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From the Publisher Dear Dog News Readers, Happy Spring! Some of us were fooled by the mild temperatures we experienced that winter was nearly behind us, yet March reminded us in a not so subtle way that winter was not over. If you have a dog that enjoys the snow like Pepper, this was not upseng to them. We had what I hope to be the last of our leaps through the snow during the last Nor’easter. While shoveling was a bit back breaking, it did warm my insides to see how happy my dog was to chase me around the snowy ﬁeld. I, for one, am looking forward to some
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Table of Contents Hot Dog News ...................... 2 Furry Words ......................... 4 Ask the Vet ............................ 4 Basic Training Tips ................ 6 What is Endoscopy? ............. 7 Ask Bammy ............................ 7 Pawsitively Pet Care .......... 8,9 Performance Dog Training ....10 Words, Woofs & Meows ..... 11 Rescue of the Month ............12 Dogs for Adoption ............... 13 Calendar of Events .............. 14 Business Directory .............. 15
For the April Edion of Furry Words, I asked for some suggesons about what to write about, and I’m thrilled with the comments you le me! A few themes included: how do dogs communicate with us, how do they feel about us when we have to make the decision to cross the rainbow bridge, what do some shelter or newly rescued dogs like to talk about, and what wisdom have I gleaned from my years as an animal communicator. I’m sure I could (and someday probably will) write a novel on each of these topics, but for now, I’ll answer those as best I can and sll ﬁt it into this column. Dogs, cats, energy, and spirits are always trying to communicate with us! Somemes we’re too busy in our day to day to noce or are just tuned out in general. I know they’re trying to get my aenon when my ear pressure changes or one ear gets ckly. My right side usually means it’s a female, and on the other side (my le side) is a male who is trying to say hello. I also will physically feel what they’re feeling. This means if I’m reading your dog and my le hip and right shoulder start aching, odds are it’s not me I’m feeling. My sense of taste is a favorite way for animals to tell me what they want for special treats. I hate all frozen berries, so if they show me frozen strawberries, not only do I taste them, I wince because I can feel them in my teeth. It’s sll preferred over dogs who love to eat gross things, but it sll elicits a visceral reacon from me! The other way is that they try to show me. I see their thoughts the same way I see a memory of something. It’s sort of in my head, but not really concrete. Pay
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I do agility with my dog. Lately, I have been hearing a lot about laser therapy from my agility friends. What is it, is it safe, and would it be something I should do with my dog?
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aenon and use all your senses to see what way they’re trying to “tell” you! Do they miss other pets who’ve gone to heaven and if they’re the one over there, do they miss you? Um, no. Not usually. Some are ready for a new pet immediately, and others LOVE being the center of aenon. Do they miss you? I wish I could tell you they do, but they don’t view death the way most of us with liming beliefs do, so no. They usually don’t. Heaven is kind of all around us, and if I’m talking to them in a reading they’re with you and part of the conversaon, so they can’t really miss you. Time on the other side is nothing like our earthly me here, so when we think that it’ll be years before we’re reunited, they see it as more like a few minutes. The other side isn’t a punishment, either. They love
Ask the Vet… by Dr. Judith Herman
Laser therapy has been around for a long me. Because of the advancement of technology and research over the last few decades, cold laser therapy, also known as photobiomodulaon therapy, has become more available. Let’s start with, “What is laser?” There are cold laser and hot laser. Hot laser is used in surgery. Cold laser is a lower level of energy that is directed to damaged or painful ssue. Research has shown that laser energy causes a reacon at the cellular level smulang healing. The deeper the injury, the more energy needed to reach that area. Lasers are rated from class 1 up to 4. Class 1 is what you use to play with your cat or dog or used in a power point presentaon. Class 2 is used in bar code readers at the grocery store.
Class 3 and 4 are used for therapeuc treatment in people and animals. In veterinary medicine, the lasers used are either a Class 3B or 4. These lasers are strong enough to penetrate deep into joints, spines, and in some cases, organs in the abdomen, such as urinary bladders. These lasers are so strong, the technician, guardian, and the dog all wear special goggles to protect their eyes. Lasers have been used to treat ear infecons, skin wounds, cruciate
it! Can you imagine not having any pain, worries, sll being able to check in with your loved ones who walk among the living? Probably not. That’s what makes our pets spectacular. Regarding the queson what do rescued animals like to talk about? That would be like me telling you what movie is their favorite. There are so many variaons that I can’t even begin to cover them all, but a lot of my readings are to help owners beer understand their past and ﬁnd ways to make them feel more secure or conﬁdent in the forever home. Some are ready to erase everything they’ve been through because now that you’ve FINALLY found them the past is irrelevant, and they’re here to teach you something profound about yourself. Some want you to know exactly what they’ve been through, so you can nurture their strengths and in some way enhance your own. Some aren’t with you very long before they are ready to go home to the other side. This is a tough one for people to wrap their heads around, but somemes the story and legacy they leave is to inspire us to be kinder, gentler, and more compassionate to everyone around us. This is never easy, but I assure you, they’re grateful for the me they’ve had with you, and they encourage you to share your experience as you see ﬁt. Finally, what have I learned as an animal communicator? Holy smokes! The short answer is more than I ever thought I would! I have learned that we all come here on this journey to learn something about ourselves. If we choose to ignore that or aren’t quite geng it, the perfect animal shows up
to move us further along in our educaon. This isn’t always comfortable, but they’re always grateful to help. I think that’s why they have shorter lifespans. Once they’ve shown us how to get back on track or share some life lesson with us, they’re gone. It’s brutal to lose a loved one, but even that loss and how we process it can be part of what we are here to beer comprehend. I have learned that animals hold no resentments toward us when they die. They are always at peace on the other side (all but one dog who was sll cked oﬀ she never got to have puppies, but aer I explained why, she forgave the owner), and they’ll do their best to leave you signs leng you know they’re sll around. I also ﬁnd that somemes their story has a regional, if not global, impact. Hearing about neglected animals pulls at our heartstrings. What you do with that sadness or anger is up to you. They hope that we shi towards sending them light and love vs. hang the people who caused their suﬀering. Love is a prey high and powerful vibraon, but it takes our awareness to bring the deeper story to light. Thank you to all of you for your suggestions! Hopefully, by the time you read this, it will have stopped snowing, and you and your pooch will get to enjoy the longer spring days.
ligament injuries, disc disease, osteoarthris, skin disease, gum disease, speed up healing from surgery, lick granulomas, and more. The veterinarians and technicians that perform laser therapy on your dog have completed many hours of study for opmum results in treatment. Before starng laser therapy, your dog needs to have an in-depth history, thorough exam, and appropriate diagnoscs. Once the area of interest is found and a diagnosis has been made, your veterinarian will discuss with you all your treatment opons. In conjuncon with other treatments, laser therapy may be recommended. Each me your dog has a laser treatment, he is evaluated before and aer to assess improvement. If the appropriate amount of laser has been used and in the correct areas, there should be some noceable improvement. In most cases, a series of treatments are indicated. When your dog has a dental, laser is applied aerward to speed healing of his gums. Aer surgery, laser is applied to the incision to speed incisional healing. If your dog slipped on the ice and injured his elbow, daily laser may be indicated. When dealing with osteoarthris, laser therapy inially may be daily
or every other day. Then treatments are spread out unl a maintenance of once a month has been reached. Laser therapy may be part of a physical therapy plan to maintain healthy muscles and joints. Laser is very safe, but some precauons are necessary. If a class 4 laser is being used, the technician will be following the laser with her ﬁnger to make sure the area does not overheat. When using a class 3B or 4 laser, appropriate goggles are worn to protect everyone including the dog’s renas. Laser can reﬂect oﬀ tables, jewelry, watches, and anything shiny. When laser is being used, windows are covered and doors are closed. There should be signs saying laser is in use. These pracces will protect anyone walking into the room when the laser is on. Any class laser should never be shined into the eyes. In my pracce, we use our laser every day. I recently used it on my dog’s ears for inﬂammaon. He healed in half the me. When indicated, the laser is a great tool to speed healing and to remove pain.
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ARTISTS from page 1 photos of their harder-to-adopt and long-term dogs. She adds another layer to that eﬀort by sharing those pictures and blogging about those pets on her website. “Hopefully, it gets them noced, where they haven’t been noced before,” says Piper. She’s done this for a few rescues for 14 years, and state-wide now for four years. She holds photo events throughout the year for various nonproﬁts, with all proceeds going to that group. Her “Santa” and “Easter Bunny” photos--folks bring their dogs in for a pic with either--have raised over $23,000 so far. She humbly admits she cannot do it without helpful volunteers. She’s also used her graphic design skills to create calendars for rescues to sell--chalk up another $15k. She feels good knowing she’s helping animals. It’s not just about cash proceeds for Piper, either. She and her husband, Jason, have fostered over 20 dogs for three rescues, and they currently have three dogs of their own. And she volunteers at Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills bi-weekly, cleaning kennels and walking dogs. Piper is also a member of Hearts Speak, an internaonal organizaon made up of 600 volunteer arsts. Through their program, Arsts Helping Animals, they ulize their talents to make shelter animals more visible and to support and empower animal welfare organizaons.
Debra Bell is owner of Bell's Furry Friends Photography and the “mothership business” of Bell Imaging & Design LLC. in Hermon. A professional photographer for 14 years, she delved into snapping dog shots ﬁve years ago because something about canines clicked. “If I could do nothing in my life but pet photography, I’d be a happy girl.” Like Piper, she’s a member of Hearts Speak and is a supporter of many animal non-proﬁts. She’s loyal to her “give back work,” by advancing the message of shelters and rescues, raising awareness and money, and creang good will. For the past nine years, she’s held the Holiday Photo Session Event-hosted by Don and Paula Hanson of Green Acres Kennel Shop--that beneﬁts the Furry Friends Food Bank (and For Dogs in Holden also hosted for a few years as well). It’s a very worthwhile organizaon that helps seniors and those with disabilies feed their pets so they’re able to keep their beloved companions. She esmates that she’s donated several thousands of dollars to them. She’s also worked on their website revamp. “I do a lot with them. They’re my pet charity per se.” Bell supports The Bangor Humane Society by providing event photography. She also captures recently adopted dogs as artwork to hang on their walls, free of charge. She says the goal is that when potenal adopters see them, they’ll the want wan to ﬁnd that perfect per pet to have hav
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showcased as a success story, tory, too. “It gives me a good feeling that hat what I’m doing maers…and helping elpingg to ﬁnd homes for adoptable ble animals.” Humane Society Waterville Area, Greater Bangor Bark for Life and Maine Greyhound Placement Service have proﬁted from Bell’s generosity as well. (She and nd her husband, Bill, rescued a Greyhound named Buddy,, and lost one named Laura, who o helped her with pet photo techniques.) ques.) She takes pictures of their adoptables bl and d hopes to show oﬀ each dog’s best side by capturing its soul. She currently is creang artwork for their lobby, too. Becky Lowe, owner of Becky Lowe Photography in Camden, is the proud “mom” to a 5- year-old Olde English Bulldogge named Boston Strong. Instead of fostering or adopng more dogs--her home is full with a husband, two boys and the muchadored Boston--she gives back to area shelters by holding holidaythemed photo events at Maine’s award-winning pet supply stores, the Loyal Biscuit Co. “Heidi [Heidi Vanorse Neal, co-owner of Loyal Biscuit with husband Joel, does a fantasc job of dividing up the funds to provide food for those shelters. Heidi and I started this with a Spring Pet Portrait shoot in 2015, not realizing how big it would really end up geng. We had over 100 dogs and one hedgehog come through with this past holiday shoot between all ﬁve [Loyal Biscuit] locaons.” Channel Your Inner Arst pet portraits is part of Marie Spaulding Art, owned by the arst of the same name. She dabbles in paints, preferably acrylics, and has been at it all her life. In 2015, she was encouraged to oﬀer pet portrait classes. “I gave it a shot,” says Spaulding. She inially collected pet food and accepted donaons for shelters at her classes. Vanorse Neal, the
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aforemenoned co co-owner aforemenoned owner of Loyal Biscuit Co., took one of her Waterville classes and suggested that she oﬀer one in Rockland for Pope Memorial Humane Society. Spaulding agreed and also began donang a poron of each aendee’s fee. They’re very popular and are usually held at the facility they’re beneﬁng. The oen skepcal painters are asked to send in a photo of their pet prior to the class, so Spaulding can lightly sketch their friend on a blank canvas. She says when the class is ﬁnished and the brushes are put down, most cannot believe what they’ve accomplished. Spaulding’s done a few for Pope Memorial, Humane Society Waterville Area, The Bangor Humane Society, and P.A.W.S. Animal Adopon Center in Camden. Spaulding said some people paint a much-loved pet who has passed as a memorial, and enjoys helping them through their grief. And this helps her--she lost her yellow Lab to lymphoma but hasn’t had the heart to rescue another dog. “I really enjoy doing this. I know people love their dogs…I’m living vicariously through their pets and enjoying their excitement about them. And it’s also just my way to give back to animals in the shelters.” bﬀphotos.com furrykidspetphotography.com hps://www.facebook.com/ beckylowephotography mariespauldingart.com
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The Language & Culture Gap
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graduated from college with a degree in “Language and Culture.” Yep, it was one of “those” liberal arts degrees that can lead to… what, exactly? Though I tried to convince her, my mom could never quite grasp the connecon between my degree and dog training. My career is actually a product of that educaon - with help from a zigzagging progression and convergence of experiences and life choices. One of the beneﬁts of learning a foreign language is that you have to pracce listening. You also have to rehearse speaking that new language over and over in order to be understood. Carrying on in our own language with blatant disregard for who is at the receiving end isn’t conducive to good communicaon, so study and pracce are imperave. If we think we know what the speaker is saying without being really sure, misunderstandings will abound. We also need to be on the lookout for “faux amis.” These “false friends” are words that look the same or similar between languages but have very diﬀerent meanings. They can potenally lead to big trouble if we don’t recognize them for what they are. For example, if we go to a “librarie” in France and borrow a few books, we might get arrested for shopliing. (“Librarie” is bookstore, not library.)
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Are you ﬂuent in “DOG”? Are you teaching your kids dog language, too? We frequently have a language and culture gap with our dogs. Faux amis are everywhere. A dog who is yawning might be saying he’s uncomfortable with a situaon - not that he’s red. A dog who freezes when he’s hugged is likely saying, “please give me space.”
Recognizing and respecting the fact that dogs have a very different way of communicating and a different set of rules than our own can help us live safely and happily together. It is not our dogs’ responsibility to learn to speak human: it’s our responsibility to learn their lingo. If we don’t, clashes can occur, sometimes leading to the worst possible outcome. Dogs put up with a lot of rudeness from their human families and friends, particularly if there are young children involved who do not have the capacity or knowledge to read - or heed - dog. Sometimes, after many warning signals are broadcast to no avail, dogs reach the tipping point and take action. Just this evening I was at a presentation where I overheard a conversation where a woman said they had to euthanize their dog because she nipped a child. The dog didn’t break the kid’s skin, but that one act cost him his life. Most dog bites, even nips, are preventable if we listen to the dog and respond accordingly, before things go downhill. If there is an incident, a professional must be consulted. Other incidents are likely without proper intervention. Have you ever politely asked someone to leave you alone? What if that person insisted, and you were very uncomfortable about it? What would you do? You would probably speak more aggressively, gradually increasing
your warnings until you took aggressive action. So goes it with our dogs. We just don't hear the "please" part, and then we blame them for taking action.
THE 3SECOND RULE One of the best rules of thumb when it comes to dog/kid me is to SUPERVISE and quickly interrupt any interacons where either the dog or the child is expressing discomfort. I also love the “3-Second Rule.” Aer 3 seconds of interacng, stop, and give the dog a chance to leave. If he moves away, he’s saying he doesn’t want anymore. If he stays or moves closer, he’s happy. Do this with your dog and see what he says! The beauty of it is that it teaches our dogs that they have a choice, and as a result, future interacons actually improve. A dog should not be thought of as an object to be toyed with anyme we desire, but rather a family member to be respected and understood. A few signs of stress in dogs: Lip licking Yawning Showing the whites of eyes Freezing Ears pulled back But there's much more! Here's your special assignment. Visit the website below, and watch the 2.5 minute video on the home page. Enjoy! hp://www.stopthe77.com
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I am a Carolina Dog, a breed that long ago owned Nave American people. We were designed by natural selecon to be so intelligent and physically superior that we survived without humans. My greatgrandfather was caught from the wild. I can oﬀer advice based on the natural insncts and abilies of wild dogs. My human and I have had lots of training classes and other experiences. Some humans call themselves Mom or Dad of their dog, but I call my human, tongue in cheek, Boss. Much as I love her, I admit she has many of the same odd noons as most humans, so I can relate to other dogs with problem humans. If I can’t help, at least I can oﬀer sympathy, and we can have fun talking about our amazing humans. Please send your quesons! Bammy, 280 Pond Rd. Newcastle, ME 04553, or email: askbammy@ dewater.net Dear Readers, I have woofs from two friends, and I want to tell you all about both of them, but there isn’t room! My old friend is Eddie the Jack Russell Terrier from New York City. I’ll answer his leer next month (Unless something happens that is even more excing than Eddie’s new job!) My new friend is Princess El-Hajj. She is a thirteen year old Boston Terrier who lives with her human, Claire, and her two B.T. younger brothers.
Ask Bammy An Advice Column for Dogs by a Dog
Here are parts of Princess’s two leers. Dear Bammy, I spent the ﬁrst six years of my life on the Passamaquoddy Reservaon. I am a real Indian dog. On the “res” I moved to new families four mes. I lived like a “real dog” in those homes. I ran with the big dogs on the “res” and know how to take care of myself. I didn’t have warm jackets or prey dresses and shirts like I have now. I ate Old Roy – “Rocks and Scks” (as
Claire calls it) for food. That stuﬀ is yucky. When I came to live with Claire in 2011, I had not had an easy life. But my name was Princess and that is what I am – royal! I am about thirteen now, but I sll command the household. It is Princess’s way or else. I have to share Claire with my two Boston Terrier brothers, Toby and Chip, in an apartment with a nice back yard. Claire has mulple sclerosis, but she won’t move to “some place easier” because she loves us and won’t give us up. My brothers are not nearly as smart as I am. They used to live in crates in bad places, so they didn’t learn much. Boston Terriers don’t like snow too much. We don’t like heat or rain either. We are meant to wear clothes. I love clothes. That Corgi who didn’t enjoy raincoats doesn’t understand. Clothes make us even cuter than normal and people notice us. We get extra ear scratches, snuggles, and snacks. That is a total win for the Woofs! Someone in my past taught me to play “Bounce on the Bed.” Claire discovered I knew this game when I started play-bowing on the bed. I do a play bow, and Claire bounces the maress. I jump up in the air and bark like crazy. We don’t let the boys play this game ‘cause they don’t know how and just end up ﬁghng.
If you get any real hard quesons and need advice, just let me know. With two smart dogs like us, we can do anything. Your Friend, Princess Dear Princess, Wags and licks to Claire for rescuing you and Chip and Toby! You had four diﬀerent homes! How can people be so heartless? I suppose they were having a hard me themselves, so we shouldn’t growl too loudly. It sounds as if you have a really good home now. Claire did well to ﬁgure out what you meant about the bed bouncing game! And she gives you medicine for your injured leg. I sometimes have a hard time with clothes. My blaze orange vest is okay. It is pretty loose and light, but I don’t like my winter jacket even though it does keep me warm. I think it’s a little too tight. Thank goodness Claire doesn’t want to give you all up to live somewhere easier! I hope she can ﬁnd a place where you all can be together or else have someone help her in your apartment. Good luck and keep in touch!! Bammy The Ask Bammy column is intended for humor and entertainment. If your dog has behavioral issues please contact a veterinarian or professional trainer.
What is Endoscopy? B orrowed from human medicine, endoscopy is a medical technique that involves the use of a ﬂexible, ﬁberopc instrument to noninvasively view, biopsy, and obtain samples or cultures for pathogen tesng. The most common procedure, “gastroscopy,” allows the veterinarian to examine a paent’s pharynx (throat), and so palate on the way to viewing the esophagus, stomach, and small intesne. Colonoscopy is the term used when examining the “south end” of the dog. This eﬃcient, safe technique is useful in viewing suspected internal inﬂammaon, infecon, ulceraon, or potenal cancerous condions. The procedure does not require a surgical incision nor is it painful for the paent, though anesthesia is required for a thorough examinaon. The anesthesia period itself is usually very brief (20-30 minutes) and can be accomplished with a high degree of safety even in geriatric or ill paents. This risk is minimized further by evaluang pre-anesthec blood tests for any signiﬁcant abnormalies. Dogs that have a history of intermient or progressive poor appete, voming, regurgitaon, belching, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and/or weight loss greatly beneﬁt from informaon obtained during this procedure, thereby avoiding
major abdominal surgery. Most endoscopies can be done on an outpaent basis if the paent’s condion is stable. Endoscopy is frequently used in cases of “dietary indiscreon,” to safely remove foreign objects such as bones, toys, needles, paciﬁers (the list is long and varied!) and cloth from a dog’s esophagus or stomach. In the hands of a skilled clinician, informaon obtained by visual endoscopy allows the immediate formulaon of an evidence-based therapeuc plan, even prior to receiving results of laboratory tests.
Bronchoscopy is the term to describe endoscopy of the respiratory system. A smaller diameter scope can be used to view and sample the nasal cavity (rhinoscopy), throat, larynx, trachea, and larger (primary) bronchial tubes. This is the preferred tool to invesgate respiratory symptoms such as chronic sneezing, reverse sneezing, nasal discharge or bleeding, coughing, wheezing, gagging, and diﬃculty swallowing. Bronchoscopy also allows visual diagnoscs in cases of laryngeal paralysis, “tracheobronchis”, and
pneumonia. It has great accuracy in determining the presence and degree of “tracheal collapse.” Endoscopy is also very useful modality in the diagnosis of urinary tract and vaginal ailments. A cystoscope (which can either be ﬂexible or rigid) is small enough to see in the inside of urethra, vaginal vault, and bladder of most female dogs. An even smaller scope can be used to examine the urethra of male dogs. This specialized technique allows visualizaon of the lower urinary tract, the inside of the bladder, and the ureters. Dogs that have chronic urinary tract infecons, inconnence, straining/pain upon urinaon, blood in the urine (hematuria), or suspected tumors would be potenal candidates for this instrumentaon. Bladder stones (“cysc calculi”) can be retrieved from the bladder for both diagnosc and therapeuc purposes, though there are some limitaons on both paent and stone size! During arthroscopy, veterinary surgeons use contemporary rigid scopes in the diagnosis and treatment of many orthopedic condions in dogs as they oﬀer minimally invasive, but unparalleled views of the joints. Lesions can be documented, magniﬁed, biopsied,
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Pawsitively Pet Care From me to me, there are situaons that may require us to seek an outside pet care provider, be it a vacaon or just someone to look aer your pets or take them for a walk while we are at work. Bringing your dog to a doggie daycare provides your dog with a day full of acvies and supervision. This is also a good way to provide them with socializaon. They can learn how to be a dog which is not something they will learn from you. They will also more than likely come home exhausted from a day of play and exercise, and a red dog is a well-behaved dog. Dogs that are not socialized can oen be fearful of new situaons, new people, and other dogs which can lead to stress condions which can aﬀect their health. Socializaon should begin puppies but is something that needs to be pracced their enre lives. Not all dogs are suited for daycare. Careful screening will determine this as it is important to ensure a safe environment for everyone. Choosing someone to look after man’s best friend is not a task that
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Training Your Performance Dog Agility, Obedience, Tracking by Carolyn Fuhrer
Entering A Dog Sporng Event
Today, more than ever, there are so many opportunies to enter compeons with our dogs. While diﬀerent venues may have diﬀerent rules and procedures, one thing holds true for all events: there are rules and procedures that must be followed and it is the entrant’s job to understand and abide by the rules of the organizaon. For people new to the sport, this can be confusing. The best place to go for help in understanding how to enter a compeon and to understand
the rules that will govern your performance would be your instructor. Your instructor should be able to guide you in obtaining the necessary informaon and also help you ﬁll out an entry form. Your instructor should also be able to help you with basic ring protocol so you know how to ﬁnd
what you need at a trial and also what your responsibilies are as a competor. There is no doubt that judges greatly appreciate competors who understand and abide by the rules and are where they are supposed to be and ready to perform when they are supposed to be. Exhibitors who know and understand the rules and the trial protocol really help the trials run much more smoothly. All venues have rules and procedures which are usually in the form of a rulebook. These are usually readily available online or in a handbook form which you can buy. Ulmately, it is the exhibitor’s responsibility to understand and abide by the rules. Statements like “I didn’t know that” or “nobody told me” will not go over well with the judge. When you enter a show, you sign a statement, which is usually part of the entry form, stang that the entry informaon is true and that you have read and understand the rules. Most venues have rules regarding types of collars and leads, food or toys as rewards or no food or training aids in the ring, etc. There is also an
unwritten etiquette which to me is just common sense and courtesy to fellow competitors: don’t play outside near the ring with toys or vigorous tugging. Conduct yourself and your dog outside the ring as you would wish others to behave when it is your turn in the ring. Be a gracious winner or loser and always thank your dog for going in the ring with you. The rules, procedures, and equee to follow at a dog sporng event should be taken seriously and respected. This is what lends credibility and respect to the tles that are earned. If you are new and train alone or online, make a point of vising a show before you compete and learn the procedures and become comfortable with ring protocols. Most competors are happy to help newcomers; just remember to ask if it is a good me to talk in case they are geng ready to show. Be prepared when you enter a show. Knowing what to do is your responsibility. Understanding the rules and protocol will not only help you with conﬁdence, it will also help you take beer care of your dog.
Carolyn Fuhrer has earned over 100 AKC tles with her Golden Retrievers, including 2 Champion Tracker tles. Carolyn is the owner of North Star Dog Training School in Somerville, Maine. She has been teaching people to understand their dogs for over 25 years. You can contact her with quesons, suggesons and ideas for her column by e-mailing email@example.com.
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Helping Your Dog Thrive BRAMBELLâ€™S FIVE FREEDOMS PART 4 THE FREEDOM TO EXPRESS NORMAL BEHAVIOR
In the past three months, we have examined the ďŹ rst three of Brambellâ€™s Five Freedoms; Freedom from Hunger and Thirst, Freedom from Discomfort, and Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease. This month I will address the Freedom to Express Normal Behavior. When discussing what constutes normal behavior, I mean behavior for the dog as a species, not what we, as humans, believe should be â€œnormalâ€? behavior for our dog. As much as we might want to, we cannot dictate what is normal or abnormal for a species. In our classes, I ask students to list what behaviors they dislike in their dogs. The list almost always includes: barking, begging, chasing, chewing, not coming when called, digging, eang â€œyuck,â€? geng on furniture or in the trash, growling, guarding things, humping, jumping on people, not listening, play bing, pulling on the leash, rolling in â€œyuck,â€? sniďŹƒng bus, stealing, being stubborn, and going to the bathroom inside. Aer reviewing the list, students learn almost everything they have listed is normal behavior for a dog. One of the easiest ways to create behavior problems in any animal is to deny them the opportunity to express normal behaviors. Caged animals in a zoo that pace back and forth are exhibing stereotypical behavior caused by stress because they are not able to do what they would normally do. So even though we ďŹ nd some of our dogâ€™s typical behaviors undesirable, we need
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to ďŹ nd ways to allow them to express these behaviors so as not to compromise their mental and emoonal wellbeing.
ENSURE YOUR PET IS FREE TO EXPRESS NORMAL BEHAVIOR FOR THEIR SPECIES Some quesons you can ask yourself to assess if you are adequately meeng your dog's behavioral needs are listed below. â€˘ Do your dogs have an adequate and safe space in which to run, explore, and express normal behaviors? Do you provide
your dog with an opportunity to do so on a regular basis? Dogs like and need to sniďŹ€ and explore. You can do this in your yard, home, or on a walk. When you take your dog for a walk, do you allow him adequate me to sniďŹ€, or do you expect your dog to heel by your side during the enre walk? Walking the dog is very overrated as physical smulaon but can be great for mental smulaon if you allow me for exploraon and sniďŹƒng. â€˘ Is the environment in which your dog lives suitably enriched so that it smulates your dogâ€™s mind? Mental smulaon is one of the things people oen neglect, yet is very easy to provide. Instead of always feeding your dog in a bowl, feed him in a Kong or several Kong toys that you hide throughout your home. Having to search to ďŹ nd his food and then work to get it out of a Kong is great mental smulaon. Walking a diďŹ€erent route every day also provides for mental smulaon as do training sessions. â€˘ Does your dog receive suďŹƒcient interacon with family members to establish a bond and to provide ongoing emoonal enrichment? Most of us get a dog to be a companion. It is vital that we provide companionship to the dog and not just expect him to be there for us when we want company from him. Like any relaonship, both dog and person need to contribute to that partnership. Are you always there for your dog when you come home from a disaster of a day? Some would argue that dogs oďŹ€er â€œuncondional love,â€? and therefore our role in the relaonship does not maer. Really? The idea that a dog oďŹ€ers "uncondional love" is a beauful myth but believing it is our greatest disservice to dogs because it sets them up to fail and allows us to presume that they will always be okay with whatever we do. Dogs want and need more from us than our love when it
is convenient for us to oďŹ€er it. Take me to cuddle, to play, and whatever else you and your dog enjoy doing together. â€˘ Does your dog have canine friends? No maer how wonderful our bond is with our dog, from his perspecve, we will never be another dog. Having appropriate doggie friends is just as important for our dog's social life as having human friends is important to us. However, it is essenal to make sure that your dog's friends are well-matched so that they do enjoy one anotherâ€™s company. Dogs do not automacally like all other dogs. â€˘ Do you allow your dog to decline to parcipate in events he ďŹ nds stressful? Dogs will oen tell us with their body language, their normal way of communicang when they are uncomfortable. Are you able to read your dog and when you see these signs do you respect them? Just because we want our dog to be a therapy dog and he can pass the test, is it okay to use him in that role if he does not enjoy it? ( FMI â€“ hp://bit.ly/ DogsSignsofFear ) Next month, we will complete this series by examining Freedom from Fear and Distress. To read previous arcles in this series visits the Downeast Dog News website at hps:// downeastdognews.villagesoup. com/ or visit Donâ€™s blog at hps:// www.words-woofs-meows.com Helping Your Dog Thrive â€“ Brambellâ€™s Five Freedoms â€“ Part 1, Freedom from Hunger and Thirst â€“ hp://bit.ly/Brambell-Hunger-Thirst Helping Your Dog Thrive â€“ Brambellâ€™s Five Freedoms â€“ Part 2, Freedom from Discomfort â€“ hp:// bit.ly/Brambell-Discomfort Helping Your Dog Thrive â€“ Brambellâ€™s Five Freedoms â€“ Part 3, Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease â€“ hp://bit.ly/BrambellPain-Injury-Disease
Don Hanson is the co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop (greenacreskennel.com) in Bangor. He is a Bach Foundaon Registered Animal Praconer (BFRAP), CerďŹ ed Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), Associate CerďŹ ed Cat Behavior Consultant (ACCBC) and a CerďŹ ed Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). He produces and co- hosts a weekly radio show and podcast, The Woof Meow Show heard on The Pulse AM620 WZON and streamed at hp://www.wzonradio.com/ every Saturday at 9 AM. A list of upcoming shows and podcasts of past shows can be found at www.woofmeowshow.com. Don also writes about pets at his blog: www.words-woofs-meows.com. He is commied to pet care and pet training that is free of pain, force, and fear. The opinions in this column are those of Don Hanson.
ENDOSCOPY from page 7 cultured, and monitored over me. Clinical examples of such use include: â€˘ Shoulder: osteochondral lesions (OCD), subluxaon, biceps tendon inďŹ‚ammaon or tears â€˘ Elbow: fragmented coronoid process (â€œdysplasiaâ€?), OCD of humeral head, infecon, trauma, removal of bone/carlage fragments
â€˘ Carpus: fractures, trauma, synovis, infecon â€˘ Hip: femoral head ligament tear, degenerave joint disease, infecon, cancer, pre and postoperave evaluaon of hip joint procedures. â€˘ Knee: evaluaon of paral or full cruciate ligament tears, OCD lesions, defects/trauma of carlage, infecon, inďŹ‚ammaon,
lesions of tendons/ligaments of the sďŹ‚e. Arthroscopy is gaining much favor in veterinary medicine as it improves the detecon of abnormalies before they would be discovered by standard radiographs. Being minimally invasive, there is lile down me which is especially key for athlec, performance, and
potenal breeding animals. Early intervenon improves treatment opons and, in most cases, paent outcomes. The use of this family of diagnosc tools has greatly enhanced the delivery of pet heath care! Dr. Gail D. Mason Portland Veterinary Specialists
ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY Jumping for Joy Program By Susan Spisak
A breakfast meeng at the Naonal Humane Educaon Conference in 2016 changed things up for Kennebunk’s 501(c) (3) Animal Welfare Society (AWS) and their Humane Educator, Megan Cross. Cross was seated with Darlene Blackman, the Director of Community Engagement at California’s Marin Humane Society, and learned that she was making a presentaon on their program called Jumping for Joy. It’s their successful canine agility training and bonding program geared towards high school students on the ausm spectrum, created by Blackman’s own teenage daughter while pursuing her Girl Scout Gold Award. “We need that here,” Cross thought to herself, and not just for lower funconing ausc students. “There’s plenty of higher funconing kids that fall between special needs and tradional mainstream classrooms that are being marginalized.” She knew it could work, as AWS already had agility equipment and a nice facility to ulize during cold and rainy months, and paths and a great outdoor space for nice days. The heartwarming program has been in place for two years and it’s been eﬀecve, but Cross says they’ve had learning curves. They work directly with special educaon teachers in local schools who select students on the ausm spectrum who they feel would beneﬁt. For six weeks, groups of four to ﬁve high school students, along with educators, come to their facility once a week during their school day for an agility class with handpicked AWS
ECHO & LUNA
alum dogs. AWS oﬀers several sessions each school calendar year and has had one in the summer as well. Many of the dogs belong to AWS staﬀers or are alum dogs that have Canine Good Cizen status or are therapy cerﬁed--in other words, they’re calm, obedient, and super-friendly. “[These dogs] are the Tom Hanks of the dog world. Everyone loves these dogs,” says Cross. Each student is paired with the dog that the staﬀ feels will suit him. “Someme it works, someme it doesn’t…It’s a lesson in paence.” The ﬁrst week the kids meet their dogs and learn basics such as how to greet them properly. They’re also introduced to agility, the equipment and the course. The next weeks when they arrive, it’s outside for a
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quick walk with their assigned new friend to reconnect. Then they work their dogs through the agility course, using jumps, hoops and cones. “We’re not trying to turn [the kids or dogs] into the next Westminster,” says the enthusiasc Cross, but the agility exercises do help them understand team work, spaal awareness, non-verbal cues, and hand-eye coordinaon. Through their me at AWS, the kids have an opportunity to widen their social skills, expand their friendships, and gain conﬁdence. The dogs love the program, too. “The kids come in and teach the dogs agility, but the dogs don’t really care…they just want to be with the kids.” They don’t race through the course as an agility-trained dog might, rather they seem to understand their students’ needs--thus the kids really are training the dogs--a boost for their egos. When the agility poron of their hour is over, there’s me for cuddling. Cross says the third week is usually growth week. “I’ve seen non-verbal kids talk, kids who are deathly afraid of dogs walking them on their own. It doesn’t sound monumental, but if you’ve seen it, you’d understand the improvement.” The kids come back on week seven for a graduaon, and Stephanie Kelley, AWS’ Markeng Associate, says they celebrate it with a pizza party, awards, and a T-shirt. Cross shares, “We make a big deal out of it, ‘cause it is a big deal.” The kids really like Jumping for Joy. It gets them out of school and into an acve, engaging environment with dogs they have come to love. Kelley says they’ve had wonderful feedback from parents, and teachers say the kids are more focused when they return to class. And Cross adds that not only is the class beneﬁcial, but it’s fostering kindness, empathy, and animal welfare advocacy in the next generaon. The impact on students’ lives has been huge. One boy who was in their second session was very shy and withdrawn--he’s now their student mentor for kids who need catching up. “He’s kind of like the obedience instructor’s assistant,” says Cross. He also has decided he wants to be a dog trainer. Another student is now a Jumping for Joy volunteer. And another young man, who was so shy he would only speak in a whisper and couldn’t make eye contact, looked her in the eye at the end of his seven weeks and said, “‘Thank you, Miss Megan.’” For info on all AWS programs, volunteering, adoptable pets, or to make a donaon, visit animalwelfaresociety.org.
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Kali has been waing for a family for years. She is very shy and mid, so will do best with a conďŹ dent dog-sibling. Very aďŹ€econate, and a low energy couch potato!
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To submit or get more informaon on the events below, go online to downeastdognews.com parking oﬀ of Temple Street, behind Lebanese Cuisine! The cost is $10 per pet and all proceeds will be donated to the Somerset Humane Society. No appointment necessary. loyalbiscuit.com; (207)660-9200 x7
PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP Saturday, April 7 Belfast, 10 AM – 11 AM Every ﬁrst Saturday of the month, Ginny Ford will hold a Pet Loss Group at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast. Feel free to bring along a picture, leash, poem, or other items that remind you of your pet. FMI: pawsadopon. org; (207)236-8702
NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, April 7 Rockland, 12PM – 3PM Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be at our Loyal Biscuit Rockland locaon at 408 Main St. from 12pm – 3pm for our next nail clipping clinics. The cost is $10 per pet and all proceeds will be donated to Catahoula Rescue of New England. No appointment necessary. loyalbiscuit.com; (207)660-9200 x7
PAUSE FOR PETS CRAFT FAIR Sunday, April 8 Lewiston, 10AM – 3PM Pause for Pets Cra & Vendor Fair will be held at the Ramada Inn Conference Center, 490 Pleasant St. This is a fundraiser for Greater Androscoggin Humane Society. Free admission and everyone receives a free entry for door prizes. Volunteers and staﬀ from GAHS will be on hand to discuss the shelters services, programs and volunteer opportunies. We will also be collecng physical donaons of pet food, cleaning supplies, etc.
communicaons by their body language. Proper understanding and posive training will strengthen the human-dog relaonship. FMI: Email friendsoelfastparks@roadrunner. com; (207)338-1704
STRESS AND OUR DOGS Thursday, April 12 Union, 5:30PM – 6:30PM How does stress aﬀect our dogs? How can we help them? Come and join us for a panel discussion. The public is cordially invited to come and listen and ask quesons. The panel discussion will be from 5:30 unl 6:30 before the regular monthly meeng of Midcoast Kennel Club. Thompson Community Center, 51 S. Union Rd. A small donaon to the club is suggested. FMI: Call Kathy at (207)691-2332
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Sunday, April 8 Belfast, 2PM This community presentaon by Don Hanson, noted cerﬁed dog behavior consultant, will take place in the Abbo Room of the Belfast Free Library. Do you wonder what your dog is thinking? Or feeling? Or trying to communicate to you and/ or other dogs and people? Wonder how you can help your dog have a posive experience at a dog park? Humans must interpret their dog’s
Saturday/Sunday, April 14 & 15 Topsham, 8:30AM Midcoast Kennel Club of Maine’s all breed obedience and rally compeon held at the Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham. All levels of compeon from Beginner classes to Ulity classes. Rally. CGC Test, Trick Tests, Match on Saturday. Public is welcome to come and observe. Don't miss coming out to see the ﬁnest dog show in Maine! FMI: Call Kathy at (207)691-2332
CARING FOR YOUR ELDERLY ANIMAL Saturday, April 14 Camden, 10AM – 11:30AM Dr. Sarah Tomalty from Lile River Veterinary Hospital will be joining us at PAWS Animal Adopon Center to talk about elderly animal care. Learn about age-related condions and how owners and veterinarians can best handle the special needs of a senior pet. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. (207)236-8702
NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, April 14 Camden/Rockport, 10AM-12PM Belfast, 1PM-3PM Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be at our Camden/Rockport locaon on U.S. Rte 1, Rockport from 10am – 12pm and our Belfast locaon on 1 Belmont Ave. from 1pm-3pm for our next nail clipping clinics. The cost is $10 per pet and all proceeds will be donated to Catahoula Rescue of New England. No appointment necessary. loyalbiscuit.com; (207)660-9200 x7
NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, April 21 Waterville, 10:30AM – 12:30PM Melissa from Primp My Paws will be at our Loyal Biscuit Waterville locaon on 109 Main St. for our next nail clipping clinic. Convenient
Saturday, April 28 Rockport, 10AM – 12PM Locaon: Taxes Plus, 146 Camden St, Rockport (next to the Camden/ Rockport Dog Park) Sponsored By: Catahoula Rescue of New England. 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 a cat carrier. Please bring proof of previous rabies vaccine. Vaccinaons will be administered by a veterinarian from The Camden Hospital for Animals. FMI: Call Shannon at (207)273-1320 from Catahoula Rescue of New England. * Nail trims will also be oﬀered if needed - fee is the usual $10.
AKC TD/TDX TRACKING TEST Sunday, April 29 Somerville, 7:30AM Mid Coast Kennel Club of Maine - Come watch an excing AKC Tracking Test - a combined TD and TDX test in the beauful ﬁelds in Somerville and Jeﬀerson. Watch these dog handler teams work towards their AKC tracking tle - a great way to learn if you are interested in tracking with your own dog! North Star Dog Training, 252 Jones Rd., Somerville. FMI: Kathy, (207)691-2332.
RECURRING EVENTS TOE NAIL TUESDAYS Tuesdays, April 3 & 17 Rockland, 10AM – 1PM Bring your pet to Pet Quarters and volunteers from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! We trim dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Trims $10, Ear Cleaning $5 Combo $12. Weather permitting - Call ahead in case of snow! (207)596-9910
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