who is getting a new puppy? Help them get started right with this popular video. Easy to use techniques for the whole family to train the new dog...puppy or adult. How to establish a bond with the dog, how to get off-leash control and teach simple commands. Important information on problem prevention and training. Breeders all over the U.S. advise their puppy-buyers to get this!                                            
By Ian Dunbar
Teach your dog to be a well-mannered pet through socialization, communication, early obedience training (sit, down, stand), working with shy or aggressive dogs and understanding body language, beginning the recall, and preparing for a vet visit by becoming used to handling.
By Ian Dunbar
Deals with a series of specific and common behavior problems, such as digging, house soiling, settling down, crate training, chewing, barking and biting. Teach your dog to be a well-mannered ambassador for the dog world!

By Ian Dunbar
More advanced training can be the start of competitive obedience. Encourage your dog to "follow" before you introduce the leash, teach walking on leash, prevent jumping up on people, teach heel position and heeling on leash.
By Ian Dunbar
More advanced training: using play in training, teaching the "stay" command, the "off" command, increasing the length of the stay, controlling your dog from a distance, and introducing distractions to "proof" the stay.
By Ian Dunbar
Goal is to make every dog a friendly dog! Contents: Influence of nature and nurture on the development of canine aggression, in-depth review of the stimuli and situations that may provoke a dog to bite, how to recognize warning signs and defuse potential triggers, classification of dog bites on the basis of severity and owner's responsibility, suggestion for fairer, more effective legal sanctions, and most importantly, a detailed program of simple and effective behavior modification and temperament training techniques to prevent dog bites. Presented in seminar/lecture format.
By Ian Dunbar
Dealing effectively with dog to dog aggression necessitates a comprehensive understanding of its underlying causes. In his entertaining and enlightening style, Dr. Dunbar offers a thoughtful analysis of why dogs fight and outlines commonsense preventative measures and a variety of practical remedial training techniques. Includes: causes of dog-to-dog aggression in the context of pack hierarchy, how to assess whether a dog has a serious and dangerous fighting problem or whether it is just prone to squabbling, does neutering help, setting up a remedial "growl class", how to correct aggression problems. Presented in seminar/lecture format.
By Ian Dunbar
Under the direction of Dr. Ian Dunbar kids learn how to housetrain their own dogs, teach early lead work, sit and down, how to train as a family, have family competitions, improve the sit-stay, focus attention, improve off-leash control, train a fast recall, even how to play correctly. Also a section on agility for juniors: improving control, regulating speed, hitting the contact points, speeding up the "down."

by Ian Dunbar

If you have a good relationship with your dog, he will probably do his best to please you. To build that ideal relationship, use easy, fun lure/reward methods to train a well mannered companion!

by Turid Rugaas
Dogs have a language for communication with each other, consisting of a large variety of signals using body, face, ears, tail, sounds, movement and expression. If we study the signals dogs use with each other and use them ourselves, we increase our ability to communicate with our dogs. Most noteworthy are the calming signals, which are used to maintain a healthy social hierarchy and resolve conflict within the pack. If we can carry these skills over to our own interactions with dogs, we can greatly improve our relationships with dogs. A practical, down-to-earth, logical understanding and use of the body language of dogs. This is the companion book to the video of the same name.
By Roger Abrantes
"Home Alone" is the canine behavior problem that we have treated with greatest success. The original program has been modified over the years, but the idea is still the same - to teach the dog slowly but safely, how to be home alone. The program described is standard. Some owners will be completely successful following the program exactly; others will experience improvements; others may have to adapt the program for their individual dog. The program can also be used to prevent the problem from ever showing up. Start with the exercises described from the very first day the puppy enters your home, so he will grow up as a strong dog, self-confident, with the ability to deal with unexpected situations.
By Pamela Reid
Explains in plain English how dogs learn and how best to teach them! Contents: Motivation, stages of learning, why study learning, science of behaviorism, classical conditioning, operant conditioning, single-event learning, factors that affect learning (timing, schedules of reinforcement), stimulus (signal) control, aversive control of behavior, negative punishment, the application of learning principles to changing behavior, social learning, and more.
By Brian Kilcommons
A complete guide to preparing your dog for the children in your life -including training an older dog to accept an infant, avoid common toddler/dog problems, selecting the best breed, care and safety rules. An important topic, written by one of our most popular authors, who also wrote Good Owners, Great Dogs. Topics covered include: training an older dog to accept an infant, avoiding common dog/toddler problems, Picking the best breed for a family dog, teaching kids dog care and safety rules, special help for dogphobic children, terrific tricks kids can teach their dog, and preventative training against jumping, snapping, barking and aggressive behavior in the family dog.
By Susan Cope-Becker
Based on the author's firsthand experience of living with a deaf dog, her own Boston Terrier. Includes research on the topic of canine deafness, how-to's for training and communicating, plus collected personal experiences of deaf dog owners from all over the world. Contents: getting and keeping the deaf dog's attention, over 25 hand sign (some illustrated), training and safety tips, testing a dog for deafness at home, BAER testing/what, where and why, genetics of canine deafness, deaf dog myths (aggression and brain damage), stories about deaf dogs from their owners, resources for products, books, organizations, and an opportunity to assist in deaf dog research.
Patricia McConnell
How to prevent and treat Separation Anxiety. If you worry about leaving your dog home alone, both because you love your dog and your house, this book is for you. Most dogs can be left home alone during the day and lead happy, fulfilled doggy lives without destroying your house. Of course, some of them get into trouble at home when you're gone because there's so much fun stuff to do without you to stop them. But a small number of dogs suffer from a serious problem called Separation Anxiety, in which they panic at your departure and stay panicked until you return. This book is designed to help those whose dog really suffers from Separation Anxiety, to help you prevent it from developing, and to help you raise a dog with good "house manners."
By Roger Abrantes
An encyclopedia of canine behavior. Tells us why dogs do what they do and how we can express ourselves so that our dogs understand us better. Arranged alphabetically with 293 entries and numerous line drawings illustrating over 150 different dog expressions. Follows the traditions of the school of ethology founded by Konrad Lorenz, and based on many hours of research observation and study. For all readers with an interest in dogs, wolves or other canids.
By Barry Eaton
New 3rd edition contains a few minor changes. How to get attention, teach basic commands, or create individualized commands to fit your needs...here's help and encouragement you'll appreciate if you have knowingly or unknowingly taken on a deaf puppy!
By James Carlson & Liisa Giffin
For this all-new 3rd edition, Drs. Giffin and Carlson have started from scratch, with all new and updated material, including new photos and drawings. This is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use, up-to-date dog care book available anywhere. Contains important changes and new information about: flea prevention, vaccine protocols, cancer treatments, genetics and the role it plays in disease, diseases of the pancreas and liver, canine dental care, health problems of older dogs, treatment of arthritis, diagnostic tools and procedures, puppy socialization and training.
By Patricia McConnell
How to help dogs conquer their fears with desensitization and counter conditioning. Step by step instructions to help you dog get over his fear of unfamiliar people. ***If you want to use the program for something besides a dog who's afraid of strangers, just substitute the relevant species and problem and go from there. It can be used to get over fear of the vet, a ceiling fan, whatever - as long as the behavior problem is motivated by fear. Even people can use the program!
By Ian Dunbar
Explains how a dog's perceptions and desires result in its conduct. By understanding what makes your dog tick, you'll learn how to socialize and train your dog to be the companion that you want. Modifying a dog's behavior isn't hard, it's simply a question of reinforcing the behavior that you desire. By using the proven techniques described in this book, you can teach your dog to be the model companion. The better you understand your dog, the better your relationship will be.
By Ian Dunbar
No time like the present for training (or re-training) a puppy or adult dog to fit into the human world! Internationally acclaimed vet, behaviorist and trainer Dr. Ian Dunbar leads new and experienced owners through a training program to PREVENT problems "Temperament Training", SOLVE problems "Behavior Training" and BEHAVE "Obedience Training". Dunbar's methods are fun and easy to apply for all family members.
By Ian Dunbar
Now you have your puppy, the clock is ticking and you need to meet three more developmental deadlines before your puppy is five months old. Covers Household Etiquette; Home Alone; Socialization with People; Learning Bite Inhibition; The World at Large; Homework Schedules, and a shopping list of books and videos.
By Bruce Fogle
Observing dog behavior is a fascinating pastime! This book explains canine behavior from its origin in the wild to its expression in the domesticated animal. Leaves you with a deeper respect for your furry friends and insights into how to train effectively.
By Ian Dunbar
A training guide to go with the Dunbar video series "Training the Companion Dog". All you need to develop a well-trained companion!

By Turid Rugaas

If we study the signals dogs use with each other and use them ourselves, we increase our ability to communicate with our dogs. Most noteworthy are the calming signals, which are used to maintain a healthy social hierarchy and resolve conflict within the pack. If we can carry these skills over to our own interactions with dogs, we can greatly improve our relationships with dogs. A practical, down-to-earth, logical understanding and use of the body language of dogs. This is the set of both the video and book of the same name. Save 10% by buying both as a set.

by Ian Dunbar
Dr. Ian Dunbar, one of the world's most popular behaviorists, provides you with all the information needed to teach your dog to be a well-mannered canine citizen. Basic training and problem-solving from his BBC (British Television) series. 60 minutes each. Vol.1, Socialization and Beginning Obedience; Vol. 2, Behavior Problems and Household Etiquette; Vol 3, Working on Leash and Heeling; Vol.4, Recalls and Stays. Save 10% over the individual prices by buying the complete set.
By Ian Dunbar

Easy to use techniques for the whole family to train the new dog...puppy or adult. Shows the new owner how to establish a bond with the dog, how to get off-leash control and teach simple commands. Important information on problem prevention and training. Breeders all over the U.S. advise their puppy-buyers to get the book and/or video! Buy the set and save 10%!

By Ian Dunbar
This set contain both Dr. Dunbar's Dog Aggression Videos at a 10% savings. This is a must have for anyone who has to deal with aggressive dogs!

By Ian Dunbar
This is the 9-booklet set  by Dr. Dunbar, US and UK Vet, Behaviorist, Trainer and Lecturer. Dr Dunbar approaches training with a sense of humor. His problem-solving techniques are humane and fun! The nine different booklets focus on specific problems. Topics covered: barking, chewing & trashing, digging, fighting, housetraining, housetraining supplement, preventing aggression, shyness/fear toward people, and socialization. Buy the complete set save 10%

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. -
Groucho Marx

If you use this portal to shop at PETsMART not only will you get great products at the best prices, but a portion of your purchase will go towards helping DDRI! So tell your friends, and be sure to start all your PETsMART on-line shopping right here.

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