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Table of Contents Hot Dog News ............... 2 & 3 Furry Words ......................... 4 Ask the Vet ............................ 4 Basic Training Tips ................ 6 Ask Bammy ............................ 7 Pet Portraits ...................... 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


July was such a fun month for me! I actually took a week off and even turned off my work phone for longer than I can remember. I played in the ocean, the lake, my garden, and I got to spend me with family and friends. On one my adventures, I met a sweet dog named Dobby. If you’ve ever seen Harry Poer, you know the house elf with ears much larger than normal that is her namesake. I’d like to share the story of how Dobby was saved and who actually needed the saving. She was a street dog in Savannah and it was the height of summer. People would toss her the crusts from their pizzas, but no one ever offered her water or real food. She had been in the town for over a month, but no one took her in or tried to find her owners. As a result, she was terribly malnourished, dehydrated, and her teeth were rotting out of her head. People went about their own business except for one little girl, who helplessly watched and hoped that someone would do something about it. Finally, she told her father that they needed to save her and that she had already named her Dobby. They took her to the vet, had her dewormed, and learned that there was hope for this very timid bag

Ear Infecons. Ugh! Q.

My lab, Jake, is shaking his head and his ears smell. My veterinarian said he has a yeast infecon. How did he get this infecon? I was told it was because he swims, but he hasn’t been swimming this year, and last year he swam all the me but with no ear infecons.

Furry Words by Sara Moore

of bones. The problem was they couldn’t keep the dog. My friend’s son lived nearby, and the girl sweetly looked up to him and said, “Her name is Dobby. You can have her if you promise to take her pink blanket for her to sleep with.” Well, this man never expected to own a dog, but for some reason he fell in love with her at first sight. He has been in the military all of his adult life and true love was something that had

Ask the Vet… by Dr. Judith Herman


Ear infecons with a multude of causes are very common in many breeds of dogs. Some ear infecons are yeast or bacterial and are caused by hygiene issues, diet, allergies, and parasites. Ear problems can be in the outer part called external canal and ear flap or pinna, the middle ear which is behind the eardrum and has a tube that goes into the nasal cavity called eustachian tube, and the inner ear which is closest to the brain. When Jake shakes his head, scratches his ear, and you smell a discharge, something is going wrong. A visit to the veterinarian is a must. Ear infecons caught early can be easy to treat, but waing


could lead to longer treatment mes and complicaons. First, let’s look at causes. The most common cause is a yeast or bacterial infecon. Somemes it can be caused by parasites, and less common are foreign bodies in the ears. Food intolerances and allergies are underlying causes along with other diseases, such as hormonal imbalances and immune disorders. Proper ear hygiene is extremely important. If your dog has hair in

always seemed more of a concept than a reality. He’d always been too busy, or it wasn’t the right me. Apparently, this me it was right because everything lined up, and he walked back home with the frilly pink blanket tucked under his arm and a shy but grateful dog tucked under his arm. To this day, they have an incredible bond that is beyond words! How is it that somemes it takes an animal to get us to open up to love? Is it because we don’t fear judgement? Or that animals just give us everything they have and expect nothing in return? Or that we don’t overthink it the way we would a human relaonship and simply allow the love to flow. I can relate to this story because four years ago a lile orange kien came into my life. He was starving and full of fleas, but my friend convinced me that my son and I both needed him. At the me I thought she was nuts, and I seriously quesoned my own sanity when I agreed to it, but we named him Casper, and he joined our family of two. Within a day, he found a place in my heart that I didn’t even know was vacant. At the time I was in survival mode, working to pay bills, juggling life to be a good parent, going to bed, repeating. The thought of dating was out of the

question because I really didn’t have time for that and love wasn’t a priority. Simple, right? And then in walked Casper. My smooshy, sweet, lovable boy! He brought my son and I closer. He opened my heart. I was loved and actually gave more love than ever before. We almost lost him to a bobcat a year and a half ago, and then I realized how vulnerable you really are when you allow love to happen. He survived and is actually doing his best to distract me right now as I type up my article for a publication centered around dogs. He’s such a cat…. My point is that animals come in to our lives to teach us a lesson. Dobby was very unloved and overlooked at the beginning of her life. It took the love of a child to rescue her and put her in the arms of a man who needed saving, just in a different way. She sll has her faded “my lile pony blanket” too! People say is they’re not really sure who was rescued, the pet or the person. I like to think it’s mutual!

his ears, make sure that the ears are free from mats and dirty wax build up. Normal ear hair that is clean can actually prevent ear problems. It will prevent foreign objects going into the ear canal and trap other debris that can cause problems. Historically, removal of the hair in the ears was the norm. Now healthy hair in healthy ears is le alone. The key words are healthy and clean. Dirty, maed, debris packed hair is an indicaon of a problem and needs to be dealt with soon. The debris and hair needs to be cleaned out, so proper treatment can be effecve. Yeast infecons are the most common infecon in ears and oen there is a secondary bacterial infecon. The ears have a reddish brown debris that smells, are itchy, and somemes very painful. Somemes your pup could have a piece of plant, a bug, or other foreign material in the ear canal. Your veterinarian will be able to solve this. Don’t try removing it yourself for fear of pushing the object further into the canal. Many people think their best friends have ear problems because of floppy, heavy coated ears, or being water dogs, but if you look at the bigger picture, there are other possible reasons for these

infecons. Recurrent infecons in your dog need to be more deeply explored. A common cause is food intolerance and allergies. If I have an ear infecon that does not respond to treatment, I look at the diet. Oen just changing the protein in the diet solves the problem. Environmental allergies can also throw ears into a tail spin. Other underlying diseases such as hormonal and immune problems can show up in the ears. Hypothyroidism and many immune disorders can be the cause. Many folks blame ear mites as the cause for ear problems. Though this can occur, it isn’t as common as you would think. You see ear mites in puppies and in homes with cats, especially kiens, that have ear mites. Another parasite, sarcopc mange, can manifest in ear infecons. If your best friend is shaking his head, scratching his ears or face, or has smelly ears, make an appointment with your veterinarian. If your pup has recurrent ear infecons, ask your veterinarian to help find a possible underlying cause.

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, email enlightenedhorizons@gmail. com or call (603)662-2046.

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ARSON from page 1 His goal was to become a Maine State Trooper, and a few short years later, in 1976, he accomplished that objecve. He was chosen for the Canine Unit in 1982, and within four years, he was named the unit’s trainer and supervisor. He developed Maine’s accelerant detecon canine training program, and he is an expert accelerant, bomb, and drug dog trainer and handler as well. Heather Paul, State Farm® Public Affairs Specialist at the insurance company’s headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois, touted Gallagher’s experse,“He’s an internaonal leader in the training and use of accelerant detecon canines.” When State Farm® officials were at a fire scene in South Carolina in 1992 and saw an Accelerant Detecon Canine, aka arson dog, effecvely working the site for accelerants, she said their thought was, “Wow, what an amazing tool this is.” They also discovered that a Maine State Police Trooper by the name of Paul Gallagher had trained that dog and handler. This led State Farm®, as the naon's largest homeowner's insurer, to establish this program with the Maine State Police under the guidelines of the Maine Criminal Jusce Academy, where teams are cerfied formally. Paul added, “They’re a leader in arson dog training, and it’s wellacknowledged worldwide.” From 1993 to 1996, Gallagher was involved with the State Farm® program through his canine training role with the State Police. By 1996, it was apparent that this program was growing exponenally. It was decided that he would rere from the Maine State Police and take over the training of the State Farm® Arson Dogs through his Specialty Dogs venture. Paul is also the Arson Dog Coordinator for State Farm®, and she said this program is something she takes great pride in. She added, “Our heart is in Maine.”

VALUE OF AN ARSON DOG Each year, billions of dollars’ worth of property and hundreds of lives are lost as a result of arson. Insurance fraud associated with arson is a huge problem as well. “Arson is such a difficult crime to solve anyway…It’s

literally a crime where the evidence burns up,” Paul said. So having an arson dog quickly cover a fire scene for potenal evidence is essenal. She explained, “It really levels the playing field between the good guys and the bad guys.” She indicated that a dog’s nose works much beer than a human’s. Why? A dog’s nose has 300 million olfactory or sense of smell receptors, compared to about six million in humans, and the part of a dog's brain that analyzes smells is 40 mes greater than humans. An arson dog helps invesgators determine if a fire was intenonally set—or not—and that knowledge is valuable to community safety. Having an arson dog find and “sit” at the spot of a possible accelerant reduces the samples that need to be sent to a lab for tesng, thereby reducing taxpayers’ dollars. The arson dog can also point to possible accelerants on arcles outside a fire scene, such as on shoes or clothing. Gallagher added that a full invesgaon sll needs to take place. Invesgators must work together to establish that a crime has been commied, but using a trained dog cuts down on site me by helping its human partner out of the “black hole” of guessing where an accelerant may be.

THE TRAINING PROGRAM An applicant may apply for a State Farm® Arson Canine Training Scholarship if he is eligible according to their criteria, including being a full-me employee of an agency that invesgates at least 50 fires annually, is in good health, is willing to commit to five years as an arson dog handler, agrees to train his canine partner connually and be recerfied annually by Maine Specialty Dogs. State Farm® typically underwrites 10 to 15 new teams per year. They cover the approximately $25k cost per team, which includes the acquision of the dog, training fees, onsite room and boarding during training, chemist cerficaon, and evaluaon by the Maine Criminal Jusce Academy. They also provide reimbursement of travel to Maine for the five week training. Labrador Retrievers, generally one

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to two years old, are used for this program, and they come from rescues, shelters, or guide dog programs (perhaps they were too high-spirited but sll a good worker, so they changed “career paths”). Gallagher said they like these dogs to be exuberant, sociable, food-driven (they train using a food reward system), non-skish, and fairly small—a fire scene can be ght quarters. The dogs arrive a few months ahead of their handlers, and Gallagher and his small staff of cerfied canine trainers begin working them. They split the dogs among them, and while the trainers have kennels, Gallagher doesn’t think any of them use them— they live in their homes. He admied training the dogs is the easiest part of the process, the humans are tougher. Once the handlers arrive, they’re paired with their canine partner, courtesy of Gallagher. “I don’t know [how I pair them]. I just know the handlers, I know the dogs, what their disposions are, what the personalies are and I match them.” He laughed when asked about the handlers meeng their dogs. “It’s kind of an eye opener for some. Some may have had pets before but never a working dog. It’s kind of a learning curve for the first, second, or third days.” Maine Specialty Dogs developed the curriculum and oversees all training. Gallagher indicated there are one or two sessions a year, depending on the number of applicants. They ulize fire training locaons—with dorms and dining facilies—in Maine and New Hampshire. There’s classroom instrucon for the humans, and fire scene invesgaon and rigorous training exercises for the teams. The dogs are also trained to work around physical obstacles and locate and discriminate countless scents. Aer the 200 hours of training, the dogs are evaluated by The Maine State Criminal Jusce Academy, and a chemist cerfies that each canine is capable of scenng a variety of

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THE ARSON DOG’S LIFE “They get to go to work with their best friend. That’s probably one of the greatest gis,” said Paul. When not on duty, the dog lives with its human partner and his or her family, and the handler provides for its care, further enhancing their posive relaonship. They train seven days a week, starng in the morning. Words of praise and bits of kibble are hand-fed to the dog by its handler as reward for sniffing and sing when the dog recognizes a training accelerant—this is a “passive alert.” Gallagher added that the handler is not holding food back. Instead, the dogs’ full nutrional needs in the form of kibble are simply spread out over the course of the day. Gallagher likes a dog to rere when it is 10, but some handlers are hesitant to lose their partner. By the me a dog is 11 or 12, Gallagher puts his foot down. He wants to know the dog is enjoying life at its one-me partner’s home, relaxing and lying on the porch. The handler can apply for and test with another dog. “State Farm® is very good about that,” Gallagher added. He and his wife, Wendy Gallagher, are “dog-less” now, and when he’s not training arson dogs, he’s busy raising cale on their farm. He likes the challenge of working with animals, and is especially fond of dogs. “Dogs are very forgiving. They’re not biased. All they care is that you take good care of them and they’ll work for you.”

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accelerants used to set fires. This is crucial because evidence uncovered may be used in criminal and civil court cases. The recerficaon process is a three day condensed version of the original program at one of three naonal locaons they choose. Over the years, they’ve had a few dogs that didn’t pass, but they allow a second tesng that day. Gallagher may ask them back to Maine for more training, or he may rere them. “We have to have a system of checks and balances.”

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Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun! D

ogs are a “neotenous” species; juvenile traits persist throughout their lives, unlike most other mammals. They don’t care about “working” or personal responsibility – they just “ wanna” have fun. Puppies: what isn’t to love? They are full of vim and vigor, acon and enthusiasm. When observing puppies, it’s clear that much of their me is spent in the pursuit of play. They play with toys, furniture, rugs, each other… and anything that moves - such as the family cat or that roll of toilet paper. Playing teaches them about the world, about boundaries, about problem-solving. It’s an essenal part of development. We can take advantage of the tremendous power of play when teaching everything from good manners to coming when called and everything in between. Introducing the concept of “learning equals fun” early in your pup’s life will build an amazing foundaon – and you will be at its center acng as his personal acvies director. Your puppy will become addicted to learning the right

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stuff if it’s “gamified.” Many behaviors that we want from our dogs are actually trained skills rather than innate behaviors. Our puppies will be more likely to learn and maintain a solid recall if it is introduced as an excing game that will result in “winning” instead of a game they risk losing something for. The same goes for sits and downs, for leash walking, and for nail trimming. Prey much anything we want to teach our dogs we can teach by “gamifying” it. It's never too late to gamify things, though, so keep the games rolling with your older dogs, too!

How to Gamify: Does your dog want the toy you are holding? If he offers you eye contact, he wins it! Does he love to tug? When he voluntarily drops the tug toy (you may have to trade it for a treat at first), he gets invited to tug again! Then there’s leash walking… if he can walk beside you without a ght leash, he gets to move forward. If not, he goes nowhere. For handling such as nail trimming or grooming, I make sure there’s lots of food and very short sessions. Handle/feed simultaneously for 3 seconds, then

stop. Repeat a bunch of mes and Puppy will beg to be handled some more. Anyme your puppy wants something is the perfect me to train. Capitalize on as many opportunies as you can, and those good habits will take hold and blossom! If humans don’t gamify it, Puppy is sure to do so on his own, and his rules leave a lot to be desired. The more fun something is, the more likely we are to do it whether we are dog or human. Aer all, who wants learning to be boring, or at worst, inmidang or painful? From James Paul Gee’s book on gaming: • Games provide instant feedback; • Games culvate progressive learning; increasing a player’s competence through an increase in level of difficulty while remaining achievable; • Games allow players to be producers and not just consumers. Visit to see how gamificaon can alter human behavior, from driving the speed limit to taking the stairs vs. the escalator. Now, go play with your dog... and have fun together!

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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 human help. My great-grandfather was caught from the wild. I can offer advice based on the natural insncts and aributes of wild dogs. In addion, my adopve person and I have had lots of training classes and other experiences. Some humans call themselves Mom or Dad of their dog, but I refer to my human, tongue in cheek, as 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 pet dogs with problem humans. If I can’t help, at least I can offer sympathy, and we can have some fun talking about our amazing humans. Please send your quesons! Bammy, 280 Pond Rd. Newcastle, ME 04553, or email: Dear Readers: I’d like you to meet my e-mail pal Eddie. He likes to chase things, too, so I wrote him about my latest adventure.

Dear Eddie, I wonder if you are in Maine yet. I just have to tell you what I did yesterday. Boss has lots of plants she fusses over. Her

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“Trade Game.” Again! She brought a yummy hard-boiled egg in my dish. Every me I tried to bring in the woodchuck, she shoved the dish in front of me and said, “Trade!” What could I do? I dropped my prize and followed the dish into the house. When she let me out later, I trailed her to the garden gate, but there was no strong scent of woodchuck, so I suppose she buried it. I might have done that myself if she hadn’t tricked me out of it. I saw her bury a dead bird I found, so I know humans bury things, too, but I never saw them dig something up again to eat. What a waste!

May you have grand adventures, Bammy

Dear Bammy,

asparagus and kale are delicious, but she doesn’t like to share with me. Woodchucks like them, too. She bays like a hound for me when she sees one. Yesterday I had a big surprise for her! I brought her a woodchuck I’d just caught! She made a wonderful fuss over me and called me “Hector Protector.” I love the way she says that, but I don’t know what it means. Do you? I wanted to bring it into our den, but she wouldn’t let me. I’m embarrassed to say I fell for her

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My humans have not gone to Maine yet. We have had change in our pack. My grandma Bunny, who lived in the cave underneath ours, used to feed my sister Lulu and me dinner every night. Before bedme we would go down to her cave for cookies. Grandma Bunny loved it when I turned circles on my hind legs to get a biscuit. Lulu can only sit with her tail straight behind her. Grandma called these behaviors "tricks." Aer the tricks, I would race around her house looking for her cat, Dexter. He knew how to disappear. I could smell him but never see him. This winter Grandma stopped

feeding us so oen, and we didn't always get cookies. The last me we did tricks Grandma didn't even stand up to feed us, but I did my "pirouees" for her. She seemed very weak, and then one night my human, Susan, picked me up and let me sniff a human body, but Grandma was no longer inside. We didn't go in Grandma's house very oen aer that, and Dexter's smell is almost gone. Instead there are chemical smells and humans yelling, "Stay away from the paint!" Do you know what paint is, Bammy? It doesn't smell like anything you would want to eat, but the humans seem fascinated by it. I sure miss Maine, but my humans say that we can't go unl aer we've "moved downstairs." I'm not so sure what that means. I hope we go to Maine soon. Maybe I'll get to meet you. In the meanme, I hunt the big wood bees that fly in our garden. Somemes opossums and raccoons come by. I cornered a baby one between the fences a few years ago. Whenever I have one treed, the humans come out and drag me back inside. They have no sense of adventure.

Eddie The Ask Bammy column is intended for humor and entertainment. If your dog has behavioral issues please contact a veterinarian or professional trainer.

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Pet Portraits By Debra Bell

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et parents everywhere happily snap away hoping to capture “the image” that perfectly encapsulates their pet. While anyone can take a pet photograph, a good pet photographer will have some addional skills and training to help your pet look and feel its best. These are professionals who specialize in creang meaningful, cherished images. Not all photographers have the specific skillset that it takes to help your pet — and you — feel at ease in front of the camera. Here are some ps to help you choose a great pet photographer. Start with research. Work with a photographer who specializes in pets. A prey website or cute Facebook page are not enough. Ask to see a full session or to speak with past clients. What you should look for is consistency and a style that matches your own home and decor. Some pet photographers strictly work on locaon while others have tradional studios and also work on locaon. Knowing the kind of style the photographers use is important. Ask them what kinds of sessions they offer and what kinds of locaons they choose to use. Experience maers. Right aer research, experience maers. Your pet photographer should have worked with a variety of animals, breeds, and temperaments and will have an understanding of pet body language. This is especially important in ensuring that your pet is at ease and has a good me while being photographed. A nervous or shy dog will not do well with a photographer who does not take its needs into account. It goes without saying that your photographer should also have a strong background in photography. He should also know when and where to photograph the pet, how to properly light the subjects, and how to elicit meaningful reacons from your pet. If you’re hiring a photographer to create images of a senior or an ill pet, discuss any special needs or accommodaons your pet will require to make the session successful. Prepare to have fun! A great pet photographer will make the session a complete delight for both you and your furry friend! Not only will you have the chance to sit back and watch your pet in acon (and it’s OK if the pet isn't perfectly behaved), but you’ll have the added advantage of someone else’s eye. Great pet photographers will be willing to crawl on the ground, get dirty and have fun with your pet. They’ll also know how to read its behavior to make sure the pet is having a blast as well. Invest. Good photography is an investment and you get what Hermon, Maine • 207-356-2353 Bangor’s Best Pet Photographer 2014–17

you pay for. A beauful portrait can create beauful art for your walls or gis for family and friends. Your chosen pro will be able to help you choose the right products for your needs and make suggesons for pieces that would look good in places in your home. When you set up an appointment, find out what is included in the session fee as well as what the costs will be for addional products. If possible, meet with your photographer to view the images and order. The photographer will be able to help you decide on the images you’d like to have printed or turned into something for your wall, desk, or even the Christmas tree. Many mes a second set of eyes will help narrow down the decision making rather than just viewing a session online. Debra Bell is the owner of Bell’s Furry Friends Photography (a division of Bell Imaging & Design LLC) and she and her husband Bill are owned by Buddy, a greyhound, Olivia, a Maine coon cat and an angel greyhound named Laura. View her work and find out more at



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

Tracking: Training With A Purpose A tracking dog needs to understand its job. We, as trainers, need to define the job. In other words, we need to really give a good detailed job descripon. What is it you want your dog to do? A tracking dog must follow the basic path the tracklayer walked. A tracking dog cannot cut out enre “legs” of the track and get to the end as a Search and Rescue dog might do. It must follow track scent, not air scent in order to be successful. We, as handlers, must

understand and teach the task. Tracking is not nose work, and nose work is not tracking. Yes, both require scenng skills, but applied in a different way. If a dog is successful at nose work by air scenng, it may resort to this technique if the “track” scent is difficult to find or contaminated or the

safety issue. Teach “leave it” away from the track so you have this command on hand when you need it. There are many posive ways to teach “leave it”, and it should be understood by all dogs. Telling your dog you must leave something is not a bad thing; it could even save its life, so teach “leave it.” Another very important concept we must incorporate into our training program is reducing the help we give our dog on the track and creang a confident dog who will make correct decisions on the track. In the beginning stages, we help a lot to get the dog to understand the job and be well rewarded for doing the job. We must gradually reduce our help and let the dog take over. This many mes requires a great deal of paence and being quiet so as not to verbally push the dog. A relaxed body posture will help the dog realize there is no pressure, and it will allow the dog to work. Make your training sessions meaningful. Before you go out and just lay a track, think about the purpose of the track and what aspect of tracking you are trying to teach.

environmental condions are difficult. Air scenng has paid off in the past, so it may default to this “successful” behavior when confronted with a problem. This is where training must be clear to the tracking dog. We do not want it to follow air scent. We want it to follow track scent. This is why leng a tracking dog fringe and wander on the track is not giving a clear job descripon of what the dog needs to do. A successful tracking dog must focus and then maintain its focus on the track scent. At the beginner level, the dogs must do this for 450-500 yards and make 3 to 5 turns (corners) along the way. So our purpose in beginning tracking is to keep the dog on the actual track, discourage fringing and air scenng, and make track scent valuable. Tracks should be designed so dogs are successful and are movated to keep their heads down. In other words, following track scent pays very well. Another common problem is distracons or “criering” along the track. Dogs must be taught to ignore distracons and to follow the track. A “leave it” command is very necessary for a tracking dog. Somemes it is even a

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Does My Dog's Breed Maer? — Part 2 The Sporng, Non-Sporng, Terrier, and Toy Groups L ast month I started a threepart series on the importance of understanding your dog's breed and what they were bred to do before selecng a dog. That understanding is crical to making sure you get the perfect dog that we all seek. Last month I discussed the AKC Herding and Hound groups. This month I will look at the Non-Sporng, Sporng, Terrier, and Toy groups. Non-Sporng Group – “The breeds in the Non-Sporng Group are a varied collecon in terms of size, coat, personality and overall appearance.1” Some of the more popular breeds in the Non-Sporng group include Bulldogs (#4), French Bulldogs (#6), Poodles (#15), the Bichon Frise (#45), Dalmaan (#62), Keeshond (#92), and more2. The breeds in the Non-Sporng group are so diverse that discussing them as a group is not very valuable. For that reason, I recommend that anyone considering a dog from this group not only talk to breeders but also veterinarians, trainers, and kennel and daycare owners about your parcular breed of interest. Always make sure you seek advice from those with no financial gain in the breed that you choose. FMI – hp:// FindingTheRightDogForYou Sporng Group - “Naturally acve and alert, Sporng dogs make likeable, well-rounded companions. … Potenal owners of Sporng dogs need to realize that most require regular, invigorang exercise.1” The Labrador Retriever has been the most popular dog in the US for many years, and the Golden Retriever oen holds the number three spot on the AKC most popular breeds list2. Other popular breeds in the Sporng group include: German Short-Haired Pointers (#11), Briany’s (#25), English Springer Spaniels (#26), Cocker Spaniels (#29),



and more. We see lots of Sporng breeds in Maine due to their overall popularity but also probably because many Mainers love outdoor adventures and so do the dogs in the Sporng group. These dogs are bred to work closely with their handler, so they oen are some of the easiest dogs to train. However, they do tend to be some of the larger breeds as well as being well known for their enthusiasc exuberance. If you have a dog from the Sporng group, starng training at an early age is essenal. Because of their retrieving insncts, some of the Sporng breeds can be overly mouthy, so training them appropriate bite

inhibion before they are 13 weeks of age is crical. FMI - hp:// ChoosingADogTrainer For hundreds of years, retrievers have been bred to have the stamina and insncts to hunt during hunng season while being able to relax and be an ideal companion dog the rest of the year. Within the past few years, some of these dogs have been bred to be, in my opinion, overly driven so as to be more compeve in field trials. These dogs are not always a good choice as a companion as they oen exhibit poor bite inhibion and a hyperacve personality. Terrier Group – “These are feisty, energec dogs whose sizes range from fairly small, as in the Norfolk, Cairn or West Highland White Terrier, to the grand Airedale Terrier. Terriers typically have lile tolerance for other animals, including other dogs. Their ancestors were bred to hunt and kill vermin. …In general, they make engaging pets, but require owners with the determinaon to match their dogs' lively characters.1" The most popular breed in the Terrier group is the Miniature Schnauzer at #17. Other dogs in the Terrier group include the West Highland White Terrier (#41), So Coated Wheaten Terrier (#50), Airedale Terrier (#55), and others2. You may have noted that Terriers fall lower on the popularity list, and that is because a terrier is not for everyone. The AKC group descripon indicates that dogs in the Terrier group oen have issues with other animals, including dogs. I describe Terriers as being the Seal Team of the dog world; they seek out and kill and do it very efficiently. That somemes makes them less than ideal for those new to dogs, those with children, and those that are fans of backyard wildlife. If you have other animals in your home, talk to a cerfied dog trainer or canine behavior consultant about

adding a Terrier to your family before comming to do so. FMI - hp:// ChoosingADogTrainer Toy Group – “The diminuve size and winsome expressions of Toy dogs illustrate the main funcon of this Group: to embody sheer delight.1” The most popular breeds in the Toy group include: Yorkshire Terrier (#9), Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (#19), Shih Tzu (#20) and Pug (#32)2. The most disnguishing feature of these breeds is their size; they are small. The shape of their faces, the length of their coat, and personality can vary widely. Many breeds in the Toy group were bred specifically to serve as lap companions. We see several toy breeds for boarding and grooming at Green Acres, and they have very endearing qualies. For someone that primarily wants a canine buddy, they can be ideal. I oen recommend both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Pug for first-me dog parents. They are small, durable, have great personalies and are prey low maintenance although both breeds may suffer from serious health issues. Some would argue that future behavior is all about the environment and the way a dog is raised. Environment certainly plays a tremendous role in a dog’s temperament but so do genecs, and we cannot change genecs. If you want the best possible companion that meets your criteria of “the perfect dog,” then spend some me researching the breeds before you get your dog. Next month I will close out this three- part series by discussing the AKC Working group and Mixed Breed dogs.

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AKC website - hp://www.akc. org/public-educaon/resources/dogbreeds-sorted-groups/ 2 Most Popular Dog Breeds - Full Ranking List - hp:// content/news/arcles/most-populardog-breeds-full-ranking-list/

Don Hanson is the co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop ( in Bangor. He is a Bach Foundaon Registered Animal Praconer (BFRAP), Cerfied Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), Associate Cerfied Cat Behavior Consultant (ACCBC) and a Cerfied 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:// every Saturday at 9 AM. A list of upcoming shows and podcasts of past shows can be found at Don also writes about pets at his blog:

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welfare, to provide exemplary shelter and veterinary care, to place adoptable companion animals in loving homes, and he Coastal Humane Society is a 501(c) 3 to enhance the bond between humans and non-profit animal shelter and companion animals. animal adopon agency that was founded The dogs they bring in are more oen in the 50’s by a group of Brunswick’s owner relinquishments (cats are usually animal loving cizens. Fast forward to 2017; strays). Jane indicated that they also they’re sll going strong and are one of transport fully veed and healthy dogs Maine’s largest animal shelters, complete from their “hard-working, wonderful” with its own vet and a dedicated staff. Last partners in Florida, Mississippi, and summer, they merged with Lincoln County Georgia as space allows. She explained Animal Shelter in Edgecomb, and they can that oen in the south, animal shelters house approximately 75 dogs between are desperate for help due to apathec both facilies. spay/neuter and leash-law atudes that Jane Siviski, who serves as the joint nonresult in overpopulaon. profit’s Markeng Manager, explained To meet all the needs of the facilies, that Lincoln County Animal Shelter folks they rely heavily on their approximately approached Coastal’s Execuve Director, 200 volunteers who aid in areas such Joe Monsano, and requested that they as administraon, dog walking, special join forces. “They sort of needed a paw events, fostering (usually sick or stressed up,” Jane explained. “It’s been sort of a animals), laundry helpers, and short whirlwind,” she said of the merge, adding distance transportaon. that they’re all on the same team and Donaons and supplies are always happy to be helping more animals. welcome. For their dogs, leashes and The mission of this joint non-profit bedding are high demand items. They is simple: to protect and save animals’ appreciate adult dog food, especially lives, to educate and advocate for their specialty diet blends. It’s worth nong


that it’s “kien season,” said Jane. Supplies for the influx of these felines, such as cat lier, canned food, heang pads, and coon balls are needed. They do appreciate monetary donaons, but why not get out and have some fun while supporng this joint nonprofit? On Saturday, August 26, 2017, you’re invited to the Save a Stray 5K & Fesval at L.L.Bean in Freeport that benefits the 3,500 animals cared for by Coastal Humane Society and Lincoln County Animal Shelter every year. It's a day of fun for runners, walkers, and animal lovers alike. Take part in the 5K run or 1 mile walk with your friends, family, and even your dog. Stay on and enjoy L.L.Bean's Dog Days of Summer Fesval. The registraon is $25, and Jane said there is no cap on the number of runners. Visit hp://saveastray. for all details and registraon. For more info on both facilies including all volunteering areas and all adoptable animals, visit hps://www. and hp://



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Her people had a child, and Gracie is displaced and unhappy. She is a friendly, lovable, aeconate girl that loves a belly rub and a place on the couch.... and in bed! Enjoys walks, playme in the yard and car rides. She is looking for a quiet, adult home where she will be lavished with aenon and aecon. She gets along with her similar sized foster siblings. Adopon fee waived. FMI: Puppy Love, Inc. (207)833-5199,

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PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP Saturday, August 5 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:;; 207-236-8702

NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, August 12 Belfast, 10AM – Noon Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be at the Loyal Biscuit’s Belfast locaon on 1 Belmont Ave from 10am – Noon 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 with your pup or cat.; 207-6609200 x6

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SAVE A STRAY 5K & FESTIVAL Saturday, August 26 Freeport, 8AM This is the Coastal Humane Society’s 5k, walk and fesval for the shelter pets. Live music, food trucks and much more. Held at LL Bean Campus. Check-in for the 5k begins at 7am at the Bean Boot. The race begins at 8am. You can register online in advance unl 6pm, Friday, August 26th.

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Nutro Pro Pac Candidae Iams

Vintage Village & Antique Autos Steam Train & Model Railroad Festivals , Events and More!

Blue Seal By Nature Fromm Wysong Innova Solid Gold

Pedigree Purina Pro Plan Science Diet Taste of the Wild Eukanuba

Merrick Max Triumph Whiskas Friskies

U.S. Route 1, Wiscasset Mon.-Fri. 7:00 - 5:30 Sat. 7:00 - 5:00 Closed Sun.


Railway Village Check out special events at: Pet Friendly

On Route 27, Boothbay, ME

Bring your dog to check out our great supply of pet foods and toys!

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