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“Please Don’t Let This Be My Last Supper”



If dogs could speak and tell us why they ended up homeless in a shelter, this is what they’d say.


Remo would tell his story of homelessness due to his experience with aversive training methods and neglect. It’s unknown exactly what happened in his Board and Train program. After he entered the program, he was found as a stray in a bush. He was starving, defensive, and had pressure sores wide open and infected on his arms and legs. Some people still “train” dogs through antiquated methods like starving (by withholding food) and abuse like excessive force. 


In a study by veterinary behaviorist Dr. Theresa DePorter, 38% of dogs who completed a training course which used aversive methods were re-homed, surrendered or euthanized after a year and 60% of dogs were re-homed, surrendered or euthanized after two years. Compared to 519 dogs who completed science-based training (positive reinforcement in this case), 94% remained in homes.


Remo came to Hard Knocks February 2020 and found his forever home in August of 2021.

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Each painting will be auctioned off to benefit Hard Knocks Rescue & Training. Visit our website for more information.

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