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Once she graduated from high school in 2014 and settled in Nobleboro, she and Derby began group classes with the extensively trained Guiding Eyes regional managers to work on his behavior and other skills necessary for him to become an effective guide dog.


Guiding Eyes for the Blind. While Camden grew up in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, her interest in guide dogs, combined with her love of Maine, motivated her to spend her gap year with grandparents Jim and Marion Olson of Nobleboro and raise Derby before heading to Princeton University this September.

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“I have wanted to raise a guide dog puppy since I was in seventh grade,” says 19-year-old Camden Olson of her opportunity to train and socialize a black Labrador Retriever named Derby for the Maine Puppy Raising Region of the internationally accredited nonprofit,

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KINGFIELD, ME - Dog Not Gone’s signature Safety Dog Vest and other visibility products now feature the No Fly Zone(TM) Insect Defense System to repel ticks, mosquitos and other biting insects to offer even greater protection for our four legged friends. “Keeping pets safe has been our mission from the get-go,” said Julie Swain, Dog Not Gone Visibility Products, LLC founder and co-owner. “By adding insect protection, particularly protection against ticks, we can help prevent the spread of insect-borne diseases.” Dog Not Gone offers the Safety Dog Vest, Mini Vest, Chest Vest, Horse Vest, and Collar Kerchief with No Fly Zone protection to offer outstanding visibility day or night and protection against insects. “Tickborne illnesses such as Lyme Disease


are becoming more prevalent in pets throughout the nation,” Swain said. “Our products offer a simple yet effective way to help protect pets in a non-invasive way.” In addition to insect protection, many Dog Not Gone products are now available in Hot Pink and Neon Green in addition to the original Blaze Orange. “With the added insect protection we know our customers will use our products more throughout they year,” Swain said. “New color options give our customers the ability to better match their dog’s personality while at the same time offer them superior visibility and insect protection.” No Fly Zone’s active ingredient, permethrin, is a synthetic form of a naturally occurring repellent found in the chrysanthemum flower. The product offers superior protection over other insect treatments because of a proprietary process that binds the permethrin securely to the fibers of the fabric to provide a durable and long lasting protection. No Fly Zone

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Dog lovers and others are invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Fun Dog Day to benefit Responsible Pet Care Animal Shelter in Paris, Maine. Fun Dog Day will be held on Sunday, June 28, from 11:00 to 3:00 at the Oxford Fair Grounds, rain or shine. There will be a half mile fund raising dog walk, registration for the walk will begin at 10:00 am. The event will feature a Fun Dog Show, an Agility Course, children's area (The Pup Tent), vendors, and demonstrations including the Maine State Police K9 Unit. The signature sponsors for this event are Norway Veterinary Hospital and Norway Savings Bank. Money raised from last year's event was used to help construct Jackie's Pavilion. The pavilion provides a covered area for eight kennels so that

dogs can be outside no matter what the weather. The pavilion is named for Jackie Stoutamyer who lived and worked locally. She was a champion for dogs and her passion for them was life long. She saw the good things that Responsible Pet Care could do for homeless dogs in this area and was a huge supporter from the very start. Sadly, Jackie passed away September 17, 2013. Jackie's Pavilion was funded by donations made in her memory, a grant from the Narragansett Number One Foundation, proceeds of the RPC Fun Dog Day as well as in-kind donations from the Poland Corporation, Bancroft Construction, Record Lumber, J. Boyce Builders, Mike MacGregor and Olmstead Foundations. Wendy and Fred Austin of Austin Home Builders donated the construction labor for the project in memory of their dear friend, Jackie. There is nothing else like this event in Western Maine. For additional details visit www.rpc.petfinder.com or call Responsible Pet Care at 207743-8679.

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Table of Contents Hot Dog News ........................ Furry Words ............................ Ask the Vet................................. Basic Training Tips ................ Baxter ........................................ Best of the Best Winners! ... Performance Dog Training. Words, Woofs & Meows ...... Dogs for Adoption................. Calendar of Events ............... Business Directory ................

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Furry Words

Sara Moore, Animal Communicator

I love my friends in the dog world, and unfortunately, I don’t get to see most of them until the spring and summer dog shows. When people ask me how many years I’ve been doing this, my first answer has been about three years. Then someone pointed out that I’d been at the Vacationland show for at least six years! I clearly remember my first time there with my son, who was three at the time. He chased a butterfly toward the ring filled with dogs trying to get through five minutes while remaining lying down. He’s now nine! Time flies when you are having fun I guess. Now, most people have a better idea of what to expect when they come or call for a dog reading, and the messages being relayed have seemed a little bit more intense or more significant for the owner. Some of people were instantly connected to loved ones on the other side or reminded about their own ability to do energy work or how they get psychic insight. It really wasn’t just about the dogs. It never has been, but this year it seemed even more so. One of the women sat down with a dog that was new to her. She had just lost her heart dog this winter, and she was still grieving his loss. She wanted to know if this new dog would ever really “fit” with her family and asked what she needed to know to make things flow a little easier. The imagery that her heart dog gave me was so beautiful. First, he showed me worms in rich soil and the worms wiggling around and leaving holes and tiny passageways in their wake. This symbolized the space in her heart that is now available to both people and pets to fill now that the dog had crossed. Then he showed me someone trying to get elbow room. It actually looked like


someone with her arms pulled into a shirt, using her elbows to stretch it out. The dog told her, very clearly, that his job had been to expand what her heart had been capable of feeling. , In leaving, the dog had gifted her with even more space for love to flow even though she missed him terribly Amazing, isn’t it? Unfortunately it’s rare that I remember much from my readings. I couldn’t even tell you who that woman was or what breed of dog she shows, but I do remember that message very clearly because it was profound to me. Then there are the flat out silly readings. I think it’s a Purina advertisement that has dogs smiling with huge toothy smiles. Well, one dog started out her reading by making me try to smile like that. I was laughing so hard I could barely get to the real message! They hadn’t met her yet, but she was about to be adopted into their family. I told them to please keep me posted and send me a picture! Of course, there were some people who came to me to find more insight about a pet’s crossing and to hopefully gain some peace. One dog that had very recently died said that it wanted to be buried in a small wooden coffin. I could see his body wrapped up but with space around him in the box. He said that that symbolized the area in his owner’s heart that he helped to grow and expand greater than she thought possible. That was the space for which the other animals and new additions would fill. It was an amazing message, and there wasn’t a dry eye when I opened my eyes and looked up. Dogs do teach us so much about love and our capacity for it. I already look forward to the next event and will be open to whatever they have to say! Sara Moore is a psychic medium for people and animals. She lives in Conway, NH and can be reached at enlightenedhorizons@gmail.com. Readings can be done in person or long distance via phone or email. For more information and upcoming classes so you can learn how to better communicate with your pets, go to www.enlightenedhorizons. com.

Ask the Vet . . .

Dr. Judith Herman

Chronic Health Issues in Service Dogs


What medical concerns should I have with my service dog? Right now, he seems okay, but I am concerned about allergies since my last dog had that problem. Service dogs are much more prevalent and versatile since the beginning of The Seeing Eye organization in 1929. These highly trained dogs give people with disabilities a life they never dreamed of living. With new roles these teams play in every day life, new challenges, and in many cases, more exposure to toxins, diseases, and hazards occur that were not around years ago. Some of the issues can be preventable. The dogs are trained to help their guardians avoid hazards such as potholes, nasty street puddles, broken glass, and trash. The dogs are trained, once in harness, not to sniff or eat what is in the environment. The risk of getting into something toxic is greatly reduced by training. Others are less preventable. Allergies are a big issue for a working dog. Respiratory allergies, skin allergies, and ear infections secondary to allergies can be difficult to manage. These allergies can be environmental, seasonal, and food related. Historically, we were limited to steroids, antihistamines, allergy injections, and avoidance. Before, when the dog exhibited coughing, diarrhea, or scratching, he couldn’t work. Sometimes the adverse side effects to the medicine is compromising too, or the medicines are too expensive. Trying to avoid triggering allergies where possible is very important. Today we have more options and more research to fall back on. It has been shown that vaccination can trigger immune mediated disease, which includes allergies, adrenal gland disease, and chronic digestive issues to name a few. One


practice available is to decrease the amount of vaccinations the dog gets over his life. Once past the puppy vaccination series for the core diseases, which are distemper, parvo and adenovirus, a simple blood test can be performed. This blood test is not expensive and is usually done every three years. Research shows that after the puppy series, most dogs are protected for at least five to seven years. Discuss with your veterinarian what noncore vaccination may or may not be needed. Some vaccinations will trigger more reactions than others. Most of these are made from killed disease pathogens. If your companion is at risk for one or more non-core diseases, it is best to spread the vaccinations out over several weeks. It has been shown that contaminants in commercial dog foods can trigger allergies not just digestive issues. Not many of us can afford certified organic products for our dogs. Read labels carefully. Remember some grains, especially genetically modified grains, can contain residues on or in them that can trigger allergic reactions. Sometimes just making the food using locally sourced ingredients can reduce the allergic response to pollens, proteins, and other airborne allergens. If you decide to make your dog’s food, make sure you follow the recipes from reputable people. Dr. Pitcairn’s book, Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, has affordable easy recipes in it. If you can’t make your companion’s food, talk with the trained personnel at an independently owned pet shop. These people are educated in the quality foods that are available. If a known protein is a problem, there are limited ingredient foods available. If all the precautions have failed and your service dog is suffering from allergies or other chronic disease, there are newer therapies out there with less adverse side effects. Discuss your companion’s symptoms with your veterinarian; she or he can help you with appropriate diagnostics or can refer you to a specialist who knows the newest information everything will work out well. Judith K. Herman DVM, CVH Animal Wellness Center, Augusta, ME www.mainehomeopathicvet.com officeawc@roadrunner.com

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GUIDING from page 1

Between classes, Camden and her grandparents reinforced those skills and refined his manners. “It takes a pack to raise a puppy,” explains Camden on her grandparent’s involvement. “Everyone in the home helps out.” Derby lived with Camden as a guide-dog-in-training until late April; then she drove the now 80 pound Lab to the Guiding Eyes Training Facility in Yorktown Hts., New York for his In-For-Training or IFT assessment. He passed with flying colors and will continue his formal training there, so he can become an important companion to a sight-impaired individual adding independence to the person’s life. Camden knows Derby will succeed as a blind guide dog or even a special needs guide dog, serving an individual with a sight and other impairment, such as a

physical limitation like MS. “He is so big he can support someone.” In addition to raising Derby, Camden has shared her selfless nature with Mainers. She’s been an assistant at the non-profit Lincoln County Dental, has worked as an outreach coordinator with high school students, volunteered in a grade school (Derby often made appearances), and taught canine safety and service dog facts at Medomak Middle School. “I like to keep busy,” Camden says. She also kept Derby’s calendar full; in addition to Guiding Eyes classes, he’s taken obedience and agility training. Derby is happiest when his service vest goes on, and Camden has enjoyed the journey with him. “What is so unique about raising a guide dog puppy is all of the experiences you get to share. Going on airplanes (to visit her family in Chicago), into stores,

restaurants, work, and basketball games....It is a whole other way to experience human's best friend.” Camden knew it would be hard to leave Derby with the Guiding Eyes training staff in New York—and tears were shed. She plans to attend his graduation in several months and hopes to meet his companion. That

final goodbye will be even more difficult, but she’s glad for this black Lab that means so much to her. “He loves working; he needs a job. He loves being in public, being in social situations. I can’t prevent him from doing his job and living the best life

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ON people; wholly undesirable but hugely rewarding for her. Instead of trying to suppress the behavior entirely, we decide to teach her to jump without paw contact. This arrangement gives her the opportunity to get her vertical “zoomies” expressed in an appropriate way. Her humans no longer give her any attention for jumping on them. It’s a win-win!

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It's a TRICK! Or maybe not....

A Handstand? Our Standard Poodle “Astro” puts his front feet on a little stool (“perch”) when I ask him. I cue him to get off and then ask him to turn around so he’s facing away from me. I then ask him to back up onto the stool so his hind legs are perched and his front legs are on the floor; a veritable supported handstand. Nice trick, eh? Now consider the situation: he’s in the shower stall and I’m rinsing off the evidence of a particularly happy session in the mud. It’s a very easy process because I can do it all from one place (I’m sitting on my own stool - call me lazy), and Astro is a happy, willing participant. The perch keeps him still, allows me to rinse the body parts I need to rinse, gives him something to do, and it is a highly reinforcing place

to be because I still reward him occasionally for being there. Leaping Lizards! “Boing!” Stella enthusiastically leaps into the air when cued, all four feet lifting off the floor. She really gets some air! What a great trick! Stella is a miniature labradoodle and is built to jump – it’s one of her joys in life. Unfortunately, it had come in the form of jumping

From Fear to "Yippee!" Ella touches the piece of blue painter’s tape on the wall with her nose and gets a click and a treat. Her owner moves it lower on the wall, and Ella eagerly repeats the nose targeting. Her owner then transfers the tape to an object on the floor. Same response: happy targeting! This was a huge breakthrough. Ella, you see, is severely neophobic due to a lack of early socialization and genetics. She fears even the smallest changes in her environment even if it’s a familiar object in a different place. Her targeting skills will serve her well and help build her confidence.

hoops? Silly, right? Shooting hoops, and finding objects, believe it or not, are just versions of retrieve. A solid retrieve is one of the most useful skills in the world for a dog to have. The first part of retrieve is genetically programmed: it’s primal hunting behavior. If we can teach a dog the basic principles of returning the item to a specific location and relinquishing it, we can turn it into a powerful tool that’s fun for the dog and human. The retrieve, in a wide range of forms, is an essential aspect of most service dog training, but it’s a skill that any dog can learn if it's trained with joy, understanding, and plenty of rewards. The on-line version of this article includes a helpful link to get you started. Tricks are Powerful Tools for the Training Toolbox Teaching “tricks” like the above can be even more useful than “the basics”, so keep learning skills in order to build your dog’s skills! It’s a delightful and enlightening process!

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Diana Logan, CPDT-KA Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed Pet Connection Dog Training, North Yarmouth, Maine www.dianalogan.com 207-252-9352

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To honor to our long time contributor, Baxter, we will be reprising some of his best pieces from over the years. This month's column was inspired by the June 2010 piece.

Human Food Rituals and how to benefit from them

Before we begin, let’s review how we eat: 1. Our humans pour food into our bowls; 2. We eat. Not so with humans. They make a ritual of eating. However, this ritual gives you several opportunities to join in. First, they have to prepare the food: they make sure it is dead by cutting it and poking it with sharp objects, then shake things onto it, and mix things into it. Meanwhile, your nose is in overdrive. Once they prepare it, humans feel they have to heat it. While they are distracted heating and stirring, you might want to take a walk around looking for tasty treats that may have hit the floor or have been left within reach. OK, now they’ve made sure their food is dead, and they’ve heated it up. Next they sit down at a table to eat it. Do you suppose eating would be simple? No. For some reason, they won’t use their mouths directly. They won’t even use their precious thumbs. No, instead they use something they call utensils to move food from the table to their mouths. There is an upside to this for us: these utensils make noise. A dog can safely lie near the table, snooze a bit, wait for the noise to stop, and then make the rounds looking for treats. Finally they must clean up. I’ve trained my humans to put their dishes down so I can help. Once I’m done, they could easily be put back in the cupboard though that never seems to happen. Only one thing is left: the pans. I park in front of their stove, count the pans, and wait. Cleaning pans can be hard work, but it’s where the best tastes are. Once the pans are complete, I can go back to bed knowing my job here is done. Thought for the month: Bad human food is better than the best dog food. Chow! Baxter

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Boothbay Animal Hospital has been an integral part of the Boothbay Region community since 1975 when it was founded by Dr. James Wahlstrom. The hospital began as a quiet, one doctor practice in Boothbay, and then expanded to the Wiscasset area in 1989 when Dr. Wahlstrom opened a satellite office, Coastal Veterinary Care. Now owned by Dr. Dean Domeyer and Dr. Kristen Mugnai, the two offices now employ six well qualified veterinarians and an experienced staff who know the people and patients of the area well. This growth stems from the commitment of the quality care from routine annual exams to dental and surgical procedures. The staff at Boothbay Animal Hospital

takes pride in the wellbeing of their patients and educating their owners on how to properly care for them. Boothbay Animal Hospital has a unique walk in system for routine visits which allows more flexibility for their clients’, and also provides dental and surgical appointments four days a week. Both offices have state of the art equipment to provide a thorough assessment of your pets’ health including digital radiology, ultrasonography, endoscopy, blood chemistry, hematology, and electrocardiography as well as culture analysis. The staff at Boothby Animal Hospital is committed to making your pets lives happy and healthy.

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The staff at Northern Lights Grooming are deeply honored to win this award for a fourth time. We thank all of our amazing clients for choosing us as the Best Groomer. We strive toward excellence for each client and thier pets, we could never be "The Best Wash In Town" without support from all of you. Northern Lights Grooming was founded in 1998 by Debra Plourde. Debra has been grooming dogs for over 20 years and has been a business owner for 17 of those years. Over time we have grown from a small home based business with one groomer to a three


groomer business with both a land based grooming salon and a mobile grooming salon. In January of this year Northern Lights Grooming moved in to a brand new location at the Holden Plaza in Holden Maine. Our mobile grooming truck is on the road 6 days a week and services the greater Bangor area as well as Lamoine, Ellsworth, Trenton, Mount Desert Island and Millinocket. Pictured: Left to Right Janice Kanzler and Schmoe, Debra Plourde, Amanda Manship




Renaissance Dogs is proud to have been voted the Best Kennel/Daycare for the 4th time. We owe this honor to our customers who have shown extreme dedication to our mission of providing the best possible care for our best friends. We believe that all dogs have the potential to be extraordinary and we strive every day to help them achieve this potential. Our brand new 4400 square foot facility opened in December

2014 and was custom designed for dogs. We emphasis a safe, fun place to play in a clean and spacious environment. Our staff is trained in dog body language, canine behavior, appropriate dog play and is certified in canine first aid. We are thrilled to offer new competition training classes that encourage a strong relationship between dog and owner. Thank you for voting for us and come by and see us soon.


Mutt Nose Best started almost 5 years ago in a Cuisinart in our kitchen. I couldn't find a product on the market that I could pronounce all of the ingredients of much less feel good about using on my furbaby. At the time I was working on people skin and I was simply using my knowledge of herbal remedies and skin care to create a natural concoction of nourishing oils and butters to protect and heal our Australian Shepherd Bandit's dry, cracked, and sun burned nose. Healthy, sustainably resourced ingredients are not just imperative in the foods pets take in but also in the grooming products we use on them topically. Everything on your pets skin is absorbed into their bloodstream in a matter of seconds. I wanted to develop products for topical use that held to these same high standards. The quality of our handcrafted products, our commitment to give small retailers a unique product line to offer their customer and our mission to DOGood have all helped propel us into an industry that we love! Five years later my life has GONE

TO THE DOGS, literally! Mutt Nose Best now occupies two buildings on an old missile base turned industrial park in Bangor, Maine. A "normal" day consists of all of our dogs at work; we have a doggie playroom that rivals most human day cares. I don't think I could ever go back to a workplace that didn't include surprise sloppy kisses and a sanctioned game of fetch. The immeasurable joy that having dogs in the workplace provides is irreplaceable. Pictured: Owner Jenny and Bandit

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Sara Sokol is owner at Mr. Dog Training; a positive reinforcement based training center with a 2000 square foot facility located in West Bath Maine. Sara’s experience includes a position with Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA as a full time behavior and training technician and lead dog trainer, District Manager of The Connecticut Humane Society, mentor trainer for Animal Behavior College, Canine Good Citizen Evaluator through the AKC, and owner of Mr. Dog Training in West Bath.

Mr. Dog Training offers a number of group classes ranging from free Puppy Pre-School through Advanced Obedience as well as a variety of Activity classes including Noseworks, Treibball, Tricks, Intro to Agility, Adventure Hounds, and Circus Dog. In addition she teaches special class for reactive dogs called Reactive Rover. Sara also offers private, in-home, behavior modification and training using all positive techniques. Sara believes that training should be fun for both human and dog and takes pride in being able to make the classroom an enjoyable and safe place to learn. She believes the key to any good relationship, including the one between a person and their dog, is clear communication. Her training philosophy is to set dogs up to make “good” choices, and then reinforce those choices. Sara believes working with animals is the best job in the world, and enjoys learning from them daily; they teach her patience, acceptance, how to unconditionally love and to live in the present moment.

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BEST Pet Store


When you think of “The Best Pet Store in Maine” you might think of a warehouse-sized, linoleum-floored, fluorescent-lit behemoth with a moose or lobster on the side of it. But for people who truly love their pets, it's quality, rather than quantity, that counts. Two Salty Dogs Pet Outfitters in Boothbay Harbor is for people who truly love their pets.

Don and Liana Kingsbury stock their little shop with pure dynamite-- highquality dog and cat foods, locally-made treats and toys, Maine-made collars and leashes. Large bags of food are stored out back in in the shed, and are thrown into the back of idling cars at the corner. The Kingsburys are known as shop owners that always go the extra mile for their customers, which is one reason people who visit, come back again and again. Don and Liana got the idea to open a shop when their Black Lab “Max” began talking to them in barely audible tones, saying “...build me a shop and stock it with all kinds of tasty things for me to eat...” That complete, Max's orders became more direct-- “Build me a Dog Army of friendly and hungry Labs that I might conquer the earth and impose my will upon all living creatures...” So Don & Liana acquired Auggie and Coal-Max's Black Lab Lieutenants along with a lot of military hardware speciallyfit for dogs. These days, the shop is ruthlessly and efficiently run by Max and his two hench-dogs whilst Liana and Don dutifully obey Max's every order for treats, however ridiculous.

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For more than 45 years, the Greater Lincoln County Animal Shelter (originally known as the Boothbay Regional Humane Society) has been the go-to spot for people looking to adopt the best companion animals for their families. In that time, Greater Lincoln has opened its doors to tens of thousands of stray and lost animals in need, caring for them and ultimately placing them in loving forever homes. The thirty communities we serve know they can depend on us for high-level, top-quality care and responsiveness. Begun in Wiscasset in 1959 with a few

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kennels and a dedicated group of animal lovers, Greater Lincoln has grown to fill its current shelter at 27 Atlantic Highway in Edgecomb, conveniently located right off US Route 1. In 1987 the founders’ dream of building a shelter with greater capacity was realized when the Atlantic Highway site was constructed in a quiet wooded area. The Greater Lincoln County Animal Shelter is grateful to Downeast Dog News and to all our friends in the community for voting us the Best Animal Shelter in Maine!

The pet-friendly Flagship Inn was opened in June 1984, and changed hands to the current ownership in July 1997. We are locally owned and operated, which allows us to offer the exceptional service of a small inn with the modern amenities of a chain hotel. We have not just accepted pets, but welcomed them since 2001. Our pet amenities include a travel bowl, treats and a Maine themed toy for your pet to take home. We have also become a company sponsor, and built a bridge connecting us to the Penn Lake Land Trust, which offers a one mile hike for your pet to enjoy. Recently, we have teamed up with Two Salty Dogs pet outfitters, who have added additional treats and dog bags to our pet friendly accommodations. We are honored to have received the award for the best pet friendly lodging from Downeast Dog News for both 2014 and 2015.


TRAINING YOUR PERFORMANCE DOG Agility, Obedience, Tracking By Carolyn Fuhrer

Thinking About Competing in Obedience? After attending a wonderful 4-day dog show with my Golden Retrievers put on by the Vacationland Kennel Club and the York County Kennel Club this past week, I thought it would be appropriate to explore some of the many opportunities that the American Kennel Club offers for you to compete in obedience with your dog. Training your dog to perform to a certain level is not only challenging and enjoyable, but can be a great summer project for kids and their dogs. The American Kennel Club (AKC) offers many opportunities for you to explore in the world of obedience. These events are sponsored by local kennel clubs and are called trials. There are two divisions of obedience competition. Rally Obedience is a sport where the dog and handler complete a course designed by the rally judge. The judge tells the team to begin and

the dog and handler proceed through a course of designated stations (1020) depending upon the level of competition. Each station has a sign describing the skill to be performed, for example: sit, down, come sit in front, wait while handler walks around the dog, etc. There should be a sense of teamwork and enjoyment. Rally provides an excellent introduction into obedience events and a great opportunity for more experienced handlers to work on skills and relationship. The regular obedience classes range from Beginner Novice classes through Utility. In an obedience trial, all competitors are required to perform the same exercises so that the relative quality of each performance may be compared and scored. The performance should be accurate and correct as well as reflect the dog’s willingness to work and the display of teamwork with the handler. Unlike Rally where you can talk to your dog throughout the exercise, obedience requires that you give certain commands when told to do so

by the judge and that the dog follows the commands promptly. After each exercise is completed, you may praise and pet your dog. Although more formal than Rally, it is quite impressive to see how beautifully dogs can perform when they are well trained and enjoy the work they do with their handler. A lot of new classes have been added to obedience: Beginner Novice, Pre Novice, Graduate Novice Graduate Open and many non-regular classes from Pre-Novice to Veteran. It’s easy to check out the new classes and opportunities for you and your dog. Just go to www. akc.org. If your dog is not AKC registered, you can still compete; information is readily available on the site advising

how you can register your dog. If you have never trained in obedience, you will truly be amazed how training with your dog deepens your relationship and mutual respect as you grow together. Do you have a really great pet dog already? Well, then why not take the next step and show off your dog? It is fun and you will spend some wonderful times with your dog and meet some really great people. Want to see for yourself? There is an upcoming trial right here in Maine: 4 days of Obedience, Rally and Conformation at the Cumberland Fairgrounds. Put on by the Lewiston Auburn Kennel Club and the Penobscot Valley Kennel Club Thursday, June 18, 2015 – Sunday, June 21, 2015 Cumberland County Fairgrounds, 17 Bruce Hill Road, Cumberland, Maine. **NOTE** An incorrect title was printed last month for Training Your Performance Dog. The title should have read: Advanced Tracking Tests – Not Just a Bigger TD. We apologize for this error and hope it did not cause too much confusion! - Downeast Dog News Publisher

Carolyn Fuhrer has earned over 80 AKC titles with her Golden Retrievers, including 2 Champion Tracker titles. Carolyn is the owner of North Star Dog Training School in Somerville, Maine. She has been teaching people to understand their dogs for over 25 years. You can contact her with questions, suggestions, and ideas for her column by e-mailing carolyn@dogsatnorthstar.com.

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Dogs, Summer and Behavioral Issues I know, I promised this column would continue my series on pet-friendly pet care, focusing on fear-free visits to the veterinarian. I’m still researching that topic, so instead I’ve decided to talk about dogs, summer, and behavioral issues that often crop up this time of year. Getting A New Puppy Summer is often a great time to add a puppy to the family. I know I find dealing with housetraining and those frequent trips outside much more enjoyable in the summer than the dead of winter. Additionally, due to vacation time and few or no school activities, a family often has more time to socialize, train, and play with a new puppy in the summer. Socializing and habituating your puppy to many different people and different types of people, different places and things is extremely important if you want a well-adjusted adult dog. This is often easier to accomplish in the summer due to better weather, increased free time, and the fact that more people are out and about. A puppy’s critical socialization period goes from 8 weeks to 16 weeks of age. If you choose to get a puppy in the summer, you want to make sure you will be at home and available to actively socialize your pup during this period. In other words, it would be a bad time to take a vacation. Socialization is not difficult but should be actively planned so that you are making sure it is a positive experience for your puppy. For example, exposure to lots of new people in a controlled setting is good; taking your puppy to a parade, street festival, or large family gathering would likely be overwhelming and would not be a good idea. For more information on socialization, check out the article entitled Socialization & Habituation at our website (greenacreskennel.com) in the articles section under the category, dog behavior and training. Another important lesson for a puppy

to learn any time of the year is how to be alone. Dogs are social animals and most enjoy regular, predictable social contact. If that social contact is not available, it can result in separation anxiety. This is often more likely to be a problem for puppies that join families during the summer as family members are home during more hours during the summer months than they may be at other times of the year. From day one, you need to be leaving your puppy alone for some period of time every day. For tips on that, check out my article entitled, Alone Training, at our website (greenacreskennel.com) in the articles section under the category, dog behavior and training. A puppy headstart class is one of the most important training classes for any new dog, no matter how many dogs you have had in the past. Summer time is a great time to enroll your puppy in its first class. The best time to start is when your puppy is 8 to 10 weeks of age. Getting A New Dog Summer can also be a good time to get a new adult dog simply because you will have more time to help your new family member to settle in to your home and your family’s routine. Just like with a puppy, you may need to do some preliminary house training, and you will also want to make sure you teach this new dog how to be alone as well, especially if your family routine will change at the end of the summer. All dogs, even older dogs, benefit from training classes. Often dogs end up at a shelter or rescue because they have had little or no training. If you get a dog during the summer, try to schedule your vacation around their training classes, so you don’t miss classes because you will be away. Training classes are often outdoors in the summer, weather permitting, which gets you an opportunity to work more on outside types of behaviors like walking nicely on leash and coming when called. Not all rescue dogs will be ready for a training class when you first bring them home. If you have a dog that is rather unsettled or anxious around people and/or other dogs, a group training class could be counter-productive. Two years ago in May when we adopted Muppy, my wife and I elected to not start here in a group class until fall after she became more acclimated to the busy hub-bub of our lives. However, if you defer starting a class until fall, I would not wait until then to talk to a professional trainer to get some tips on helping your dog settle in.

Family Gatherings Summer is a time for friends and family get togethers, whether it is for holidays like the Fourth of July, events like family reunions or weddings, or just because. Depending on your pet’s temperament, these can range from good times to scary events. These simple rules will help you keep your pet safe during the festivities. • Put your dog in his crate with a bone or favorite chew toy at least during the most hectic times – when guests are arriving and leaving as well as when meals are being prepared and served. Make sure your guests know that they are to leave your pet alone in this situation. • Assign one adult to be in charge of each of the dogs to watch for signs of stress and to protect the dog from unwanted attention from children. At the same time, assign one adult to supervise each baby or toddler with no other tasks assigned to him. Make sure that ALL interactions between pets and children are supervised by an adult. • Not every dog likes every person – ALWAYS let your dog decide if it wants to meet someone new. • If you are quite certain your pet will not enjoy the increased activity due to the event, or if you will be more relaxed knowing your pet is in a safe, pleasant environment, consider boarding your pet the day and night of the event. Fireworks and the Fourth of July Fireworks, with their loud booms and bright flashes of light, can be very frightening to pets. If they’re right in your backyard or your neighbor’s backyard, they can be not only be frightening but can pose a danger to our pets. Keep your pets inside during any personal fireworks activity. If you go someplace to see the fireworks, I would advise you to leave your pet at home in a safe quiet location. They’ll be glad you did. Last year, I received more phone calls and emails from people concerned about their pet’s reaction to fireworks than ever before. I suspect most would prefer the legislature repeal the law that made the sale of fireworks legal or that municipalities would take a more vigorous approach to enacting ordinances regulating their use and then aggressively enforcing those laws. If the use of fireworks is irritating you and your pets, call your selectmen and complain – even if it’s midnight or 1AM. Next month, I’ll wrap up this series with a discussion of what veterinary clinics are doing to make your pet’s visit to the vet fear-free.

Sweet, sweet Summer!

Don Hanson is the co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop (greenacreskennel.com) in Bangor and the 2014 Association of Professional Dog Trainers Dr. Ian Dunbar Member of the Year. He is a Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultant. He produces and co- hosts a weekly radio show and podcast, The Woof Meow Show heard on The Voice of Maine (103.9FM, 101.3FM, 1450AM & woofmeowshow.com) every Saturday at 7:30AM and Sunday at 8:30PM.

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GUIDING from page 5 is that they have improved efficiencies by being better able to control quality and employ just in time inventory management. Dog Not Gone is running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo from May 11 - June 10, 2015 to support preliminary production of the new line of No Fly Zone products. Campaign participants will help provide working capital to sustain explosive growth and better position the company in the competitive pet industry. Rewards for contributions include several of the No Fly Zone dog products to be delivered in time for the summer tick and insect season. Dog Not Gone’s products are sold by legendary outdoor retailers LL Bean and Orvis, online giants Amazon and Wayfair, and hundreds of independent retailers throughout the Eastern Seaboard. Products are available online at: www.dognotgone. com. For more information, contact Julie Swain at julie@dognotgone. com or 207.479.5500.

he can.” For information on Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Maine Region, including how to become a puppy raiser and class locations, visit https:// www.guidingeyes.org/volunteer/ puppy-raising/locations2/maine/.


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Dogs for Adoption Max, 7 yrs., Shepherd/Husky? Mix Max is looking for his forever home in the country. He’s healthy, up to date on all shots, and microchipped. His strengths: Well-behaved, knows obedience commands; O.K. with men and kids; good watchdog; loves to run but also hangs out quietly; fine with staying home alone; no annoying habits; likes sleeping late, winter, and stuffed animals. His needs: a home with NO CATS OR OTHER SMALL ANIMALS, slow intro to other dogs, room to run & sniff out critters, quiet household/predictable routine, people who appreciate his reserved nature. Please call his foster mom, Cathy, in Waldoboro at 691-7566 for more info. Adoption is through almosthomerescue. net.

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Ally, 5.5 yrs., Wire Haired Jack Russel Would prefer to be an only pet, but an extremely sweet and intelligent dog. Available at Animal Welfare Society, Kennebunk, (207) 985-3244. Our Adoption Center is open from 11 AM to 7 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and from 11 AM to 4 PM Saturday and Sunday. We are closed on Wednesdays.

Lillie, Spanish Rescue

This Spanish senorita will greet you with an Andalusian dance. Lillie wags entire body and taps her paws in happiness – Ole! Lillie is a great companion on walks and is so happy to explore new trails and equally happy to curl up beside you and enjoy a nap. Her sunny disposition and enthusiasm for life will add Spanish warmth to your life.

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Arabi, 3 yrs., American Shelter Dog Handsome fellow who would be happy to share a new home with dogs and children. Available at Animal Welfare Society, Kennebunk, (207) 985-3244. Our Adoption Center is open from 11 AM to 7 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and from 11 AM to 4 PM Saturday and Sunday.

Charlie Bear, 9 mos., American Shelter Dog Enthusiastic and energetic boy, but well-trained and rides nicely in cars. Available at Animal Welfare Society, Kennebunk, (207) 985-3244. Our Adoption Center is open from 11 AM to 7 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and from 11 AM to 4 PM Saturday and Sunday. We are closed on Wednesdays.

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To submit or get more information on the events below, go online to downeastdognews.com Furry Tales, Stories and Adventure Hour

West Kennebunk Thursdays Furry Tales, Stories and Adventure Hour, Thursday June 4, 11 Every Thursday from 10am – 11am, in the Humane Education Room at the Animal Welfare Society on Holland Road, West Kennebunk, preschoolers are invited to discover the exciting world of animals with: *Stories* *Playtime* *Crafts* *Songs* *Movement* *Animal Time* The event is free to attend, though any donations are appreciated. For more information, call 985-3244 x 109 or see http://animalwelfaresociety.org/newsevents/events-calendar/. Please note: Furry Tales is taking a vacation along with schools. It will resume in September.

Rescue Day at the Railway

Boothbay Sat. June 6 A day full with activities designed specifically for dogs and their families! Training demos, vendors of locally made pet products, adoptable dogs & puppies from many area rescue groups, and much more. Sponsored by The Animal House and The Coastal Dog. Join us at the Boothbay Railway Museum from 9:30 - 5.

Peace Ridge Sanctuary at Planet Dog! Portland Sat. June 6 Peace Ridge Sanctuary from Penobscot will be in the store with some cutie pie pups that are looking for homes! Come meet your new best friend from 9 - 11.

Seashore Trolley Days

Kennebunkport Sat. June 6 Ride the rails with your best friend! Join us again for this year's Seashore Trolley Dog Day. We will have demonstrations, a blessing of the dogs, vendors, contests and of course, trolley rides! FMI visit trolleymuseum.org.

Animal Welfare Society at Planet Dog!

Portland Sat. June 13 Join us as we welcome the Animal Welfare Society from West Kennebunk! They will have some adorable critters that are looking for their furever home! Come and meet your new best friend from 12 - 2!

All Breed Agility Trial Scarborough Fri. June 19 - Sun. June 21

Collie Club of Maine will again be hosting a weekend of amazing talent and entertainment June 19 - 21 for the All Breed Agility Trials. The event will take place at Wassamki Springs Campgrounds in Scarborough. With over 150 entrants for each day, some coming from as far away as Virginia, it's an event not to miss! FMI contact flatlander52@aol.com.

AWS at the Portland Children’s Museum

Portland Sat. June 20 Join the Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk Humane Educator and a shelter pet at the Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine on Free Street in Portland for a hands-on program about animal care and handling from 10:30 -11:30. Meet some great animals and learn about Pet 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 9853244 x 117.

Aubuchon Hardware Adoption Day

Wells Sat. June 20 The AWS Mobile Adoption Team will bring adoptable dogs to the Aubuchon Hardware Store on June 20th, 2015 from 11 am – 1pm. The store is located at Thompson’s Plaza, 1165 Post Road in Wells. For more information, call 985-3244 or see http://animalwelfaresociety.org/newsevents/events-calendar/.

Buddy Up at Planet Dog!

Portland Sat. June 20 Buddy Up will be joining us at Planet Dog to bring attention to adoption and fostering! Come gather information and meet your new bestie from 12 -2!

Microchip clinic and ice cream social at Planet Dog!

Portland Sun. June 21 Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland will be putting on a microchipping clinic at Planet Dog! If you microchip your pup, you will get a free ice cream! Other festivities and shenanigans will be going on, as well! Free samples! Give aways! Get your pup chipped before the fireworks on the Fourth! $35 for to microchip!

Road Trip Home Reunion

Kennebunk Thurs. June 25 Celebrate AWS’ Paws Across America Partnership with Road Trip Home Rescue of Georgia. Do you want to meet the team

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of people responsible for getting your beloved dog to Maine? Have you been in contact with your dog’s former foster and want to meet them in person? Road Trip Home foster families are looking forward to meet you and seeing how your dog is doing! In addition to this touching reunion, there will be games, contests, prizes, and AWS and RTH attire for sale. Light refreshments will be provided. The reunion will be on Thursday, June 25th, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the shelter on Holland Road. Please RSVP to jen@ animalwelfaresociety.org For more information, call 985-3244 or see http://animalwelfaresociety.org/newsevents/events-calendar/.

Dock Dogs

Scarborough Sat. June 26 - Sun. June 28 Dock Dogs is back at the Scarborough Pet Life for another three days of fast-paced dock jumping competition! Join Pet Life as we cheer on canine athletes from across the country just outside our own front door. Rescue groups, pet supply vendors, raffles, carnival games, and free BBQ lunch daily make this an exciting event for pet lovers of all ages to attend! Hosted at Pet Life's store location in the Cabela's Shopping Plaza, 200 Expedition Drive, in Scarborough. For more information, call (207) 776-1848 and visit Pet Life's Facebook page for daily dock updates.

The Leap From Rally to Obedience – It’s Not As Big as You Think!!

Somerville Sat. June 27 Learn how to keep the connection you have built in Rally and bring it into Obedience at this workshop by North Star Farm. Workshop fee: $60, 9:00 until Noon. FMI or to register contact 207 549-4613 or carolyn@dogsatnorthstar.com.

Huntington Common Fashion Show Kennebunk

Sat. June 27 Join us at Huntington Common on Saturday, June 27th, for a Fashion Show. The Mobile Adoption Team will be there with dogs putting on a show for the residents. The event will start at 2 PM. For more information, call 985-3244 or see http://animalwelfaresociety.org/newsevents/events-calendar/.

Camp Bow Wow at Planet Dog!

Portland Sat. June 27 Camp Bow Wow will be stopping by Planet Dog with an armful of cute! Come and meet some critters! Maybe you will end up with a new best friend from 12 -2!

3rd Annual Fun Dog Day

Oxford Sun. June 28 Responsible Pet Care Shelter and Adoption Center is hosting a festival for dogs of all sizes, shapes, ages and abilities. It is a day filled with canine games and sports, demonstrations, a Pup Tent for the kids, rescue groups, raffle table, vendors and food. Participate in the Fun Dog Show, which will honor the "All-American" dog, as they go for the gold. Try out the agility course and prepare for a fun competition. For only $10.00 you can register for the Dog Walk to benefit Responsible Pet Care. There is no admission charge and the event is held rain or shine. FMI Find Us on Facebook or call 207-743-7307.

Agility – Increasing Your Dog’s Independence for Distance Handling

Somerville Sat. July 11 Need more of a lead out? Can’t get to where you need to be on time? Need to send your dog to the weave poles or obstacles? Come and learn how at North Star Farm! Workshop fee: $60, 9:00 until Noon. FMI or to register contact 207 549-4613 or carolyn@dogsatnorthstar.com.

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