Toy Poodle Rescue
PO Box 274
Dover, MA 02030
Phone: 508-533-8251
8am-8pm EST every day

Toy Poodle Rescue is a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit charity. We do not have a facility you can visit all of our dogs are in local private foster homes. We adopt to connecting states to Massachusetts within 75 miles of Boston. We do a home visit for every dog we place, we do not ship our dogs.

We Work Solely on Donations
Available Dogs

Nutrition and Care

Our Facebook page, has updates and information about dog issues in the news and being reviewed, so please check out our facebook page it will keep you informed as to what is going on. You can look back in the archives for many different topics.

One of the most important things you can do for your dog is get educated about them and their needs. Just as we learn that the old ways of doing things have now been found to be detrimental to our health and it is so for our pets. We now shop at health food and whole food stores and our pets deserve no different. We now go to chiropractors and acupuncturists and take daily vitamins and minerals to boost our immune system and we are finding that the same should apply to our beloved pets.
I have a great vet who works with me to provide the best all round care for my Poodles therefore I am an advocate for ALL medicine, conventional and holistic, whatever it takes to keep my Poodles happy and healthy. I do make all my own food for my Poodles that we mix with an all natural kibble (listed below) and we must be doing something right because I have very healthy 15,14 and 13 year olds. (Pictures on home page in descending order of age)
Whenever something is suggested by my vet if it is something I have no knowledge of I go and reasearch it before moving forward. I always suggest that you do the same. Never use any medication or natural supplement without your vet being onboard for consultation.
Therefore I wanted to share some of the books I have in my library which I encourage pet owners to read and evaluate for themselves if they want to look at pet care from a different stand point.


Dogs Naturally Magazine is a monthly magazine that we absolutely LOVE, amazing articles about the best natural care and products for your pets. Click HERE to go take a look at their website.
The Whole Dog Journal is a monthly guide to natural dog care and training. Click HERE to go take a look at their website.
Animal Wellness is a bi-monthly magazine for all round information to keep pets healthy. Click HERE to go take a look at their website.

Healing Books
The Nature of Animal Healing by Martin Goldstein D.V.M (Oprahs Vet)
ISBN #0-345-43919-8 Click HERE to see
Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats by Shawn Messonnier D.V.M
ISBN #0-7615-2673-0 Click HERE to see
Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog by Wendy Volhard & Kerry Brown D.V.M
ISBN #1-58245-153-2 ClickHERE to see
Veterinarians' Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs by Martin Zucker
ISBN #0-609-80372-7 Click HERE to see

Medication guide
The Pill Book Guide to medication for your dog and cat by Katy Roby & Lenny Southam.
ISBN #0-553-57989-4 Click HERE to see

Foods Pets Die For by Ann Martin
ISBN #0-939165-46-5 Click HERE to see
The Whole Pet Diet by Andi Brown
ISBN #1-58761-271-2 Click HERE to see
Better Food for Dogs by David Bastin, Jennifer Ashton, Dr Nixon D.V.M
ISBN #0-7788-0056-3 Click HERE to see

Don't Shoot The Dog by Karen Pryor
ISBN #0-553-38039-7 Click HERE to see

Very Dangerous for our pets to consume Xylitol
Learn about XYLITOL an ingredient in human foods that kill dogs.A sugar substitute found in a variety of sugar-free and diebetic cookies, mints and chewing gum is proving highly toxic, even fatal, to snack-snatching dogs.
Click here to read about XYLITOL the toxcitiy and killer of dogs

Other products that dogs should not digest

Items to AvoidReasons to Avoid
Alcoholic beverages Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.
Avocadoes Avocadoes are toxic to many animals. The offensive chemical damages heart, lung, and other essential tissues. Be aware since guacamole's main ingredient is avocado, that you keep any such dips well out of your dog's reach.
Baby food Can contain onion powder, which can be toxic to dogs. (Please see onion below.) Can also result in nutritional deficiencies, if fed in large amounts.
Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.
Cat food Generally too high in protein and fats.
Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous systems.
Citrus oil extracts Can cause vomiting.
Fat trimmings Can cause pancreatitis.
Grapes and raisins Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys. There have been no problems associated with grape seed extract.
Hops Unknown compound causes panting, increased heart rate, elevated temperature, seizures, and death.
Human vitamin supplements containing iron Can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.
Large amounts of liver Can cause Vitamin A toxicity, which affects muscles and bones.
Macadamia nuts Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.
Marijuana Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.
Milk and other dairy products Some adult dogs and cats do not have sufficient amounts of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose in milk. This can result in diarrhea. Lactose-free milk products are available for pets.
Moldy or spoiled food, garbage Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.
Mushrooms Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death.
Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder) Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions.
Persimmons Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.
Pits from peaches and plums Can cause obstruction of the digestive tract.
Potato, rhubarb, and tomato leaves; potato and tomato stems Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems. This is more of a problem in livestock.
Raw eggs Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella.
Raw fish Raw fish, especially salmon, can contain parasites, usually fluke larvae. The dog consumes the fish, and the larvae hatch in your dog's digestive tract, attaching themselves to his intestinal walls. Symptoms can take up to a week to exhibit and usually mimic other canine diseases, such as distemper or parvovirus. The hazard here is misdiagnosis by the veterinarian, leading to an improper or ineffective treatment. If you choose to feed your dog fish, be sure to cook it thoroughly to kill any bad critters that could be hiding inside.
Salt If eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.
String Can become trapped in the digestive system; called a "string foreign body."
Sugary foods Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.
Table scraps (in large amounts) Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.
Tobacco Contains nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death.
Yeast dough Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.

Potty Training

Belly bands are used with male dogs while in the home so they do not mark territory
Panties can be used for females
(Available for sale soon on our website).

Taking the time to potty train your Poodle is one of the most important things to do. So being on board for the first few weeks to do that is so important. We do not adopt puppies to homes that are not around to potty train and most surrendered dogs are not potty trained and that is the main reason for them being given up, even though it is not the Poodles fault.

Get a kitchen timer that rings so you can set it as a reminder to take out your Poodle.

Take your Poodle out as soon as you get up, if you are using belly bands or panties do not remove until you are at the door and ready to head outside, or do not allow your poodle to walk and have an accident along the way. Make sure you stay out until your Poodle goes potty, a slight squat is what you are looking for and is barely noticeable but will be recognized as time goes by and you get to know your Poodle and some males will lift there leg but not all some squat like girls.

The belly band or Panties get put right back on when entering the house, so no accidents may occur and also no scent is in your home which a dog will go back to.

You should then take your Poodle out on an hourly basis for the first few days, checking his/her pad to see if it is wet, you will then be able to evaluate how long he/she is going between peeing and extend your outside visits to every 2-3 and then 4 hours. Once you feel your Poodle understands that he needs to do his pottying outside you can then remove the belly band/panties.

I would always use a belly band or panties when going to friend’s houses or somewhere new. Dogs tend to ‘mark’ territory against another dog to say they were there and left their mark, and can also become confused when in a new environment. This way you can ensure you will be invited back and also allows for a stress-less visit not having to worry they may have an accident.

Always make sure your Poodle goes out last thing before bed.

Food and Water

Water should always be available to your Poodle and NEVER restricted, it should be on each level of a home or in both kitchen for daytime access and bathroom access for night time if your dog sleeps in your bedroom.

Puppies/dogs need to eat AM and PM only, try to be consistent in your times everyday, Poodles have a hidden Rolex on them and will know if you are running late! How much depends on the size and weight of the Puppy/dog, ask your vet do not go by the guidlines on the food bags.

Food should be left down for 20 minutes and then picked up, this way you will get your Poodle eating on a regular schedule and also pooping on the same schedule. Never let your Poodle graze, this will lead to an overweight dog with poor finicky eating habits.

Never change your dogs food instantly, if you are going to change to a new food you start off by doing a slow introduction by percentage mix of the new food mixed with the old over a two week period until by the end of the two weeks you have eliminated the old food and your dog is now just on the new one entirely.

Your Poodle from us will arrive with a bag of high quality all natural food (Artemis) and we insist that they remain on a good quality food, please read the link below regarding poor quality and commercial foods and the corporate offices that own them you will be shocked, just another reason to keep your dog on a high quality food.

What’s in some of the dog foods advertised on T.V.?
You will be shocked when you find out! Sit down before reading

Click here to find out:

If you would like to find a 5 star dry, canned or raw food please go to:


Poodles/dogs do not know size they only know taste, so very small pieces of treats are sufficient, they will not complain that you are cheap or mean just the taste is enough to know they did something good and got something that tasted good in return.

Poodles are very smart and love to please, start training your puppy/dog as soon as you get it home. Before leaving to go outside your dog must sit and you should go out the door first and then your dog, this will make the dog have restraint and not want to rush the door. Have treats cut up ready in a baggy in your pocket at all times and give a piece of treat every time they do what you want them to do. Tell them good boy/girl or use their name after good. A negative should always be a NO followed by name or prior to their name, never use no for a positive reinforcement, make NO your negative command only. Treat, treat, treat, during the training process, when you ask for them to come make like a party is going on over by you and they would be crazy to miss out on that then treat when they come.

These are the treats we use at Toy Poodle Rescue, they are soft and easy to break into tiny pieces and all natural:

Training Classes

Find a good trainer that knows how to work with small dogs, especially the intelligence of a Poodle (remember the circus, they mostly use Poodles)

Poodles are really smart and learn fast but need the right kind of trainer, NEVER put a choke, prong or electric collar on a small Poodle, if your trainer advises that GET A DIFFERENT TRAINER!

Going to group obedience classes, three things will happen:

1. Your dog will get trained and a trained dog is a happy dog and owner and then you can take your dog anywhere. It’s like poorly behaved children no-one tells you, they just can’t wait for you to leave and you won’t be invited back.

2. Your dog will be socialized with all sorts of other dogs, big, small, scary looking, submissive, dominant and he will learn what he wants to tolerate and not and also what others will tolerate and not, its called finding his place in the pack and basically in dog society, he will learn how to behave around other dogs. Too many times people with small dogs hinder their development by not exposing them to dog society and thatis a huge mistake.

3. Caring dog people are the nicest people, so you may find people with some of the same interests as you (dog training) and a built in play date for Fido, long lasting friendships that will help you out when a need arises with your dog and people you can share times with and take your Poodle as well. I encourage people to make friends with other dog owners you’ll be surprised just how much you have in common and when two single home dogs can get together with another dog and owners, it’s a match made in heaven for all.


The most important thing to give your Poodle is self esteem, too many times we see the small Poodles shaking and terrified, this is done by socializing your Poodle especially as a young puppy, and it should fear nothing. Taking it with you as much as you can to as many places that accepts pets, is so important. Home Depot and Lowes allow pets in their stores and you should encourage people and kids to pet your dog. I ask kids if I catch them looking if they would like to pet my dog and some adults too. You’d be amazed how many big construction guys go ga ga over a cute Poodle and do baby talk!! Have the dog also ride in the cart so it gets used to the motion and understands it can come with you but cannot always walk.


Providing your Poodle with plenty of toys and chew items will keep him busy but also cut down on obsessive chewing, please make sure your Poodle has plenty of things to keep him busy and amused.


Your poodle should always be walked on a harness unless you are at a training facility or your dog has becometotally leash trained. If your dog is in the pull stage use the harness until your have direction from a trainer as the pulling on such a tiny throat will weaken and eventually collapse the trachea which is like a piece of ziti pasta that starts off al dente and then after constant pulling on the leash and the pressure on the trachea becomes soft and mushy and sticks together shutting off air to the dog.

We see a lot of collapsed tracheas in older dogs and it can cause death.

Again training will be yours and your dog’s best friend.


Collars should be worn where you can get two fingers in between the collar and dogs neck comfortably. For everyday just a flat nylon collar is sufficient, collars should be kept on dogs at all times even in the house, you never know when you are going to have to grab your dog quickly and the collar is always their to do that.

Do not weigh the collar down with many tags, just a small ID tag is sufficient, all the other tags such as Rabies and town ID can go on your leash, as long as you have them when you take your dog out in public is the main concern, your dog should not have to bear that weight and jingle around their necks all day every day.


Your Poodle needs to go to a groomer every 4-6 weeks, depending on coat length, please remember that Poodles get hot just like us especially dark coated Poodles attract the heat much more. Cutting them down with a summer cut will be better for everyone and your Poodle will appreciate it. They should do the following things for your Poodle at every visit and if you are going for the first time write out a list with your dogs name on of what you want done. Never leave your dog all day at the groomers, find a groomer that either does appointments or you can drop off for half a day only. If you start to see that your Poodle is having anxiety about going, use your gut instincts and change groomers. Always ask for the same groomer in the shop and form a relationship with her/him, so she/he gets to know yours and your dog’s needs and your dog is used to one person all the time.

List for Grooming needs of a Poodle:

1.Washed and groomed (choose the cut you want for your Poodle all Poodles arrive from us in a ‘puppy cut’ to you, males with a mustache and females with a clean face) Always have your dog hand dried DO NOT allow your groomer to dry your dog in a crate. Click here and here to see why.

2.Shave their feet (shaving their feet helps stop them picking up ticks as they walk in grass, as there is less hair to grab onto, it also reduces licking as air can get to them and they are less itchy)

3. Pluck ears (All Poodles need to get the inside of their ears plucked, it does not hurt them and should be done every time they go to the groomers it helps keep the airflow in ears so a yeast or any infection can not permeate, good airflow is a necessity to keeping their ears clean and healthy, if they are sitting with you on the couch at night flip the ears back so as to allow air to get in the ears)

4. Express anal glands (All dogs have anal glands that is what dogs sniff for when they first meet, anal gland excrement tells the other dog whose sniffing the makeup of this dog, if they are male or female, age, and who they are, if only it was that easy for humans LOL)

5. Brush teeth, if your groomer offers this take it, but bring Fido’s own toothbrush with name in permanent ink on, change the toothbrush every few months.

6. Cut nails, (do not paint a puppies nails, fresh air heals a multitude of scrapes but cannot if the wound is sealed by nail polish, also no matter how safe they say it is, you really don’t want them biting at it and causing a sore spot also)

If you see dandruff like flakes on your dog a few days after grooming this is usually an indication the dog was not rinsed well and the skin is reacting. Never be afraid to tell your groomer any issues and ask they make a note of it on Fido’s card to show he is sensitive to certain things. Having a good and solid relationship with your groomer is like trusting a nanny with your kids. Don’t forget to tip well and send a birthday and holiday gift from Fido, it will be well appreciated and will make sure your Poodle gets excellent treatment and fitted in on emergencies.

It is always good to have a standing appointment with your groomer that way no-one forgets and then you can’t get in.

Heartworm medication

Heartworms can be killers keep your dog on heartworm medication year round.

We send you home with a month’s supply of Heartguard plus. We administer heartworm on the 1st of every month and if you do the same it will make it easy to remember. 
Heartguard is to stop heartworm which manifests from mosquito bites. Even though we do not have mosquito’s all year round on the north east coast, it is important to keep your poodle on heartworm medication year round just in case, not only for that but Heartguard plus also has a de-wormer in it so on a monthly basis your dog is receiving medication to keep it worm and parasite free.

Vaccinations and Titers

Vaccinations for animals are being looked at more closely now, and tend to shy away from yearly vaccinating. Click here to read about Titer testing in Dogs.
ALL of my personal Poodles get Titer tested rather than over vaccinated.

Titers are a blood test to measure how much of the antibody of each vaccination (except for Rabies which required by law) a dog has in its immune system. That way should it be exposed to a virus their immune system can defend itself from built up immunity.

I suggest, but you should always go with your vet’s recommendation that a dog get at least two years of vaccinations before you consider doing titers.

Rabies is always a year shot for a puppy or any unknown vaccination history and then can be given a three year. Rabies is required by law and should always be given. Many grooming and boarding facilities require proof of rabies vaccination.

Bordatella is the vaccination for 'Kennel Cough' the problem is just like flu shots for humans their are many strains and you can cover some but not all. We do not reccomend Bordatella if you do not board your dog in a kennel facility and your groomer does not require it and has a well ventilated and clean grooming facility that makes sure they check each dog out on their arrival at their grooming facility.

Flea, Tick and Mosquito preventative
This is what we use to keep ticks, fleas and mosquitos off ourselves and our dogs.
An ALL NATURAL product called Super Omni Spray (available for sale on our website soon)
We do not encourage Frontline or Advantix

Brushing your dogs teeth

One of the best things you can do for your dog is to brush its teeth. Did you know many older Poodles/dogs loose their lives due to so much bacteria from their teeth seeping into their blood stream!

Please, please, please, brush your dogs teeth, they are no different from us and need you to do that for them, three times a week would be great!

Just go to Wal-Mart and buy a small child’s or baby toothbrush depending on the size of your Poodle, change them often. You can use the Maxiguard or Petzlife (see below) on the brush and then spray in the mouth after as well.

Oral health for your pet

Maxiguard will keep the plaque formulation under control, click here to see information about this product. Click here to see where to buy it.

Choosing a vet

Choosing the right vet is important. To me they are the most important people, they can save my Poodles life and keep them healthy. I always do a tour of the facility before deciding on a vet, and do a background check to make sure your vet has no poor reviews and their license is up to date with no penalties or complaints against them.
Follow link below to check your vet’s credentials.

Try to see the same vet every time so you again form a relationship and your vet gets to know you and your dog. NEVER leave your dog/pet overnight in an unmanned veterinary facility, it just makes no sense, no-one can help your dog/pet if they are not there to monitor them. If your vet requires that you leave your dog overnight but no-one stays at the facility CHANGE VETS!! We have never left our Poodles for even one night without us. If you are not comfortable with anything that transpires at your vet’s office speak up as your Poodle cannot, if your dog needs overnight care arrange to transport your dog to a 24 hour emergency facility. See list for 24 hour emergency facilities in MA and area below.

Vet techs and receptionist have a hard job, they see sadness and joy on a daily basis and it is very trying.

Please also remember to treat them at holidays, a simple can of cookies from Fido will bring smiles all round.

Emergency Veterinary Hospitals For Massachusetts

TUFTS Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialty

525 South Street
Walpole, MA 02032


IVG Metrowest

5 Strathmore Road,
Natick, MA 01760
Hospital Hours Emergency: 24 hr/day, 7 days/wk Specialty Services: Mon - Fri


Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center of New England

180 Bear Hill Rd
Waltham, MA 02454

Angell Memorial Animal Hospital

350 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130

Tufts University North Grafton Campus Veterinary Hospital

200 Westboro Rd N
Grafton, MA
508- 839-5413

Animal Emergency Care

164 Great Road
Acton, MA 01720

New England Animal Medical Center

595 West Center St.
West Bridgewater, MA 02379

VCA South Shore Animal Hospital

595 Columbian St.
S Weymouth, MA 02190

Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital

20 Cabot Road
Woburn, MA 01801

Mass/RI Veterinary ER

286 Maple Ave
Barrington, RI 02806

Emergency Veterinary Services of RI Inc

205 Hallene Road
Warwick, RI 02886

Ocean State Veterinary Specialists

1480 S. County Trail
East Greenwich, RI 02818

Fall River Animal Hospital, Inc.

33-18th Street
Fall River, MA 02723

Veterinary Emergency Treatment Services

8 Enterprise Lane
Montville, CT 06373

Ocean State Veterinary Emergency Services

1320 Main Rd
Tiverton, RI 02878

Essex County Veterinary Emergency Hospital

247 Chickering Road
North Andover, MA 01845