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2018 A new year lies before us;

January – named after the Roman god Janus, the god of beginnings and endings, gates and doorways, sunrise and sunset, and transitions. Each New Year is an invitation to start fresh; to greet each day with hope and optimism recognizing its potential for great possibilities. It also is a time when we think about we want to accomplish in the coming year. We all have dreams, goals, desires we hope to achieve in 2018. Yet we must also be careful to be reasonable and kind to ourselves. Be Reasonable - Set yourself up to succeed by being realistic in establishing your goals and plans for the new year. And, if you discover that it is difficult to meet the obligations of your daily activities and to accomplish your goals, or even if you’ve failed, Be Kind to Yourself – tomorrow is a new day and offers another opportunity to begin again. Remember to Be Kind to everyone you meet: “Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Socrates

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ry itchy skin is a common problem for both people and pets during the cold winter months. The cold dry air of winter combined with the warm dry air in our homes leads to one thing – Itchy, dry skin. While we have the luxury of lathering on the lotion, our canine friends are not so lucky. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help your dog with the constant itching.

In addition to getting more water into our pets, it is also helpful to get more water into the air. Humidifiers put moisture back into the dry air; helping both pets and people with dry skin. You may try running it at night in the bedroom where you sleep. Adjusting your pet’s brushing and bathing routine in winter is also important in combating dry skin. The simple rule: Brush more, bathe less. Brushing your pet helps remove dead skin cells and stimulates the hair follicles to release natural oils in the skin. Bathing your dog strips the body of the natural oils that keep the skin hydrated. In the winter, keep baths to a minimum and use moisturizing shampoos with ingredients like aloe vera and oatmeal. If your pet continues to suffer from dry skin without relief, it may be a symptom of an underlying condition such as a skin allergy, a parasite, or an infection. You should always consult your veterinarian if your pet’s condition persists.

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Fun Facts We learn interesting things about our dogs and cats on a daily basis. All of our pets have their own unique behaviors and habits that we find both amusing and sometimes puzzling. Whether you have a cat or a dog (or both), a few little-known facts about each of them can be educational and FUN!

VS CATS DOGS ➤ Cats can be either right-pawed or left-pawed. Female cats are more likely to be right-pawed and male cats are more likely to be lefties. ➤ Cats are capable of about 100 distinctly different vocalizations. ➤ White cats with blue eyes have a 65-80% chance of being deaf. ➤ Cats don’t meow at other cats. They reserve this sound for getting attention from humans. ➤ The ancient Egyptians worshipped cats. When a favorite feline died, family members would shave their eyebrows as a sign of mourning. ➤ Cats tend to be very neat and tidy drinkers. They flick the very tip of their tongue on the surface of the water very rapidly (approx. 4 times per second). They flip a tiny jet of water into their mouth with each lap and quickly catch it before it falls.

➤ Dogs can also be either right-pawed or left-pawed. Like cats, female dogs are more likely to be right-pawed and male dogs are more likely to be lefties. ➤ Dogs are capable of about 10 distinctly different vocalizations. ➤ Dalmatians are born pure white and develop their spots as they grow. About 30% of the breed are born deaf in one or both ears. ➤ The use of dog collars goes back centuries. Images of dogs wearing collars can be found in ancient Egyptian art. ➤ As most dog owners already know, dogs tend to be sloppy drinkers. Dogs plunge their tongues much deeper into the water than cats and form a scoop with their tongue. They use their tongue to scoop and lift the water into their mouth. Since the scoop tends to leak a LOT, we really can’t fault dogs for being messy drinkers.

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Cold Weather Tips

for your four-legged friends!

Sometimes, during our beautiful Las Vegas winters, we might forget it is winter. Then we watch the news and see that it is bitter and cold elsewhere in the country. However, we do get our share of chilly days and nights, so here are a few cold weather tips for our pets. By Kathy Schreur


as your pet had a wellness exam lately? You want to make sure your pet is as ready and healthy as possible to handle the cold. You may have to adjust your walking time to protect both you and your pet from weather associated health risks. Some health conditions may create a harder time regulating body temperature. If you have any concerns, please consult with your veterinarian. While most people believe that cats and dogs can handle the cold because of their fur, that is not true. Fur is not a perfect insulator. Like people, our pets are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside as much as possible. Knowing your pet is repeatedly coming out of the cold and into the warmth of the house is normal for anyone with a doggie door. However, it can cause dry, itchy, flaking skin. It is recommended that you keep your home humidified to help with any winter skin dryness. Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Bathing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of dry, flaking skin. Although you may be tempted, it is not advised that you shave your dog down to the skin in winter. If you have a short-haired pet, consider all the products on the market today that can help keep him/her warm. You might consider a coat or sweater with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. Another tip is to massage petroleum jelly to prevent dryness and cracking of the paw skin or use booties when we have that occasional freeze and there is frozen water on the sidewalks. You can feed your pet a little more during the cold months, but keep them at a healthy weight. They burn extra energy by trying to stay warm. Make sure your companion has 8

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plenty of water to keep your pet well-hydrated (again, helping to avoid dry skin). Do not leave your pets alone in a car for any length of time. Just as that is true for the summer, it is true for the winter. Cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause pets to freeze to death. No pet should be left alone outside for long periods of time in below freezing weather (which we do have every now and then), inside or outside a car. Make some noise before turning on your car’s engine. Bang on the hood or honk the horn to encourage any critter which may have been drawn to a warm engine. Also, never leave your pets unattended while a space heater is turned on. If knocked over there is a potential of a fire. Heated pet mats should be used with caution because they are capable of causing burns. Finally, no winter tip sheet would be complete without a warning on the dangers of antifreeze. It is deadly. There are coolants and antifreeze on the market that are less toxic to animals; however, care should be taken not to leave any anywhere your pet or any animal may have access. Please remember: if it is too cold for you, it is probably too cold for your pet. Again, please try and keep your pets inside as much as possible during the cold weather and enjoy quality snuggle time!

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With January being

National Adopt a Rescue Bird Month,

I talked with two bird rescue experts in Las Vegas, Madeleine Franco from The Southern Nevada Parrot Education Rescue & Rehoming Society (SNPERRS) and Kelle Coble from Southwest Exotic Avian Rescue (SWEAR). I asked them to share some tips on preparing your home for a bird. By Gail Mayhugh

What do new bird owners need to know about cages? Are there specific sizes based on the size of the bird? Does it matter where you place it? Madeleine – A good rule of thumb on the size of cage is that it needs to be large enough so they can comfortably stretch their wings all the way out. The cage should be sized to the bird. With some if it’s too large, they can get overly nervous as they don’t feel safe. For example, an African Grey in a McCaw cage. I know this should be common sense, but don’t place their cage near anything they can reach. Remember they can stretch their bodies out far with holding onto the side of the cage. Watch picture frames, window frames, side of walls, window blinds and furniture, unless you want it re-designed. It’s important that they feel secure, so place the cage against a wall versus in the middle of the room. And make sure they have plenty of light.

Kelle – Their cage should be placed where the

family usually spends most of their time. Birds are flock animals and want to feel they’re part of a flock (family). Placing them away from the activity in the house can be isolating. It’s never a good idea for a child to have a bird in their room as they frequently forget to feed and water and it’s easy for the parent to forget. A bird can die of dehydration in just two days. Birds don’t have reserves in their body so they can starve to death very quickly when forgotten. You must always watch for drafts as well, from ceiling vents. Birds wake with the sun and sleep when it sets. A blanket or cover over the cage can help them to have a sense of security when sleeping, then removing it in the morning. 10

I hate to say that when we first got our birds, we spent upwards of $75.00 on one toy only to have it destroyed in a couple hours. What suggestions do you have for toys? Madeleine – A toy destroyed is a toy enjoyed. Remember anything they see has toy potential, so it’s important to give them plenty to play with. Why buy when you can make them out of items you’re already going to recycle. They’re shredders so you can string cardboard, envelopes and plastic bottles.

Kelle - Toys are individual to the birds’ likes

and dislikes. Some like chewing up wood, others prefer paper, cardboard, sea grass or balsa. Offer a variety at first until you find your bird’s favorite. They can be hung inside or outside. A fun toy outside the cage can make for hours of fun as your bird works to destroying it from the inside. Toys should be removed when they’ve been chewed up and replaced with new brightly colored fun toys to keep them busy and mentally stimulated.

What are a few last things you’d like to share? Madeleine – A common denominator

with birds is that they like to investigate and destroy. Remember it’s always our fault. We put interesting things out and they are going to investigate them. Being they are curious, safety is so important. You need to watch for open toilets, full sinks, open washers, dryers and cabinet doors. Even that dead space above your corner kitchen cabinets can end up being a hiding spot, which by the way is not easy to get them out of. Birds are still wild animals and hardwired to be prey animals and sometimes it’s not love at first sight. You have to develop trust and work through any emotional issues they may have.

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Kelle - There are so many things you have

to think of when bringing a bird into your home! Air fresheners have to be a thing of the past. Anything you can smell can potentially suffocate a bird because of their complicated respiratory systems. That includes Teflon cookware and oven liners, oven bags, selfcleaning ovens, scented candles, any kind of aerosol sprays, cologne, overly fragrant lotions and even oil and melting scents. Wing clipping is an important thing to never forget. No matter how much your bird loves you, they’re still a bird and the pull of flying free is overpowering. Ultimately, I would say do your research. The husbandry of keeping parrots has changed drastically in the past several years and is continuing to do so.

If you’re interesting in adopting, fostering, donating or finding more out about these organizations you can contact Madeleine and Kelle directly. Madeleine Franco • 702-856-3300 Kelle Coble & Skye Marsh, 702-937-1005 •

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Does your pet have bad breath? Trouble eating or drinking? Brown staining on their teeth? Red gums? It may be time to take them to your veterinarian for a dental exam. Dental disease is one of the most common diseases in our pets and can start as early as two years of age.


n people, tooth decay is the most common form of problems in the oral cavity but in our pets it goes much deeper than that. Inflammation and infection of the tissue surrounding the tooth is the culprit known as periodontal disease that affects our furry friends. Tartar and calculus cause plaque to build up causing inflammation at the gum line and gives bacteria a good environment to grow which can lead to infection. Eventually, if untreated, the infection can spread to the tooth socket and cause the tooth to loosen and most often pain. Its important to practice good oral hygiene before tartar builds up in your pet and there are a number of at home products your veterinarian can recommend. However, once tartar builds up the only way to get rid of it is with a dental cleaning. The goal of the dental cleaning is to remove the tartar from the tooth as well as below the gum line. In some cases, x-rays of the teeth may need to be taken to assess the root of the tooth and how bad it is affected. X-rays are also a good way of assessing fractured teeth that may need to be removed. Your veterinarian may recommend extracting teeth that are loose, infected, broken or if there is too much root exposure causing pain. Most pets feel much better after a dental prophylaxis and can return to eating their normal diet even when several teeth have been removed. 12

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It is important to have regular dental exams to assess your pet’s oral health. Dental prophylaxis requires general anesthesia, because unlike us, our pets won’t sit still or spit when we ask them to and your veterinarian needs a good way to keep them still and protect their airways. The sooner you address your pet’s dental disease the better. Chronic inflammation and infection can lead to other systemic illnesses especially if the infection gets into the blood stream. Before considering anesthesia it is a good idea to make sure your pet is systemically healthy with regular physical exams and blood work to make sure the kidneys, liver and other organs are functioning properly. The best at home way to prevent tartar build up is daily brushing and starting early at a young age. Unfortunately that is not always easy and your veterinarian is here to help. If you see that your pet has evidence of tartar, gingivitis, bad breath or trouble eating you should take them to your veterinarian for an examination and the best course of treatment. It’s never too early to be concerned about your pet’s oral health and with national dental month around the corner it’s a good idea to schedule a dental exam with your veterinarian.

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ust like us, animals get sore muscles, aches and pains but they can’t always communicate to us that they’re uncomfortable. This can manifest in behavioral changes & mood swings, anxiety, favoring a side/paw/hoof over another, lack of mobility, as well as “No Touch Zones”. Massage is a great way to provide additional comfort, promote wellness, and reduce & prevent disease. Everyday life such as crate training, exercise, athletic training, boredom, fatigue, traveling, separation anxiety, growth spurts and growing old can lead to fascia sticking. This is when connective tissue sticks together, causing muscular dehydration, which leads to a shortening of the muscles due to lactic acid build up. That’s the same thing that causes sore muscles after you work out. It hurts! Decreased joint movement follows as a result and the animal may become agitated or depressed and less cooperative.

animal always lays on their right side, only allowing the left side exposed and able to be worked on. These techniques can still help & affect change in the right side, whereas traditional petting may only work on the exposed side and possibly even compound the right side’s issue. It has become increasingly understood in the pet world, just as the human world, that what we put into our critters’ bodies is just as important as how we maintain and care for them externally. Human-grade food and treat companies with limited ingredients and minimally-processed, high quality supplements are beginning to thrive in the pet world at affordable prices. Animal massage is simply the next step in the evolution of better care for our pets to help them live happier, healthier and longer lives. While massage is no substitute for veterinary care, it is a wonderful way to reinvigorate sore muscles, ease mobility, calm anxiety and boost vitality. Whether they are running/hiking buddies or animals trained for show, sport, assistance, rescue or lovable members of the family, everyone benefits.

Massage is a great way to provide additional comfort, promote wellness, and reduce & prevent disease.

IPT (Innovative Pet Therapy) is a form of animal massage which includes traditional petting techniques along with positional elongation, permission, blocking and gentling approaches. Typically, petting involves a repetitive pat and stroke with gaps in contact. Animal massage utilizes a technique called Snaking, which involves consistent contact so that the animal is aware of where you are at all times. Various approaches like Animal Vibes, help to alleviate disease in favored sides. Let’s say the

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How to Draw a Cartoon French Bulldog! By Danielle Williams

French Bulldogs are one of the most popular dog breeds around, showing up on everything from throw pillows to YouTube workouts. With their unusual head shape and compact bodies, these clowns of the dog world can be tricky to draw – but it can be done! Follow along with these steps and you’ll be drawing friendly Frenchies in no time!

Before you start…

Draw lightly until you get to the end. This will make coloring or inking your final picture easier. Also, feel free to trace these steps over and over until you get the hang of it. The more you practice, the better your pictures will get!

STEP 1: Draw a thick slanted oval for the Frenchie’s body. Add a chunky rectangle for the head (overlapping the oval a bit), then a narrower up-and-down oval to start the back leg.

STEP 3: We’re going to modify those simple shapes and turn them into a Frenchie! The head: Soften the rectangle shape so the top of it is shaped like the arch of an “n.” The ears: The bat ears curve at the top like a lowercase letter “n.” They attach to the head with a little bump. The face: A triangle makes the nose right in the middle of the cross we drew in step 2. Put a “c” on its side and draw it above the triangle it for the nose wrinkle. Add ovals for the eyes. Keeping the eyes near the same level as the nose will help give a stronger resemblance to the breed. The mouth: A rounded “w” with arrows at the end give us a Frenchie smile. To draw the open mouth, attach a “v” beneath the “w”. Another “v” beneath that separates the chin from the rest of the body and finishes the head shape. The collar: Beneath the “v” of the chin, add with another “u” shape, a line down, and then a circle. The legs: This is a good example of why you draw lightly! I wound up moving one of the front legs out of the rectangle boundary I set up in step one. But even experienced artists make mistakes from time to time! That’s why we have erasers. On the front legs, the toes of the paw are drawn like capital letter “D”’s on their side. On the back legs, C-shapes help indicate the toes. Round the tail rectangle so it looks more natural. 16

STEP 2: A cross shape in the head square will help us place the eyes and nose later. Make sure the lines divide the head in half. Now build the body out with some rectangles: two attach on the top corners of the head (they’ll become the ears), two attach to the oval beneath the head (the front legs), and one at the top of the oval (the stumpy tail). Add a triangle to the bottom of the head rectangle—this will turn into a smiling mouth! Finally, draw shapes like angular “J”s to make the back legs. (You can also think of them as an upright rectangle for the foot, and then a flatter rectangle for the dog’s toes.)

STEP 4: Final details! Rounded lowercase “m” lines add wrinkles to the Frenchie forehead. Draw “c” shapes past the smile-arrows to indicate more wrinkles. Have fun adding wrinkles! The mouth looks empty, so let’s add little “n”s at the bottom of the mouth to make teeth. A lima bean shape makes the tongue. On the rest of the body, tiny ovals make great claws for the front paws, and little motion lines near the tail indicate that it’s wagging.

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FINAL STEPS: Erase any guidelines you don’t want in your final image. Ink the lines you like - or draw it on tracing paper with a dark pencil - then add color! I made mine a fawn-colored Frenchie, but it’s your drawing!

Have fun!

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Are We Listening? I’m sure most of us would agree that healthy relationships require good communication skills. Interestingly, many sources state that at least 93% of our communication is nonverbal. There is a “7-38-55” Rule of Personal Communication that breaks it down to percentages for each area of personal communication: 7% words; 38% tone of voice, and 55% body language. Parents especially look for the non verbal cues to give them a glimpse into what is going on for their children. Many times their questions receive a one-word answer. For example - Parent: How was school today? Child: Fine. Definitely the nonverbal cues provide the real answer to that question.

What about pet parents and their “fur babies”?

Pets communicate nonverbally – though there is evidence that pets have a rich vocabulary of words they understand they cannot speak our language. Understanding our pet’s communications involves listening and looking for the sounds and signs that can tell us what is going on for them. Cats and dogs are whole body communicators so in addition to listening to their sounds it is important to observe their body language.


Cats tend to be solitary animals; their vocalizations or sounds were developed to communicate with humans more than with other cats. Two common cat sounds include meowing and purring. The meow seems to serve many purposes; it can be a greeting or commands – I want to cuddle, I want my food, it’s time to get up sleepy head! Kittens meow more than adult cats. They meow to let mom know they need attention. Adult cats rarely meow at each other; however, they have learned to use the meow sound to let us know they need attention, The Purr – the sound we love. We associate it with contentment but cats also purr when they are stressed or in pain. Purring releases endorphins and helps to reduce pain and provide comfort. Check out their tails - when held straight up or straight up with a curl at the end shows confidence and happiness and is sign of greeting. When held low or tucked between the legs it signals insecurity and anxiety. A swishing tail indicates agitation and a really fast swishing tail means the cat is really angry. The message is clear –it is time to back off and give your cat some space. 18

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Dogs descended from wolves; they are social creatures that lived in packs. They have learned “to listen” to our body communications and read our emotions. A dog’s vocalizations include barks, whines, whimpers, yelps, howls, etc. A bark could be an alert signal or a distress signal. It could also be a friendly hello. Barking is tonal, a high pitched bark can mean excitement and happiness; a low pitched bark indicates aggression. Barking nonstop could be due to separation anxiety or loneliness. Whining is an attention-getting sound used by dogs and puppies. When your dog whines they might be saying: I need something, I’m upset, I’m excited, or there is something missing in my life. They could be lonely, frightened, or hungry. Howling is a wolf behavior that dogs still use today. It has a variety of uses. Your dog might be howling to guide you back home, also to alert other dogs that this place is taken, or it could be from loneliness or anxiousness. The tail is an important form of canine communication. A slowly wagging tail is a sign of confidence and relaxation. A dog’s tail is tucked under their body is an aggressive posture. When the tail is straight up and rigid it could be fear or aggression. A fearful dog will tuck his tail between his back legs either held rigid or wagging stiffly.


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By Elizabeth Parker

That’s Mine! Has your dog ever bared their teeth, snarling with contempt as someone reached for its food? It’s that growl that warns us. If we’re lucky, it’s just a warning – but often dogs skip the warning and go straight for the bite. That’s when it becomes a problem. This is Resource Guarding. Your sweet dog has something it considers to be important, and will protect it with their life. Sometimes it is a rawhide or a toy. Oddly enough, it can be you! It’s a tough habit to break. For an undomesticated animal, this behavior is a necessity. If a wolf has hunted its prey and is about to sit down to a delectable dinner, they are not about to share it. The wolf will growl, showing they are not interested in a table for two. When dogs are domesticated, however, they may still possess some of their natural traits. Explaining how to correct this behavior is next to impossible. All dogs are unique and specialized techniques apply to each.


My experience stems from Toffee, a dog I had once adopted. I never knew she had a dark side. She ate her food gently and didn’t complain when we removed a toy. She didn’t show aggression until I gave her a rawhide and then tried taking it away. Snapping my hand back, I observed my angel growl and squint her eyes as I corrected her, the bone still dangling out of her mouth. Realizing I couldn’t let her “win” this argument, I distracted her with another object and safely retrieved her bone. While a disaster was averted, I realized I had a hazardous issue on my hands. Correcting her behavior was a long process, but one that I constructed for Toffee alone.


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rawhides. I taught basic commands and enjoyable tricks, rewarding with quality treats. I made her realize that eating the bone was a social thing. She had to sit by me while eating it, instead of running off to devour it. Next, it was time to take the bone away. I couldn’t show fear, so I figured if I gave Toffee another “valuable” object as a trade, she would oblige. I grabbed a milk-bone. Her eyes caught on mine and I held it out to her. I used the word, “TRADE” indicating that if she wanted the milk-bone, she’d have to give up the rawhide. No growling.


This took over a year to perfect. And I wouldn’t suggest this method to anyone without seeking the advice of a professional and capable trainer. Here’s why. And this is important. First, I’m not a professional trainer. Second, Toffee was forty pounds and didn’t have many teeth. If she DID bite me, I might’ve had a bruise, but I would’ve been fine. A bigger dog can do an IMMENSE amount of damage. Resource guarding is not to be taking lightly. If your dog shows signs of aggression, it’s wise to seek help with someone who has had experience with this behavior. And have patience. Finding a capable trainer is the first step, but patience and understanding are two top ingredients for success.

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When it’s cold outside and you want to keep your dog mentally stimulated, teach him to help around the house by teaching him fun retrieving behaviors. He’ll be able to bring you his leash before you go out for a walk, bring you your slippers, give you the newspaper, pick up trash around the house and tidy up his toys. By Veronica Selco, MSW, KPA CTP, CNWI, AMCP

BREAK DOWN THE BEHAVIOR – What does retrieving look it? Teach behaviors separately over a period of a few days

➤ Go get it

➤ Pick it up

➤ Bring it back


Teach “Pick it Up”

• Get 100 tasty pea sized treats cut up and ready to use.

• Get a clicker and teach dog that a click means a treat is on the way! Click, then treat.

• Plan a fun & stress free session where dog gets quick reinforcement and is eager to participate.

• Set up learning environment so other pets or family members don’t distract your dog or interrupt training session.

Have an empty toilet paper roll, stuffed sock or rope toy for dog to pick up. Item should be appropriately sized for dog’s mouth and should be comfortable to pick up and hold, but not so exciting that dog will not want to release it.

➤ Drop it in your hand (or basket)

Your pup already knows how to drop the item in the basket, now he’s going to learn to pick it up off the floor. While sitting on the floor, start by offering your dog the item slightly below nose level. Now click & treat your pup for taking the toy and slowly work your way to placing item on the floor and having dog pick it up off the floor on his own. Your dog should continue to drop the item in the basket. Repeat 10 times.

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HOW TO TRAIN “IN THE TRASH” Teach “Drop it in the basket” – start with the last behavior first!

a. Sit on floor in front of dog, place basket under dog’s mouth,

offer item at nose level allowing your pup to approach it, hold item gently and click & treat dog when he takes item in his mouth. The click means reinforcement is on the way, so he’ll be ready to release his toy right away. Deliver treat on the floor just a foot or so away from basket giving your dog an opportunity to move away and come back to you. Repeat 10 times.

Dog holds item on own, you click and treat.

c. Offer the toy a few inches to one side of the basket and a few

inches below his nose this time so that he begins to lower his head to get item, slowly guide the item right over the basket, then click & treat when dog releases item over basket. Repeat 10 times.


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Add distance! Sit on floor with basket in front of you, toss the item about 1 foot away and have your dog bring it back and click & treat when dog releases item into basket. Gradually increasing distance in 1 foot increments. As you increase distance, you may find that you need to encourage dog to move further away from you. If so, head in the direction of the item you are asking your dog to retrieve and then head back to basket. Repeat 10 times. Wait to give the “In the Trash” cue until all of the pieces come together and the retrieve behavior is well understood by your pup. Retrieving involves a handful of complex behaviors that are chained together. Make sure to take breaks and teach these skills separately over a few days.

b. Move a few inches to one side of the basket so your dog has

to move his head back to the basket to drop toy. You are still gently holding toy and now guiding the item over basket to encourage him to drop item in basket, then click & treat when dog releases toy over basket. Continue delivering treat on the floor. Repeat 10 times.

Teach “Bring it Back”

Dog brings item back from distance, you click and treat.

Now, invite your friends over for some hot cocoa and impress them with your dog’s fun tricks!

Veronica Selco, MSW, KPA CTP, CNWI, AMCP Lead Trainer at imPETus Animal Training, a training studio for dogs and cats. Co-founder of Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas, a non-profit dedicated to helping domestic animals secure forever homes.

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It’s half-past winter holidays! By this time, many have been reflecting on the past year. Have you been thinking of times spend with family, friends, and yes, pets? At the beginning of a new year, we remember favorite places, embarrassing moments, and maybe plan for this new year. Whether or not you have made an official New Year’s resolution, reviewing the past year and thinking on goals for the next is a good habit. Successful planners set achievable goals, include at least one other person for encouragement, and take on only what is manageable. Statisticians claim less than 9% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions and 80% fail by February! So, why bother making resolutions? Consider creating flexible plans with goals instead. Then evaluate what is needed to reach those goals. Most people fail because they lack a willingness to follow through. What about you? Are you feeling tenacious? Here’s a few catalyst ideas you may not find other places: 1. Relations: Relationships require care. Get organized, change your mind if needed, and enjoy time with your pet. 2. Reading: Read to your Pet! Stated in previous articles, this bonds you and your pet while aiding literacy! 3. Respect: Train your pet. People may be polite but often don’t enjoy being pounced on by your pet. 4. Research: Gain knowledge about your pet’s disposition, breed, mode of communication, training techniques, and so forth. 5. Responsibility: If you promised to feed, bathe, brush, clean up after, walk, and hug your pet, do it! This is a great way to practice the life skill of Follow Through (INTEGRITY) which will benefit your whole family now, and you, in years to come.



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Rover Run 5K 9am. This fun run is for you and your four-legged

friend. The first 350 registered human participants are guaranteed a T-shirt and finisher dog tag for your dog’s collar. Stick around for Bark in the Park, which starts at 10am. City of Henderson - Events. Cornerstone Park – 1600 Wigwam Pkwy., Henderson.


Bark In The Park 10am - 2pm. This free event features fun for you

and your dog. Watch demonstrations and visit informational and vendor booths, take part in fun contests, and meet lots of beautiful dogs looking for forever homes. City of Henderson - Events. Cornerstone Park – 1600 Wigwam Pkwy., Henderson.


Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs 10am - 2pm.

Training classes for dogs aims to ensure your dog and your family never has to go through the tragedy of a venomous bite. Dogs are taken through the course one at a time to give them the individual attention necessary for successful training. Visit or call 775-234-8844 for more information. Bark In The Park @ Cornerstone Park – 1600 Wigwam Pkwy.


Pet Loss Support Group 6:30pm-8pm. This small and caring support group is for those dealing with the grief loss process brought about by the loss of a beloved pet. Community Lutheran Church – 3720 E. Tropicana Ave.

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Las Vegas Valley Humane Society cordially invites you to our


Sunday, February 11th

12pm to 3pm Raffle, Silent Auction, Lunch and Entertainment WHERE:

Canyon Gate Country Club - 2001 Canyon Gate Dr. 89117 (corner of Sahara & Durango)


$75 per person or $700 for a Table of 10 *Complimentary Cocktail & Glass of Wine - Cash Bar

By February 2, 2018 @ or call Jean at 702-275-1052 for more information. Entree Choices: Chicken Picatta, Grilled Atlanta Salmon, Portobella Mushroom Alfredo with Penne Pasta, Portobello Stack - Vegan RSVP:

To donate an item for our silent auction or for more information email: *All proceeds benefit the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to improving the welfare of animals.


in High Places

lancing up, I saw him – precariously perched on the top of the bookcase. This mischievous cat was always knocking items off tables or desks to get attention if ignored. On the top of the bookcase he seemed content – it wasn’t an attention-getting antic! Fascinating….. Cats love to be in high places and climbing is normal behavior for them! They’re “hardwired” for it. In the wild, cats were prey for larger animals and quickly climbing a tree allowed them to escape large predators who couldn’t climb trees. The leaves and branches also hid them from the flying predators such as owl and eagles. Their high vantage point allowed them pounce down on unsuspecting prey on the ground. Physically cats are well equipped to climb; their muscular hind legs and strong backs help propel them up a tree quickly. Their claws hook into the bark to aid in their ascent up the tree. Though modern indoor cats are safe from predators and do not need to pounce on unsuspecting prey for their food the innate need to climb is strong. To satisfy this desire they will climb up cupboards, furniture, bookcases, refrigerators and even window treatments. Cats don’t like to be confined and high places enlarge their “territory”. Items like cat trees or towers, window perches and cat shelves are essential for creating an indoor environment that meets a cat’s need to explore, climb and conquer their world.

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