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Articles 5

Anything With Teeth Can Bite

8 How Can I Help My Dog Stay Cool? 14

10 Is There Another Place in your Heart? 14 Circle of Life 18 Missouri German Shepherd Rescue

 22 Environment Enrichment for Indoor Cats

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24 Meet the Breed 26 What Should You Do If You Find a Stray Dog? 28

28 The Adventures of Chip 30 The Art of Praise 32 Pawzzle


Spring Has Sprung! Spring weather is here — and so are the storms and higher temperatures! If your pet is afraid of storms, take time to learn about the options. There are many ways to keep him/her calm during this season. We are pleased to feature the rescue group Missouri German Shepherd Rescue (MoGS). This group focuses its efforts on rescuing and placing German Shepherd and German Shepherd mixed-breed dogs into loving caring homes. This can be challenging because this breed is known for its strong personality. These dogs need consistent leadership, good training, exercise and a job to perform. If you are interested in learning more about this incredible breed and this rescue group, see the article beginning on page 18.

May is known for Memorial Day – remember the people and pets that you have lost. We are pleased to feature two great articles – “Is there Room in Your Heart?” and “Circle of Life” in this issue. Read, reflect and smile with the memories. This issue also includes “Environmental Enrichment for Indoor Cats” beginning on page 22. What is that and how do I do it? Don’t forget the Meet the Breed – the Affenpinscher – an ancient toy breed, and of course the Pawzlle. This month’s word for Chip’s Adventures is Self-Control – something we can all work on. Finally the article “The Art of Praise” reminds us that we all achieve more when we hear praise, not just our pups and kitties! Don’t forget to register for the Dog-N-Jog, which will be held on June 8th on the Country Club Plaza!

Do you love taking your pet in your car when you run errands? Please be aware that temperatures are on the rise. The article on page 8 “How Can I Help My Dog Stay Cool” can help you keep your dog cool and safe.

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Anything with Teeth Can

BITE by Mike Deathe

The focus of this article is dog bites, along with a little bit about how and why they happen. But even more specifically, steps we can take to decrease the chances that a bite will happen. That being said, let me make it perfectly clear — anything with teeth can bite and that includes toddlers and preschoolers. However, very few toddlers are ever taken away from parents, euthanized, or taken to orphanages due to this behavior. I do not want to make light of the situation, but want to point out that bites are a normal part of dog behavior, at least as normal as fights are among humans. Frowned upon in most circles, but occurring, none the less.

Bites Based on Fear and Anxiety I personally believe that almost all aggression in dogs (and humans for that matter) have a basis in fear and anxiety. If you remember back to your Psych 101 class, one of the chapters dealt with how all living things deal with stress and anxiety. This was the introduction to the idea of freeze, flight and fight. The idea is simple: whenever faced with stress or anxiety an animal (dog, human, cow or sea monkey) will go through these three steps in this order. Freeze — quit moving, act like a tree, and hope the scary thing doesn’t notice it. With dogs you will notice they suddenly quit moving and avoid eye contact at all cost. This would be a good time to back up give the dog some space and let them become more comfortable. Flight — run like hell because freezing has not worked! In this instance, a dog will start moving away from the scary thing, doing its best to put distance between it and what is making it anxious. Inexperienced dog handlers usually end up cornering a fearful dog trying to convince said dog that they don’t have anything to be fearful of. What is the old saying about cornering an animal? Fight — Yep, this is the one this article is all about. Everything else that has been tried has failed, the only option left is to fight and in dog speak that means BITE! Let’s face it the dog has already gone through two stages of avoidance, doing everything he can to let you know he is uncomfortable and still the fear and anxiety continues. In many cases after a bite, dog trainers hear the phrase “the dog gave me absolutely no warning.” I would suggest that humans are just very bad at reading warnings sent by dogs. Three Different Perspectives Now that we have a little bit of a basic understanding as to why dogs bite, let’s look at three specific perspectives: the point of view of a puppy, adolescent, and adult dog. Specific steps that we can

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take in each developmental period to help dogs make better choices and feel more comfortable about the environment in which they live. The lower the stress and anxiety, less the likelihood a dog will bite. Puppy My favorite technique with puppies has always been hand feeding. It goes back to the saying, “don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” By simply hand feed a puppy for 30 days, each piece of kibble comes from a human hand. Your dog will learn not to bite the hand that feeds it. In fact your dog will learn to like and enjoy human hands because they bring the most important resource their food! This may sound a little kooky but it is easily the one technique I get more

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positive comments on than any other. Adolescent These dogs fall in the age range of 6 to 18 months and in most regards can be compared to a teenager. They are learning their place in the world and constantly pushing and testing the boundaries. So, for me, the technique I will stress for this age group, is impulse control. From an impulse control standpoint, the command “wait” becomes very important. I will start by making a dog “wait” for everything. A small pause before they are allowed to begin eating dinner, same small pause before they go out the back door or get into the car. I will even work the idea of “wait” before allowing them to get up on

a couch or into a bed. Anything I can do to convince Fido that simply waiting patiently equals getting what he wants, creates a dog that has simple impulse control and is much less likely to become overstimulated, anxious, or fearful in certain life scenarios. Adult These are dogs over the age of 2 to 2 ½ and they tend to be more set in their ways. At this point their personality will have become outgoing, introverted, fearful or happy-go-lucky. A lot of that has to do with how you did in socializing your dog, but it also has a lot to do with the genetics of mom and dad. It’s the age-old argument of nature versus nurture. Unfortunately, since


we cannot have conversations with a dog to discuss their feelings, we are left dealing with their behaviors. With dogs in this age range, and older, one of my favorite techniques it to teach item exchanges.

taught the need for special exchange toys goes away and your dog is just fine giving up just about anything, so long as they get something in return (it could even be a kind word or rub of the ears).

Exchange Items In many cases trainers will tell you, you should be able to take anything from a dog because you are the human and they are a dog. However, anytime a dog covets an item, that dog has the possibility of guarding the item.

In Summary For those of you who think that I am bribing the dog ask yourself a simple question, would you continue to go to your job every day without a paycheck? Bribing, rewarding, or earning a paycheck, whichever way you look at it, is a part of life. Another important part is being consistent and frequent.

Think about it a different way: if I came into your house and put your cell phone in my pocket would you be okay with it? Or would you ask why I just took your cell phone? How would you respond if I said yes, I took your phone, and gave the reason because I could? Chances are my decision to take your phone would start an argument or at least a serious discussion. Now, do you see the problem with just taking something away from a dog?

It is your job as the human to be an advocate for your dog. If you see an anxious or nervous behavior from your dog it is your responsibility and yours alone to redirect or remove your dog from the situation. Remember, anything with teeth can and will bite, if pushed past their limits. As always, remember to keep it simple, stupid, and have some fun!

Mike Deathe is an avid pet lover who found his passion as a dog trainer. Since 2008 he has trained hundreds of pet parents on how to live with their companion animals. He writes the Keep It Simple Stupid dog blog (K.I.S.S). Deathe authored The Book of Pee and Poop, and Forever Home — Dog 101 and How to be a Better Shelter Volunteer. Follow Deathe’s blog at @http:// muttzmembers.blogspot. com/ or the website @ www. kissdogtraining.com.

Item exchange teaches dogs to trade. I don’t want you to have my shoe, so take this squeaky toy and give me back my shoe. If we teach to redirect and to exchange items, a dog will never learn to guard an item, and bring out the teeth. By exchanging items you also get the added benefit of being able to redirect your dog to an appropriate item that he is allowed to have. I usually have several exchange toys that are only used if I find my dog with an inappropriate object. Once the technique is www.metropetmag.com | May 2014

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How Can I Help My Dog Stay Cool? by Belle Wead

Spring has sprung! The birds are singing, flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and the days are getting warmer — welcome sign safter this long winter. The days will now grow longer, and we will have extra time to spend outdoors with our best friends. Here are a few tips for keeping your pet cool in warmer weather.

Tips to Keep Your Pet Cool • M  ake sure your pet has access to cool water everyday especially after walks and/or playing in the yard. • M  ake sure your pet has access to a cool shaded area. • R  emember unlike you, your dog does not wear shoes. During the middle of summer pavement gets hot - very hot. Keep the mid-summer walks short and during the cooler part of the day when possible. • A  small plastic children’s pool is quite useful especially for large breed dogs (labs, boxers, etc…). • H  aving your dog’s hair cut can help. A dog who is not carrying a lot of excess hair tends to be more eager to walk, play, and enjoy the sunshine. • P  lease do not leave your pet in your car. When it is 72°F outside, the temperature inside a locked car can reach 117°F within 60 minutes.

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Heatstroke Early Warning Signs Heatstroke can be fatal. Heatstroke develops when dogs can’t reduce their body temperature. Some dogs are more prone than others:

• dogs with short snouts

• fatter/muscley dogs

• old/young dogs

• long-haired breeds

• dogs with certain diseases/on certain medication

Heatstroke Symptoms Heatstroke symptoms include the following. • Heavy panting  • Profuse salivation  • Rapid pulse  • Very red gums/tongue  • Lethargy  • Lack of coordination 

HEATSTROKE FIRST AID If you suspect heatstroke, act quickly — heatstroke can be fatal! If your dog shows any of the signs of heatstroke, move them to a shaded, cool area. Cool down the animal with the tips below. Then, call your veterinarian immediately.

Belle Wead is the owner of Best Friends Pet with 2 locations: Peculiar Mo and Leawood KS. She is member of the IPG International Professional Groomers, Inc. Wead has over 30 years grooming experience, including grooming in an Overland Park, KS, veterinary practice for eight years. The grooming outgrew the practice so Wead expanded to Leawood. In addition to grooming, Best Friends Pet offers Pet Chiropractic, Pet Photography and the PetCab. For more information or to schedule an appointment call Leawood, KS 913-498-1397 or Peculiar MO 816-984-5481.

• Vomiting  • Diarrhea  • Loss of consciousness • Reluctance/ inability to rise after collapsing 

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my heart and my home. I made a trip to a veterinary clinic that had several cats up for adoption. They were perfectly nice cats, but my heart was not ready to take another one in. Fortunately, I recognized that and came back home without a new cat.

Having been in the pet death industry for over 30 years, I have been asked many variations of the question “should I get a new pet?”, after someone’s pet has died. I have also heard many stories from people about their venture into life with a new pet.

My schnauzer Linessa died at a relatively old age. We had two other dogs at the time, so I was not “dog less”. It was six years before my husband announced he was getting life and your heart? me a miniature schnauzer for my birthday. I said “Ok, I’ll go look at I have been blessed with many them.” Everyone at work laughed, as pets over the years. Therefore I have they knew I couldn’t just “go look”. Off we went to see the puppies. We watched them playing. I picked one up, held her, and finally nodded to my husband that I would take her. I couldn’t talk for the tears. My tears were both by Nancy Bush Piper for the one who had died and for the joy of holding grieved the death of many pets. I a puppy. There was a new place in have had a variety of experiences my heart at that point for a new with pets becoming new members member of our family, Piper. of my family. I will relate some of my stories in the hope that one or A few years ago, Jake, one of more will touch a chord in you, and our dogs, died. Then his sister Jill help you in your decision. was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her foot. Next, one of I was heartbroken after one of my our mules died. All this happened cats died as the result of an accident. within a month. Our household After a few months, I thought I was pretty glum. The two remaining was ready to bring another cat into dogs, Jill and Piper (the miniature

Is T here Another Place In Your Heart?

Simply stated, there is not a standard answer. Each person needs to do what is right for himself. I advise people to look inside of themselves, to pay attention to the emotions there, and see what your inner self tells you. What does your heart say? Do you still have grieving to do before you can accept another pet into your heart? Do you need another pet to help you with the grieving? Are you recovering from your grief and are ready to bring another pet into your

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schnauzer), were grieving horribly for Jake. They were not doing any of the things they normally did, like barking at the critters in the woods or baying at the moon. They were not playing with each other. Everyone, human and animal, was grieving. So we got a new puppy, Dolly. It just made sense to us and was a very good decision on our part. Jill immediately perked up. She had someone to groom and to play with. Piper took a few weeks. She kept asking, “you mean she’s staying?” She eventually decided Dolly was okay, and that she made a good play toy. Gary and I cheered up, as well. Dolly brings laughter into our hearts every day. It is often a good idea to give yourself time to work through your grief and loss, to come to terms with

the death of your pet, before you bring a new pet into your home. Otherwise, you might find yourself resenting the new pet simply for being there. You might make unfair comparisons between the new pet and the pet who has passed on. Some people simply need to have another pet immediately. Some people don’t. One lady told me “When my husband died, I didn’t go get a new husband. My dog has died and I won’t go get a new dog.” There is no right or wrong thing to do. A person must simply do what is right for him/her. Sometimes the deciding factor is to have a companion for a pet still at home. Sometimes the house is too empty and it needs a pet in it, someone to greet you when you come home from work, and cuddle up with you at night.

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A person must realize that you cannot replace a pet who has died; you can only find a new place in your heart which will bloom with love and joy. Some people get a different breed than they had before, just to help them not compare between the pet who died and the new family member. One couple I know adopted not one, but two of the same breed. That was the right thing to do for them. If you do get a new pet and find out it is a mistake; that you weren’t ready; that you and the pet are not a good fit; please do yourself and the pet both a favor and return the pet to where you got him, or find him a new home. Sometimes getting a new pet may seem like a betrayal of the previous pet’s memory; but it is often a tribute. Famed playwright Eugene O’Neill wrote a book about his dog Silverdene Emblem, O’Neill, known as “Blemie”, entitled The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog. Having heard his mistress say “When Blemie dies we must never have another dog. I love him so much I could never love another.” Blemie had one last request. “Now I would ask her, for love of me, to have another. It would be a poor tribute to my memory never to have a dog again.”

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Nancy Bush Piper owns Rolling Acres Pet Memorial Center in Kansas City, MO, along with her husband Gary. Gary and Nancy are also co-owners of Loving Hearts Pet Memorial Services in St. Louis County, MO. At both Rolling Acres and Loving Hearts, their mission is “serving those who think of their pet as one of the family by providing compassionate, dignified, and ethical after life care for their pet.” Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology from Northwest Missouri State University. She is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and a charter Certified Pet Loss Professional as well as having a Pet Loss Companioning Certification. Nancy and Gary are blessed with many animals in their lives. For fun, she studies horsemanship and plays with her horses and mules.


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Circle of Life by Heddie Leger

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Saying goodbye to our beloved pets is so hard to do. Knowing when to say that final goodbye is something none of us is ever truly prepared for. Although we know full-well our pets normally will not outlive us; they are such an important part in the fabric of our lives we are never ready for them to leave our daily walk. The fledgling field of veterinary hospice is helping humans move through this phase in the “circle of life” in a humane and compassionate manner.

What is veterinary hospice?

The philosophy of the hospice system provider brings comfort and compassion to the care of patients (and their owners) during the end phase of their pet’s life. Support in the bereavement process is provided to family members, including other pets. Comprehensive nursing care as well as spiritual, emotional and psychosocial care is important for the patient and family. Hospice care can provide an alternative to prolonged suffering for pets. It allows the family precious quality time to adjust to the reality of their pet’s impending death whether through natural causes or euthanasia. Hospice emphasizes the pet’s quality of life and the relationship between the pet and the family.

patient is terminal, discussions begin regarding hospice care being a kinder alternative to further attempts to cure. Hospice care may come as a relief to some pet owners/ parents who have recognized the impending passing of their pet. It is not uncommon for family members to not be ready to face reality or give up hope for a cure. Ethical, medical and financial options, and their consequences, must be a part of the decision making process. Family members often need time to think about the options and discuss them openly before making a decision. Helping them choose between ever costly and intensifying medical treatment, hospice care, or euthanasia is an extremely challenging conversation calling for sensitivity and caring.

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The family of the pet should be made aware of various techniques for increasing their pet’s comfort, be advised of signs indicating pain, side effects of the medical conditions and treatments, and anticipated complications as the patient’s condition declines. Some facilities provide staff that are versed in the role of grief education and support resources. They will listen to and validate feelings, and empower owners to make decisions.

Hospice care:

• Reduces unnecessary patient and owner suffering

The decision to help your companion animal through this life phase can be one of the most painful and difficult decisions you will ever make. It is helpful to plan and prepare ahead of time as possible.

Some common questions include:

•H  ow do I know when euthanasia is the right choice? •W  ho can the family rely on as a basis for the decision? •W  hat environment is most appropriate for my pet to die in?

• Helps owner express and examine unresolved grief • Creates a positive atmosphere that makes the loss and grief as meaningful as possible.

How do I consult with my veterinarian?

A hospice consultation can help you understand the options you have regarding your pet’s death. Making these decisions in advance can reduce some of the stress that will inevitably be experienced during the process.

•W  ho should be present when my pet dies? •W  hat options are available for care of the pet’s body? Unless we are able to mourn properly, during and after a severe loss, it is extremely difficult to process the stages of grief. Our society, even in these modern times, has recognized pets as family members that are precious to us, however, there are not well accepted avenues to grieve

In the Kansas City area direct intervention can be found at Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets www.

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for them properly. Many people state they are embarrassed by their feelings of loss over a beloved companion pet and feel they have no where to turn. Animal Hospice is helpful in ensuring that both the emotional needs of the grieving owner and the physical needs of the pet are met. Understanding the death process and understanding it as a natural part of the life of the animals we love, is a healthy way to move through the healing process. Learning how to care for those in end life phases and dealing with the death of our pet(s) helps us learn how to live well and live life to the fullest. The process of dying can help us learn how to live in the moment and enjoy each phase of the life process.

If you are dealing with the death of your pet or in the grief process please check out http://www.compassionatevet. com/index.html and meet Dr. Amir Shanan, a veterinary specialist and the Founder of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. www.iaahpc.com Please read his thoughtful comments that explain how Hospice can help us proceed through the grief process on a healthy emotional path as well as provide the most comfortable and humane path for the pet members of our families. More information can be found at: www.assisianimals.org and http:// www.cevs.ucdavis.edu/confreg/index. cfm?confid=442

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Missouri German Shepherd Rescue (MoGS) by Pat Hennessy German Shepherd dogs are a regal and noble breed. They have been working dogs helping humans for thousands of years. They serve law enforcement, the military, and make excellent search and rescue partners, but they also make wonderful family members alongside you on the couch – one of the most loyal breeds around. Unfortunately, they are among the top five homeless breeds in the U.S. Why is it that so many of them need to be rescued? They are often a misunderstood breed. People don’t consider the responsibility it takes to bring a German Shepherd dog (aka GSD) into your family. Because they are a large breed with a strong personality, they need consistent leadership, good training, exercise, and a job to perform. Many dogs who end up in animal control facilities and shelters are deemed German Shepherdmixes, adding to the large GSD homeless population. German Shepherds are often labeled “aggressive”, making them less likely to survive their fate at a shelter. Descriptions need to be truly assessed when evaluating a dog in need — a behavior is something that a dog will display not something that describes the dog. A dog’s reaction to people or other dogs, ability to accept food being given/taken away, response to being touched, 18

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MoGS volunteers at a recent event

etc., will be based on that individual dog’s experience, along with the setting in which the dog is exposed to the stimulus. A dog may jump up on you because he is excited and wants to lick your face, not because he is aggressive or trying to be dominant. Behaviors must be evaluated within the context of the environment. You may also need to determine a dog’s stability and personality by observing him in multiple settings. He may be more fearful inside a shelter with those noises and smells and more relaxed or playful out in an open yard area (away from barking and chaos). Many factors come into play regarding a dog’s ability to be re-homed or adopted, and many times all it takes is some time, patience, training, and health care considerations to get a dog ready to meet-and-greet potential families. This is where MoGS comes in and does an incredible job with limited resources – thanks to their wonderful hard-working volunteers! Missouri German Shepherd Rescue (MoGS), was founded by Nancy Campbell to save German Shepherds and GSD-mixes who are homeless and in need – through no fault of their own. Nancy spends countless hours and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears dedicated to this effort. It started with one woman’s dream to help these great dogs, but she doesn’t do it alone. MoGS is an all-volunteer based organization, with Missouri and Nebraska chapters, often taking on many of the hardship cases that no one else will consider (extreme health issues, senior dogs with health issues, behavior cases, animal control/law enforcement rescues from court cases, etc.). Their most recently publicized case, which you may remember, was that of Lindey —the sweet young Shepherd girl thrown from a 4-story overpass tearing tendons in her front legs and damaging her jaw and teeth. These cases are heartbreaking and not only take a lot of time and TLC


from volunteers, but also significant funds for surgeries and procedures to help make these dogs’ lives whole again.

MoGS motto of “If we can help a dog — we will” is evident by the cases they take, including the following. It is sad to think that dogs who went •U  nsocialized 1-2 year olds who have from being our beloved heroes of the outgrown their cute puppy stage to last century (like German Shepherd dog become large, unruly, and reactive. Rin Tin Tin, and Petey the American • S enior dogs — often with conditions Staffordshire Terrier (Pit Bull) pup from that require long-term medical Our Gang) are so endangered today. treatment (see Arlo’s & Victor’s These dogs are chained up, abused, profiles). neglected, and then dumped. The ones •D  ogs who are deaf, blind, need who are relinquished are the lucky ones. heartworm treatment, have to have a MoGS has helped over 700 dogs in the leg amputated due to an injury, and so last five years, but they get asked to on… MoGS founder Nancy Campbell help around 500 dogs per year. • Dogs with moderate to severe behavior issues – fears or extreme They are contacted by owners (to surrender), s hyness, reactivity (to people or dogs), and those veterinarians (taking in dogs people no longer want or totally shut down due to abuse. can care for), people who found a GSD (wandering the • S ome cases with a bite history — after investigation streets), and begged by many of the surrounding shelters of the circumstances to determine if the dog was including rural outreach (as they are all overflowing and mishandled or has a serious aggression issue. GSDs are very high on the list of homeless breeds).

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For information about adoptable dogs or ways you can support MoGS, see contact information below: Visit: www.mogsrescue.rescuegroups.org • Missouri German Shepherd Rescue on Facebook • Email: mogsrescue@gmail.com

Write or Send Donations to: Missouri German Shepherd Rescue, PO Box 22466 Kansas City, MO 64113 • Phone: (785) 409-3919 (not a facility, messages returned by volunteer) MoGS volunteers at recent events

The biggest obstacle to keep MoGS from helping more dogs is, of course, resources. They operate on a very small budget and beyond their means. They take in between 140-150 dogs per year, with so many more that desperately need help (as they work with both purebred GSDs and GSD-mixes). Their goals for the future are to someday have a facility to house more dogs who need special attention, rehabilitation, or are just waiting for a forever-home, as well as to do more

fund-raising to fight animal abuse in our area (which unfortunately seems to be on the rise). Ways in which you could help MoGS would be to: •A  dopt a German Shepherd dog, welcoming a loving and loyal family member into your home •F  oster a GSD or GSD-mix, providing a temporary loving and safe environment for relaxation, decompression, and re-adjustment (exposure to a normal life) •V  olunteer — Participate at fund-raising events, transport dogs, bake items, offer your skills (sewing, social media posting, training, etc.) •D  onate — funds (needed for food, supplies, medical costs) or items (dog food, dog treats, new or gently used leashes, collars, nail clippers, etc., or fun doggie items to sell at events, such as bandanas, notepads, coffee mugs, etc. — anything German Shepherd ). If you have ever thought of bringing a German Shepherd dog into your life or you want to learn more about the breed, contact MoGS and talk to the people who work with so many of them every day. Come out to a MoGS event and meet the dogs. Each dog has its own distinct personality, while remaining true to his or her German Shepherd roots. If a GSD is not in your future but you want to help those in need, MoGS will genuinely and deeply appreciate your support – as they give hope to a breed that has sacrificed so much on behalf of humankind.

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Available for Adoption ARLO is an

absolutely gorgeous coated German Shepherd. He is approximately 8 years old but has tons of energy. He was rescued from extreme. As a result, Arlo’s back legs were 80% atrophied. But Arlo is a survivor and has spunk! His legs have slowly gained strength but are still not completely healed, and may never regain totally normal function. Arlo will need to be tested with another dog, to ensure a good match. VICTOR is a handsome long-coat German Shepherd who was picked up as a stray. He is about 8 years old. Victor LOVES running around the yard and playing with balls! Watching him run is breathtaking with his magnificent coat — one can only imagine him as a puppy! He’s extremely alert and has good energy. Victor does need a home with few or no stairs to navigate. If you want a companion of the highest order, Victor’s your boy! More details at www.mogsrescue.rescuegroups.org Pat Hennessy is the founder of N2paws, LLC, an organization that provides a holistic approach to companion animal care through behavior education, energy work, and positive training methods. Pat is a Level 2 TTouch® practitioner, CPDT, ACDBC, and member of the IAABC, IAATH and AWA.  You may contact N2Paws via email pat@n2paws.com, phone 816-522-7005, or visit the website www.n2paws.com. www.metropetmag.com | May 2014

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Environmental Enrichment for Indoor Cats

by Wendy Blanco, RVT healthy indoor cat: personal space, litter box, bed, toys, scratching/climbing posts, and food and water bowls.

Litter Pans

It’s no secret that indoor cats live longer, healthier, lives than their outdoor counterparts. However, indoor cats can become bored, stressed, or overweight without the proper indoor living environment. According to Ohio State University, there are 6 basic needs for a

The general rule with litter pans is to have at least one litter box per cat plus one. To encourage your cat to use the box it’s important to clean them daily and the box should be large enough for your cat to do lots of digging and scratching. All boxes should be replaced annually because the plastic can retain scents that may be undetectable to us, but are apparent to your cat. Unscented litter is best; remember scents are for people not cats. In addition, hooded litter boxes are usually not a good idea because they can make your cat feel trapped and insecure.

Location, Location, Location! Location, location, location — just like in real estate it is also important to your feline friend. Choose a quiet, safe (easy escape route) for your cat’s litter box. And most importantly KEEP IT CLEAN!

Scratching Posts and Perches Perches can provide personal space for your cat. Perches allow your cat to feel safe because they offer them the height they would like in the wild. Perches placed in front of a window allow them to see what’s going on in the world outside. Scratching is a very important part of cat behavior. Cats scratch for a variety of reasons, including shedding old nail sheaths, stretching muscles, leaving their scent behind, and sharpening their claws. Providing a scratching post can also help preserve your furniture. It’s important to know what type of material your

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cat prefers to use, vertical vs. horizontal or cardboard vs. carpet. It’s also important to keep your cat’s nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching.

Food, Water and Toys Cats should have access to fresh, clean water at all times to encourage water consumption. Food should not be fed “free choice”, unless instructed to do so by the veterinarian. Meal feeding is best, because it allows you to interact with your cat. Canned food is also a good choice because it can prevent obesity and provide another water source for you feline friend.

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Providing the right toys for your cat is also important. Cats are predators and they like to stalk and pounce on prey. This also provides interaction with your cat and helps keep them active to prevent obesity.

More Information For more information on environmental enrichment for your feline friend, visit this Ohio State University website, devoted to making life for you indoor cat as fulfilling as possible, www.vet.ohio-state.edu/indoorcat

Wendy Blanco, RVT, has been with the Cat Clinic of Johnson County since August 2000. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Maple Woods College in May of 2001 and was promoted to Practice Manager in 2013. Wendy has a husband and four children. She has five cats of her own, Bella, Cleo, Fergus, Jinx, and Willow. She can be reached at (913) 541-0478 or visit www. catclinicofjc.com.

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Meet the Breed

May Pet of the Month

Affenpinscher by Heddie Leger The Affenpinscher is an ancient toy breed dog which is believed to have originated in Central Europe (Munich, Germany and France). During the 17th century, small terriers were frequently kept around stables, on farms, or in stores where they served as ratters. It is one of those breeds that no one really knows much about its development. Its origins are a bit sketchy, although we know that Mrs. Bessie Mally of Cicero, Illinois was dedicated to this little dog and imported a pair of Affenpinschers to the United States in 1935. Nolli V. Anwander, had the honor of being the first Affenpinscher registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC). Any “new” breed brought into this country today must undergo many generations of breeding with stipulations that are well documented before AKC recognition is granted. The breed was recognized because Bessie Mally was very persistent in her efforts.

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The Affenpinscher is known as a “happy-go-lucky combination of charm.” They have tons of character and spunk. They are a small dog with stamina, agility, and great courage, but known to possess sensitivity and gentleness. This breed is owner beware, as they often possesses a “big dog in a small body” syndrome. They are bold in nature, which makes it necessary for owners to be cautious and not allow this little dog to provoke an attack by a large dog. This attitude makes them a joy to own and provides hours of entertainment.

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for apartment dwellers. They are great for active families, people who like to run and are very active indoors. Most of their exercise needs can be met with indoor play, but like any dog they enjoy daily walks. They have a wiry coat that should be brushed and combed twice a week and trimmed at least twice a year. is clean and requires a minimum of grooming Although small in stature these little bold dogs are alert and ready at all times to protect their owner, home and possessions.

Credits: AKC; Affenpinscher Breed Club of America

Their general appearance is one of balance. They are a wiry-haired terrier-like toy dog. Their intelligence and demeanour make them good house pets. The name Affenpinscher means “monkey-like terrier” as their face actually resembles a monkey face. They are described as having a neat but shaggy appearance. They come in colors of black, gray, silver, red and black/tan. They were recognized in the Toy Group with the AKC in 1936. This toy breed ranges in size from 9 to 11½ inches tall at the shoulder.

Is the Affenpinscher the right breed for you? Affenpinschers have a fun-loving, sometimes mischievous, personality. Their intelligence, appearance and attitude make them a good house pet, but children should always be taught how to properly handle any dog, especially a small dog. Their small size makes them ideal www.metropetmag.com | May 2014

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by Mike Deathe

What Should You Do If You Find a Stray Dog?

Recently, a good friend of mine, Mark, was doing what many of us do every morning — starting his day by getting a hot cup of coffee. He noticed a small terrier mix running around the parking lot. This little dog was going in and out of traffic and running up to everyone he met, saying hi, and looking for help. As Mark headed in to get his coffee, another customer asked “what do you think we should do about this little guy?” After some discussion it was decided Mark could, while on his way to work, drop the little guy off at the police station.

What If The Dog Was Microchipped? But on his way there, Mark had another thought, what if this dog was microchipped? Mark knew that both of his dogs were chipped. What if this little guy was, as well? Mark knew that taking the dog to the police station was a one-way ticket to the pound and a hefty fine for the owners. So instead of dropping the dog off at the police station, Mark decided to go to the nearest veterinarian, and have the dog checked for a microchip. Guess what — this little guy had a chip, and his name was Benji! In a matter of hours (with the help of the folks at an animal hospital), Mark was talking to some very 26

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appreciative dog owners that not only had their dog back, without fines, but three very happy kids who thought they had lost their family friend forever! In addition to animal hospitals and vet clinics, many local shelters can help scan and reunite pets with their owners. It is best to call the organization where you plan to take the pet, to make sure they have a microchip reader. Most pet advocates feel strongly that microchips save pets lives and make it possible for them to be returned to their owners. While collars and ID tags are very important, they are not a permanent means of identification. Microchips are the only permanent means of identification that pet parents have available, and they are very reasonably priced. Chips can easily be injected into a pet, and it takes just a few seconds. The next step is registering the pet. If you don’t register your pet, and keep the registration up-todate (put this task on your list when you move), stray pets cannot be returned to their owners. If the registry is upto-date, then, when a lost pet is found, it can be scanned and reunited with its owner.


Microchipping Is A Must — There are two very important lessons to take from this story: Take Action — If you find a dog, don’t assume the animal shelter or police department is the best place to take a lost dog. And for those who see a pet, but don’t act — shame on you. Either of these choices just puts more pressure on an already stressed pet and family! Take the time to help someone you have never met. The Humane Society estimates that between 3-4 million family pets are killed each year. If each person reading this article does what Mark did, think of the difference we can make! Microchip Your Dog! The cost is minimal. At the high end, it will cost you around $40. If you attend a local pet event in your area, there are groups inserting chips for a nominal fee (as low as $5 per dog).

Moral of The Story So the moral of this story: treat others as you would hope they would treat you. Thanks to Mark’s decision to go a little out of his way and stop by a veterinarian, instead of the city pound or police station, Benji’s owners now have their dog back, along with some very happy kids. I know that if they get the chance to do the same for someone else, they most certainly will. Thanks to the personal phone call from the owners, I know Mark would do it again!

Mike Deathe is an avid pet lover who found his passion as a dog trainer. Since 2008 he has trained hundreds of pet parents on how to live with their companion animals. He writes the Keep It Simple Stupid dog blog (K.I.S.S). Deathe authored The Book of Pee and Poop, and Forever Home — Dog 101 and How to be a Better Shelter Volunteer. Follow Deathe’s blog at @http://muttzmembers. blogspot.com/ or the website @ www.kissdogtraining.com.

Now The Big Question — how many of you will go out and microchip your dogs (if not done already)? Or will take the extra time to stop and pick up a stray dog or cat and take it to the nearest veterinarian and most likely make someone’s day? I think Mark put it best when I asked him why he did it. “My main objective that morning was to reunite the dog with its family/owner. When I found out that the dog was microchipped I knew that reunion would take place before the day ended. Receiving the phone call from the owner who showed their gratitude with thanks and praise for my actions, was all I needed. My last words were to pass it forward, meaning that if you encounter a similar situation make the next person happy and keep the cycle going.” I think we could all learn a lot from Mark. We owe him a big thank you for the good deed that we should all do as well. www.metropetmag.com | May 2014

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Chip’s

NEXT ADVENTURE

SELF-CONTROL by Heddie Leger

I wondered, “what is to become of me now?” MawMaw was gone off to live with Billie and his family. I was very happy for her and them. I will be staying with Stephanie, Robert, Allen and Penelope. What a great solution for all of us. I was anxious to begin working with Stephanie at her school, but she said that I had to go to school first. School to learn to be nice. I was already a nice dog. I just don’t understand, but being the nice dog I was, I willingly went with her to classes. The first week we learned to sit, down, wait at the door, leave items alone, ignore other animals on cue, and walk nicely on the leash. I was the star student since I already knew how to do all these things. The next week, those of us that passed the first level, were allowed to ride on the elevator and get into a car. Now that was fun. I loved the elevator. The one we used was glass all the way around and it was very interesting to look all around as we went up and down. There were three of us in the class. The other two dogs were not doing quite as well and I really wanted to help them. One of them a pretty little brown poodle was very energetic. She had a hard time being still and kept jumping around. I tried to stay real calm and show her what we were supposed to be doing, but she just did not get it. The other dog was HUGE. They called him a Great Dane. He was VERY calm, but he was so big, his tail almost got caught in the elevator door. He jumped back

Recap April 2014: My nature makes me a better fit for therapy work and Stephanie being a social worker was the perfect fit for me to work with her in situations were different people would need comfort. I was going to be called a comfort dog. Stephanie decided I would go to work with her at the home for abuse children. These children really needed unconditional love and acceptance. That was something I could do with no problem. I was beginning to feel better about our futures. There was just one thing that was bothering me? Since these children did not have love in their lives, could I live up to their expectations and needs? I guess time will tell. and scared everyone since he was so big. The trainer said they would have another chance as this was our first time doing these things, but I felt so bad for them. They were really nice dogs and I really liked them. Before we were done with that class, we went through what they called a revolving door. The Great Dane REALLY had a problem with that as he was so big, so they excused him and he just had to show he would wait at the big electric door as it opened and closed each time a person went by with their luggage. We visited with people and let them pet us. We met new dogs and were told it was not play time; we showed how we could leave some treats on the floor when told. That one was REALLY challenging.

The class was eight weeks and by the end of the class, we all were able to fulfill all the requirements. I had the highest score, since I also had some bonus points. One of my bonus points was to hold up my paw like I was saying the pledge of allegiance. They really liked that. SELF-CONTROL The big day came for us to take restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, or desires the final evaluation. This was the

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“Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.” - Thucydides,

“Self-control is a key factor in achieving success. We can’t control everything in life, but we can definitely control ourselves.” - Jan Mckingley Hilado,

toughest of all, as we had to prove we could handle all kinds of people, dogs, traffic, riding in a car, going on an escalator, and not getting scared when hearing very loud noises. The evaluation was held at a fire station. You can imagine that there were lots of loud noises, but it did not bother me after everything I had been through in the past. In the middle of our evaluation, the fire drill buzzer went off, people went running past, and jumping onto a big truck and the truck pulled out with its siren going. You never heard anything so loud as the siren inside a building. Even I had a hard time controlling myself from running away. Unfortunately, the little poodle went potty on the floor, she was so scared, and the Great Dane ran away dragging his owner on the end of the leash. I was the only one that was able to gain my graduation certificate on that day and my whole family was so proud. They clapped and grinned from ear to ear. Even big dog was there smiling at me. It made me very happy that I

had been able to ignore the loud noises and stay calm, but it was not easy. I had to remind myself over and over that it was going to be all right and there was nothing to be afraid of. I learned on that day that no matter what, I could control myself and use my brain to figure out how to stay calm in the face of extreme circumstances. Little did I know how much I was going to need to know how to do that!

HUMANE EDUCATION ACTIVITY Have you ever been in a situation that you wanted to run away, but did not. Have you ever been so angry you wanted to hurt someone, but did not? These are types of self-control. Share with someone a situation in which you are proud of yourself for exercising self-control.

STORY DISCUSSION TIPS: 1. A  fter following Chip’s adventures story, discuss how Chip’s job will differ from MawMaw’s job? 2. D  efine what self-control means to you? 3. H  ow did Chip exercise self-control? 4. W  hat happened to scare the Great Dane? 5. W  hat did Chip do with his paw in the story?

Heddie is a Certified Humane Educator and member of APDT, APLB, APHE and NHES sharing a lifelong passion of helping children and the elderly learn manners reinforcement with their pets through the PawZone In-Home PetSitting. You can reach her at 816.820.5829. www.metropetmag.com | May 2014

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The Art of Praise

What motivates you to do your best work? The acknowledgement of a job well done, an inner sense of accomplishment, or a tangible award such as a trophy or ribbon? Dogs, as do people, respond positively to encouragement, and tend to offer and repeat the behavior that has been rewarded. In dog training, the use of praise facilitates the progress of communication between dog and human. Dogs have a natural tendency to think about themselves first and please others later. The desire to please is not inherent and needs to be cultivated. It would seem to some people that their dogs would want to please them based solely on the fact their dogs love them. In truth, dogs learn through association and the foundation of having a relationship with humans.

Dogs learn to be comfortable with humans and respond in a positive manner to a reciprocal situation. Some dogs may act as if they don’t care about a word being spoken to them, until a small bit of a hot dog appears in their human’s hand. Seemingly like magic, the same dog, who only minutes before had ignoring down to an art, is preparing to read Shakespeare in exchange for the hot dog. Praise comes in many forms, such as by voice, treats or toys to name a few. The use of tangible rewards gives value to the human’s words and directions. These can be phased out over time as the dog proves reliable in its by Mary Sellaro responses to directions.

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dog normally loves a crunchy type of treat during training, the worth of that treat may be lost as training evolves and distractions are added. A higher value treat will need to be introduced to maintain the dog’s attention. If an incentive is offered and ignored, the motivation factor will be lost. To prevent this from happening, the dog may only be offered the reward during training.

Tips for Verbal Praise •A  void using the tone of praise for general conversation with the dog. The over use of the voice without the expectation of a response from the dog will train the dog or puppy to ignore you. •D  ogs and puppies understand tone and voice fluctuation. •K  eep your voice effective--say what you mean and mean what you say. •K  eep the praise short and simple. Saying too many words and expressing tones too excitedly can distract from the training.

Tips for Using Treats •P  rovide soft, chewy treats the dog/puppy enjoys. •B  e prepared for training in class or at home by breaking treats into small pieces before placing them in a pocket. •P  rovide high-value treats for difficult training exercises or when the dog/puppy is very distracted. These treats can include hot dogs, string cheese, rolled dog food, or dried liver. • Provide medium-value treats to offset possible boredom from the low-value treats. Medium value treats include commercial soft or chewy dog treats. •K  eep everyday (lowvalue) treats small and hard. •R  emember the dog/ puppy’s kibble can be used as treats.


• For higher value, place the kibble in a baggie and store it in the refrigerator with the high-value treats.

Tips for Using Toys • Experiment with toys the dog will focus on and enjoys playing with. • Keep the toy out of reach when it’s not being used for training. • Toys that are ‘stuffed’ or have squeakers are often good choices. • Let the dog play with, tug at, or retrieve the toy as a reward.

Praise is Earned Praise is a key component in training a dog. Timing is of the essence-- the dog or puppy needs to be rewarded as soon as the correct response has been demonstrated. The praise needs to be effective, but not svo over the top that it distracts the dog. Do not praise the dog to the extent that the dog loses interest in training or appears bored with the reward process. Every dog learns at a different

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pace. The trainer’s or human’s role is to stay calm, remain consistent and patient, and give clear directions. The dog needs to be motivated and encouraged to keep trying. Positive results are in the hands of the human. Training must be accompanied by expectation or praise which can’t be earned.

Mary Sellaro has been training dogs since 1990. She has taught group and private lessons from puppy through advanced. Mary has also worked with dog owners on behavioral issues, including aggression. She developed and implemented a training class program for Retired Greyhounds as Pets. Mary has been the temperament test evaluator for the Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Pet Pal Program since 1997. Mary is now the Director of Training for Pooches Paradise Daycare and Resort in the Waldo area of Kansas City. Mary is a certified American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She can be reached at 816-361-3388.

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Chip’s Corner

PAWZZLE by Pawlean Journe

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ACROSS

14. They are also known for their stamina, agility and great

2. This breed is known for their charm, ________ and 3.

__________.

spunk.

16. Which group are they listed in the AKC registration.

Their personality is sometimes _________.

17. This breed is known for being ___________.

5. Farmers and store owners during the 17th century

18. The name of the woman that first imported these dogs to the US was Mrs. Bessie _________.

used them as _____________. 7.

Their general appearance is one of __________.

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The coat is _____.

20. Most of their exercise needs can be met with ______ play.

10. Before the AKC accepts a breed — breeders must go through _________ of proven breeding. 11. Like any dog they need daily ____________. 13. Their joyful _______ makes them entertaining to own.

21. Name of the meet the breed dog of the month? 22. They should be trimmed at least ____________ a year. 24. Nickname for this breed of dog?

DOWN 1. They are very clean and require a minimum of

Central __________.

______________. 4. This small breed does not realize its size and sometimes has the big dog small dog __________. 6. They are known to possess ______ and gentleness. 9.

15. The Affenpinscher is believed to have originated in 19. Their small size makes them perfect for __________________ dwellers. 23. One color that is acceptable in the Affenpinscher.

The Affenpinscher loves to ______________.

12. They are described as having a neat yet _______ appearance.

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