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Bangor International Airport Celebrates K9 Retirement November 26, 2013- Today, Bangor International Airport (BGR) celebrated the retirement of one of the first Explosive Detection Canines trained K-9s to work at BGR. Endumin, the Belgian Malinois, was honored for his five years of dedicated service to the airport, Bangor Police Department, and the Greater Bangor community. For more than five years, Endumin has served BGR and the Greater Bangor Region as part of the City of Bangor’s Bomb Squad K-9 Unit. He has served as the airport’s K-9 ambassador by participating in countless airport tours and community outreach events with his handler Officer Dan Scripture. BGR honored Endumin with the K-9 Service Challenge Coin and Medal, several gifts from the employees from the airport departments he worked with, and a very large bag of Beggin Strips. “Today, we thank Endumin for his years of service and wish him many years of happy retirement. Although it might only be five years, in dog years it’s about thirty-five, so thank you,” said Airport Director Anthony Caruso.
Endumin, is the first K-9 to retire from the initial TSA certified bomb dogs to work at BGR. He will now be able to enjoy the rest of his years living with the family. Bangor International Airport is a full-service regional airport offering non-stop, affordable flights to Detroit, Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda, New York, Orlando/Sanford, Philadelphia, Tampa/St. Petersburg, and Washington, D.C. The Airport is an enterprise funded entity operated by the City of Bangor and is supported solely through Airport generated revenue. The City of Bangor’s Explosive Detection Canine Unit based at Bangor International Airport, maintains three purpose trained Transportation Security Administration (TSA) certified bomb dogs. These are very effective mobile teams trained to identify dangerous materials that may present a threat to all modes of the transportation industry as well as in unattended packages, structures, and vehicles.
Pints for Paws Raises $3,230 for Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County
On Monday, November 18, Loyal Biscuit Co. and Trackside Station teamed together to host their 6th “Pints for Paws” fundraiser to benefit the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County. The evening far exceeded our expectations and raised more money than any of our previous Pints for Paws events. In just three short hours on a Monday night, more than 200 people came through the doors, enjoyed dinner, purchased raffle tickets, participated in the silent auction, and, like the name says, enjoyed 270 pints of beer to benefit the shelter. We are excited to say that we raised $3,230! The support we received from the community was outstanding with over 100 items donated for raffle and silent auction. We would like to thank the following for helping us to have an amazingly successful night: Paddy Mills, Jen Chapman, Fletcher Hall, Melody Godin, Fidelis Biscuit Co., Midcoast Laser Works, Laugh Loud, Smile Big, Maine Boatyard Dog, Stephanie Williams Personal Training, The Animal House, Jarod Bray, Jeff’s Marine, Coppola Salon & Day Spa, Courier Publications, Pet Food Experts, Stella & Chewy’s, Knight Marine, Rock City Coffee, Natural Balance Pet Food, Cloudstar (the Buddy Biscuit People!), Tipsy
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Happy New Year readers!! I hope everyone had an amazing holiday and enjoyed ringing in the New Year. What are your plans for 2014? The beagles and I are hoping to continue being active, being healthy, and bringing you a great newspaper every month. We’re enjoying the snow (though Molly gets stuck sometimes; her eyes are bigger than her legs!) and we try to go out and play in it often. The freezing temperatures we had in December kept us inside and by the woodstove a lot, but that’s the beauty of winter! The girls have been wearing their sweaters, while Johnnie seems to think he’s too tough for one even though he’s typically the first to ask to go inside! Our family also welcomed a new member! My cousin and her husband adopted one-year-old Sheba from the Coastal Humane Society! She’s now in a nice big house with big brother Max to wrestle and play with and their 6-month-old baby girl to protect and care for! Welcome home Sheba! In this month’s issue, we are featuring a few things to help with those New Year resolutions!
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Planet Dog Foundation Embarks on the Next One Million of Giving PDF Awards $66,000 in New Grants to Eleven Canine Service Organizations in 10 States
The Planet Dog Foundation (PDF), Planet Dog’s non-profit grant-making organization, has awarded another $66,000 in grants to continue to support canine service programs across the country! The pet industry’s socially responsible leader is on its way to achieving another million dollar milestone. Earlier this year, PDF announced it had given over $1 million dollars since 2006 to help dogs help people in need. Planet Dog is proud to donate 2% of every purchase of its award-winning products to PDF. “We are thrilled to announce new grants to eleven exemplary canine service programs in ten states across the country,” says Kristen Smith, the Executive Director of the Planet Dog Foundation (PDF). “Establishing these new partnerships is a great
way for us to embark on our next million dollars of giving and we look forward to learning more about our new grantees and seeing the grants in action,” adds Smith. The new grantees may be from Arkansas, Baltimore, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Texas, but the reach of their programs goes well beyond their borders. The PDF grants will support Service Dog, Therapy Dog, and other canine service programs from the following canine service organizations: A Fair Shake for Youth, Inc. (AFSY) (New York, NY); American Scent Dog Association (Little Rock, AR); America’s VetDogs – The Veteran’s K-9 Corps, Inc. (Smithtown, NY); Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (Whiting, NJ); Detroit Public
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On pages 8 and 9, you’ll find information about obedience training and trainers. If you and your pup want to work on some new tricks, check out some of our favorite trainers from around the state in that feature. Our cover story comes to us from Linda Aceto and her experience welcoming a new puppy into her home. I know when we introduced Johnnie into Cassi’s world, things were a little crazy for a while. I was personally very overwhelmed and honestly scared of “rocking the boat” of our little family. Today, Cassi and Johnnie are very much happy siblings! They wrestle and play together, though Cass never passes up the opportunity to muscle her little brother out of the way. I can no longer imagine life without the two of them! Everyone here at Downeast Dog News, the beagles, and I hope that 2014 starts off well for you and your families. Please stay safe, warm, and have fun! -Katie & The 3 Beagles
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Table of Contents Hot Dog News .................................. 2 Furry Words ....................................... 4 Ask the Vet........................................... 4 Greg & Axel Show Photo ............... 6 Basic Training Tips ........................... 7 Cold Weather Pet Safety ............... 7 New Year, New Tricks! .................... 8 Baxter ................................................... 10 Performance Dog Training ........... 11 Why Certification Matters............. 12 Activities for Bored Dogs............... 12 Dogs for Adoption........................... 13 Calendar of Events .......................... 14 Business Directory ........................... 15
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Sara Moore, Animal Communicator
Welcome to 2014! I hope you’re excited for what’s to come in the new year and that you and your furry friends had a lovely holiday season. So much has been happening that I’m grateful for the time to reflect on all that I’ve been through in 2013 and set my sights on the future. Looking ahead, I’d like to help you understand some of the things your dog (or cat, or horse) may be trying to teach you. Have you ever seen the portraits of pets that look like their owners? Well, their behavior can also be a reflection of you. That statement could totally offend some of you, especially if you’re being challenged by them right now. Keep reading and remember that our animals are here to teach us things, so you’re not being punished by the way they’re behaving. This summer I met a woman at an event who said her dog was so aggressive that she had no idea what to do. My first insight was that the woman was also always on the defensive, attacking first before whomever she was interacting with struck first. She perceived herself to be very open and pleasant, but she was guarded and ready to fight in an instant just like her dog. She didn’t see that her dog was mirroring her behavior, and even after I rephrased it as many ways as I could, I wasn’t getting through to her. I folded and told her the reading was on the house but that I hoped someday it would make sense to her. Two months later, I got an email saying she owed me some money. Her doctor had told her she was living with an intense fight or flight reaction, and it was affecting her health. Having the awareness after chatting with your dog (even if it comes months later) can help you “see” things that you may have otherwise been ignoring. Have you seen dogs that are timid? How do their owners approach the world? How about the dogs that walk in the training center barking and announcing their arrival to everyone? I’m betting the owner is the same way! One of my favorite parts about
doing readings is helping people understand something about themselves. Our animals try so hard to teach us, and it’s up to you to listen and decide if you like living with status quo or if you’re ready to make some changes to improve your situation. It can be as simple as listening to someone else’s point of view or speaking up for your truths. If a dog goes through all of the paces in rally but doesn’t seem to be enjoying it, maybe you need to really examine what is fun and what is routine in your own life. You can change your routine and choose to do things that are new and exciting! Sometimes that will bring a huge spark back to both you and your dog! This year, think about what you want to invite in. I’m not a believer in resolutions. I create intentions. With intentions, there’s no fear of failing if I don’t achieve them, but because they are goals, I am more apt to reach for them. Tell me I can’t have something and it’s the first thing I start craving. If this is the year you want to lose weight, include your pet. For example, the resolution of cutting out chocolate immediately adds a bit of a “dare you to eat chocolate!” compared to “I will take my dog out for energizing walks at least three times a week.” Oh, doesn’t that sound better? Here’s a resolution: “I will work harder to make my dog stop barking,” compared to, “I will pay attention to my emotions or behavior when my dog appears anxious or loud.” Then you can really learn something and stop the barking! I’m not a dog trainer, so you can take these suggestions and work with the professionals to find some peace. As we head into this new year, pay attention to what your pets are trying to tell you. Take some of the behavior personally but figure out how it feels to need to act that way. Then decide if they’re showing you something about yourself and then make a plan to find total peace. It’s really that simple!
Sara Moore is an Animal Communicator, Psychic, Reiki Master and Hypnotist. She is available for long distance readings for people and pets as well as face to face visits. More information and a full calendar of events can be found at www. enlightenedhorizons.com or contact Sara directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Raising a New Puppy
I want to get a puppy, but I haven’t raised a dog since I was a kid. Any suggestions? There are many things to consider before going out and getting a dog or puppy. I hope to cover as much as I can in this column. First, make a check list of what you want and don’t want in your new companion. Some important issues to consider are: • grooming needed; • hypoallergenic, shedding or not; • your lifestyle, do you need an active dog because of your active life or one that needs less exercise; • financially how much money do you have to put away for routine veterinary visits, emergencies, grooming visits, etc.(think in terms of yearly cost); • time you have for training your new companion; • and what size dog will fit in your living situation. Once you have made your list of what you need or want in a dog, start researching breeds you may think fit your criteria. From there you can start going to dog shows and breeders to see these breeds up close and talk with people who are familiar with them. What you read on the internet doesn’t always pan out when you meet the dogs in person. Decide if you want a puppy or a second hand dog. If you want an older dog, then go to shelters and rescues and talk to the people in charge of adoptions. Rescues and shelters want to make a permanent match, so they should give you plenty of time to ask your questions and to meet the dogs. Don’t be in a hurry and be very careful getting a pup over the internet. It is too easy to send false information about the dog. Also, when the dog arrives and there is a problem such as wrong temperament or not healthy, you may be left with the problem. Local shelters and reputable breeders have return policies or can help solve issues because
they want you and their dogs to be happy. If you are looking for a mixed breed, try to get as much information as possible. If you are looking in the paper, go to the house and see the parents and living conditions. When there is a question in your mind about the health or temperament of the pup, move on! Next is to start school as soon as you get the pup or dog. I can’t stress this enough. There is a honeymoon period where the new member is on his best behavior. This can last anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks. This is the best time to start training your new family member. Have the “house rules” written down before the pup arrives and make sure everyone is on the same page. There is nothing like confusing the newcomer when the rules keep changing. For example, will the dog be allowed on the furniture or not. You can’t blame Fido if one person says “on the couch” and the other says, “stay off the couch.” Training is so important. The obvious is housebreaking, but we also have a member of the family who needs to learn manners. The point of having a companion is to share your life with him. This means being able to take him places. When training starts at the beginning of the relationship, there will be less “retraining” to undo what the puppy learned by mistake. With a second hand dog, you want to start right off giving him confidence by teaching him what you expect. If you don’t have a trainer, you can call your veterinarian’s office, local pet shop, shelter, or neighbor with a well behaved dog for recommendations. Then go to a class and check it out. Again, websites give lots of information but may be misleading. When you visit a class, you can see what actually goes on without the distraction of your companion. Once you find a trainer that seems to match what you want to accomplish, you can sign up. Training is much work in the beginning, but it pays big dividends in the long run. This fall I took my companion, Bryan, to an outside restaurant. I had to leave him to place an order. All around were rambunctious children. I was able to place my order, retrieve my lunch, and eat in peace with Bryan at my feet. It was an enjoyable experience for him as well as me. What a delight to spend quality time with my best friend. I hear complaints about dogs not allowed in public places or at family events. If we become proactive and work hard to have well mannered companions, these rules could change. Judith K. Herman DVM, CVH Animal Wellness Center, Augusta, ME www.mainehomeopathicvet.com email@example.com
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GIVING from page 3 are augmented through private donations and the proceeds from local fundraising events, as well as the Orbee-Tuff Glow for Good Ball, a best seller that donates 100% of its sales to PDF. “There is an overwhelming need for funding to support canine service programs and the amazing ways dogs are helping people in need,” says Smith. “We are thrilled to have donated over $1,000,000 in support of over 100 exceptional programs and are proud to continue to romp the romp and provide PDF with resources to keep having a real impact on the working dog community,” adds Smith. Grant Amounts and Program Descriptions A Fair Shake for Youth, Inc. (AFSY) – The $7,500 PDF grant will help this New York Citybased non-profit youth-serving organization continue to demonstrate the efficacy of using therapy dogs to help vulnerable, underserved young people develop and expand their lives. By partnering with at least twelve schools and youth service organizations during the 2013-2014 school year, the program will reach a minimum of 200 young people through 10 to 12 weekly program cycles. Measurable results include requests for ongoing programming from schools and organizations to
PUPPY from page 1 help more youth become more aware of their impact on others. American Scent Dog Association – The $4,520 PDF grant will cover the educational costs associated with having their 15 member team SARTECH II certified by the National Association of Search and Rescue and fund canine participation in two cancer research studies by covering the resources members need to voluntarily bring their dogs to the lab. Their efforts have successfully transitioned the dogs’ alert capabilities to cancer detection and have clearly demonstrated their ability to discriminate between cancerous and healthy body fluids. America’s VetDogs – The Veteran’s K-9 Corps, Inc. – The $7,500 PDF grant will support the Massachusetts Prison Puppy Program. Collectively, inmates from local facilities along with local volunteer weekend puppy raisers will train 40 future service dogs per program cycle to assist our nation’s veterans with disabilities. The program not only raises the quality of life for wounded veterans and keeps them active in their own communities, but also has a positive impact on the inmate population as a whole. Caregivers Volunteers of Central Jersey – The $3,500 PDF grant
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was a bundle of cuteness. At least, she was to me. Annie, our older Aussiedoodle, was not at all sure about the arrival of this interloper since she had been queen central of my attention for the last five years. Emily, our ten year old Border Collie/ Springer Spaniel, was a little more welcoming, thinking that she had just been handed a fine interactive toy. Nevertheless, we quickly became aware of all the pitfalls involved in adding a new pup to an already established pack. For example, we probably would have done well to pay attention to gender selection. When acquiring Annie, my selection process was primarily ruled by right size, preferred gender, and immediate availability (to account for my lack of impulse control). These are not really the most important variables in picking a puppy, especially if it is to be introduced to an older dog. But, I saw only the visions of little pups that danced in my head. Consequently, sure that we knew it all, we did not heed the commonly accepted advise from the experts that same sex combinations could be troublesome, whereas, females coupled with males generally brought less contrariness. Nevertheless, even though we did it all wrong, gender did not seem to be the instigator of the growls and threatened nips at our house. Emily, of infinite patience and good humor, didn’t pose a threat, but Annie was a different matter. As it turned out, any old puppy would have been a bother--male, female, old, or young. She wanted no one to interfere with my attention to her. Again, since we were following our own calls, we jumped into introductions without a shadow of trepidation, having them all meet up in our living room. Experts advise that neutral territory is the best place to admit a new dog; perhaps we should have read that manual. The introductions brought excitement, curiosity, circling and sniffing, and just a touch of animosity. Although there was no out and out brawl, Annie, as mentioned above, was not pleased
to have this attention grabbing puppy in her midst. She didn’t attack, but her stance was threatening enough that I had to separate them initially, never leaving them together if they were out of my sight. In time, Annie mellowed and, of course, the puppy came into her own. They established peaceful co-existence, even rallied in play now and then. Along with places at the dining table, toys can instigate fighting rights. As it happened, Emily, again the good natured one, was more than willing to share her toys, especially if it signaled a rousing game of tug of war with the young one. Annie couldn’t have cared less about toys to begin with. Haughty little thing that she is, she has no need for that kind of frivolity. She did, on occasion, engage in rough and tumble games, but it wasn’t always just in fun. Annie could switch the tenor of the play fight in a heartbeat by circling Duffy with stiffened back legs. She is not, by nature, a dominant or aggressive dog, but Duffy presented a special problem. She required my attention, thereby, cutting into “Annie time”, which, as noted, had been all the time. As the human, it was my responsibility to pay attention to the body language and to intervene with some other activity. Getting Duffy tired required nonstop tug of war, ball throwing, and chasing around the house. I usually pooped out before she did, of course, but the older dogs would step in. Emily was generally open to games, particularly when the puppy was still a novelty. But, in spite of her Border Collie heritage, Emily’s advanced age generally caught up with her, and she would be forced to retire to the bedroom. Since Duffy was coordinationly challenged well into her ninth month, she could not follow Emily up on the bed, so her pestering and energy had to find other outlets-puppy hope for play springs eternal. This was when human supervision became critical. Sometimes the best solution would be crate time. Like
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GIVING from page 5 will support the efforts to replicate Caregiver Canines throughout New Jersey and train other nonprofit agencies and businesses such as hospices and home health care agencies on how to begin a homebased therapy dog visitation program. Through their “lessons-learned” and experiences since 2009, they have the building blocks in place and have seen the incredible impact home visits bring to both the client and the volunteer handler. Detroit Public Safety Foundation (DPSF) – The $7,500 PDF grant will help meet the demand for explosive sweep requests by creating a Detroit Community Safety Sniffers program and covering the cost of acquiring one dog and training that dog and its handler to detect explosives as well as maintenance training to ensure effective performance. The grant will enable the program to double its explosion-detection capacity and increase its community outreach. Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc. – The $5,000 PDF grant will support the Fidelco Guide Dog Life-Changing Partnership Program and help create a life-changing partnership between a Fidelco German Shepherd Guide Dog and an individual who is blind. The grant will cover the cost to breed, train, and place a Fidelco German Shepherd Guide Dog and provide follow-up services for the 10+ year working life of the dog. HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response – The $4,500 PDF grant will assist in recovery from crises and disasters and assist mental health and emergency response professionals on location throughout the United States. HOPE AACR has provided comfort and encouragement through animal-assisted support to individuals affected by crises and disasters in the Pacific Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, Eastern United States, and the Southeast Region. The all- volunteer organization hopes to provide the healing benefits of their services across more of the country. MedStar Union Memorial Hospital (MUMH) – The $7,000 PDF grant will help establish a Hospital Security Canine Program. The success of the program will be measured by achieving a 50% reduction in the
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If you’re like me, it might be unusual to go through even one day without doing a Google search. We are constantly learning and seeking out information. If there were nothing left to learn or if we had no interest in learning, what would be the point of existing? Learning is a perpetual process and one that drives us forward through life’s obstacle course. Dogs are no different. Although they’d be hard-pressed to do a Google search, they are sentient, clever beings with active minds primed for input. Because they are stuck living with us and have no choices in the matter, they rely on us and on their immediate environment to serve as their Google. A well-trained, happy dog is not only a joy to be around but has a much bigger world available to him. Through training, he has learned the skills necessary to thrive in many settings. What is “training?” In short, “train” means to teach, coach, communicate. To be successful, we
need to: • learn how dogs learn • learn skills in order to train skills • educate ourselves on dog behavior We cannot assume that simply being a dog-loving human in the human/dog equation will suffice. If you Google “dog training,” you will get a confusing array of theories on how to approach the process. Some are very emotionally charged, some claim to have exclusive “dog training secrets,” and others insist it’s their way or the highway.
What to do? The good news is that we have science to help filter out the garbage. The science of behavior, which has well over a century of solid evidence-based research and practical application on hundreds of species, is the foundation for good training. In fact, most dog behavioral issues can be resolved by applying basic learning principles. The bad news is that science often gets buried under a mountain of debris. The biggest nugget of behavioral science states, “immediate consequence drives future behavior.” It comes as a surprise to many dog owners that science could possibly factor into dog training. Creativity is necessary in applying the principles for each individual dog, but we are all, without exception, grounded by the same science. Knowing that it plays such a pivotal role can be liberating: all the confusing woowoo-speak containing words like “energy” or “calm assertive” are replaced with an actual understanding of behavior and precisely what action to take to either make it stronger or weaker. When seeking dog training advice or classes, it’s critical to know what to look for and when to put up the red flags.
Look for: • One of these certifications: CPDT-KA, ACAAB, CAAB, CABC, CDBC, CCAB, DACVB • Methodology: sciencebased, operant conditioning, positive reinforcement, clicker training Red flags: • Terminology such as “balanced” and “alpha” or recommendations to “be dominant.” • Trainers who reject clicker training and scientific principles (these two go hand-in-hand) For on-line resources, one of my favorite destinations is www. aspcabehavior.org There are many classes, sports, and hobbies that you and your dog can get involved with in your pursuit of lifelong learning. No matter what the age or experience of you or your dog, there’s always something to learn. Just in case you thought old dogs (or humans) don’t need any more training, I invite you to check out my “Old Dogs, New Tricks” classes! I invite you to check out the resources section of my website for recommendations on books and other sites. Happy New Learning in the New Year!
Diana Logan, CPDT-KA Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed Pet Connection Dog Training, North Yarmouth, Maine www.petconnectionmaine.com 207-252-9352
Cold Weather Pet Safety From TripsWithPets.com Winterize my house - check, winterize my car - check, winterize my pet - what? With the full wrath of winter upon us - arctic winds, plummeting temps, snow and freezing rain (ugh), have you taken the time to be sure that your pet is winterized? That is, prepared for the frigid temps and all that goes along with it? Take note of these special precautions and tips to ensure your pet is safe and protected this winter. Un-Pet Friendly Winter Products Anti-Freeze: Be sure that you keep your pet far away from automotive anti-freeze. This highly toxic yellowish green fluid poses a life-threatening danger to pets. It contains ethylene glycol which is a potent toxin to the kidneys. Just as little as a lick of this dangerous fluid can be dangerous to your pet. Take your pet to the vet immediately if you suspect that your dog or cat has ingested anti-freeze. Early treatment is essential. Windshield Washer Products: Less toxic, but also a danger, are windshield washer products. They contain methanol which can cause severe nervous system depression in pets. If pets ingest these fluids they may exhibit drooling, vomiting, and instability. Ice Melt Products: Treating sidewalks, driveways, and steps with
rock salt and other ice melt products is another routine of winter months. If pets ingest these products, they can suffer from gastrointestinal tract irritation, as well as depression, weakness, seizures, cardiac issues, and other life threatening issues. Without ingestion, rock salt and other ice melt products can dry out and irritate your pet’s paws and stomach. Dry paws can lead to cracks and possible infection (not to mention discomfort). There are pet safe ice melts on the market; however, you can’t control what others are putting on their sidewalks. To help prevent irritation and injury to your pet, gently wash and dry off their paws AND bellies at the end of their walk. If you are traveling with your pet, be sure to wash off your pet’s paws and belly once you get them in the car. As a preventative measure, you may want to consider boots for your pet; however; I have yet to find some that stay on! Applying pet paw wax to your dog’s pads is another preventative measure. Space Heaters: In seeking out warm places, pets may cozy up to space heaters or heat lamps which can also pose dangers to your pets. Keep fluffy tails away from heat lamps and space heaters, as they can easily ignite into flames. In addition, dogs and cats love to seek out the warmth of a fire. Be sure that your fireplace is protected by either a
safety screen or glass to help prevent sparks from flying out and landing on your dog or cat. Outdoor Threats The Elements: Your pet needs to be protected from the cold itself. Just because your pet has fur doesn’t mean they are completely protected from the cold. If you have a short haired breed, you may want to consider protective clothing for them. In addition, when the temps really dip (particularly when the wind chill is a factor), limit their time outdoors. In addition, if you are traveling by car with your pet, do not leave them in a freezing cold car. After you turn the heater off, the temperature rapidly drops. You know your pet best, so be sure to keep a close eye on them and bring them in if they are exhibiting signs of being too cold. Monitor your pet closely to avoid any type of severe reaction to overexposure to cold such as hypothermia. Signs of hypothermia include: lethargy, weakness, shivering, muscle stiffness, difficulty breathing, and fixed and dilated pupils. Bodies of Water: Most dogs love to romp in the snow off-leash. It’s important to know the area in which you are playing with your dog. Be sure to keep your pet away from bodies of water - even if they appear frozen. Incidents of dogs falling through the ice happen way too often
and are easily preventable. Car Engines: Outdoor cats find warm engines the perfect place to find warmth during the cold winter months. Turning your car on with a cat curled up on your engine is obviously a big danger. To alert any cat that may be near your car engine, bang on your hood a few times before getting in and starting your car. Escaping the Cold Pet Travel...South: Some choose to skip the winterizing stuff and travel to a warmer climate with their dog or cat. If you plan to travel with your pet to escape the cold, be sure to plan ahead. If traveling by plane, check with your carrier to determine their airline pet policies. If traveling by car with your pet, be sure to plan ahead and take all the necessary steps to ensure your pet has a safe and happy road trip, including securing pet friendly hotels & accommodations along your travel route! For more information, TripsWithPets.com.
New Year, How to Choose a Dog
Those designations can be a good indication of how much training he has had and whether his skills have been tested by an independent organization. There are a number of organizations which utilize rigorous professional evaluations and certifications. A good place to learn what the designations mean is the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Their website (www.apdt. com) explains what each set of letters stands for. For instance, the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers requires that its candidates pass a test which measures the individual’s proficiency in many different areas. Those certificants holding CPDTKA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) designations have WINTER FUN AT NORTH STAR!
Do you know why your dog does not do what you have asked him to do? There are generally three primary reasons. He doesn’t understand or he isn’t paying attention or he isn’t motivated. A professional dog trainer can help you understand how to communicate effectively with your dog and will help you to build and strengthen your relationship as well. Anyone can promote himself as a “dog trainer.” Dog training is not a regulated profession nor is behavior modification. Be prepared to do some research to find the right dog training professional for you and your dog. Begin your search by looking for “designations” associated with your dog trainer’s name.
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passed this examination, have hundreds of hours of experience, and have provided references from colleagues, clients, and veterinarians. Additionally, after attaining this designation, each certificant is required to complete continuing education requirements. Look skeptically at “online” certificate courses. A professional dog trainer should have many years of “hands on” experience and practical application of learning theory. Scheduling an interview with a dog trainer is a good idea. Your interview can tell you a lot about whether the trainer can meet the individual needs of both you and your dog. Is the dog trainer knowledgeable about training and behavior? What is his education and background? Can he answer questions patiently and thoroughly about his training methods? Are you comfortable with him personally? Is his demeanor and appearance professional? What is his
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visit a class, does the trainer exhibit good observation and listening skills? Can he communicate effectively with a variety of students? Is he comfortable with a variety of dogs? Is he well
organized? Is he engaging in his presentation of class materials? If, during your interview, the trainer has a focus on submission and dominance or uses force in his methods, he is not current in his awareness, education, understanding, and application of methods that meet today’s standards of care in dog training. It is not generally a good practice to send your dog away for “training”. You will not be able to control what happens to your dog when you are not there, and one of the important purposes of training is to enhance the bond that you have with your dog This requires that YOU participate in and understand every aspect of the training. You should be prepared to set the necessary time aside and commit personally to your dog’s ongoing education. There are many considerations in selecting and/or continuing with a dog trainer. Are you and your dog treated with respect? Does your trainer
offer understanding and encouragement when you are experiencing challenges? Is your trainer willing to try a number of different approaches when dealing with challenges? Does he check in with you on a regular basis? If you do not feel satisfied or your dog is not happy, try to evaluate why. Some red flags might be: Your trainer spends a lot of time showcasing his own dog’s behaviors rather than explaining the process and showing you how to most effectively help YOUR dog learn; breed prejudice; “a (fill in the blank) is stubborn and impossible to train.” Is he constantly critical of your efforts? Do you feel ignored? If you are not comfortable in your current training situation, it is always a good idea to discuss your concerns with your trainer. Remember to keep your dog’s and your own well being in mind. Your instincts are probably correct. Hopefully, by utilizing these suggestions as a guide, your search for a dog training professional will
be relatively easy, and you will be successful in locating a trainer who can support you and your dog in your learning process. Marcia Welch, CPDT-KA, is the managing member of Positively Best Friends! Dog Training and Activity Center in Edgecomb, ME. She has enjoyed teaching people and their dogs in the midcoast area of Maine for over 20 years. A variety of classes and activities are offered at Positively Best Friends! Midcoast Maine’s Premier Dog Training Center. Marcia can be reached through the Center’s website www. positivelybestfriends.com or by telephone; 207-882PAWS; or email marcia@ positivelybestfriends.com.
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Questions About Snow I’m writing this as a big bunch of snow is falling. I’m a tall dog, and it’s already up to my belly. Oh, now the wind is blowing and big chunks of snow are falling off the trees. I have some questions about snow: Why doesn’t it snow in the summer? With my two coats – my shepherd coat over my husky coat – summers can be pretty brutal. A little snow now and then would be a nice relief. But noooo, it all has to fall in the winter. Why is snow so good to eat? Right after a snowfall when it’s so white and pristine it tastes so good, feels so good in my mouth. Why does snow have to stick to the pads of our feet? I’m lucky, I don’t have web feet like a retriever, but snow still sticks now, and then and I have to stop and chew it off. Why can’t humans just walk through the snow like we do? If they go any further than where the snow has been scraped away, they either strap silly, oversize clown shoes on their boots or tie long sticks to their feet – all while I’m waiting to get going. And speaking of humans, why do they have to bundle up every time they go out in the snow? If they would just leave their coats on, they wouldn’t have to spend all that time getting ready to go out. Can you imagine taking off your coat? I can’t. And boots and gloves and hats and scarves! It’s crazy. Every time they go out with us we have to wait for them while they put on their boots, put on their jackets, look for their hats and find their gloves. Why can’t humans be like us?
a small child, being overly tired can result in mischief, so a much needed nap was often the best solution to her hyperactive activities. Although, I had already established authority over the older dogs, getting the puppy to understand that I was in charge was another matter. Using Annie’s tactics, snarling with a threatened bite, didn’t seem appropriate, so I resorted to what trainers have suggested down through the ages--teaching her rules of the road through basic obedience commands. The more that the little pathways in her puppy brain became accustomed to immediately turn my commands into behavior, the more of an alpha figure I became. Puppy tricks of the obnoxious order could be stunted with a quick sit command, followed by a treat. A walk to practice
leash control was another effective way to convince Duff that I was, in fact, She Who Must be Obeyed. Duff has been with us now for just about a year and we have all acclimated swimmingly. Because Duffy was such headstrong little dog, I did resort to sending her to sleep away puppy camp. Getting a stronger grip of good dog behavior, Duffy became a much easier, calmer dog and was far more amenable to accepting me as the pack leader. Peace was restored to our house, and we now have a happy family of five. But, that is enough--at least according to Annie. Linda plays in Portland with two Australian Labradoodles and a springer spaniel/border collie. And, her husband.
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Training Your Performance Dog Agility, Obedience, Tracking Obedience Training Never Ends It is generally accepted that a skill that is not maintained will gradually diminish. It doesn’t matter if you are referring to a performance dog or a pet dog. If obedience skills that a dog has been taught are not practiced and a consistent requirement of performance adhered to, these skills will gradually diminish in accuracy and reliability. We hope to have our dogs for a long time; somewhere between 10-15 years. During that time, many things in our lives may change. People come in and out of our lives. We may move, get another pet, get a new job, or take up a new hobby. So many things can affect our lives in 10-15 years. New situations, strange situations, or stressful situations may cause your well-behaved dog to test
the limitations of the rules. Don’t be surprised or upset. Simply realize your dog is asking a question, which is: do the same rules of behavior apply in this new situation? As a good owner/leader, you need to be clear, patient, and consistent with your answers. Do not let simple skills slide because you feel they are not as important as the dog gets older. The dog will begin to perceive lack of leadership, and this may lead to more and more problems, resulting in a very anxious dog. Always requiring sensible behavior and good manners will give the dog a routine in which he can find safety and security. There are many fun ways to maintain and enhance skills learned in puppy or obedience classes. Work towards a Canine Good Citizen title or a Therapy Dog certification. Join a beginners’ agility class where
following basic commands such as “wait” and “come” are important foundation skills. Join an obedience rally class and brush up on skills and learn some new ones. If you know you are going to experience a major change in your life or your household, see if you can plan on spending some quality time with your dog to reinforce those basic commands. It will make any transition easier. Just as with humans, dogs will live a longer and happier life when they are less stressed and have activities they can enjoy and where they
can use their minds as well as their physical skills. Playgroups and longs walks are a great form of exercise, but don’t neglect your dog’s mind. Learning new skills together or reinforcing and enjoying old ones can many times rejuvenate an older dog and also help calm a young, energetic dog. Working one on one with your dog will deepen your understanding of one another and broaden your communication skills with another species. So, why not – in 2014 – give your dog and yourself a present for the New Year and join a class in agility, rally, or obedience to learn some new skills and reinforce old ones. It certainly can be a fun and useful way to beat cabin fever. See you in class!
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Why Certification Matters
Anyone can create and hand out a “dog trainer” business card, but only those who have a working knowledge of canine learning theory, counterconditioning, desensitization, and husbandry can pass the competency exam given by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). The CCPDT does not endorse trainers, but enables those seeking a professional to know that this individual has educated himself and passed the credential requirements earning himself the title Certified Pet Dog Trainer, or CPDT. With additional demonstration of knowledge, history taking, observation, assessment skills, a Certified Pet Dog Trainer can further his certification to become Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, and (ACDBC) with additional experience, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC). All CPDT and CDBC are required to earn Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) in Animal Behavior to maintain their certifications. All Certified Trainers have an ethical requirement to minimize the use of aversive stimuli while using positive reinforcement methods to modify animal behavior.
When hiring a professional Dog Trainer, rescue organizations, dog owners,Veterinarians, and shelters should take time to understand their trainer’s certifications. Ask your veterinarian if they recommend a CPDT or CDBC, and why they like them. Search the websites of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers or the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants for a Certified Dog Trainer or Behavior Consultant in your area to verify that your dog trainer has the professional credentials to meet both the needs of you and your dog. http://apdt.com Association of Pet Dog Trainers http://iaabc.org International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants We are fortunate to have two accredited Dog Behavior Consultants in Maine: Don Hanson, CDBC, CPDT-KA, in Bangor www.greenacreskennel. com Judy Moore, ACDBC, CPDTKA in Cumberland www. caninebehaviorcounseling.com
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Activities for Bored Dogs When you want to stay inside From Dog Scouts of America
Teach your dog a trick - Using positive training methods, your dog will enjoy a training session. Working his mind can be more tiring than physical activity! “Free shaping” can be the most tiring for the dog but still lots of fun as long as you take it in small steps and don’t fade the rewards too fast. If your dog responds correctly to many different cues, you can work on increasing the speed of the dog’s response. You could also mix it up and see if your dog will respond if you are out of sight in the next room or have your back to him or if you are lying on the floor. Always keep training fun! Play hide and seek - Start out easy, hiding in plain sight and calling your dog from another room. Reward him when he gets to you. Gradually make it harder as he learns the game and finds out that finding you brings him good things. If you have an extra family member to play with, you can take turns hiding/calling and holding the dog. Nose work - There are many games you can teach your dog that involve his nose. Even dogs that are not usually known for using their nose can enjoy these games. You can hide the dog’s meals, treats, toys, etc. If you give each of the dog’s toys a name, you can tell him which toy to find. You can also teach him to find certain scents and hide items with those scents as well. ObstaclesUse your imagination and things you have around the house to teach your dog to go over, around, under and through. Appropriately sized boxes for ‘through’. A broom stick on blocks for a jump. Milk jugs evenly spaced for ‘around’ or ‘weave’. Have fun with it! Fetch - a good ol’ stand-by. Toss a ball from your seat on the couch or go out in the fenced yard for a more robust game. Balls, Frizbees, Sticks, other toys can all be used for fetch. You can also teach you dog to retrieve items on cue. Things like a tissue,
the phone, your keys, a dropped pen can all be useful behaviors and will give your dog a job. Tug-o-war - This can be a great game as long as it is played with the proper rules. Dogs have great control over where their teeth are and how hard they use them (just as we do with our hands.) If your dog’s teeth touch your skin, the game ends (at least long enough to make a point.) Also, the toy is YOURS not the dog’s. You decide when the game starts and when it ends. When played with these rules, the game will not make your dog mean, but instead will give your dog a safe outlet for any pent up frustration. The dog should release their hold on the toy as soon as you tell them to do so. You can teach this by giving the verbal cue of “out” or “release” or “drop” (pick only one) and then offering the dog a treat or alternate toy. When the dog lets go of the tug toy, he gets the treat/ alternate toy and then the tug game resumes. Recall/Stay game - In this game, you can work on your dog’s stay cue and the recall cue (the dog has to know these cues prior to the game.) Put your dog on a stay and walk away to whatever distance they are ready for and then call them as you run away. When they catch you, they get a reward (toy, treat, etc.) If the dog breaks the stay, it’s a no reward and they have to get back into position in the stay to start over. This will help improve the dog’s response to both stay and come as long as the game is fun. Clean up your toys - If you have taught your dog to retrieve, you can teach him to clean up his toys! Having the dog return items to your hand to get a reward is easily converted to dropping the item in a basket (placed under your hands to start, then moved farther and farther away.) The dog gets rewarded anytime the item gets into the basket at first, gradually he’ll work toward picking up all of his toys before getting a reward. Lazer lights - Many dogs are crazy about chasing a lazer light dot. Just be sure you don’t shine it directly in the dog’s eyes or cause them to stop or turn too quickly or run down stairs too quickly. Work on socialization - Visit pet stores, training centers or any other location that allows dogs and let your dog visit with any willing member of his fan club. Dig it! - Hide treats or toys under a blanket or towel and let your dog figure out how to get them.
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A Young Woman Uses Comedy to Encourage Pet Adoption January 2014
“Dog Treats & Jingle Toys” is a documentary style comedy webseries which will air on YouTube January 7th. The story follows a young woman who has recently adopted her first pet, a senior dog, from a local shelter. Although she believes that she’s the one running the show, it’s her new fur-¬kid that’s guiding her and their friends as they attempt to get a handle on their love lives and careers. That is, when he and their roommate’s cat aren’t getting into mischief. Click here to check out the Season One Trailer. “Dog Treats & Jingle Toys” is proud to announce their partnership with the Nebraska Humane Society and will weekly introduce viewers to “less adoptable” pets currently in residence. Their goal is not only to help these amazing shelter pets find their “FurEver
Homes”, but to raise awareness regarding adoption, fostering, and volunteering, by weekly showcasing a shelter, rescue, or pet friendly cause outside the area on their website. In addition to what they are doing with the series itself, they’ve created “She-Ra’s Sagas”, a mystery that will appear on their website in weekly installments. A canine private investigator and his feline sidekick travel across the country solving a mystery at each stop along the way. Each clue this mystery-solving duo receives will be given to them by an adoptable pet. Said pet’s picture will be displayed with contact information in the story itself. Our creator, Aubree Sweeney has always loved animals and has often said, “If it weren’t for Jake and She-Ra (her adopted
pets), I wouldn’t be me.” Aubree has combined her three passions: animals, writing, and performing to create “Dog Treats & Jingle Toys”. She hopes that it will encourage viewers to adopt pets and remind everyone how much love a rescue animal can bring to a family. Dog Treats and Jingle Toys” consists of a talented, passionate team of animal lovers who have generously donated its time and talents to help improve the quality of life for shelter pets. Want to see what other people are saying about them? Check out Pets in Omaha’s most recent article. Click here for the story! For more information, contact Aubree at 402.312.7347. You can also find “Dog Treats & Jingle Toys” on Facebook and Twitter.
January C lendar
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Wells Sun. January 12 On Sunday, January 12th, a Rabies Clinic will be held at the Wells Activity Center located at 113 Sanford Rd. in Wells. The event will take place from 9 AM – 11 AM. Cost is $12 per vaccine, $7 of which will go to the Wells Fuel Fund. Please have all dogs on a leash and all cats in a carrier. Snow date will be Sunday, January 19th. For more information, call Animal Welfare Society (www.animalwelfaresociety.org) at 985-3244.
Adoptable Dogs in Portland
Portland Sat. January 18 The Mobile Adoption Team will bring adoptable dogs to the Planet Dog Company Store on January 18, 2014 from 12 – 2pm. The store is located at 211 Marginal Way, Portland, ME 04101 (207-347-8606). For more information, call Animal Welfare Society (www. animalwelfaresociety.org) at 985-3244.
AWS at the Portland Children’s Museum
Portland Sat. January 18 Join the Animal Welfare Society Humane Educator and a shelter pet at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine on Free Street in Portland, Saturday January 19, for a program on animal care and handling. The Children’s Museum is at 142 Free Street, Portland, Maine (207-828-1234). For more information, call Animal Welfare Society (www.animalwelfaresociety.org) at 985-3244.
Free Oral Healthcare Seminar
Petco Stores Sat. January 18 or Sun. Janaury 19 Join us January 18 or 19th for a free 30?minute seminar led by a professional Petco Groomer. Current vaccinations required. Not available at all locations, contact your local store for availability.
Planet Dog Yappy Hour
Who else is enjoying the snow?! Online Learning to Communicate with Animals Class
Private Facebook Group Mon. January 6 Sara Moore, Animal Communicator and Psychic Medium is offering an online class on how to use your senses to communicate with and ask questions of animals, both living and deceased. Cost includes a CD on communicating and the final three days of the course include practicing long distance readings. Sara is well known for her ability to teach others and understand what pets are really trying to tell you. This course is all done through Facebook, so you can log in at your convenience to do the daily assignments. To register, go to http:// www.enlightenedhorizons.com/apps/ webstore.
Graffam Bros. Harborside Restaurant 2014 Fundraisers
Camden Tues. January 7 Started last winter, the restaurant’s Community Connections program offers supporters a chance to raise money for
local groups just by eating at the Camden restaurant Graffam Bros. Harborside Restaurant in Camden has released their list of 2014 Community Connections program partners. Started last winter, the program invites local, nonprofit organizations to gather their supporters on Tuesday evenings throughout the winter for dinner at Harborside Restaurant. Simply by eating at Harborside on the specified evening, supporters will help their favorite organization receive up to 50 percent of that night’s receipts to support their work in the community. In its first year, the program raised over $11,000 for the local community. According to Kim Graffam, co-owner of Graffam Bros. Harborside Restaurant, the selection process was very difficult. “We took an entire afternoon to make these selections,” stated Graffam in a news release. “It was very difficult. Every application was from an organization we knew did great things in our community. We had a very hard time narrowing the list down to ten, in fact it was so hard in the end we decided to add one more evening and host eleven this year.” Everyone in the community is welcome to support their favorite organization by eating dinner at Harborside between
5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on one or more of these nights. Graffam Bros. Harborside Restaurant is located at 16 Bayview Landing in Camden, off the Public Landing Parking Lot on the ground floor of the Grand Harbor Inn building. For more information, contact the restaurant at 7064999.
Animal Reiki Clinic
Holden Sat. January 11 Donald S. Gilbert, owner of Gillie’s Healing Hands will discuss how Reiki can benefit your animals and balance your animals energy to promote healing. RSVP: 207989-7297 by January 8th.
Free Potty Training Seminar
Petco Stores Sat. January 11 or Sun. January 12 Join us on January 11 or 12, to get professional advice, tips and tricks to help make potty training easier for you and your puppy or dog during a 30-minute, free seminar. Current vaccinations required. Contact your local store for more details.
Portland Thurs. January 23 Sara Moore, Animal Communicator and psychic medium will be at the Yappy Hour on Thursday, January 23rd from 5pm to 7pm. She will offer a brief discussion of how she communicates with animals followed by mini readings. It’s free to attend with donations going to the Planet Dog Foundation.
Free Puppy Socialization Seminar
Petco Stores Sat. January 25 or Sun. January 26 Puppies and their new pet parents are invited to join us, January 25 or 26 for structured playtime during this 30-minute, free seminar designed to teach valuable social skills. Puppies only. Current vaccinations required. Check local store for availability.
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