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N O R T H E R N V I R G I N I A D O G : T H E U LT I M AT E G U I D E T O C A N I N E - I N S P I R E D L I V I N G I N T H E D C M E T R O A R E A

COVER STORY

12 F  ur-Friendly Craft Breweries Chill with your dog this summer at these locations, each brews up a fun and unique experience from funky to friendly to freshair. By Angela Meyers

16 T he Secret to Resolving Separation Anxiety

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Dogs can’t speak to us to say how they are feeling, so we have to become fluent in their language—their body language. By Tracy Krulik, CTC

D E PA RT M E N T S

4 PUBLISHER’S NOTE

19 GET SOCIAL

5 THE SOURCE

22 CANINE CALENDAR

News, information, and products

6 HEALTH WISE

Advise and information on canine health issues

8 DESTINATIONS

The State Arboretum of Virginia

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The craft brewery boom has provided many options around the area where the friendly pooch is welcomed with open arms.

25 HIT THE TRAIL

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Hiking with your dog

27 THE SCENE

A glimpse into the lives of Northern Virginia dogs

28 WAGS TO RICHES

Adoption success stories

10 EXPERT ADVICE Boarding your pet

Read Ramsey’s adoption success story on page 28.

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

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t’s the same story with me each summer. Summer is here, and I couldn’t be more happy. Each year I look forward to the warm weather like a schoolkid waiting for that last day of class. I always savor the sunny days, the evenings filled with fireflies, and the more vacation-oriented schedule. I can’t seem to find a new way to open my summer letter as I do relish in the summer season. This year, my summer will be a bit different however. I’m sad to share that I have lost my dearest, my sweet Maggie. We shared over 12 years of fun. She was my trusted sidekick, my hiking companion, my sweet girl curled up beside me while I pen my articles. But now I’m riding solo and trying to remind myself of the great times so I can reassure myself that we shared many fun times and that her life was truly great. But it is still hard to fight back the tears at times. We have all been there, and we will all likely be there again in our lives. It is the circle of life, but it can be hard. The house is certainly a quiet place without the click-click of her nails on the floor. I often find myself thinking I hear her at the door, or walking around her favorites spots to relax. Time will

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heal, but for now it’s still raw, still hard. But my wish for us all is to make time to enjoy the special parts of summer that you love. Carve out time for walks, for hikes, for snuggle time during the nights and thunderstorms. Make sure you find the joy in the moments you share. Snap some pictures so you have plenty of vivid memories to recount. One excursion I highly suggest is a trip to the McKees Bescher Sunflower Fields. Read about it in Hit the Trail. It’s a great day trip, off the beaten trail and a way to immerse yourself in something different. It is certain to add some sunshine to your week. Be sure to check the website for bloom times, they vary each year and don’t last a long time. I also hope you make it out to the State Arboretum. Roaming through their acreage is a wonderful way to enjoy a weekend, relax and re-center. There are so many great locations to enjoy should you take our advice and make a weekend of your excursion. We close things out with a stellar line-up of events for you to enjoy with your pooch. As you read through this issue, you’ll start feeling the summertime excitement sink into

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your skin. By the end, you’ll be ready to throw on some flip-flops and head out for a peaceful paddle, explore the sights at a lively event, hike one of our awesome local trails, or take in a Nats game. Don’t forget! There are countless ways to make the most of the summer season. Let’s make the summer last! Angela


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H E A L T H  W I S E

The Value of Hiring a Professional Pet Sitter

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ur pets are valuable to us, so why not hire a service that delivers on value? These common scenarios are “reallife” problems that have come up in Professional Pet Care companies across the DC area. Unfortunately sometimes when you hire a local friend, neighbor or student, they are unable to fulfill the commitment for one reason or another, but professional pet care companies have back-up and emergency plans built into their operating procedures, plus they have the experience to know how to address problem and challenges when they occur. Scenario 1: Sue G. was frantic on the phone when she called a professional pet sitter for help. Her neighbor who had been caring for her cat while she was travelling, had let the cat escape and then left for work. Scenario 2: In a different call that week, Lori P. who hired a college student to watch her dogs during a three day trip received a call that due to an important test the student needed a day off to study, would that be okay? Pet ownership is on the rise and pet owners are no longer satisfied to leave their pets in the care of a neighbor or student. They are putting quality and value first when looking for a pet sitter or dog walker, even if that comes with a cost. When you are looking for pet care services, there are so many options that it can be overwhelming. But there is help available! The National Capital Area Professional Pet Sitters Network (NCAPPSN)

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is a good source to find a local, professional pet sitter, dog walker, or pet care provider. The NCAPPSN website is a valuable resource for locating a professional pet sitter in your area. The relationship between the pet parent and the pet service provider should have clear and open communication, a clear service agreement and detailed set of care instructions. Network members provide a high standard of pet care services, commitment, and love to pets and their owners in NOVA, MD, and DC. All NCAPPSN members: • Own and operate their business, and have credentials through the state, district and/or county in which they do business • Are bonded and insured • Are encouraged to obtain training for themselves and all staff in Pet First Aid & CPR • Belong to a nationally recognized professional pet industry organization • Have signed our Pledge of Professional Conduct which can be found at http://ncapetsitters.com/pledge-professional-conduct/. Additionally, many of our members: • Use cloud-based scheduling software giving consumers the flexibility and ease in scheduling the service they desire including online scheduling, walk tracking, and emailed care feedback that include photos • Focus on continuing education for entire staff including the owner


• Offer the benefits of client and pet relationship building, support, transparency, consistency, education, and passion for their profession • Experienced in handling emergency situations •Conduct periodic background checks on their staff • Have protocols and procedures in place to verify work is performed to company standards • Are hands-on with their employees •Encourage a positive company culture engaging staff and clients •Are local small business owners •Are safety focused with plans and preventative measures in place to ensure uninterrupted and proper pet care • Provide open and professional communication before, during, and after service

are more prudent than ever when selecting a pet sitter. More and more online pet-sitter directories are available, so it is important to research any site you are considering to find a pet sitter and pay special attention to the capabilities, experience and training of the service providers listed.

More and more pet owners are using the services of professional pet sitters to take advantage of the benefits in-home pet care provides: • Pets remain in the comfort of their home • Diet and exercise routines are carried out on the time frames the pet owner specifies • Travel for both owner and pet is eliminated • Pets’ exposure to illness is minimized • Untrained friends/family/neighbors need not be called • In-home professional pet care provides added peace of mind. As the pet-care industry grows, it is important that pet owners

The National Capital Area Professional Pet Sitters Network is here to educate pet owners about responsible pet ownership and the benefits of professional pet sitting services. We provide local pet sitting professionals with a support network and share educational opportunities and tools. As part of our mission, we support local shelters and rescue groups in the effort to care for and find responsible homes for pets.

Consider these questions: • Does the site have appropriate requirements for those pet care providers listing? • Are the service providers listed professional businesses or does the site accept listings from kids, college students and other non-professional sitters? • Does the site differentiate between professional and non-professional sitters?

For more information about The National Capital Area Professional Pet Sitters Network, visit http://ncapetsitters.com/. To find a local pet care professional, use the zip code search on the homepage.

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DESTINATIONS

D o g f r ie n d ly s p a c e s in N or t her n Vi r gi ni a and beyond

Colors of spring and summer pop in the pollinator gardens and native plant trails around the main headquarters building. Photo courtesy of Christie Green.

Three water habitats provide opportunities for dogs to splash around. Photo courtesy of Christie Green.

Membership Has is Benefits: The State Arboretum of Virginia

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reat, bath, walk—we know our dogs learn many words without training. But how about “Arboretum”? That’s Maddy’s favorite word. Whenever the 4 year-old German Shepherd hears it, she goes bananas because the State Arboretum of Virginia is her favorite place. “We actually have to refer to it as ‘the tree place’,” said Marcia Cunningham, Maddy’s owner, “or else she immediately jumps with joy.” Nestled within the larger Blandy Experimental Farm owned by the University of Virginia, the State Arboretum of Virginia is a sprawling 172-acre oasis for nature lovers, that is home to over 5000 trees from many differeing families. There are a number of trails, around 7 miles worth, that include a 3 mile Loop Drive, Brindle Trail, the Herb Garden and Boxwood Trail. Among the countless things to see, visitors can watch certain bee species in action at the Live Bee Wall, meander along a winding native plant

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trail, and explore numerous habitats. Notable collections include a 300-tree ginkgo grove, 36-tree Cedar of Lebanon allee and a Boxwood Garden with 162 types. Not surprisingly, it’s a popular place for dogs, too—so much so the Foundation of the State Arboretum is introducing a new membership category specifically for dogs. For $25, your pup can support the environmental work being done there. As a member, your dog will receive an Arboretum dog tag and an exclusive invitation to Fido Photo Day at the Arboretum, with professional photographers on-hand. “The grounds are a popular place for professional photographers shooting wedding or family portraits,” said Robin Cardillo, Director of the Foundation of the State Arboretum, “so why not have a day for the dogs?” The Arboretum certainly offers lots of scenic spots—from the fall glory of the 300 Ginkgo trees, which look like enormous


All year long, there are fun things to discover under the rows of 300 Ginkgo trees. Photo courtesy of Marcia Cunningham.

lighted candles on a green birthday cake, to pollinator gardens blooming through summer, to the bluebells in early spring, or even one of three water features on the property. Every season offers something new to see. In fact, Rob Humphrey and his 12 year-old Labrador, Rufus, have come to the Arboretum nearly every day for the last 10 years and he says it’s never been the same walk twice. “Walking there has been the best thing for Rufus’s health and my health. There are so many positive things about walking, especially at the Arboretum” said Rob, adding that the gravel walkways are all loops, so no need to worry about getting lost. “There’s no better place to walk a dog.” Maddy, nicknamed the Assistant Branch Manager for her love for sticks, agrees. She loves romping around under the 30 Cedars of Lebanon trees or along Dogwood Lane, where sticks are plentiful. And one of the best parts is she can do most of it off-leash. Once visitors get some distance from the high-traffic entrance area, dogs can be unleashed as long as they respond to vocal commands. “It’s easy enough to see all around you for other people, any wildlife in the area, cars or groundsworkers who can distract your dog,” said Marcia, “and there’s plenty of room to move out of the way.” The State Arboretum is open 365 days a year and is free to enjoy. If you take your pet, here are a few rules that apply: • All pets must be leashed within 200 yards of any building and in parking areas. • Pets may be allowed off leash in other areas, but must be under immediate voice command at all times. • Do not allow pets to approach other pets or visitors. • Owners must pick up pet waste. • Pets must be leashed on the Bridle Trail and Native Plant Trail. • Keep pets out of garden beds and research areas. • Do not allow pets to chase wildlife. About the Arboretum: The State Arboretum of Virginia is in Clarke County. Simply head west on Lee-Jackson Memorial Highway (Route 50) approximately 20 miles past Middleburg. Think you or your dogs might want to join the Foundation of the State Arboretum? You can check them out online at blandy.virginia.edu/our-foundation. You can also reach the Foundation Director, Robin Cardillo at 540837-1758 x 221 or via email at rcardillo@virginia.edu. Make a Day of it: On your drive through Middleburg, snag some delicious picnic food to the a meal at Middleburg Deli (2 N Liberty St). You can bring it along for a picnic at the Arboretum (picnicking is permitted, but not foor preparation including BBQ /cookouts.) You can also enjoy a pint of cidar at the Mt. Definace Cidary (207 W Washington St.), where your dog is welcome to join you in the tasting room and on the grounds. Make a Weekend: If you choose to extend your stay, you and your pooh can both get pampered for the evening at the reknowned, dog-friendly Salamander Resort (see full write-up in the

Rufus exploring the Loop Drive circling the Arboretum grounds. Photo courtesy of Rob Humphrey.

Fall 2016 Issue of NOVADog). Activities abound for both you and your pet at this posh and relaxing location. ND Christie Green is a writer, certified health coach, and intuitive healer based in Winchester, Virginia. She’s learned the most important lessons in life from her dogs, Rico and Whiskey. They share their insights at DogandDojo. com. www.novadogmagazine.com

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E X P E R T  A D V I C E

An s w e rs to y ou r b e h a v i o r a n d tra i n i n g q u e s ti o n s

What type of boarding is right for my Pet?

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ooking a vacation is an exciting time for all of us but, for those with pets, that excitement may also be mixed with the guilt of not being able to take them with you. Just thinking about leaving your fur-baby can be incredibly overwhelming if you haven’t found the perfect place or person to care for your pet. With all of the options to consider, how do you choose? Here are a few tips to make things easier for you and your fur-baby. Ask your friends and family. There are so many pet owners in our lives odds are friends, family, and neighbors have a favorite place or person that they recommend. If you are new to an area your veterinarian or even pet owners at the local pet store or dog park can help you. People love to share their experiences good or bad so it’s a great resource to use. Start early. The busiest times for most vacation destinations is also the busiest time for pet-sitters and boarding facilities so they tend to fill up quickly. There is nothing worse than finding the perfect place only to find out there is a wait list! If you are traveling around any major holiday you will want to make sure you are calling weeks if not months in advance. Starting your search early also affords you the opportunity to tour a few places and ask some questions to make sure it is the right fit for you and your pet. Put your pet needs first. What is your pet’s age and health? If your dog has any serious or chronic illness you will need to make sure that whomever takes care of them is able to accommodate their needs. Can they distribute medications? How are they equipped for emergencies? Ill or senior pets naturally have a higher risk of injury, stress related illness, or exacerbation of any pre-existing condition. While they may do well in a traditional boarding situation, you may want to consider a stay with a veterinarian or pet sitter. Does your pet need a high level of activity? If so, make sure they have plenty of activities during their time away. A boarding facility with daycare may be your best option with high energy playful dogs. Is your pet social and enjoy the company of both people and other pets? You will want to make sure you find a place or person that can work

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interview, if not walk out your pet is far too important to stay somewhere that doesn’t provide the essential! Here is a list of interview questions you should ask: • What vaccines do you require? Minimum should be Distemper/ Parvo Combo, Bordetella, and Rabies for dogs and FVRCP and Rabies for cats. • What type of accommodations do you offer? •Are your buildings climate controlled? •How often are the rooms cleaned? •How often are the dogs let out during the day? • How often are the pets fed? • What types of activities do they offer? • How are emergencies handled? • How often can my pet have activities? • How is your staff trained? with you and your pet to meet their level of sociability. If your pet prefers people to other animals, make sure that you don’t choose a group only setting or open boarding. Traditional boarding could be a good option for this type of pet. Tour places and interview people. Once you have made your list of potential caregivers go and visit them. If they are pet hotels, vets, etc. call and schedule a tour or drop in to look around. When you go and visit you want to ask yourself a few questions: Do they pass the sniff test, does the facility smell clean? How does it look? Is it clean and presentable? Are the front desk staff friendly and did they greet you with a smile? If the answer is yes, proceed with the

Another great way to gauge a facility is to talk to some of their clients or if you decide on a pet sitter ask for referrals. Once you have decided on a person or place for your furry family member take them to visit or have the pet sitter come visit you. That way your pet will be comfortable with whatever option you have chosen, and you can have a worry-free vacation! ND Melissa Monaghan is the General Manager of The Dog Eaze Inn, Daycare and Boarding, and is a certified Pet First Aid and CPR Instructor. www. dogeazeinn.com

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Fur-Friendly

Craft Breweries Chill with your dog this summer at these locations, each brews up a fun and unique experience from funky to friendly to freshair.

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t’s Summer. You want to go out, enjoy the gorgeous weather and you certainly don’t want to leave your furry friend cooped up at home. Thankfully, the craft brewery boom has provided many options around the area where the friendly pooch is welcomed with open arms. We searched far and wide to research options to fit every personality and activity. So let this serve as your guide to your summer outings. This list delivers a collection of unique and different breweries that also welcome your pups. We focused heavily on ones that can be enjoyed any weeknight for a fun night out, but included a few more that are more well-suited for a day trip. This list delivers a wide range of brews and cidars as well as the ability to relax and explore some very unique spaces. B y A n g e l a Me ye rs

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Party Central: 2 Silos Brewing Company:

Overview: This sprawling 8 acre historic farm has been transformed into an amazing venue. The space flows indoor to out, seamlessly. The outdoor space has is comprised of many areas to be explored from the firepits, to the music stages and the BBQ pit. There is a place for everyone. You can easily spend a full day here. Check out the line-up of various performances that change throughout the day. Food: Enjoy options from that various kitchens and food trucks on the property from flatbreads to BBQ. Dogs: Welcomed in the outdoor spaces until 8PM, dogs are able to enjoy a large, though in areas very steep expanse. Water bowls provided. Entertainment: Many performances on the music stages. Hours: M, Closed; T - Sat, 11am – 11pm; Sun, 11am – 9pm 9925 Discovery Blvd, Manassas, VA 20109 https://2silosbrewing.com

License to Chill: Caboose Brewing:

Overview: With two locations in NOVA: you can chose from the laid back, hiker/biker watering hole in Vienna with the casual vibe, or enjoy the peppy and upbeat Merrifield location that boasts a full kitchen with creative concoctions. A wide selection of brews provides options for everyone in the group. Both locations have a great outdoor space, Vienna’s is small, but lovely; Merrifield’s is large with dozens of picnic tables. Food: Differing options at each location; but both have a full kitchen. Dogs: Welcomed in the outdoor spaces, dogs are able to enjoy a large, though in areas very steep expanse. Water bowls provided. Entertainment: Stop in on any Tuesday through September for Ruff Tuesdays and check their website for other fun events. Hours: Vienna: M-Th, 4 - 10 pm; F, 12 - 11 pm; Sat, 11am - 10 pm; Sun, 11am - 9pm; Merrifield: Sun-Th, 7am - 11 pm; F- Sat, 7am – 12:30am; 2918 Eskridge Rd., Fairfax, VA 22031; 520 Mill St. NE, Vienna, VA 22180; https://www.caboosebrewing.com/

Room to Roam: Dirt Farm Brewing:

Overview: Perched atop a rural hilltop, this location’s views can’t be bested. It’s the perfect way to end the day after enjoying a day picking your own fruit at Great Country Farms. Stop in afterwards for dinner and pint. There is a secluded outdoor back patio with games as well as an expansive front patio with those amazing views. Food: A small but interesting menu ranging from flatbreads and wing to Chicharrones and burgers Dogs: Welcomed in the outdoor spaces, dogs are able to enjoy a large, though in areas very steep expanse. Water bowls provided. Entertainment: There are a host of outdoor games on the grounds

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and occasional musicians. Hours: Daily 12-7PM; Fridays til 9PM 18701 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, VA 20135 https://dirtfarmbrewing.com/

Conversation Location: Fair Winds:

Overview: Like many other breweries profiled, you’d not likely stumble upon this location on your own. It’s also tucked into an industrial park, however, you won’t be working in this place! In the summer the roll up doors get tossed open and the music croons, not too loud, but creating a perfect vibe. Dogs are free to roam indoors and out in the summer and winter. Food: There is no regular food available at the brewery, but there is a regular food truck schedule. Dogs: Welcomed inside and out, dogs are able to saddle up to the bar alongside their human friends, as well as enjoy the outdoor area. Entertainment: This is a mostly a great place to chill with friends and good conversation, but you will find a wall of board games if the mood strikes you. Hours: M & T: 3-9PM; W & Th: 3-10PM; F & Sat; Noon -10PM; Sun: Noon-7PM 7000 Newington Road, Suites K&L, Lorton, VA 22079 https://fairwindsbrewing.com

Gametime: Mustang Sally Brewing Company

Overview: This bustling brewery has a fun, energetic environment; full of games including indoor cornhole, pinball, a giant jenga set and checkers as well as a wall of board games, and trivia nights. The staff is knowledgeable and welcoming. It would be easy to have your own barstool in this place. Food: There is a small kitchen featuring Arepas, Tequeños and Chamos at the brewery. Dogs: Welcomed outside (previously inside as well and they are hoping to have them back in soon pending landlord approval). Water bowls and treats available. Entertainment: Games, pinball, trivia nights and musicians provide a constantly changing schedule of fun. Hours: M: Closed; T, W, Th: 3-9PM; F-Sat: 12-10PM; Sun: 12-6PM


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Ocelot Brewing Company

Overview: In an unassuming industrial park, this hidden gem of a brewery delivers an unexpected psychedelic vibe. Just inside the front door, you’re greeted by large murals of colorful dancing bears and mushrooms amid the artistic beer signs and barrel supported tables. This cozy, funky vibe is comfortable and friendly, as is the conversation with the others at the bar stools. Food: There is no regular food available at the brewery, but there is often on site food available for purchase onsite. Dogs: Welcomed inside and out, dogs are able to saddle up to the bar alongside their human friends, as well as enjoy the outdoor deck. Water bowls abound. Entertainment: There is a fun game room behind the bar with pinball machines, vintage video games, foosball and more. Hours: M-F: 1-10PM; Sat 11AM-10PM; Sun 12-7PM 23600 Overland Drive #180, Dulles, VA 20166 http://www.ocelotbrewing.com

tucked away and near a grassy nook, convenient for the dogs. There is a great outdoor gaming space with tables, corn hole and other yard games. There is a wide variety of great beers, that provide a wide range of options. Food: There is no regular food available at the brewery, other than snacks, but there are often on site food events such as special food vendors, food trucks. You are welcome to bring outside food, picnics, order delivery as well. Dogs: The outdoor area, open in the summer, is dog-friendly. Indoors, there are dog-friendly Sundays when our pups are also allowed in the tasting room. Entertainment: There are occasional bands, member nights, hosted events or theme nights. Hours: M-T :Closed; W-Th: 2-10PM; F-Sat: 12-11PM; Sun: 12-9PM 12425 Dillingham Sq, Lake Ridge, VA 22192 www.watersendbrewery.com DC: Check out the Spring 2018 Issue of NOVADOG for a great review of Bardo Brewing. Steps away from the entrance to Nationals Stadium, this waterfront gem needs to be on your short list of summer excursions. ND

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The Secret to Resolving Separation Anxiety B y Tr a c y K r u lik , C T C

Dogs can’t speak to us to say how they are feeling, so we have to become fluent in their language—their body language.

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our dog goes into a complete panic every time you walk out the door: barking, pacing, whimpering, howling, maybe even losing his bladder and/or bowels, chewing holes in your door or window frame, or even getting bloodied up trying to break out of a crate or jump through a window. And you’ve tried everything, you say. You’ve gone in and out at different times—something like, out for five minutes, then again for two minutes, then 10, and another time for 20 minutes. You stuff Kongs and play soft music. You’ve tried leaving worn clothing with him so that he can smell you. You’ve plugged in pheromone diffusers. And yet, he’s not getting better! He might even be getting worse. Want to know one of the biggest reasons why? Want to know what you can do to fix this? Well, read on, because while a magician can never share her secrets, I, as a certified separation anxiety training can and will! The secret to resolving separation anxiety is… body language. Let’s talk about why this happens.

Separation anxiety is a problem rooted in fear (which might not surprise you, given the name). Your dog is barking, pacing, howling, peeing, etc. because he or she is scared to be alone, or afraid to be away from certain people. I’m a card-carrying arachnophobe, and I imagine the panic these pups face when left alone might be something along the lines of how I’d feel if I were locked in a room with a bunch of tarantulas. If I shouted profanities, wet my pants, and clawed at the door as those little demons scurried around the space, would you think I was doing it to misbehave? I doubt it. After the click of that door latch, my hypothalamus would announce to the rest of my body that “WE’RE IN FIGHT-OR-FLIGHT MODE, PEOPLE! ALL HANDS ON DECK!” I wouldn’t be able to settle down until I was far away from that eight-legged horror show. www.novadogmagazine.com

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It’s the same thing with dogs. If we remove the thing that’s scaring them, the problem behaviors (barking, howling, peeing, etc.), disappear. Thus, the most effective method for stopping all of those unwanted behaviors is to get to the root of the problem and tackle the fear—teach the dog that being alone is nothing to be afraid of. The gold-standard separation anxiety training method is a process called systematic desensitization. It’s the same method that we use to help people overcome their fears of spiders, heights, airplanes, tight spaces, etc. Basically, we introduce the scary thing at a level that isn’t scary and then build little by little from there. For the training to work, the dog has to not be scared at all— not “kind of fine,” not “only a little scared,” nothing. No panic. No stress. We’re looking to find your dog’s fear threshold line— the line between totally relaxed and starting to feel stress, and we’re going to work underneath that line. My own dog’s threshold was 10 seconds. She could handle the first few seconds alone, but by 10 seconds she had crossed the line. Most dogs I train have a threshold within a handful of seconds at most, but I’ve met some whose thresholds were 10 minutes, and even one who was fine for 45 minutes. But what does this have to do with body language? This has EVERYTHING to do with body language. Our dogs can’t speak to us to say how they are feeling, so we have to become fluent in their language—their body language. We look for clues like yawning, lip licking, scratching themselves, and even sneezing. Does their face tense? What about their ears? Soft and

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The most effective method for stopping all of those unwanted behaviors is to get to the root of the problem and tackle the fear— teach the dog that being alone is nothing to be afraid of. floppy or up tight and pulled back? Do we see a lot of whites in their eyes? Did they rush to the door when you put on your jacket or grabbed your keys? Are they whimpering, barking or howling? Does your dog growl or even nip at your arms or legs when you try to leave? Back in the days when I didn’t know what I was doing, and I


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was trying to train Emma the Beagle to stop barking and peeing every time I left her alone, I did all of those out-and-in exercises. Go out for five minutes, then a minute, then 30 minutes, then three minutes, etc. But no matter how hard I worked, not only did Emma not improve, her anxiety actually got worse. Can you guess why? I’m human. I’ll fess up to my mistakes. I never looked for Emma’s fear threshold back then. I just went out and came back in a bunch of times. Emma’s fear threshold was 10 seconds, which means that she was fine for up to 9ish seconds. After that, Fight-or-Flight took over her mind and body. Whereas I thought I was training Emma to stop barking when I left the condo, I was actually scaring her more each time and making her fear worse! We didn’t start to make progress until I determined her threshold and stayed below that (i.e. walk to door, turn door handle, return; walk to door, step out for 3 seconds, return; walk to door, open/close door return; etc.). Separation anxiety is hard. There’s no way around it. It takes time, patience, a ton of empathy, and, oftentimes, medications and/or supplements. It also takes well-executed training. And the number one thing almost every person who reaches out to me is doing wrong in their training is the same thing I did wrong all those years ago—focusing on the time away without reading their dog’s body language. After months or years of “nothing working!,” it is astounding how much you can accomplish in a short time when you make sure your dog feels safe every time you walk out the door. ND

It is astounding how much you can accomplish in a short time when you make sure your dog feels safe every time you walk out the door. Tracy Krulik, CTC, CSATNOVA-based certified canine separation anxiety trainer and honors graduate of Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers, Tracy Krulik, CTC, CSAT is founder of iSpeakDog-a dog body language and behavior website. Krulik trains dogs with separation anxiety for the Humane Rescue Alliance and is a leading separation anxiety specialist in the D.C. area.

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August 8 Pets in the Park with Potomac Nationals. Bring your pet to the park! Everything from dogs, cats, hamsters and more are invited to enjoy the game with their owners. Pets and owners are also welcome to participate in a pre-game pet parade. Purchase tickets at https://www.milb. com/potomac/tickets/single-gametickets#game=582140

July 10 - October 20 July 10 -Trivia Night at Solly’s at 1942 11th St. NW, Washginton, DC 20001. Join in for trivia night at Solly’s with 10% of proceeds benefiting the Humane Rescue Alliance. Bring your friends (the really smart ones!) and enjoy a night of fun while supporting a good cause.

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September 14 Workhouse Brewfest, Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton. This unique event features live performances by some of the region’s most popular bands, unique food trucks, access to 12 air-conditioned art galleries and 65 artist studios, and some of the area’s most exciting beer, spirits, and wine. More at https://local.aarp.org/event/workhouse-brewfest-2019-09-14-lorton-va.html

September 21 DC Walk for the Animals hosted by Humane Rescue Alliance. This year’s Walk will be taking place at Bardo Brewing from 11:00 AM 3:00 PM. Register for the walk now at www.dcwalkfortheanimals.org BROOD Ramble at Frying Pan Park, Reston VA. Dog contests, raffles, auctions and food. Gates open at 9 & activities run from 10 to 2.

Sept 22 Dog Fest at Reston Town Center. A community-based walk and festival that brings dog lovers together for a cause. All funds raised benefit Canine Companions for Independence and their mission of matching assistance dogs with children, adults and veterans with disabilities, free of charge. More at http://support.cci.org/ site/TR?fr_id=1710&pg=entry

OCTOBER October 5 1st annual Chili Bingo fundraiser hosted by Homeward Trails Animal Rescue at the Lyon Park Community Center in Arlington, VA. Chili Bingo will feature a casual, family friendly atmosphere with all-you-can-eat chili and fixins’, lively BINGO games and a silent auction featuring donated goods and services from local businesses.

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Petoberfest hosted by Stonebridge at the Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge, Virginia 11am - 4pm. All are welcome to attend and enjoy free family and pet friendly activities. More at http://www.sptcpetoberfest.com/

Bark Ball at the Washington Hilton. The Bark Ball draws many of the area’s most illustrious residents and their four-legged friends, all in honor of the programs and services of the Humane Rescue Alliance. Purchase tickets at www.barkball.org ND

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McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area: Sunflower Fields By Angela Hazuda Meyers

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his adventurous excursion is a great day trip getaway. This rugged area, located in Maryland, just north of DC, is situation alongside the Potomac River. There are three large fields of sunflowers, which are the main attraction. This destination is a great location that will allow you to reconnect with nature and should be on your shortlist of locations to visit. The sunflower fields are rugged, but dense, they are each over an acre However also within the area is a great waterfront walk, a marshland with wildflowers and a number of other planted fields with flowers and other interesting crops. The crops are gorgeous, but they are planted for the benefit of wildlife, so please respect the crops. Do not cut or damage the flowers while visiting.

About Your Guide Angela Meyers is the owner of both NOVADog Magazine and a lovely pup named Maggie.

In 2019, the sunflowers were planted on May 1, and with favorable conditions, the sunflowers will bloom in mid-July. Please consult the website here for regular updates and to plan your visit: https://dnr.maryland. gov/wildlife/Pages/publiclands/central/sunflowers.aspx The sunflower wildlife area is worth the trip, but be prepared, it is in a fairly rural and remote location. There are no facilities available at this location. The road leading into the area is a dirt road and below is a list of additional details about the area.

• Parking is only allowed in designated parking areas. Do not block gates. • Driving is only allowed on main roads (River Road, Hunting Quarter Road, and Sycamore Landing Road). • Leashed dogs are welcomed. • The area is trash-free. No trash cans are provided. Please take all trash with you. • McKee-Beshers WMA has no bathroom facilities, no water, benches or picnic tables. • The area is home to ticks, mosquitoes and poison ivy. Long pants and shoes are www.novadogmagazine.com

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recommended. Check yourselves and pets upon leaving. Where to Hike: You can create your own plan but a great trek through the area is outlined below. Use this map to navigate through the area. Parking near Field 2 and heading south toward the C & O Towpath. The trail looks as though it end before the towpath, but there is easy access to the towpath at the end of the trail. When you reach the trail, turn right and enjoy a great 1+ mile long trek along the river. You may get lucky and encounter a port-apotty along a camp site along the towpath. Continue the whole way along to Sycamore Landing Road. When you reach Sycamore Landing Road, turn right and head north to Field #3, then turn right again on river road ad head East for a shirt bit, then turn right again and head South to cut through the marshlands. The marshlands are a wonderfully unique terrain, and deserve a slow meander through their many trails. Then head back north and cut across east back towards Field 2. Once you reach the N/S trail turn L to head N back to the main road and parking area. The total trail is just over 3 miles long. It’s a lovely walk and you will enjoy the lovely fields. They mimic the rural Kansas or French fields of sunflowers. ND TRAIL SPECIFICS

Distance: 3.4 miles. Fido Friendly Features: Shaded, streamside,dirt/gravel, stream access. Best time to go: Daytime, weekdays. Weekends tend to be very crowded. Access: Parking available in parking areas. All dirt road access

Sarah: Loved by Billy & Patrice Lindell, had a fun day exploring the sunflower fields and finding new scents and trails.

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Directions: From the Capital Beltway, take Exit 39 (River Road) west toward Potomac. Proceed for approximately 11 miles to the intersection of River Road and MD 112, Seneca Road. Turn left and continue on River Road for about 2 1/2 miles. McKee-Beshers will be on your left as you head west on River Road. Rated: 1 Paw. The trail is very easy, no hills, dirt/gravel

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