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Hot Dog News A Survey - What term do you use to describe your relationship to your pets? What term do you use to describe your

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From the Publisher Dear Dog News Readers, Pepper will be celebrang her third birthday this month. My how me flies by! We are geng very eager for spring and to be able to go for hikes once again and to eventually swim in the lake. I will speak for myself when I say that I am not a very adventurous winter person, so with that said, we don’t have much to report this month but rather will dedicate the rest of this secon to the less savory yet important topic of dog poop. Have a wonderful April! Watch out for cks once it warms up; I hear this year is going to be the worst! All the best, Jenn and Pepper

Dog Poop Happens! Naonal Scoop the Poop Week Earth Day is Saturday April 22nd and the following week is Naonal Scoop the Poop Week. This is a week that is dedicated to educang and encouraging pet owners to clean up aer their pets. This is not only a courtesy to others; nobody wants to step in your dog’s mess, but it is also a maer of health. Dog waste is an environmental pollutant placed in the same category by the U.S. Environmental Protecon Agency as herbicides, inseccides, oil, and toxic chemicals. Sure, any fecal maer is unpleasant but who would have thought our beloved friends could produce something so harmful. The truth is our dog’s feces contain more bacteria than human, horse and cow combined. Horses’ and cows’ waste is suitable for ferlizer because they are herbivores. According to the EPA, “Pet waste can be a major source of bacteria and excess nutrients in local waters. Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method.

Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into the storm drain and eventually into local waterbodies.” A single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intesnal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans. Children

are the most suscepble since they are playing on the ground and pung things in their mouths. Some of the parasites that could be found on your lawn include Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Salmonella, as well as hookworms, ringworms, and tapeworms. As menoned above, this also affects our water supplies, and for those living and working on the coast, waste could temporarily close down a bay, as well as all watershed areas within 20 miles, for swimming and shell fishing. Pet waste CAN be composted but it a strict process and is sll inadvisable to use as ferlizer. If you do not wish to flush your dog waste as the EPA has suggested, then another method would be to double bag it and put it in the trash. If you plan to take your dog out in public, you should always be prepared with some form of waste collecon bag. Let’s keep our environment clean and our dogs welcome to roam!

“Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them's making a poop, the other one's carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge.” ― Jerry Seinfeld

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"I was recently interviewed by two college journalism majors doing a thesis on how dogs are viewed in other cultures and why Americans tend to view them as members of the family. When they reached out to me, I didn’t think I’d be able to offer much insight since I’m just a psychic, and all I know is what I’ve gleaned through readings. They said they had heard me on the radio and felt my perspective would benefit the video documentary. We met in my North Conway office, and with their cameras rolling, they asked me a few questions. One was how I got into this career. Well, it began by doing energy work called Reiki on dogs and then the dogs started talking in my head. I explained how my mother was always tuned in, and just before she died, I had read Sylvia Browne’s, The Other Side and Back, which is all about life and death. I always wanted to be psychic but didn’t know I was until about fifteen years ago. They asked me what most people want to know when they come to me, and I honestly told them it could be anything and everything! Are their dogs happy is the number one question, quickly followed by what would make them happier. People also come to me when they have exhausted all traditional medical approaches resulting in no diagnosis of lingering health issues. I am not a veterinarian

Staining Tears Running Down the Face Q. My beagle has rusty

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but I do feel physically what an animal is experiencing. I relay the information from the dog’s view point, which gives you an inside look at what could be going on. They asked me how I deal with skeptics, and I simply said, “I don’t.” I’m not here to convince or convert, and if this isn’t your thing, I totally respect that. I did point out that I don’t really do any advertising, and the majority of my readings are referrals, so I must be doing something right! I have never felt the need to prove to someone that I’m the real deal. Am I entertained every time I look up and the owner has a shocked look on his face and asks

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opportunity to feel emotions, to be reminded that family is important, and in return, they give us unconditional love. Usually. When a culture has this inherently from the people around them, the dogs don’t need to serve this purpose. I know I said more, but this is the part I remember! At the end of the interview, I offered to read their animals. One of their dogs had recently passed, and he came through loud and clear. I knew they wanted to talk to the dog, but I kept getting distracted by a young male energy who told me his age and how he died. When I said his name out loud, they both gasped. It was a college friend who had died the day before the dog did. And they both share the same name. Isn’t that wild?! There were lots of tears and lots of, “But how did you know that?” I would say that at least 75% of animal readings result in human energies saying hello, bringing about another level of healing. They told me the project would be done by early April, and I can’t wait to watch it and see how they weave my perspective into their thesis. Sara Moore is a psychic for people and pets, has an office in North Conway, NH but is also available for phone readings and private events. FMI go to enlightenedhorizons.com, email enlightenedhorizons@gmail.com, or call (603)662-2046.

Animals are what bring us back to the present.

colored streaks down his face from his eyes. I thought this was normal unl I saw another beagle who didn’t have it. What is going on? Many times symptoms we see in ourselves or our companions are common but not really normal. Eye discharge is one of these issues. Eye discharge may be benign or an indication of a problem. If your dog never had the rusty stains on his face until now, there may be a medical problem. Some dogs have runny eyes ever since they were tiny puppies. There are many reasons for this. Some breeds of dogs are inclined to have watery stains on their faces because of the conformation of their heads. These are usually brachycephalic breeds, which means they have a smushed in nose. Common

me how the heck I knew that? Absolutely! Then we got to the meat of the interview. Why did I think our culture is so obsessed with our animals? Yes, there are exceptions, but if you’re reading this column, I’m guessing you’re one of the people we’re referring to. This is where I had to shift to psychic Sara mode because my human brain has no idea. Using this approach, the answers flowed easily. We were told that in a lot of other cultures where dogs are viewed as dirty animals, the human family units are very important. People raise each other's children and celebrate

breeds are pugs, boxers, bulldogs, Pekinese, and Bostons to name a few. Other breeds with bulging eyes that have this problem are Chihuahuas, toy poodles, and beagles. There are medical reasons for runny eyes. Sometimes dogs are born with extra eyelashes that grow toward the eyeball, causing irritation and pain. This condition

the elders as part of a larger community. There are usually not as many distractions like cell phones, internet, television, and even cars, so people are actually interacting. In our busy lives, we have every opportunity to disconnect from our families. Animals are what bring us back to present. Think about what happens when someone walks into a crowd with a puppy. We all flock around it, want to touch it, turn to the person beside us who we may not even know and tell him how sweet it is! Animals are giving us the

is called distichiasis. Another problem is when the eyelash grows inward called trichiasis. Both of these conditions can be treated by removing the offending eyelashes. Unfortunately many times these lashes will grow back. Another eyelid problem that can cause excessive tearing and discomfort is called entropion. This condition can involve upper or lower lids, part of an eyelid or the entire eyelid. Entropion is the condition where the eyelid curls in toward the eye, and the fur and lashes rub the eye causing pain. This is usually an inherited problem but can happen later in life. Surgery will correct this problem. Other medical issues that cause excessive tearing is foreign debris blown into the eye when your dog’s head is out the window while driving. Infections, such as conjunctivitis, allergies, and inflammation inside the eye called anterior uveitis can all cause excessive tearing or eye discharge. If the problem isn’t medical or surgical, there are products out there to decrease the staining of your dog’s face. Many products

are antibiotic drops or ointments. The antibiotic is usually a tetracycline product. Non-drug products for getting rid of the stains can be herbal products such as No More Stains. There are many products being sold to get rid of stains. Be sure to read the labels so you know what you are giving your dog. Check with your veterinarian before trying any new product on your dog. Other techniques are to trim the fur around the eye in long furred dogs and make a salt water solution of 1 teaspoon salt in 1 pint boiling water. Wipe the eyes 2 to 3 times a day to keep the stains away. Adding 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar to his water may decrease the staining. Apple cider vinegar, such as Bragg’s, has many health benefits for you and your dog. Whatever the reason for the staining tears running down your best friend’s face, be sure to have your veterinarian check him over. Judith K. Herman DVM, CVH Animal Wellness Center Augusta, ME www.mainehomeopathicvet.com

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HERD from page 1 Sheles, Collies, Corgis, German Shepherd Dogs, Australian Cale Dogs, Belgian Tervurens, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Malinois, Briards, Bouviers, etc. Many dogs that are from the Working Group, including Roweilers and Bernese Mountain Dogs, also exhibit a great deal of talent and insnct for herding. Some nice working dogs are a combinaon of dierent herding breeds. Most of the ocks in New England tend to be “hobbyâ€? ocks and are fairly small, so the dog that helps with the ock is somemes also the family pet! Out of this tending and management of the livestock came the “sportâ€? of herding, later developing into what we now call Herding Trials. Who knows? Maybe the development of the sport went something like this: Farmer Brown boasted to Farmer Smith about his wonderful working dog. Farmer Smith believed he had an equally talented dog. (Maybe they even placed a wager on the outcome!) In order to determine which dog did a beer job, they may have designed a rudimentary “courseâ€?: Perhaps the task was: Send the dog to pick up a group of 10 sheep, bring them around a distant tree, then take them between two rocks, and ďŹ nally, aer sorng out a few sheep, put just 3 sheep in a pen and drive the rest o. Today, there are many opportunies to parcipate in the sport. It has evolved to include specially designed courses which include panels and pens. Some Herding Trials take place in large, unfenced areas. Some of the Trial courses are designed for an arena. A variety of livestock is used in Herding Trials including sheep, goats, ducks, geese, and cale. It is most important to remember the original “rootsâ€? of this acvity, caring for and protecng the ock. It is understood that all livestock is, of course, treated humanely. There are several organizaons which host such Trials: AKC (American Kennel Club), AHBA (American Herding Breed Associaon), USBCHA(United States Border Collie Handlers Associaon), ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America). There are many opportunies to get involved in the sport of herding; however, many people are not interested in Trialing but are interested in learning about the pracce of herding and would like to teach their dog ways in which to be helpful in managing their own ock. Some of the skills required for herding are: An “outrunâ€? (sending the dog to get the stock); A “li and fetchâ€? (gathering the stock and bringing it to the handler);â€?anksâ€? (direconal commands

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– right and le – “away to meâ€? and “come bye or go byeâ€?.); A “driveâ€? (taking the sheep to a desnaon away from the handler). In order to be a useful helper around the farm, even requiring more precision and complexity as a“Trial Dogâ€?, other skills must be mastered: Pung the stock into a pen; taking them out of a pen; holding the stock o the feed pans; sorng the stock into dierent working or grazing areas. A dog must be authoritave enough to convince challenging, large, stock to move and gentle enough to work with smaller stock such as ducks and lambs. Many dogs intuively understand how much “presenceâ€? and “pressureâ€? is needed to do the job appropriately and conďŹ dently without upseng the stock unnecessarily. While dogs in the herding group are generally born with some herding insnct, rigorous training is also required to help the dog understand what

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Tricks….The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly What is a “trick” when it comes to dog training? I have searched unsuccessfully for an official definion, so here’s my aempt at one: “A dog trick is an intenonallytrained, cued dog behavior not typically included in basic skills.” We oen think that anything beyond “the basics” of sit, down, come, and heel falls into the “trick” category as well as any behavior that does not have an obvious funcon. The problem is that “the basics” is purely subjecve. While pushing a buon might be considered a trick for a pet dog to do, it’s an essenal skill for many service dogs. Teaching a dog to turn around 180 degrees so his hind end is facing you might seem like a silly trick, but it sure is handy when you want to clean off those muddy hind paws. I like to encourage dog owners to expand their concept of “the basics.” One of the things that has connued to inspire me in dog training is how creave we can be and how creave our dogs can be, too. In fact, I think I’d be hard pressed to learn of a trick that doesn’t, in some way, serve a funcon even if that funcon is exercise for the dog. There are a few “tricks” I think every dog should learn: 1. Bow. It’s a great full-body

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stretch, a friendly, play invitaon and a beauful pose. If you want to test your dog’s range of moon, his flexibility, teach him to bow on cue.

2. Perch (front paws on a raised object). It helps a dog be sll, is great if you need to take a photo of your dog, and has a multude of other uses including handling, learning about heel posion, and much more. 3. Target (dog touches nose to your hand or to an object). You can invite your dog to go just about anywhere if he has learned to enthusiascally follow and touch your hand. Recall, geng onto, into, off of, out of, through…. you name it! Targeng is the “staple ingredient” in many behavior “recipes.” BAD tricks: 1. Paw. Teaching a dog to raise a paw on cue can be terrific and adorable as long as the cue is truly understood. The cue is typically a hand reaching for the dog. Think of all the mes you want to reach for your dog and NOT have him bat you with his paw: when you want to put his collar on, his leash, brush him, give him a treat, pat him, etc. Dogs quickly learn that offering a paw is fun! It very quickly turns into a grab, smack, hit, or worse every me you reach for him (“ugly” is when he rakes some small child with his long nails). Please do not teach your dog and definitely don’t teach your puppy to “give paw” unless you can do it without using your hands (there’s a challenge for you).

2. Hug or jump on me. Humans are not good at helping dogs understand when this is appropriate, desired behavior and when it’s not. The dogs who get a lot of “hug me” will oen be happy to spread the joy to others who are not as welcoming of or ready for it. 3. Auto-sit. (“if I see a treat coming, I sit!” “If all else fails, I sit!”). This might seem like a wonderful habit to have, but it can get in the way of many behaviors, such as walking on leash. If every me your dog thinks he might get a treat, he stops and sits, you will not get very far. The dog brain and body are capable of so much more than sit. If the behavior is great fun for the dog and the cue for it can be miscontrued, the dog may offer it up all the me, even when it’s not wanted. We always have to think forward to be sure the behaviors we are working on will fit well into the dogs’ lives and our lives. With a bit of consideraon and a creave mind, we can let our dogs learn all sorts of stuff... and you'd be amazed at how praccal even the most "frivolous" of tricks might be! If you check out the on-line version of the paper, you’ll find some instrucons on how to teach the 3 best tricks above. Happy Training!

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A LITTLE DOG LOST IN WINTER IN MAINE’S BIG WOODS This story is brutally condensed from over one hundred thirty emails! E-mail February 5, from Linda Benne in Charleston (25 miles northwest of Bangor) to her friend Julie Banta. Hi Julie, “Some bad news: our lile Shele, Coach, is lost. He does not wander. He follows Teddy, our other Shele, everywhere.” Out last evening with Phil Benne, Teddy ran into the woods with Coach. “When Phil called, Teddy returned, but no Coach. Coach depends on Teddy or us for direcon and doesn’t bark unless he is with Teddy. Phil is out now, calling Coach, and Coach may hear him, and be stuck, but not barking. This is what we are up against.… Yesterday, the minute Teddy

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came out of the woods without Coach, Phil ran into the woods calling. Phil and I were out late last night trying to call him in. We are just heart-broken, and if we are so lucky to find our lile guy, we will get a GPS to keep him safe.” That evening Tiffany Smith and her mother searched the neighborhood and found where Coach had slept, but the snowy night hid his tracks. The e-mails started flying. “Do you want me to put something on the EMAC [Eastern Maine Agility Club] and AC-Me [Agility Central Me] Facebook pages?” Lori Clark, of AC-Me, to Bennes: “I posted on my Facebook page, and it already has many shares. Maine Lost Dog Recovery is posng a flyer on Facebook that will get shared hundreds of mes. We are all thinking of you guys ~Lori” If you lose a dog, contact Maine Lost Dog Recovery (mainelostdogrecovery@gmail.com) for lots of proven advice. “Posng flyers is the single most effecve thing you can do to find your dog. DON’T WAIT! … Your lost dog may not come if you call. This is very common, especially if the dog is shy or newly adopted. It is crical that people helping you know not to chase aer or call the dog, as this will only cause it to run further or into harm's way.” Advice specific to Sheles, including their tendency to travel, is on maineshelerescue.org . An experienced tracker specializing in lost pets may be helpful. Linda e-mailed how Coach’s past may have contributed to his geng lost and then acng feral. “When we got

Coach at ten months, he had apparently spent so much me confined in a crate that he eliminated in his bed at first. It took a long me before he learned to go outside. He had an embedded chain collar that prevented him from eang. He was emaciated. When the collar was removed, he ate at such amazing speed he got sick. He did not know how to run or play with toys and fell down and trembled whenever we used a strong voice.” Dozens of e-mails offered sympathy, good luck, advice on finding

and catching Coach, and offers to help distribute flyers and search the deep woods on snowshoes. “Put food where he was last seen.” One helper hung bacon strips from her clothesline near where he had been. “His howling caught her aenon….” In spite of medical appointments in distant cies, Linda and Phil replied with gratude and updates: “I don’t know how we can ever thank Lori.… Phil walked all day Sunday while I stayed in and made contacts.… The

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Training Your Performance Dog Agility, Obedience, Tracking by Carolyn Fuhrer

Agility is Fun Right? Agility is always assumed to be fun for the dog. Why, then, do we see some dogs who started out well and then seem to slow down, avoid situaons (think: sniffing), or stress up (think: zoomies). Some dogs when they first enter a big agility ring will run all over exploring and romping around. This is not bad or unusual, but the dog who constantly leaves and runs all over because he would

rather avoid the handler and the course is not having fun. I have seen some dogs sniff through the enre course painfully trying to avoid the handler who insists on pressuring them to complete the course while giving what

they consider to be “cheerful” commands to keep the dog moving. In order to enjoy running an agility course, dogs need to understand the informaon we are aempng to give them. If they cannot understand our informaon, they will make mistakes on course or decide to leave because they don’t know what we want from them. When we fail to communicate successfully, our stress level goes up, and somemes we try too hard or become overzealous in our aempts to make the dog happy. So, how do we fix this? First, work on your basic skills with your dog: run with me, run away from me, come to me; pay aenon to your body language as you work on these skills with your dog. Pracce brilliant name recognion. The fastest way to turn your dog is to use your dog’s name. Pracce the cues you will use to pick up your dog, to turn your dog, and to send your dog. Be consistent with your cues. Support the work of beginner dogs; do not just assume they will

take a tunnel or a jump. A lile support and praise from you can go a long way to build confidence. Use a reward system the dog clearly understands and reward oen. Have a plan in pracce before you start – define your goals and what and when you will reward. Don’t just start and then realize things are not going well. Work on short sequences and communicaon with your dog unl these are strong and your dog is confident and willing to work. Gradually chain sequences together -building you and your dog’s mental stamina. When you feel you have strong skills and a confident dog, you can begin to introduce distracons. Your dog should learn that working with you will pay very well and distracons never pay. Use your training to build a proud and confident dog, not one who merely tolerates the acvity. Work to create a dog with a joyful atude towards the task – one who says, “Hey, I like this, let’s do more!” Work to build confidence through paence, consistency, and having your dog succeed.

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Help! My dog is aggressive, reacve, fearful, anxious, etc. What do I do? Step one – Know that you are not alone. I receive several calls per week from people that are concerned about the manner in which their dog is behaving towards them, other people, other dogs, other animals, or maybe some combinaon of things. Aggression, reacvity, fear, and anxiety are all on a connuum of behaviors and the primary reason I see dogs for behavior consultaons. Fear is almost always the direct cause or a major factor in aggression and reacvity. Previously in this column, I have discussed the 2015 American Animal Hospital Associaon (AAHA) Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines which reported that “Behavioral problems affect more dogs and cats than any other medical condion and are one of the most common causes of euthanasia, relinquishment, or abandonment of pets.” You are not alone. Step two – Act Now!! Accept that behavioral issues will not go away on their own nor will your dog outgrow them. Commit to act NOW! Understand that these maers are every bit as traumac to your dog as they are to you. You are both suffering. Delaying acon is only likely to make the resoluon of these issues harder and in all probability take longer. Step three – Stop the use of force, fear, and pain. Immediately stop the use of any and all aversives for the management and training of your dog. Common aversives include but are not limited to: prong, pinch, choke, or shock collars, alpha rolls, squirt boles, and the enre dominance/alpha construct. Aversives impair our dog’s ability to learn, damage the human-dog bond and trust, and oen result in an emoonal outburst resulng in the very behavior problems you wish to resolve. The AAHA guidelines categorically oppose the use of

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aversive techniques. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) and the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) also oppose the use of aversives in training and behavior modificaon. Step four – Talk to your veterinarian. If you have not already done so, make an appointment with your veterinarian to have a detailed discussion about your dog’s behavioral issues. Aggression can be caused by many medical problems. Pain, neurological disorders, tumors, thyroid disease and other hormone related problems, and even an adverse reacon to a vaccine, can cause aggression. Any medical issues

related to your dog's behavior need to be idenfied and resolved if you wish the behavior to change. Step five – Seek help from a behavior professional. If your veterinarian determines that your dog's behavioral issues are not the result of a medical problem, seek the advice of a professional animal behavior specialist, someone who understands canine behavior, ethology, and behavior modificaon. Do not try to resolve this issue on your own or based on what someone tells you on Facebook. It is unlikely that you will be successful and you may, in fact, make the problem worse and harder to resolve. Behavior modificaon is not the same as dog training. Dog training is about teaching your dog to offer a parcular acon when given a cue. Behavior modificaon is about changing your dog’s emoonal response to a smulus. Aggression and reacvity are emoonal responses typically based on fear or anger. Making your dog sit when a stranger approaches is very unlikely to make your dog less afraid or angry, but in fact, may make your dog feel more threatened. Behavior modificaon is about helping your dog develop a posive emoonal response instead of barking, growling, lunging, or cowering. There are three levels of professionals that specialize in assisng pets with behavioral problems. Cerfied Dog Behavior Consultants (CDBC) and Associate Cerfied Dog Behavior Consultants (ACDBC) credenaled by the Internaonal Associaon of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) are qualified to work with most behavior problems. Cerfied Applied Animal Behaviorists (CAAB) and Associate Cerfied Applied Animal Behaviorists (ACAAB) accredited by the Animal Behavior Society work with more advanced behavior problems. Diplomats of the American College of

Veterinary Behaviorists (DACVB), who are credenaled by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, are veterinarians with advanced training in behavior. They are skilled in dealing with the most dangerous behavior problems using both behavior modificaon therapy and medicaons. Step six – Be paent. While an undesirable behavior such as reacvity towards strangers can be created in a single event, it will likely take a significant amount of me and effort to change your dog’s behavior. Our brains and our dog’s brains work much the same. If we are exposed to something we perceive as dangerous or frightening, we are genecally preprogrammed to remember that for life. It is all about our insnctual movaon to survive. To successfully reprogram the brain can take weeks and even months of carefully planned desensizaon and countercondioning. It is human nature, especially in today’s culture, to be impaent and to want instant results. That is not behavior modificaon works. Be paent. Green Acres Kennel Shop offers a monthly Help! My Dog is Aggressive, Reacve, Fearful, Anxious, etc. seminar. At the workshop, for people only, Don will discuss behavioral issues in general terms; he will need to see you and your pet individually to offer specific behavioral programs designed for your parcular dog. You will gain some general strategies that you can begin using immediately. Topics covered include: common myths about dog behavior, the common causes of aggression and reacvity, and their underlying emoons. An overview of canine body language will be addressed, so you are beer able to idenfy when your pet is feeling stressed before they start reacng. FMI – call 945-6841 or go to - hp://www. greenacreskennel.com/behaviorcounseling.

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LOST from page 7 coyotes give us both nightmares.… The weather has been brutal; it keeps me awake at night thinking how cold our lile guy must be.… We are hoping that Coach will find a way to hunker down during this terrible storm…. We have many flyers in this area, and we will begin again aer the snow lets up.” February 15, Linda: “I am wring to everyone who sent good wishes and hope as we searched. Dan, Chris, Bob, Aaron, Cheryl, Teddy, Phil and I covered a great deal of ground—sadly no sighng.” February 19, fieen days aer Coach was lost, Linda wrote, “We went out again today.… We came home without having seen any sign of our lile guy, feeling prey depressed. It was hard to imagine our life without him, but we assumed we would have to accept that he would never come back.”…but then she connues:

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“Around five, Debbie Bosse phoned us. While snowmobiling, her husband John and a friend saw Coach near Millinocket. He followed Coach and somemes had to track him. Coach was frightened and elusive. Eventually, John was able to get within sight of Coach. He sat down, and then crawled to him on his belly. He was able to ever so carefully reach up and hook a finger in his collar. When he scooped up the dog, its body went limp with exhauson. He took him home, fed him, and called his wife Debbie at their home in Lewiston. Luckily, she is involved in dog rescue. She contacted the Humane Society and the Shele Rescue who I had contacted last week. Shele Rescue had alerted humane sociees and shelters all over Maine.” Debbie got the Bennes’ names from the Humane Society and called them. Her husband was leaving on a snowmobile trip, so Linda writes, “John took Coach to the shelter reluctantly because he fell in love with our lile guy

when he fell asleep on his chest aer being fed. Debbie contacted the animal control officer who met us tonight to give us Coach. “We brought Teddy with us. Coach recognized him immediately. He was trembling when I held him in the car, but soon fell asleep in my arms on the long ride home. He is weak, thin, and bony and can hardly bark at all. He had to be lied to the bed he used to jump on. He had a great meal of chopped liver, a bit of bacon grease, mixed with kibble. He remembered to beg for his dessert, dog cookies. He is now curled up asleep on his favorite spot on the couch. Our life is complete, whole again. “Coach traveled along snowmobile trails for over 60 miles in fieen days looking for his home. He survived those terrible blizzards and frigid temperatures, and somehow he avoided the coyotes. He’ll never be able to tell us of his experiences. We are so very grateful to the Bosse couple, especially John who cared enough to

follow and catch him. He was likely Coach’s last chance for survival since he was clearly very weak. It was why John was able to catch him—along with an understanding of how to approach a lost, frightened animal.” To Debbie Bosse: “Thank you for all the efforts to find us and reunite us with our lile guy—all the pieces of the puzzle that had to be put together by an experienced person. There are many lessons here so that others can learn about the wonderful work of the caring people who rescue dogs, and how your husband and his friend John Rouleau were able to catch our frightened dog who was returned home to connue to love us uncondionally. Bless you all, Linda Benne.” To the members of both Maine agility clubs: “Thank you all for all the advice, help, and support you have so freely shared with us through this very difficult me. What a wonderful, loving group of people you all are!!! Sincerely, Linda and Phil”

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relinquishments, or may even come from other state organizaons. P.A.W.S. also imports dogs, following Maine guidelines, from two southern rescue partners that pull at-risk animals from high-kill shelters. By opening their shelter to these rescued dogs - and all animals they take in - P.A.W.S. is giving them an amazing opportunity – a good life in a loving, safe home. All dogs are evaluated by a behaviorist and attend classes a few times a week with a P.A.W.S. training partner. Their animals are fully-vetted, spayed or neutered, and have all medical treatments as needed. Butler added while it may seem insignificant, their pets receive a free lifetime microchip – an important safety feature if they’re lost. There are unique community offerings at the facility. One such program is the P.A.W.S. Pet Loss Support group that meets the first Saturday of each month at 10 am. Then there’s Yoga with Cats (yes, you read that right – adoptable cats are added to the mix), on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm. Classes are free with a donation of canned cat food or non-clumping cat litter. When asked how they raise monies for their private non-profit, Butler chuckled. “Any

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ounded in 1974 by a group of Midcoast animal lovers, P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center is a no-kill shelter that serves Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Belfast and six other nearby communities. In its earlier years, it was known as Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League, but regardless of the name, their mission has remained constant – to provide a safe, caring environment for homeless and abandoned dogs and cats. They also promote humane values and provide community outreach and humane education programs. I recently had the opportunity to chat with P.A.W.S. Executive Director, Shelly A. Butler. She said the organization moved to their new Camden facility in October 2015, where they can house up to a dozen dogs and 100 cats. They also rely on foster homes, especially for their pregnant or special needs animals. She added that dogs don’t stay with them long – they’re adopted quickly. And about 500 lucky animals are paired with adopters every year. Their adoptables are strays from their contractual communities, owner

way possible.” She said funding comes from private donations, membership support, and community contracts. Other fundraisers like their Auction for the Animals, already on their calendar for November, and the Spring Fling and Pet Parade in downtown Camden on May 20, supplement funds. One fundraiser she’s par ticularly excited about is their Morecraf t Presentation at the Camden Opera House on April 12th, featuring world-renowned motivational safety speaker, Charlie Morecraf t. Butler said Morecraf t and his wife have been long-time P.A.W.S. benefactors, “They are incredibly generous.” Area residents can support P.A.W.S. by volunteering, fostering, attending a program or event, or just stopping by 123 John Street in Camden to visit with pets available for adoption. Their website adds this invitation, “The animals would love to see you and so would we.” For adoption specifics and a full calendar of events and programs, including details on the Morecraft Presentation, birthday parties for the younger set, and their donation wish list, visit http://www.pawsadoption.org/.

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She is nothing but love. She has lived with kids and adores people. She is anxious and is on medicaon – but don’t let that scare you, cause she’s a gem.

Handsome boy with some special instrucons. Needs a home without children and other dogs. Would be fine going to a home with a cat that leaves him alone. Clyde can be a lile nervous in new situaons but he's a good boy who is looking for a loving, calm home!

Great dog, likes everyone she meets and is super smart. Looking for a home without children because she can be possessive about her toys.

Britney Lab Mix

Boxer

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BORDEAUX

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ELLIE

5 years, Catahoula Leopard

2 years, Catahoula Leopard

1 year, Catahoula Leopard Hound

Calm, cool and collected older gentleman. Nothing fazes him. Not super acve and is not about high intensity play, he is more about cuddling and keeping you company. If you are looking for a true companion and someone to bond with, this is your fella. Catahoula Rescue of New England, email SLN2310@ yahoo.com for an applicaon.

Laid back boy! Loves to be by your side, craves aenon and aecon. Does well with other dogs but best if was no more than one. Walks very well on a leash and knows sit and paw. He's likes his crate and goes in and out as he pleases. Catahoula Rescue of New England, email SLN2310@ yahoo.com for an applicaon.

Ellie is one stunning girl! Strong-willed and conďŹ dent. Very smart and responds well to training and posive reinforcement. Ellie is also deaf. She is looking for a family who is equally smart and strong-willed. Catahoula Rescue of New England, email SLN2310@ yahoo.com for an applicaon.

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2 years, Boxer/ Lab Mix

3 years, Shih Tzu-Schnauzer Mix Loves people, toys and fun mes. Acve and energec, would love long walks, hikes, runs and fun new adventures that include lots of play with toys! Needs a fenced yard. Does OK with cats. Please contact Puppy Love, Inc. (207)833-5199

Ringo lives with several cats, dogs and teenagers. He gets along great with all the animals! He is a very loveable boy. He is housetrained & crate trained. FMI: hp:// almosthomerescue.net

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4 years, Treeing Walker Hound Mix Very friendly, outgoing, happy, loyal and sweet. Likes to play with all kinds of dogs, but no cats. Loves walks, hikes, camping, car rides & toys. He would like a home without a lot of commoon, with older teen or adults who will keep him busy and challenged. FMI: hp://almosthomerescue.net

SLOAN

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3 years, Lab/Chow Mix

5 years, Shar Pei Mix

2 years, Cocker Spaniel Mix

Bundle of energy! Sloan has a sweet way about him, but he needs some paence and training. His eusive greeng tendency means he should not be with toddlers. He's good with some other dogs. He LOVES stued animals! Available at Pope Memorial. (207)594-2200

Very mid so will need some special aenon. She will need a dog savvy owner who is willing to maintain a roune. She responds well to guidance. Is a sweet shy girl who seems to prefer men. Available at Pope Memorial. (207)594-2200

Seized as the result of an abuse/neglect case, and treated for an embedded collar. Despite his traumac beginning and long recuperaon period while his wounds healed, he is loving, happy and friendly. Please contact Puppy Love, Inc. (207)833-5199

FLOYD

APOLO

KISKA,

2.5 years, Lab/ Terrier Mix

5-6 years, Great Pyrenees

This sweet, funny boy is looking for someone who will work with him to build his conďŹ dence. He was abused and needs training on how to control his fearfulness. Sweet, playful, loyal lap dog. No other pets, or possibly a female dog. Visit www.talltailsbeaglerescue.org to complete an applicaon.

Because she was not properly socialized as a young dog, Kiska is now aggressive towards strangers and other animals. Needs a home with not pets or children. She is very well-trained, but stubborn. Would do well as a companion/ guard dog for a person living alone. Visit www.talltailsbeaglerescue.org to complete an application.

1 year, Mixed Breed Super friendly and happy. Loves to play with other dogs. High-energy guy, but incredibly gentle and responds to verbal correcons well. Floyd aims to please! Good with kids, cats are unknown. FMI: hp:// almosthomerescue.net

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April C lendar To submit or get more informaon on the events below, go online to downeastdognews.com NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, April 1 Camden/Rockport, 10 AM - 12PM Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be at the Loyal Biscuit Company’s Camden/Rockport locaon for our next nail clipping clinic! For just $10 you can have your pet’s nails trimmed and all the proceeds will be donated to the Catahoula Rescue of New England! No appointment necessary, just stop by our 56 Commercial Street (US Route 1), Rockport locaon with your pup or cat from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit us at www.loyalbiscuit.com or call 207-660-9200, ext. 6 for informaon.

PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP Saturday, April 1 Camden, 10 AM - 11 AM When a beloved pet dies it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the intensity of your sorrow. Unfortunately, friends and family may not get how important your pet was in your life. Join others who share your feelings and understand your loss. Every first Saturday of the month, Ginny Ford will hold a Pet Loss Group in the P.A.W.S. Community Room at PAWS Animal Adopon Center, 123 John St, Camden. Feel free to bring along a picture, leash, poem, or other items that remind you of your pet. FMI: info@pawsadopon.org

NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, April 1 Rockland, 1 - 3 PM Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be at the Loyal Biscuit Company’s Rockland locaon for our next nail clipping clinic! For just $10 you can

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have your pet’s nails trimmed and all the proceeds will be donated to the Catahoula Rescue of New England. No appointment necessary, just stop by 408 Main Street, Rockland with your pup or cat from 1 to 3 p.m. Visit us at www.loyalbiscuit.com or call 207-660-9200, ext. 6 for informaon.

ANOTHER CHANCE ANIMAL RESCUE PET EXPO Sunday, April 2 North Berwick, 10 AM - 2 PM Join us in the North Berwick Elementary School Gym, 25 Varney Rd, North Berwick for this adopon event. Animal rescues from Southern Maine and New Hampshire. Live K-9 Demonstraons and animals too! 40+ vendors. Join the Cleo Fund at the ACAR expo and learn all about what the Cleo Fund has to offer! FMI: www. anotherchanceanimalrescue.org/news-andevents.html

DROPIN PUPPY SOCIAL HOUR Sunday, April 2 Kennebunk, 10 AM - 11 AM If your puppy is younger than 6 months and under 30 pounds, please stop by the Animal Welfare Society Obedience Classroom at 46 Holland Rd, Kennebunk for an hour of fun socializaon. AWS’ trainers will be on hand to faciliate and provide training informaon. $12/hour. No advance registraon needed. FMI: 207-985-3244 ext. 111.

NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, April 8 Belfast, 10 AM - 12 PM Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be at the Loyal Biscuit Company’s Belfast locaon for our next nail clipping clinic! For just $10 you can have your pet’s nails trimmed and all the proceeds will be donated to the Catahoula Rescue of New England! No appointment necessary, just stop by our 1 Belmont Ave (Reny’s Plaza), Belfast locaon with your pup or cat from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Visit us at www.loyalbiscuit.com or call 207-660-9200, ext. 6 for informaon.

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Thursday, April 13 Edgecomb, 6 PM - 7 PM Join us at at Posively Best Friends, 280 Boothbay Rd, Edgecomb. Good Pup is for puppies 20 weeks of age or less. Held at 6 p.m. Great Beginnings is for dogs over 20 weeks of age. Held at 7 p.m. FMI: marcia@ posivelybesriends.com; 207-882-7297; www.posivelybesriends.com.

MIDCOAST KENNEL CLUB OBEDIENCE & RALLY SHOW Saturday - Sunday, April 15-16 Topsham, 8:30 AM Come on out to the dog show at Mt. Ararat High School, 63 Eagles Way, Topsham. Great Judges - Nanci Hayes, Lynda Moore, Teresa Walker; Wild Card Classes on Saturday; New Title Ribbons; Great Prizes; Classes listed on AKC Events Page. FMI: kduhnoski@ myfairpoint.net.

NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, April 15 Waterville, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Melissa from Primp My Paws will be at Loyal Biscuit Company’s 109 Main Street, Waterville locaon for our next nail clipping clinic! For just $10 you can have your pet’s nails trimmed and all the proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society Waterville Area! No appointment necessary, just stop by our Waterville locaon with your pup or cat from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Convenient parking and store entrance via Temple St. behind Lebanese Cuisine. Visit us at www.loyalbiscuit.com or call 207-660-9200, ext. 6 for informaon.

APRIL VACATION CAMP Monday, April 17 - Friday, April 21 Kennebunk, 9 AM - 4 PM April Vacaon Camp for ages 7 – 12 at the Animal Welfare Society, 46 Holland Rd, Kennebunk. The week long camp focuses on animal care & handling, making a difference, the connecon between animals, people & the environment and animal welfarerelated issues. There are opportunies for hands on learning each day. Students will be encouraged to ask quesons and explore their curiosity in this open learning environment. Snacks are provided but bring a lunch. The cost is $125 and is open to children ages 7-12. Space is limited. FMI: email meganc@ animalwelfaresociety.org, call 207-985-3244 ext. 109 or see hp://animalwelfaresociety. org/news_and_events/february-vacaoncamp-2/ to download a registraon form.

BEGINNERS' TRACKING WORKSHOP WITH CAROLYN FUHRER Saturday, April 22 Somerville, 9 AM No experience necessary, just an enthusiasc dog and handler! Tracking theory, track laying, lead handling, how to start and a sensible way to progress. The is the VERY BEST place to start to learn about tracking. $95 at North Star Dog Training School, 252 Jones Road, Somerville. Call to register - this workshop fills fast! FMI: kduhnoski@myfairpoint.net; 207691-2332; www.dogsatnorthstar.com.

DO YOU HAVE AN UPCOMING EVENT? Let us know about it! Send info to jenn@downeastdognews. com or add to our online calendar at downeastdognews.com/calendar

CALL AHEAD! Event schedules are subject to change. Contact individual event organizers to confirm times and locations. Downeast Dog News is not responsible for changes or errors.

Add your events TODAY on downeastdognews.com/calendar. It's FREE, fast & easy! Rockport (site of the old PAWS Shelter, next to the Camden/Rockport Dog Park). Cost: $10 per shot / cash, check or credit card accepted. Dogs AND cats welcome! All dogs must be on leash. Cats need to be in some type of a cat carrier. Please bring proof of previous rabies vaccine. Vaccinaons will be administered by a veterinarian from The Camden Hospital for Animals. FMI: 207.273.1320.

PLANET DOG ADOPTION DAY Saturday, April 29 Portland, 12 PM - 2 PM Planet Dog Company Store, 211 Marginal Way, Portland. Planet Dog hosts adopon days every Saturday and we have been chosen to join them on April 29. Keep your eyes on our website for further details about who will be available as we get closer to the event! FMI: 207-985-3244 or see hp://animalwelfaresociety.org/newsevents/events-calendar/

FREE RABIES VACCINE CLINIC Saturday, April 22 Springvale, 10 AM - 1 PM Aubuchon Hardware, 640 Main St, Springvale. Free (donaons encouraged) rabies vaccines for dogs and cats over 12 weeks of age. Must bring proof of prior vaccine to get a 3-year vaccine. Please bring cats in carriers and dogs on leash. FMI: 207985-3244; animalwelfaresociety.org/newsevents/events-calendar/

"GET OVER IT!" AGILITY CLINIC Saturday, April 29 Edgecomb, 12:30 PM Begins at 12:30pm. at Posively Best Friends, 280 Boothbay Rd, Edgecomb. FMI: marcia@posivelybesriends.com; 207882-7297; www.posivelybesriends.com. Introducon to the fun sport of Agility!

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Sunday, April 23 Edgecomb, 9 AM - 2:30 PM

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Canine Fitness & Condioning Workshop with Rebecca Aube at Posively Best Friends, 280 Boothbay Rd, Edgecomb. FMI: marcia@posivelybesriends.com; 207882-7297; www.posivelybesriends.com.

BENEFIT DOG WASH FOR ANDROSCOGGIN HUMANE SOCIETY Sunday, April 23 Topsham, 10 AM - 2 PM Hosted by Happy Paws Unleashed, 647 Lewiston Rd, Topsham; $20 under 30lbs, $25 over 30lbs; Ask the Trainer; Nail trims, Flea & Tick Treatments! FMI: www.happypawsunleashed.com

THREE DAY TDX TRACKING CAMP WITH CAROLYN FUHRER Friday - Sunday, April 28-30 Somerville, 9 AM The big leap from TD to TDX - why it is so much more difficult. Lead handling for all situaons, transions, start rounes, arcle indicaon, physical and mental stamina, restarts. If you plan on doing any advanced tracking this is a great workshop at North Star Dog Training School, 252 Jones Road, Somerville. FMI: kduhnoski@myfairpoint.net; 207-691-2332; www.dogsatnorthstar.com.

RABIES CLINIC Saturday, April 29 Rockport, 9 AM - 11 PM Sponsored by Catahoula Rescue of New England at Taxes Plus, 146 Camden St,

Mondays, April 3,10,17 & 24 Edgecomb, 6 - 7 PM Mind Your Manners: (Recommend you complete “Great Beginnings” class first or something equivalent) Begins at 6 p.m. on Mondays in April at Posively Best Friends, 280 Boothbay Rd, Edgecomb. I’m Cerfiable: Preparaon class for CGC/ TDI Evaluaon which will take place in May (Rolling Admission). FMI: marcia@ posivelybesriends.com; 207-882-7297; www.posivelybesriends.com.

FURRY TALES STORY & ADVENTURE HOUR Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20 & 27 Kennebunk, 10 AM - 11 AM Join us Thursdays (when school is in session*), in the Humane Educaon Room at the Animal Welfare Society at 46 Holland Road, Kennebunk, where preschoolers are invited to discover the excing world of animals with stories, playme, cras, songs, movement and animal me. The event is free to aend, though donaons are appreciated. FMI: 207-985-3244 ext. 109.

FREE PUPPY PLAYSKOOL Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20 & 27 Edgecomb, 5:30 PM A supervised, safe, socializaon opportunity for puppies less than 20 weeks of age at at Posively Best Friends, 280 Boothbay Rd, Edgecomb. Ongoing Thursdays. FMI: marcia@ posivelybesriends.com; 207-882-7297; www.posivelybesriends.com.

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