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Occupation: Owner of Out of Hand, and Ooh! Events Dogs in Household: One Na med: Leah Lives: Mt. Pleasant 1. What’s the best thing about owning a dog?
The unconditional love she shares everyday. She is so in tune with her 6th sense; it just amazes me. I am always saying, "how does she know?"
2. What do you find the most frustrating about your dog, or struggle with as a dog owner ? I worry about balancing her sense of freedom and fun with my fear of her getting hurt by passing cars.
3. All time favorite memory of your dog?
I always loved dogs, but my lifestyle is so crazy that I never thought I could give a dog the attention they need. My daughter (10) was in cahoots with someone that brought a dog to the store and I thought she was someone else’s dog. Leah spent the day with us and was so good. I caught myself saying, "if we could find a dog like Leah, we could get a dog." Come to find out, Leah was the last of a litter and looking for a home! I brought her home that day and we have lived happily ever after.
4. Favorite place to hang out with your dog in Charleston? On the bedswing on my front porch. I get one end and she perches on the other.
5. With what aspect of your dog’s personality do you most identify? Leah is happy go lucky. She's taught
me to take each day and situation as it comes and makes the best of it.
6. In your opinion, what’s the one item all dog owners must have? A dog bed and sassy collar. 7. If your dog were some other sort of animal, what would he be? Leah is so smart. I swear she understands English and thinks she is a long lost relative.
8. How does your dog inspire you? Or what has your dog taught you about life and work? Kindness. Leah has never met a stranger and she has a smile on her face and welcomes everyone into the store.
9. How do you KNOW you and your dog are best friends? I can walk in the
door after a minute and it's like I have been gone a year. She is wagging her behind so much it knocks over anything not nailed down.
10. What’s your favorite thing about Lowcountry Dog Magazine? I love
the Fido's Friends section because I like seeing how incredibly important pets are to all our lives. They give us so much!
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Power of Positive Relationships in Training Fearful Dogs
by Sarah Kalnajs B.A., CDBC, CPDT-KA Good relationships are the foundation of a happy life. Those of us who consider our dogs friends, and perhaps even family, know the immense value that comes from just having them around. Coming home to their bright eyes and waggling bodies can make even the toughest of days better. Thousands of years of domestication gave us an animal that has a longer socialization period than its forebears and that forms strong bonds with humans with very little exposure. Dogs basically come pre-programmed to adore us, seeing us as virtual superheroes with very little effort on our part. As a trainer and behaviorist, my job is very much about developing good relationships with my canine clients and teaching their human caretakers to do the same. If I do not develop a solid base of trust with a fearful or possibly aggressive dog, he cannot learn from me, and may attempt to flee or do me harm. Scientists call this relationship-building with a dog desensitization and counter-conditioning. What I call trust, they call a conditioned emotional response. Whatever you call it, it is an absolute necessity that the dog you are working with has a positive
association with you, especially if he is fearful of people. The process of building a relationship is gradual; it strengthens with time and with each positive interaction the dog has with you. While there are a number of ways to encourage a fearful or aggressive dog to accept us, food is usually our most effective tool and the one we’ll try first. It is important during the early stages of training for the dog to learn that when he is around the trainer (you or his owner), there’s a very good chance that he will receive some exceptionally good treats. This is the easiest way to gain the trust of most dogs. In any interaction with the dog, including training sessions, it is essential that he remain comfortable so that trust is established and learning occurs. Keep him comfortable by constantly adjusting the intensity of your interaction with him so that he stays calm and receptive to learning. In technical terms, his internal emotional state needs to stay subthreshold. The two most useful indicators of internal emotional state are: 1) Will he eat?, and 2) Will he respond to simple cues that he knows, such as Sit or Down? Test
him frequently. If he stops doing either one of these things, he has probably gone over-threshold – he is too aroused, stressed, and anxious to learn and trust will actually begin to erode. If your dog goes over-threshold during a training session the only thing you can do is stop the session immediately and try again the next day because it takes at least that long for stress hormones to subside to levels close to normal (it can actually take a week or longer for a complete return to normal). Think about how hard it is to focus on a project at work, read a book, or have an important conversation when you are stressed and anxious. What about a day when everything seems to be going wrong and you are quicker to snap at those around you? This is no different for the fearful or aroused dog than it is for us. The last thing we want to do is keep pushing him when he is not relaxed and in a receptive state of mind. As we work towards building trust in the fearful dog we need to think about what he wants and find ways to give it to him. We want him to associate our presence with good things, but some dogs are so stressed, aroused, and fearful in the presence of humans that they will refuse to eat. When this happens there is another tool in our bag of tricks that will get a positive response, and that is to BACK OFF! Scientifically stated, this is the use of negative reinforcement – we take something away from the dog (our presence) to reinforce the desired behavior (staying put). [Note: When we give something to the dog (such as food) to reinforce a desired behavior, we call this positive reinforcement.] In this scenario the dog learns that he will be rewarded if he remains calm and does not aggress or flee. Each time we venture closer, we reward him if he stays calm by immediately backing away again. The worst thing we could do is move too fast and force an interaction that he is not ready for (a technique called flooding that usually does far more harm than good). continued on page 19
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see in people. Patience. Long-suffering. Abundant joy. Unconditional love. Unending comfort. True companionship. But then again, there’s my dog. My sweet little Chihuahua, Kahlua (Lulu), is a three-and-a-half-pound pill. She’s old now, almost twelve, and crotchety. Now that she’s older, I can make excuses for her. When she barks at people as they’re running by or strolling with their babies, as she nips at their heels and legs, as she jumps up in the air on all fours, snarling and spouting doggy profanities with the triumvirate force of Cerberus, I just tell them, “She’s old and mostly blind. I’m sorry. She’s very protective.” They look at her now with more pity than fear as they reach down to pet her cuteness and she bares her little piranha teeth and tries to bite their fingers off. I smile, scoop her up and feign, “Lulu, no, no.” Then I turn around, tuck her up under my chin, kiss her, and tell her I wuv her. It’s not her fault she’s a rotten dog. It’s mine. I take responsibility for it. See, I’m a cat person. I grew up with cats. I understand cats. I can look in their eyes and see the mischief, almost hear the thoughts as they are similar to my own…could I just have some peace? Who woke me up? I’m hungry already, and can somebody clean my litter box? Man, it stinks in there. But looking into Lulu’s eyes is a different experience. She keeps her head down in her little doggy bed and only lifts her eyebrows. She’s being invisible, see. She’s trying to act like she’s not there because she’s guilty of something. She knows she’s peed on the rug or pooped somewhere. It may not have just happened. It might have happened yesterday and I’ve not found it yet, and she’s been lying there for a very long time, waiting for someone to step in it and scold her. But I don’t scold her anymore. She’s old, and her bad behavior is mostly my fault. I got a teeny tiny puppy with a teeny tiny bladder when I was single and working full-time out of the house. I had never had a dog, only cats. I was utterly surprised she didn’t train herself, raise herself better with a little more independence. You take a kitten, stick it in a litter box once and voila, you never have to worry about accidents again. And cats clean themselves. But dogs? Not so much. I raised poor little Lulu on the back porch while I was gone most of the day, and I’ve used enough Natures Miracle on my rugs and carpets, I should invest in the company. Oh, and she won’t wear a leash and collar like most dogs. Thinks it’s punishment. It’s too heavy and makes her hang her head. She’ll only wear a cat harness and refuses to be crated anymore so
Kahlua Unleashed by Nicole Seitz
I am convinced that animals— specifically pets—can go to heaven. I began searching for answers several years ago following the death of my diabetic cat, Espresso. I searched the Bible and the Internet for anything that would validate my suspicions. Was Spressi in Heaven? What I found was weak at best, no conclusive statements, nothing that would set my heart and mind at ease. What finally comforted me and convinced me of my own personal truth was the evidence of the eyes. It’s all in the eyes. I knew, without a doubt, that the cat that had licked my tears away, comforted me with his purry vibrations and “oogied” his claws in my hair to put himself to sleep, was not just an empty vessel. Looking in those eyes, I knew this creature was a Godsend, a way for me to experience some aspects of God that I simply didn’t 10
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at night she has the whole first floor for mischief-making. I know. I know. Shhh… I should have gone to a trainer. I should have been more of a disciplinarian, a better dog owner. I should have done a lot of things. But I tell you what. Having this little bad dog has taught me more about unconditional love than anything else. She is God’s little helper in my life to keep me grounded. When my head is getting too big from praise from readers? God gives me dog poo to clean up when I get home. The “cleaning of the poo” is a good humbling ritual. It’s why mothers begin to achieve some semblance of sainthood by the toddler years. God loves unconditionally—and I’ve learned to love Lulu unconditionally. This includes all her faults. She’s virtually uncontainable and Houdini-like when it comes to small crevices in fences. She’s not sweet to anyone else in the world but me. In fact, she’s downright rotten, mean and embarrassing. She bit the mailman one time and drew blood. Yesterday, she bit my husband. Twice. I watched her run across the street once to a huge black poodle. She jumped up to bite its neck fur and dangled there like a necklace as the dog looked around, which way did it go, which way did it go? One morning my tiny Chihuahua ran away from home, only to return with a stolen quesadilla in her mouth. I cannot make these things up. Lulu can’t see well, hear well anymore, and every now and again goes totally lame in her hind legs. She drags along the slippery hardwood floors. I have to carry her up and down the steps to go potty. And just when I’m terrified I will lose my little Lulu, God heals her, and she miraculously gets mad enough at a passerby to sprint across the lawn in attack. Ah, the healing. The miracles. I see them all the time with my dog. And if that’s not God speaking directly into my life, I don’t know what is. I am my little dog. I snarl and pee on the rug—figuratively speaking. Occasionally, I bite my husband. Sometimes I hang my head and barely lift my eyes to God because I know he knows what I’ve done. But my heavenly father loves me anyway, picks me up, draws me close and kisses my fuzzy head. Over and over and over again, no matter what I deserve. So I do the same for my Lulu. She is, after all, a kindred spirit. And I’ve no doubt that when I get to heaven, all the creatures who’ve taught me about God and about myself will be there. I’ll see my cat Espresso, along with Monday, the patient angel kitty we have now. And there, barreling toward me like a Tasmanian devil will be my dancing, yipping little Chihuahua, Kahlua, unleashed and saying, Welcome home. Nicole Seitz grew up on Hilton Head Island, a small town off the coast of South Carolina, where she was surrounded by palmetto trees, marsh grass, sandy beaches and unique Southern characters. As an author, artist and speaker, Nicole's work is deeply influenced by her faith and the mystique and charm of the Lowcountry. The Spirit of Sweetgrass, Nicole's debut novel, was selected as the March 2007 FaithPoint Book-of-the-Month for Books-a-Million. Her second novel, Trouble the Water (Mar 2008), received a starred review and 12
was chosen as one of the Best Books of 2008 by Library Journal. Her third novel, A Hundred Years of Happiness (Mar 2009), was nominated by independent booksellers for the 2009 SIBA Book Award. Her fourth novel, Saving Cicadas (Dec 2009), was an Indie Next List Notable pick for January 2010 and her latest novel, The Inheritance of Beauty (Feb 2011), is a SheReads March 2011 Book Club Selection, a Pulpwood Queens April 2011 Bonus Selection, and the May 2011 FaithPoint Book-of-theMonth for Books-a-Million. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Brian, and their two children, teaches art at a local private school, and is currently writing her next novel. This essay is reprinted from Literary Dogs & Their South Carolina Writers (Hub City Press, 2012)
Why do writers love dogs? Not always for the same reasons all the rest of us do. Dorothea Benton Frank's dog Henry teaches her about self-righteous indignation every time she leaves on a book tour. Ron Rash learns to appreciate his misanthropic mutt Pepper after he bites his daughter's suitor. For Tommy Hays the dog is something not even a psychic can separate from the family. For some writers, such as Mary Alice Monroe, a Bernese Mountain dog arrives via Swiss Air. For George Singleton, they just wander into his Pickens County yard. In Literary Dogs & Their South Carolina Writers twenty-five of the Palmetto State's most beloved authors introduce you to their most memorable dogs. There is Padgett Powell's "Ode to Spode," Josephine Humphreys' paean to a poodle, and Roger Pinckney’s Daufuskie Dog-ageddon. Meet Marshall Chapman's Impy, Mindy Friddle's Otto, Beth Webb Hart's Bo Peep, and more. From bird dogs to bad dogs, wild dogs to café dogs, get to know these canines and their literary companions. Literary Dogs & Their South Carolina Writers is available for purchase at fine booksellers throughout the region and at www.hubcity.org.
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Wyatt's Wish A Home for Every Dog
Wyatt, our 2012 cover model contest winner, graciously celebrates the season with three furry friends, all of whom are in search of the perfect forever home. Will Wyatt get his holiday wish? Will his friends find adoptive families this holiday?
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Buddy proves older dogs still have fun.
Cali smiles for the camera.
The girls pose prettily.
Wyatt arrives in style.
The set is delicious! Piper the party animal perches on the dinner table.
Dropped off at the Seattle Animal shelter with his brother at just 6 weeks of age, Wyatt was taken in as David Aanderud and Lisa Fring's 34th foster dog over a 2 year span. After just a few weeks the couple knew they had to keep Wyatt, citing his zest for life and engaging personality as key reasons they couldn't let him go. It's no surprise then that Wyatt charmed readers during the 2012 cover model contest, beating out nearly 600 other dogs vying for the coveted title! On a cool evening in late November, Wyatt hosted a candlelit holiday feast for three furry friends in need of adoption. His hope is that after LCDM showcases their stories and beautiful faces, they'll find loving forever homes just like he did! The older gentleman of the party-goers, Buddy the black lab mix found his way to Daisy's Place Retriever Rescue when his owner died. This low maintenance, 8-9 year old fellow just wants a family to cherish him In contrast, Piper the 5 month old female Miniature Pinscher indulged her puppyish need to steal the spotlight and even stood on the dinner table! What a party animal! She too is looking for an adoptive home and is available through Charleston Animal Society. And finally we have sweet Cali, who has, despite being adopted out and then returned to Pet Helpers after her first adoptive parents neglected her, maintained her sunny disposition and doesn't seem to be the worse for wear. What a resilient spirit! We're thankful she's back with Pet Helpers whose staff will match her with the perfect home. Could it be yours?
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Knowing how fast to go is more challenging with dogs that are this fearful because we can’t use our usual method of gauging internal emotional state (seeing if he will eat or respond to simple cues). Instead, we have to watch his body language carefully and note any early signs of arousal or fear. This technique is simple and effective because it offers the dog a choice. Every time we approach it is his choice to stay calm, so it gives him an opportunity to practice the desired response over and over again. Building trust also requires that we not place the dog in situations that make him feel anxious. Give him the choice to control his environment as much as possible, and don’t force any interaction that makes him anxious. Having the freedom to back away from anxiety-producing situations is an essential ingredient for building trust and maintaining his overall well-being. While these are great tools for helping a dog overcome fear, it is worth noting that your ability to read his body language is one of the most useful. Not only can it give you clues about his internal emotional state, but it can also help you figure out what he values most at that moment, whether it is a little extra personal space, a treat, or a tennis ball. You may find that this shifts often during a training session, so pay attention to what he’s gravitating towards. You’ll get the best results if you reward desired behavior with whatever he values most at that moment. It is absolutely essential to keep your project dog sub-threshold while you work with him. Once he becomes too aroused or anxious, you need to call it quits for the day so that he has time to recover - he cannot learn when his stress hormones have kicked into overdrive. Keeping a fearful dog sub-threshold puts him in a frame of mind to more readily make the correct choice (to stay near you) and avoids any unintentional association between the training session and negative emotions, such as anxiety or fear. None of us should be surprised by the confidence a dog gains from not being forced into situations that make him feel threatened. As always, when we think of situations that make us anxious or nervous, we know how grateful we were
when someone understands and respects our needs. People who show us empathy and care are people we feel we can trust. This is no different for the dog that may be lying by your feet this very moment. So, to recap, there are several very important things you should be doing to build a good relationship with a Sarah Kalnajs and her dog, Skye. fearful, anxious dog: 1) Watch his internal emotional state, see if he will Sarah Kalnajs is a Certified Dog Behavior eat or respond to simple cues. If he’s too Consultant (International Association fearful to eat or respond to cues, watch his of Animal Behavior Consultants) and body language instead. Keep him below Certified Pet Dog Trainer (Certification threshold. Council for Pet Dog Trainers) with over 2) Pay attention to what he seems to ten years experience working in canine want most at any given moment, and use behavior, training, and research. She is it as a reinforcer: a tasty treat, a squeaky the owner of Blue Dog Training & Behavior ball, or perhaps, a little more personal in Madison, Wisconsin. space. A popular speaker and freelance writer, 3) Don’t force any interaction upon Sarah presents seminars nationwide him; give him the freedom to back away if on topics relating to dog training and he feels anxious. behavior. She has been interviewed by One last bit of advice … you can’t BBC radio, NBC television, Wisconsin socialize a dog that has fear issues if he Public Radio, Women’s Health & Fitness has passed his primary socialization magazine, and Honolulu magazine, and period (roughly 16 weeks of age). Once has written articles for APDT Chronicle of the socialization window has closed you the Dog, Madison magazine, Allpets, and need to use the relationship-building other publications. techniques described above, instead. Proper socialization during the first few Lowcountry Dog Magazine is proud to months of life is absolutely essential for be hosting Sarah for the two day seminar, producing a dog that is comfortable around Deciphering the Canine Code, on April people, other dogs, and novel situations, 20th and 21st at Trident Technical College. and is also essential throughout his life This seminar will offer insight into dogfor maintaining his trusting outlook, but to-dog, dog-to-human, and human-to-dog it will not improve or cure fear issues once communication. On day two, Sarah will they have already developed. focus on issues such as leash reactivity, Treat your dog with empathy and resource guarding, fear aggression, compassion and work hard to give him and dominance. The seminar will be what he wants, including the freedom of value to anyone who lives with or to go at his own pace, and you will be works with dogs, and will also serve as rewarded with a dog that not only trusts Continuing Education Credits for industry you, but learns to trust the rest of the professionals. Visit www.lowcountrydog. world as well. com for early registration.
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december 1st through 12th see sam sit hungry bowl™ pet food drive. As part of an international effort spearheaded by Pet Sitters International, the Hungry Bowl™ Pet Food Drive collects pet food donations for local shelters across the country. Proceeds from this local pet food drive will go to Pet Helpers. Drop donations at All is Well (all 3 locations) Alpha Dog Omega Cat, Dolittle’s (Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley), Hairy Winston, Indigo Creek Pet Supplies, Palmetto Paws, Pet Emporium and Whole Foods. Contact 843-817-3647 for more info.
december 8th 11:00am-4:00pm pet photos with santa. Pet Smart 470 Azalea Square, Summerville. Call 843-8735918. Proceeds benefit the Frances R. Willis SPCA.
december 9th 1:00pm-5:00pm 2nd sunday on king street. From Calhoun to Queen, walk the street and enjoy the street activities, outdoor cafes, incredible shopping and wonderful people and dogs. FREE parking vouchers! More info: http://susanlucas.typepad.com/ secondsundayonkingstreet/
december 9th 2:00pm summerville xmas parade. Be there no later than 1:15pm. Foster Dogs & Shelter Dogs are welcome to attend.
december 15th 12:00pm-3:00pm frwspca adoptathon. Pet Lovers Warehouse, 620 Bacons Bridge Road, Summerville. 843-873-5918. Foster Pets & Shelter Pets are welcome.
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january 26th-27th 8:00am-5:00pm charleston kennel club dog show. The 77-year-old Charleston Kennel Club show draws one thousand registered dogs. The licensed all-breed show will also accept entries in Obedience and Rally for mixed breed dogs enrolled in the AKC Canine Partners Program. Held at Exchange Park in Ladson. Admission is $2 and parking is free. Visit www. charlestonkennelclub.org for more info.
SAVE THE DATE april 20th and 21st 9:005:00 sarah kalnajs seminar, deciphering the canine code. Gain insight into dog-to-dog, dog-to-human, and human-to-dog communication. On day two, Sarah will focus on issues such as leash reactivity, resource guarding, fear aggression, and dominance. The seminar will be of value to anyone who lives with or works with dogs, and will also serve as Continuing Education Credits for industry professionals. Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Avenue North Charleston, SC. Seating is limited. $125 early bird ticket pricing for both days if registered before January 31st. $150 for both days after January 31st. $80 for Saturday only. Call Lowcountry Dog Magazine at 843-478-0266 to register.
january 19th 12:00pm-3:00pm frwspca adoptathon. Pet Lovers Warehouse 620 Bacons Bridge Road, Summerville. 843-873-5918. Foster Pets & Shelter Pets are welcome.
january 20th 1:00pm-4:00pm lowcountry dog photography school. Want to take better photos of your dog? Interested in helping out your local shelter with the number one tool that helps them adopt out more dogs? Learn the basics of digital photography from one of the photographers LCDM trusts with their photo shoots. Laura Olsen Imagery. Classes will be three hours, and will include both classroom and in the field training. No personal dogs allowed, instead your subjects will be dogs awaiting adoption at Pet Helpers. $5 of each registration also goes directly to the shelter. $45 per person. Call 843-478-0266 to register.
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Something to CHEW ON by John Smithhart
No less than once a week I get calls from people whose dogs are chewing them out of house and home. Some of these dog owners feel they have tried everything, and are on the verge of getting rid of the destructive pet. Unfortunately, too many people are quick to give up these days or cannot afford professional help with what is really an easily corrected behavior. There are three main reasons dogs chew. The most basic reason for this behavior is boredom. A dog that chews may simply need more constructive activities, and more time expelling pent up physical energy. A dog needs further purpose in life than to just hang out around the house or back yard. The second reason dogs become destructive is mental anxieties, such as separation anxiety. This type of compulsion to chew takes more time to work through, but can be overcome. What we are going to focus on here is the third reason dogs chew: we teach dogs to chew, but not WHAT they can chew on. Many times, one brings a new dog into the home with a toy of some sort. Perhaps you buy the dog a ball, a chew toy, or maybe even both. As human and dog settle in together, you leave lots of toys out for the 22
dog to play with and chew as they please. Maybe you take the dog out to go on a walk, or you leave the room and the dog leaves the toy on the floor to follow you. When the dog comes back in the room the toy is there on the floor for chewing pleasure. So in this scenario the dog goes and comes from the toy and is able to take it off the floor anytime and chew on it over and over. So why are you surprised when you walk into the living room and there is the dog, with one of your shoes in its mouth? Why doesn’t the dog understand that you bought the dog its own toys to negate this very thing from happening? You’ve provided the dog toys, that belong to him, and that he is allowed to chew on! Why then, is it eating YOUR stuff? Owners may question whether the dog needs a special bone or chew toy that is holistic, all natural, or from an expensive boutique. The problem isn't the dog's taste, it's the fact that the owner hasn't really explained things in a way that the dog is capable of understanding. Dogs see ownership of objects in an entirely different way than people do. In the first scenario the dog is given the toys to go and come from as they see fit. Most of the time, the toys
are on the floor in a particular room. Sometimes, people keep the dog’s toys all together in a basket or toy box. The problem is that a lot of our stuff is on the floor, in boxes, or on low shelves as well. To teach a dog what is theirs, what is appropriate to chew on, we must teach a dog about their toys from their perspective. Dog owners shouldn’t GIVE a dog a toy, we should LEND it. Let the dog play with the toy for a short time, by themselves as well as with you, but take it away before they lose interest in it. Only have a toy or two and nothing they can destroy. The more a dog is allowed to chew things to pieces, the more the dog will desire to continue that behavior. The more toys you give a dog to play with in the beginning, the harder it is for the dog to understand what they are allowed to play with. Instead teach your dog that they have a few select things they are allowed to chew on and play with. Also, and this is the key to this particular type of training, you always want to hand the dog the toy it is allowed to chew on. This simple act, demonstrated many, many times, teaches the dog that items they are allowed to chew on will always come from the human hand, and a time and in a place decided by their leader. Remember, one must pay attention to young dogs, or even older dogs that are new to the home, as one would a young child. We must be patient and use every opportunity we have to teach them the rules to living safely in a human world. Use the methods above consistently, and over time your dog will begin to play by those rules. John Smithhart has been in the professional dog training field for the over 13 years. He was first a dog handler in the U.S. Air Force. John has been involved in many distinguished law enforcement and military missions all over the world. John established K9 Good Manners to not only provide solid obedience training for dogs with and without behavior issues, but to use science and experience to educate their people as well.
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options to aid our arthritic pets. Neutraceuticals, such as glucosamine/chondroitin may help provide the building blocks for the joints and prevent further degradation. Omega 3 fatty acids may aid in reducing stiffness and joint pain. They are thought to work synergistically with glucosamine/chondroitin. Green lipped mussel, which has omega 3 fatty acids, minerals, amino acids and carbohydrates helps nourish the joints and improve mobility. There are actually foods and treats that have these Photo by rogersmj, FLickr Creative Commons supplements in them. Laser therapy is another stoic, and therefore, arthritis is often modality that can be used missed in our older cats. Some signs that when the pain can be localized to specific your dog or cat may be suffering from joints or areas. It will help energize local arthritis are: slow to rise, not jumping on cells, increasing blood flow to the area the bed or into the car anymore, decreased and releasing endorphins, without the activity/ not interested in long walks side effects of medication. It will reduce anymore, and cats not using the litter box muscle spasms, relieve pain, improve because they cannot get in it. healing, and reduce the symptoms of If you know or think your cat or dog osteoarthritis. may have arthritis, there are things you Acupuncture can also be used to increase can do to make your pet more comfortable blood flow to sore, arthritic areas, release and lead a better life. Be sure to have nice, endorphins, and possibly inhibit pain soft beds in readily accessible locations. If pathways. While acupuncture has been you have hardwood floors, put some extra around for thousands of years, there is still rugs down to help them get traction as a lot to learn about exactly how it works. they move. Watch your pet’s weight. If While each pet responds differently, there your cat or dog is overweight that extra are very few adverse effects. Sometimes weight can be very painful on arthritic a pet may be sore or lethargic following joints. This may mean cutting out treats or a treatment. This usually does not last putting your pet on a diet. Also, maintain long. Other pets feel immediate relief, moderate exercise. This may seem hard if becoming very relaxed, or even going to your pet is not moving around very well. sleep during the treatment. It can take 3-8 However, it is important to maintain joint sessions before you begin seeing results. mobility and muscle mass, not to mention Once it starts working, though, you can the joy that comes from being out in oftentimes decrease the frequency of fresh air, or the challenge of chasing the treatments. Both acupuncture and laser “mouse” or laser. This will also help with therapy are minimally invasive therapies weight loss or management. that can be performed on awake animals. When diet and exercise are not enough, Of course, we also have medications that luckily we have other options to relieve can be used to help control the pain for dogs pain and promote healing. We are lucky to and cats suffering from arthritis. There are live in an age where there is a multitude of numerous anti-inflammatory medications
by Cara Daniels , DVM
One of the most common conditions veterinarians see is osteoarthritis. Although we do see younger dogs that have suffered from an injury or a developmental problem leading to arthritis, it is far more common to see it in older pets. Seeing an old dog that is still wagging its tail, has a good appetite, and seems happy, but cannot move around is one of the most difficult things I have dealt with. In an effort to see this less frequently, I have taken a proactive approach. I am sure we have all heard the adage saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, "and it is true for our pets too. If your dog gets regular exercise, walking daily or swimming, this can help maintain a healthy weight as well as good joint mobility. By getting into a daily routine, you can prevent some of the problems seen with osteoarthritis as your pet ages. As with people, if our pets are couch potatoes and gain weight, the extra weight can be very hard on the joints. Osteoarthritis is a progressive, degenerative disease that affects the bones and joints. This leads to a vicious cycle of discomfort, pain, less activity and movement, weight gain, and muscle loss. We often think of the older dogs who get stiff during cold weather, but cats also suffer from arthritis. Cats can be very
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labeled for dogs. These are safer than over the counter medications humans use. So, please check with your veterinarian before starting any medication. There are also various pain medications that can be used by themselves or in conjunction with the anti-inflammatory medications. Although medications can be used long term, they can have side effects. It is important to have an ongoing relationship with your veterinarian while using these medications to ensure the best care for your pet. When used appropriately, medications can make a huge difference in a pet’s comfort level. In conclusion, be preventative and help your pet maintain a good weight and exercise regularly. If any abnormalities are noted, have your veterinarian examine him or her and determine if osteoarthritis is present or if supplements may benefit your pet. Be aware of the subtle signs that your pet may be in pain, such as your pet not jumping on things anymore. If your pet is in pain, we are lucky to live in an age where there are so many options for pain relief. Once pain is managed, your dog (or cat) can move around better, and get back to exercising, starting a good cycle of pain relief allowing an increase in joint mobility and exercise, which in turn allows weight loss (or prevents weight gain). Here's to joint health! Dr. Daniel, lead veterinarian at Tidewater Veterinary in Mt. Pleasant, grew up on Sullivan’s Island, graduating from Bishop England High School. She received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She is certified in veterinary acupuncture, having completed a course at the Chi Institute in small animal acupuncture. Dr. Daniel is passionate about preventative medicine, focusing on nutrition, neutraceuticals, pet enrichment, multi-modal pain management, and working together for the best quality of life for your pet. recalls were so important. Each handler was handcuffed to a horse trailer and had to depend on her dog to bring her the keys and stay while the lock was opened, one handed. Oh boy, here I am, again, with a dog that I don’t know well. Will Radley
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Dr. Danielle Cain, DVM
1032A LeGrand Blvd • Daniel Island off Clements Ferry
843-884-5434 • www.PlayInTheDogHouse.com
Daniel Island Animal Hospital
Lynne M. Flood, DVM Bridget E. Luke, DVM Allison Chappell, DVM Katherine Rainwater, DVM
“The best doggone place for your pooch to play and stay!”
Wellness Care • Emergencies • Personalized Service Dogs, Cats, and Small Mammals • Dog/Cat Grooming Rd
8389 Dorchester Road • Charleston, SC 29418 843.552.8278 • theanimalhospital.net
Daniel Island Animal Hospital 291 Seven Farms Drive Ste 103 Daniel Island, SC 29492
(843) 881.7228 • www.danielislandvet.com
SOLUTIONS ULTRASOUND OF CHARLESTON
Images Read by Internists, Radiologists & Cardiologists with Clinical Recommendations
Excellent Local References & Testimonials 15 years of Ultrasound Experience Sonographer-Owned and Operated
843-588-2181 main (512) 294-6045 cell
, 2 Red s Are
Better Than 1! Come for the View.
Stay for the Food!
Diverse menu featuring fresh, local seafood and plenty of delicious land lover options.
Live Music Throughout the Week! Mt. Pleasant
Located On Historic Shem Creek Est. 2 0 0 4
Bohicket Marina Opening Spring 2010
A Local Favorite!
Voted Best Waterfront Bar 2004 - 2010 and Best Mt. Pleasant Bar 2007 - 2010
Crab Legs, Local Shrimp, Oyster Roasts & More!
50¢ Off All Domestic Beer and Cocktails
Perfect for you & your pooch! The 2nd Wed. of Every Month!
Mt. Pleasant • On Historic Shem Creek • 98 Church St. • 843.388.0003 ◆ w w w. r e d s i c e h o u s e . c o m Seabrook • Bohicket Marina • 1882 Andell Bluff Blvd. • 843.518.5515 ◆ As Local As You Can Get.