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What a gorgeous spring and
start to summer we’re having! This is the first time in about eight years I have a dog to share my walks with, and Syd, my 5-year-old chocolate Lab had her first trip to the ocean in June. I didn’t really think through bringing a bird dog to the land of seagulls and pigeons, but once she realized I wasn’t going to let her chase ANY birds she relaxed and enjoyed our morning walks along the water’s edge. The first little wave that touched her feet definitely made her jump, but by the end of the week she was happily wading in and enjoying the waves. Thank goodness, because it means we can go back and have more fun! One of the best parts of vacation was realizing that I was happy to come home and return to doing psychic readings for people and pets. This month I put the call out on my Sara Moore Enlightened Horizons Facebook page for questions you’d like to ask your dogs, and once again I had plenty within minutes. Here are the people and pups who were fast enough to make the column. Karen D. wants to know what caused her dog Barbie to be so skittish since they don’t know her back story. As soon as I tap into her energy, she feels like a dog that revs her engines and her vibration is very fast. Imagine a red squirrel compared to a Koala. She’s the squirrel. I don’t actually feel nervousness, but her movements feel very quick and staccato. She is totally tuned out when she’s “off the clock” as she puts it, but when she wakes up, she’s ready to go and instantly feels like she’s had about three pots of coffee. If she were a human, she’d probably be a chain-smoking coffee drinker, and
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she thinks that’s not an insult at all! I’ve never had such a dog describe its energy in such a clear, funny way before! If I ask her if there’s a way for her to be more calm, I hear “NOPE.” I wonder if your mom was the same way? If she was and that approach worked for her, then you’re being shown that even though it’s not your way, it made them feel comfortable. Jessica M. has Bella, a sweet Labrador Retriever. She asked, “Why did she pick me as her person?” The funny thing is she’s just kind of staring at me when I ask her that, and she wants to be sure she gives you the right answer. I just told her there is no wrong one, and she said you smell pretty. LOL! I can see her trying to get close to you to sniff you and then getting busted being a creeper, but you are kind and funny and determined, and when you’re angry, you let it out and then fill yourself up with
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A. Under the statute of Motor
Vehicle and Transportation, MRS title 29-A paragraph 2087, this topic is discussed. It addresses dogs riding in an open vehicle, meaning a motor vehicle with a portion of the vehicle not enclosed by a top and windows or sides, includes, but not limited to, pickup trucks and convertibles. It states: “A person driving an open vehicle may not transport a dog in the open portion of that vehicle on a public way unless the dog is protected in a manner that prevents the dog from falling or jumping or being thrown from the vehicle. Exception to this rule
is a dog being transported by a farmer or a farm employee who is engaged in agricultural activities requiring the services of the dog, or a hunting dog at a hunting site or being transported between hunting sites by a licensed hunter who is in possession of all applicable licenses
happy thoughts. You know you are worthy of treating yourself to beautiful, fragrant flowers and that is pretty special. Your grandmother loved the babies and the way they smelled. She is in heaven and always around you, too, so it’s fitting that you have a dog that mirrors her in some ways. Hope S. wants to know what’s going on with her dog Sam’s mouth and jaw. First, I need to remind you that I’m not a veterinarian and I have no medical training, so whatever information I give you is coming purely from psychic insight, and you should consult with your vet to make decisions. That being said, as a psychic, I feel what they are physically feeling and as I’m typing, my left side of my jaw hurts. There are two spots that I’d take a look at. One is on the inside of the cheek by the back of the jaw, sort of near where it hinges. Then I’d look at the lower jaw on the outside of the gums, bottom left, near the third molar from the back. It almost feels like a cyst inside the soft tissue but again, vets do the diagnosing. Tara A. has a Chihuahua mix named Radar. “I’d like to know if there is anything wrong with his tummy.” The first thing that happens when I read your question is my belly sticks out, like my abdomen muscles aren’t strong enough to keep it held in tightly. It doesn’t feel like a hernia, but his organs get all jostled around, and the feeling after makes me carsick. This is going to sound crazy, but it’s what I’m hearing, so I’ll toss it out there. Our body systems are all interconnected. If someone has stomach issues, it can present itself in our mental health. If you get reflexology done on your feet or hands, it can affect your sinus or
digestion. I honestly feel that when his belly is shaken up, it’s affecting a lot of his other systems. Again, I’ve said crazy things to people but hopefully that makes sense! Please talk to a vet because veterinarians have the medical training to back their answers while mine are purely psychic insights. Mardi L. wants to know if Rex, a Golden Retriever, is with Mikey on the other side? Before the dog had a chance to answer, Mikey said that Rex is with HIM on the other side. Have you seen the picture of Snoopy and Charlie Brown sitting on a dock, looking at the sunset? I see the same exact image of the two of them. It’s a beautiful image and makes my heart feel like there really is good in this world. Katie O. wants to know how Bodie the goldendoodle feels about car rides because he doesn't seem to like them. You have made such a great home for you and your animals that he never wants to leave it! I was on vacation last week, and it was awesome. The best part was I was excited to come home because I love where I live, and my home is a sanctuary for me. Yours is the same way, and Bodie just wants to validate that for you! If you take him out for ice cream, he’s all in. Holy smokes, I don’t know where you get yours, but the vanilla is beyond creamy, and he would be thrilled with a super small bowl or Dixie cup full of it! Sara Moore currently offers long distance readings over the phone or FaceTime. You can learn more and schedule a session at www.enlightenedhorizons.com. All information given in a reading is not a replacement for licensed veterinary care.
and permits for the species being pursued during the legal season for that activity.” What is allowed to transport a dog in the back of a pickup is either a secured crate or a double tether set up, one tether on each side of the truck bed, so the dog can’t fall out but can sit and lie down. In convertibles, the dog should be seat belted in with a harness. As a veterinarian I have treated my share of dogs falling out of the back of a pickup or being dragged because there was only one tether. Broken bones and road burns are horribly painful injuries that can be prevented. What about regular cars and SUVs? Dogs love to have their head out the window as the car zooms down the road. There are a few concerns here too. First, the number of eye injuries and infections dogs acquire from riding with their heads out the window is very common. I have seen dogs lean out the window so far that they fall out, or the dog sees something and
jumps out while the car is moving. Then we have Bozo who leaps into the front seat because he wants to ride shot gun or into the driver’s lap. Many folks have dogs in the front passenger seat while they drive. The concern here is what if you stop short? If your dog is loose in the car and you are in an accident, your best friend can be thrown forward, through the windshield, or injured by the airbags. Today we have many more options to travel safely with your best friend. There are many harnesses that clip to the center seatbelt in the back. Crates and dog car barriers of many styles are available too. They vary in price and safety, so do your homework and find the one that fits your dog’s needs. Traveling with your dog is the best. Now do it safely. Judith K. Herman, DVM, CVH Animal Wellness Center Augusta, Maine www.mainehomeopahticvet.com
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was initially her dog, he has a great relationship with her fiancé, James Packard, and they adore him together. The couple is getting married in front of one hundred guests at Newagen Seaside Inn in Southport this August. Since the Inn isn’t dogfriendly, Victoria, a Senior Grove Guide for Grove Collaborative, made sure their boy will have a lasting presence in their memories. “He’s our best friend, and since he is not able to be in the wedding, we wanted to make sure he was still included in some way.” So, with the engagement photos scheduled for a bright spring day at Ferry Beach State Park, Griswold was shined up and rode along for the shoot. She joked, “He also would have been very upset if we went to the beach without him.” He was a star, and the pictures prove how wellbehaved he is. “If he was going to be in the wedding, I have no doubts that he would be terrific. He’s the sweetest guy and super laidback. He would just want to make sure everyone there was his best friend in hopes of getting some extra pets and maybe some cheese.” Matthew Alan Alonzo and Alan Matthew Roy tied the knot three years ago after being together for six years. (Matt was quick to notice their name connection when they met, “I took this as a sign he was my person.”) The guys, who live in the Back Cove neighborhood in Portland, acquired their Goldendoodle, Henry, together. He quickly became their universe, their child. Henry goes everywhere with them, especially their Big Boyd Lake camp where he loves to swim, so it was imperative that he be included. “Our entire wedding strategy revolved around Henry,” explained Matt, who works as a Principal Customer Success Manager for a software firm. Starting with the magnetic “Save the Date” that depicted Henry with the caption, “My Dads Are Getting Married,” to their pet-friendly venue. “We chose the Inn by the Sea (in Cape Elizabeth) due to their progressive dog policies.” The wedding, with one hundred and fifty guests (many were out-ofstate family), was on the Inn’s lawn. Henry walked with his dads down the
Victoria, James and their Goldendoodle, Griswold Photo Credits: Joshua Atticks Photography
aisle - the couple had a two-handled leash to symbolize their family unit. In addition to a monogramed “Best Man” harness, Henry sported a lobster-themed collar and bowtie. Their handsome boy sat quietly through the vows, was attentive for the pictures, and made an appearance at the reception. Matt said the occasion, especially with the inclusion of Henry, was “simply spectacular.” Their photographer, Joshua Atticks, owner of Joshua Atticks Wedding Photography, understood their desire to include their pet, "They really are precious creatures in our lives." Kayla and Mike Sterling were married this past March at The Glen House at Sunday River in Newry. A three-night destination wedding event, the nine-bedroom pet-friendly estate had plenty of room for their sixteen guests as well as Tesla, the bride’s 4-year-old Pitt mix, and Grizz (as in Grizzly Bear), the groom’s 9-year-old Lab-Chow mix. While their “fur babies” didn’t have official roles in their “low-key” affair, they were honored guests and had festive floral collars to match Kayla’s bouquet. “It was great having them there,” said Kayla, who is a pharmacist at MMC in Scarborough. After all, when the couple met three years ago, their love of dogs drew them together. And the energetic Tesla and happy Grizz have become quite the chums, often
Kayla and Mike Sterling with Tesla (Pitt Mix) and Grizz (Lab- Chow Mix)
sharing the same bed, chasing tennis balls together, and enjoying their hikes at the Lake Sebago family camp – the couple’s temporary residence until they find their dream home. I Do’s and Don’ts Don’t include your pal if he’s skittish or barks. As important as it may be to have him part of your big day, you don't want him to upstage you and your partner. Do check with interesting sites that will allow your bud – think rustic barns, farms, gardens, and wineries. If you choose a spot that isn’t dogfriendly, think outside the box. Have your ensemble portraits off-site or include him in your engagement shoot as Tori and James did. Don’t overlook an intimate backyard ceremony, especially if you’ve put off the tying the knot this past year. A plus – your canine is on his home turf and is probably familiar with the guests. To amp the happiness, send an evite to other friends and include them virtually. Once you say “I do,” they can toast you from afar. Do look for pet-savvy photographers – the shoot will go smoother. Debra Bell, owner of Bell’s Furry Friends Photography, said to choose one who specializes in pets and/or has weddings with dogs in their portfolio. “Tell the photographer that you’ll be including Fido and how
you envision doing so,” she added. Don’t forget to notify guests that your dog is in the wedding party – some may be allergic or fearful. Perhaps add a line to your “Save the Date.” Or choose a whimsical keepsake like Matt and Alan did – the dog message was subtle, but clear. Do dress him festively. “From fresh flowers affixed to a collar, to specialty items created by a dog attire company, coordinate your pet’s look with your wedding and its style,” Debra recommended. Do decide what role your dog will hold, be it a flower carrier, ring bearer, or guest. Choose a handler or dog walker who is comfortable with your dog and can transport him to and from the ceremony. (It may alleviate stress if someone else is caring for your bestie.) Remember the basics of water, a bowl, and coordinatedcolored leash. Do treat him to a pre-wedding shampoo, bath, and nail trim, said Debra. “This is especially important for breeds that have special grooming needs. After all, you’ll make sure you look great, so shouldn’t Fido?” Don’t forget to exercise him more often the week before and the morning of the wedding. Exercised dogs are less excitable and easier to control, especially in a large group of people.
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s we climb slowly out of our pandemic cocoons into the bright sunshine, we are going to encounter many dogs who have been hiding in the metaphorical woodwork. Many of these dogs have not met a variety of people or dogs nor have they found themselves in strange environments. And us? Dog lovers have been ravenous to interact with new best friends. Be respectful of them, though. Don't make the mistake that many Toms make. I felt it was important to reiterate what is contained in this past column as we adjust to our new world and try to help all dogs feel comfortable in it. —————————— “Oh, dogs love him!” she said about her husband Tom. Ruh roh! A red flag shoots up when I hear this statement. We were vacationing together with Tom and his wife, and we encountered a woman with two on-leash dogs. All dog lovers, we
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were interested in meeting them. One of the dogs was an elderly Golden, calm, tail gently wagging, loose body, open mouth, and perky ears. She was oriented toward people passing by. The other dog, a large young adult doodle, was standing back, very close to his
human, tail tucked, jaws clenched, body rigid, ears back. Tom asked if we could pet the dogs. The owner said, “Sure!” I approached the Golden, who was happy to get a head rubbie, moved into my hands and melted. I interacted with her for about 3 seconds and stopped just to see if she was happy with our little conversation. She was - she leaned in for more. I had carefully turned away from the doodle whose tail was tucked so far between his legs it was actually curving up towards his belly. I made no motion to reach or move towards him as I could see that this wasn’t what he wanted. He had no interest in moving towards Tom, either, who by now had crouched down very close and facing him to try to be more inviting. This made the doodle move closer to his human - in fact, he had positioned himself between her legs, eyeing Tom nervously. What the owner did next horrified me. She forcefully tried to drag her dog by the haunches to move in Tom’s direction. The doodle resisted. Tom laughed and said, “I sometimes lie on the ground, so they’ll play.” Um, no, not this one. Not right now. This happened in seconds. It was clear that this poor dog had been subjected to his owner’s wellintentioned but oh-so-inappropriate
behavior many times in the past. “Please STOP,” I said. She was still hunched over and wrestling with her struggling dog to try to get him to approach Tom. I abruptly stepped between Tom and the poor, panicked dog. I physically lifted Tom back into a standing position and pushed him away (this was blatantly rude human behavior, but it was a dog emergency and he's a good friend). I helped to create more distance between them while also trying to avoid exacerbating the situation with my own proximity to the terrified doodle. Now that we were at a more comfortable distance, the doodle relaxed a bit. One of my party mentioned that I’m a dog trainer. This prompted some questions from the owner, who was clearly embarrassed by what she interpreted as bad behavior from her doodle who she admitted, “has never wanted to ‘say hi’ to strangers.” She asked me why he was like that and what she could do. [Yay!! A teachable moment!!] I gently explained that in order to help him, it had to be his choice to approach people, not hers or others’. She needed to pair good things with the presence of strangers. Any time she forced him to interact when he didn’t
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long ago owned Native American people. We were designed by natural selection to be so intelligent and physically superior that we survived without human help. My greatgrandfather was caught from the wild. I can offer advice based on the natural instincts and attributes of wild dogs. In addition, my adoptive 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 notions 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 questions! N. Holmes, 280 Pond Rd., Newcastle, ME 04553, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About A New Trick
umans say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but I learn new tricks. All my life I’ve hurried to her when she calls “Bammy, Come!” No more. I duck over the bank into The Thicket where all the good animal smells are, and Boss can’t see me. When she calls, “Where’s Bammy?” I work my way back to her. We are a pack, after all. My latest new trick is actually sort of like remembering an old, old trick. It feels as if part of my brain just woke up. All my life I’ve had trouble with
You just brought home that new puppy or maybe adopted a new dog from the shelter and you are looking for training help. How do you choose? All Trainers are not Created Equal Did you know that anyone can call himself a dog trainer? Dog trainers come from all walks of life. There isn’t a specific degree or licensing body regulating the profession like there is for other professionals such as your veterinarian, realtor, nurse, or even barber who cuts your hair and trims your beard. What do you Look for in a Trainer? Because the dog training industry is unregulated, it is up to you to do your homework. Although, a universal degree or training program does not exist, there are several self-regulated dog training certification programs in existence, such as the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA-CTP), Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), The Academy for Dog Trainers (CTC), and the Victoria Stilwell Academy (VSA) to name a few. These programs often require inperson learning, as well as remote learning, written and in-person examinations. A mentor and hundreds of supervised training hours must be logged as part of the program. After graduation, these professionals must carry insurance and submit continuing education credits each year to keep their certification. Training Philosophy What is your training philosophy? What training method do you want to use? How do you want to train your dog? Will you use treats? What about mistakes? and corrections? How will your dog know they have gotten “it” wrong?
Ask Bammy An Advice Column for Dogs by a Dog
things too good to leave, but too big or fresh to eat. A long time ago, Boss offered me a piece of rawhide too big to eat and too wonderful to lose. I grabbed it and walked around for a long time, whining. I pushed it into a corner and then went back and got it. Pushed it under the bed, whine, whine, whine. And into the pile of magazines. I finally just sat down and howled in frustration. Then Boss played the “trade” game, offering me a treat when I gave her the rawhide. She cut off a little piece, just right to eat while I watched anxiously. When she gave it to me, I lay right down and chewed it.
I sometimes catch a little bird that can’t get over the fence fast enough. I am REALLY quick! One day when I was walking around with one, whining, Boss took it and dug a hole while I watched anxiously. She put the bird in the hole and pushed the dirt back over it. I watched very closely and then dug it up. Maybe if she or my dog mother had done that when I was a puppy, I would have learned then. Last week Boss gave me a new bone saying, “Happy Birthday! You are fourteen years old!” I didn’t know what that was all about, and that bone was so fresh it almost gagged me. I tried to find a safe corner to hide it, but it was so wonderful I couldn’t bear to put it down. I squeezed in behind the computer desk and couldn’t back out because my hind legs aren’t that strong anymore. I just sat down with the bone lengthwise in my mouth and whined through the hole in the middle. When I began to howl through the bone, Boss came to help me. She almost laughed. Grrr! But she helped me back up, and we went outdoors. Boss sat on the steps looking really sad while I carried it around, whining. After a long time, I took the bone behind the rose bush, and I didn’t know why, but I started digging. Boss said, “Good dog! Good boy! Dig!” so I dug harder and then dropped the bone in the hole. She was all happy about that, too, but I picked the bone up again and whined. Then I dropped it in the hole again, and she said I was so good! I looked at it while an
How to Choose a Trainer
Do they need to know? Before researching trainers, you should know these answers. There are several different training methods, and it is important to understand your own training philosophy before selecting a trainer to work with you. 1. Reward-based training: These trainers often stick with positive reinforcement to shape and capture behaviors. They teach you how to adjust your training plan based upon feedback from your dog. You learn how to communicate and understand your dog on a deeper level. Food (yes-even their own food) and toys are often used as payment, not bribes, and there is no force or coercion when it comes to training with this method. 2. Balanced training: Using both rewards and corrections, these trainers will often “use all 4 quadrants” when training your dog. Many depend on the use of “all the tools in the toolbox” such as shock collars, e-collars, stim collars, prong collars, and choke collars in addition to food, toys, and praise for rewards when the dog “gets” it right. 3. Punishment-based or Traditional training: Punishment based trainers often rely heavily on corrections using positive punishment and negative reinforcement to train your dog. Food is rarely used or recommended. These trainers often depend on aversive tools but without the additional use of food, toys, or even praise as
rewards that a “balanced” trainer may use. Which is the Best Training Method? Choosing a training method can be confusing but in reality, all training methods are effective. If you are consistent and have good timing, then you can teach your dog anythingregardless of the method used. Just like a job interview, when choosing the right trainer, it is more about how each trainer aligns with your own personal training philosophy and beliefs rather than the actual training process itself. If the Training Method Doesn’t Matter, Then Why do I Have to Choose? Such a good question! The answerthe overall well-being and trusting relationship you wish to establish with your dog. “Punishment-based” and even “Balanced” training techniques often rely on intimidation, fear, and pain during the training process resulting in, an increase in fear-based behaviors, anxiety, and, in some cases, aggression. With these methods, learning can be slow and
by Nancy Holmes
idea about my nose was coming into my head. I pushed some of the dirt back over the bone with my nose. With my NOSE! Then I picked the bone up again. And dropped it and pushed soil with my nose over and over. Finally, I filled the hole up and I tamped down the dirt with my nose. I came to Boss and got lots of pats. I kept a pretty good eye on the spot behind the rose bush for a couple of days and then I dug up the bone. I wanted to bring it in the house, but Boss took it. She rinsed the dirt off it and gave it back. It was just right! Yummy! And Boss let me chew it indoors. I didn’t really learn a new trick. An old trick just made my paws and nose do a wonderful new thing. Keep learning! Bammy The Ask Bammy column is intended for humor and entertainment. If your dog has behavioral issues please contact a veterinarian or professional trainer.
confusing for your dog. The behavioral warning signs of distress are often punished, potentially leading to more unpredictable, unreliable, and, in some cases, dangerous behaviors from your dog. Reward-based training gives choice. Choice reduces fear and anxiety and creates a thinking dog, one who “wants” to work with you and “please” you because learning is fun and exciting. You are fun and exciting!!! This type of training is appropriate for all dogs. When using reward-based training, you help your dog make good choices and keep him feeling safe so aggression is never needed, distress is minimal, and the learning process accelerated. Why do I Need a Trainer? In addition to training philosophies and methods, it is important to understand the difference between a “training” problem and “emotional” one. Often training alone is not the answer. Training teaches your dog good social skills such as how to walk nicely on a leash, sit for attention instead of jumping, and to come when called. Behavior modification changes the emotional motivation behind a behavior. If your dog is displaying aggression, fear, or anxietybased behaviors, then training may not be an appropriate first step. Talk with your veterinarian, make an appointment with a veterinary behaviorist, or meet with a certified animal behavior consultant before starting the training process with these dogs. Christine D. Calder, DVM, DACVB
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Their senior cat started having trouble grooming himself. One day while making a bracelet using a tiny crochet hook, Lisa ran the hook through Cozzie's fur. The fine hook reached down through and very nicely removed those loose clumps from his undercoat.
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Training Your Performance Dog
Agility, Obedience, Tracking by Carolyn Fuhrer Foundation Training The Secret to Success Is your dog a pleasure to live
with? Can you go anywhere with your dog without a problem? Can you trust your dog off lead? Will your dog, if necessary, stay wherever you put him until you return? Will your dog come when called without a bribe or trick to get him to come to you? Can your dog meet people or guests and remain calm and under control? If
you drop something and tell your dog to “leave it”, will he? Or is it a free for all? The behaviors mentioned above should be taught to all dogs. They are not obedience or performance behaviors, but rather qualities and skills that a good pet dog should
have. The more of these skills that your dog has, the more reliable your dog’s behavior will be, and therefore, the more freedom your dog can have. These foundation behaviors are the skills that you build upon in other performance sports. Without a clear understanding of what is required in these foundation behaviors, it is difficult to build reliable skills in other venues. If your dog does not have a reliable stay in pet life, why would you expect a good agility start line stay? If your dog is constantly pulling or leaving you on a walk, why would you expect good heeling in the ring? If you do not have a reliable “leave it” command, how do you expect your tracking dog to go back to work after it has flushed a bird or a rabbit has just run across the track? Your dog must have a solid understanding of these pet behaviors in order to build upon them. Too many times we use food to create and cause the performance behaviors that we want without even fading
the lure, so we think we have a behavior, but it is really caused and maintained by the motivator, and the dog does not really understand what is required. They instead are focused on the motivator. This is where relationship and the art of training comes in. Through proper training and a solid foundation of pet behaviors based on understanding, you can create a confident dog who understands that proper performance pays and will work with your guidance to achieve performance goals. We all want our dogs to succeed and be happy, but if food (or other motivators) appears when the dog quits, loses interest, or performs incorrectly, what are we teaching? The art of training is to be able to teach the dog that proper performance and effort will cause rewards to appear. Learn how to teach skills correctly based on a solid foundation and teach your dog to be a winner!
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Pet Food Facts
You Cannot Have It All – Best Nutrition or Convenience & Economy – Part 3 of 4 I have reviewed what constitutes
the most natural and best nutrition for our dogs and discussed the various factors that contribute to a pet food's cost. This month I will address convenience and begin to tie everything together. Unless you have hours of free time, the convenience of what you feed your pet matters, I have a friend who feeds two dogs, two cats, and her family every morning before going to work. She wants pet food she can prepare quickly. I get that. Below I have listed various pet feeding options in the order that I believe provides the best nutrition. I will discuss the cost and convenience of each. Homemade Diets When you choose to make your pet's food, you have total control over the ingredients and method of preparation. If you select species-appropriate, fresh, highquality ingredients and prepare them properly, this can be your most nutritious option. Diets can be raw or cooked. However, you need to know what you are doing. I recommend that you work with a qualified animal nutritionist to develop your recipes or do lots of research and reading on your own. If you do the latter, look to using several resources, not just one. My wife made food for our Cairn Terrier, Gus, using recipes from a recognized veterinarian who focused on natural healing for several months. We discussed them with Gus's regular veterinarian. Every Sunday, Paula spent 4 to 5 hours preparing a week's worth of food, which took up one entire shelf in our refrigerator. That was for one small dog. In our experience, making food was more time-consuming than other options. Along with sourcing the ingredients, it also made it more costly. I might do this more when I
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retire, but for now, it's not practical. Commercial Frozen Raw We started learning about the benefits of feeding a raw diet in 1998 but were not comfortable making our own raw food, nor did we want to invest in the necessary equipment. When commercial frozen raw diets became available in Maine in late 2001, we started feeding all five dogs raw in the morning and kibble in the evening. Feeding a commercial frozen raw diet is not inexpensive. Even though we were paying wholesale prices, it was not affordable for our five dogs. Very pleased with the results of feeding raw, and with only two dogs, in 2004 we started feeding commercial raw almost exclusively. Just as with kibble, the quality of the ingredients used by raw food
companies varies. Some are 100% meat, while others include a mixture of fruit and vegetables because of the natural micronutrients found in those items. It is essential to understand the company and its products when selecting a commercial raw food, just like any other type of pet food. All these factors affect the cost. Commercial raw diets come in a variety of form factors, chubs, patties, and chunks. In our experience, the chubs are the most economical and the least convenient. The chunks are as convenient as kibble, except for requiring freezer space, but are more expensive. Commercial raw pet food companies are subject to the same regulations as companies that make kibble, including product safety. While there have been many allegations and concerns about salmonella and other pathogens in raw diets, it is rare compared to the incidence of salmonella being found in kibble. For the past 18 months, I have been feeding Muppy a wide variety of brands and types of food [ FMI - https://bit.ly/WhatIFeedAndWhy ]. She is primarily fed a commercial raw diet. A week before I started writing this column, I began reading a new book on pet nutrition, Feeding Dogs. Dry or Raw? The Science Behind the Debate. It's based on ten years of research and reviewing the scientific literature on various types of dog food, especially raw and kibble. I'll be writing about the book in a future column and based on what I'm learning, may move Muppy back to a diet that is entirely frozen raw or lightly cooked. Lightly Cooked Lightly cooked frozen diets are one of the newest options available to pet owners. Like frozen raw, the quality of the product will vary with
the quality of ingredients. I like and use one product made from humangrade ingredients; Beef Heart, Liver, Round, Chicken Breast, Thigh, Egg, Lamb Shoulder, Turkey Heart, Thigh, Wild Salmon Filet, fruits, and vegetables. It is lightly cooked to destroy any pathogens. It's as convenient to feed as any frozen product, but due to the quality of the ingredients is one of the most expensive options. Next month I'll finish this series looking at the following commercial food types; Freeze-Dried, Dehydrated, "Fresh," Wet/Canned/ Pouched, and Dry/Kibble.
Don Hanson is the co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop (greenacreskennel.com) in Bangor where he has been helping people with their pets since 1995. He also produces and co- hosts The Woof Meow Show heard on AM620 -WZON every Saturday at 9 AM. Podcasts of the show are available at www.woofmeowshow.com. Don also writes about pets at his blog: www.words-woofs-meows.com. He is committed to pet care and pet training that is free of pain, force, and fear. The opinions in this column are those of Don Hanson.
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Rescue of the Month: Animal Welfare Society A Community Driven Animal Shelter By Susan Spisak
The Animal Welfare Society, aka AWS, is a private humane society based in Kennebunk. Founded in 1967, this 501(c)(3) is a 40-acre campus that boasts an animal shelter, adoption center, resident and community dog training, and a full-service Community Veterinary Clinic. AWS serves over twenty towns in York County; their staff cares for stray, abandoned, and owner relinquished animals from the region. While local animals are their focus, as space allows, they open their doors to pets in need through their PAWS Across America program. AWS brings these companion animals to Maine with the hopes of quickly placing them in new homes. Brie Roche, Humane Educator at AWS, indicated many of these dogs come from the south and Puerto Rico.
Encompassed within PAWS Across America is Paws in Stripes. Many puppies who arrive on these transports are paired with “trainer/ handler” inmates at MCC who have been hand-picked by officials at the facility. They care for and nurture the pups for six weeks with AWS staffers leading routine training sessions. The younger generation is important to AWS. With the energetic state-certified Roche as their Humane Educator, she fills the bill to impart the importance of animal care to area youth. “I focus a lot on bringing Animal Welfare Programs to schools,” she explained. The kids and teens who volunteer at the shelter or attend their summer camps already have an interest in animals. “We’re reaching a new audience by going into the schools.” For her educational efforts with the 5th and 6th graders at the Sanford
School System, she follows Mutt-igrees, an initiative founded by Yale University in conjunction with North Shore Animal League America. This utilizes the attraction between kids and pets to teach social-emotional skills that are important in their school and everyday life. In addition to understanding animal care, the goal is to create awareness, help them identify feelings and emotions, encourage empathy and deal with decision making. (She added that her cats were a big hit with the kids, both in person and during virtual classes.) School officials have indicated that a few students have come forward to share that their pets aren’t cared for properly. The officials in turn communicate with parents to resolve the issue. Roche said as the semester ended, she received positive feedback from the kids. A few comments included that they’ve learned to be
kind to animals, not to take their bad day out on pets, not to pull tails, and to approach pets safely. “It’s an amazing program. It’s really, really cool.” Animals Unite Us is another innovative effort – it bridges the cultural gap for high schoolers who are new to the US and/or the English language. She visits two Portland schools for hour-long workshops, teaching the basics of companion animal care. Visit animalwelfaresociety.org/ for info on adopting, fostering, volunteering, donating funds, and to view their Amazon wish list. For info on their Summer Countdown, a program geared towards finding wonderful homes for long-time residents, visit animalwelfaresociety. org/adoption/countdown-to-summer/
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A sweetie and a snuggle bug. She's done well when exposed to cats, dogs, rabbits, and kids. She is doing well with her training but because of her age still requires frequent potty breaks. She is currently spayed and has received her puppy vaccines.
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11 weeks, Lab/Hound/Terrier Mix
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Luke and Leia
2 years old, Great Pyrenees Mixes
They had a less than wonderful life before coming to Maine. We are trying to find them a home TOGETHER, as they truly are best friends. They are low key, quiet dogs who have charmed everyone they have met.
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Active and healthy, loves people who earn her trust. She is very smart, great on a leash & knows many commands. She loves learning new tricks. She would like an adult-only, active home, no other pets.
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8 years old, Bluetick Coonhound Mix
Bo would make a great companion to someone who enjoys walking or jogging and/or to lay around. He seems to only have been a hunting dog and never shown affection. He would be best suited in an only dog or female dog only home Email: Catahoula Rescue of New England, firstname.lastname@example.org
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To submit or get more information on the events below, go online to downeastdognews.com Cleanings are $10.00 each or a combo price of $12.00 for both. All funds raised go directly to the rescue.
Nail Trimming Clinic Saturday, July 10 Rockland, 12PM – 3PM
Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them down to Pet Quarters located at 235 Camden St, Rockland and Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! We trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimmings and Ear Cleanings are $10.00 each or a combo price of $12.00 for both. All funds raised go directly to the rescue.
Wine & Whiskers Tuesday, July 27 Bar Harbor, 5:30PM
Held at the Bar Harbor Club. This festive event includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and LIVE music. Silent and live auction items. All the proceeds from the event will help support the operation of the SPCA of Hancock County. Reservations are required. Tickets - $150 FMI: spcahancockcounty.org
Nail Clipping Clinic Saturday, July 10 Waterville, 10AM – 12PM
Waterville Loyal Biscuit Co., 109 Main Street. For $10 per pet, you can have your pet's nails trimmed and all proceeds will be donated to Charley's Strays, Inc! No appointment necessary. In order to ensure a safe environment for all of our customers, please note: Nail trims will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Nail clipping customers will be asked to wait outside the back entrance of the store (off of Temple Street) for their turn. An employee will call you in! 6' distance must be maintained in line & within the store. loyalbiscuit.com
Nail Clipping Clinic Saturday, July 17 Brewer, 10AM – 12PM
Brewer Loyal Biscuit Co., 421 Wilson Street. For $10 per pet, you can have your pet's nails trimmed and all proceeds will be donated to Old Dogs New Digs! No appointment necessary. In order to ensure a safe environment for all of our customers, please note: Nail trims will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Nail clipping customers will be asked to wait outside the front entrance of the store for their turn. An employee will call you in! 6' distance must be maintained in line & within the store. loyalbiscuit.com
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want to will just make things worse. As for “why” he was like that, there are many factors that contribute to fearfulness, including lack of proper socialization, a scare during a fear period, genetics, etc. She was relieved when I told her that there’s no reason he should have to get close to every person who wants to touch him - she can say, “no,” and she should say no for the sake of her pup. I am hopeful that this wellintentioned, loving dog owner will be more respectful of her dogs’ wishes from now on, and that Tom will be able to better recognize a dog who is truly not interested in interacting with him. It’s not personal! Early intervention with the help of a certified, positive dog trainer would likely have resulted in a much more confident dog.
In the Kitchen with Kevin Thursday, July 29 Online, 5PM
Saturday, July 17 Somerville, 9AM – 12PM
Toe Nail Tuesday
Tuesday, July 20 Rockland, 11AM – 1PM
On Track Agility Club of Maine is hosting an Open House at North Star Dog Training School, 252 Jones Rd., Somerville. Try it all with your dog Agility, Obedience, Rally and Tracking - find out what it's all about and how much fun you can have with your dog in AKC events! There will be qualified OTAC members to help you with each sport. Suggested donation is $10.00. Contact Kathy at (207)691-2332 for more information.
Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them down to Pet Quarters located at 235 Camden St, Rockland and Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! We trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimmings and Ear Cleanings are $10.00 each or a combo price of $12.00 for both. All funds raised go directly to the rescue.
Open House & Reunion
Saturday, July 25 Rockland, 12PM – 2PM
Saturday/Sunday, July 17 & 18 Augusta, 9AM – 5PM
Maine Greyhound Placement Service, 231 Old Belgrade Rd. 9am - 5pm both days. There will be doggy games, contests, vendors, pet portraits, fun run, CGC testing, kennel tours, guest speakers, food and more. FMI: greyhoundplacement.com
Rules about interacting with strange dogs: 1. Ask the human on the other end of the leash BEFORE approaching the dog. If she says yes, follow the next steps. 2. Ask the dog, again BEFORE you approach. The dog may be saying “no” and you must respect this, even if the human says ‘yes.” 3. Let the dog approach you. Turn to the side a bit to see if that encourages her to move towards you. 4. Practice the Three Second Rule: interact for just 3 seconds, then stop, and withdraw your attention. If the dog moves towards you, repeat. If he doesn’t, let him be. Let’s help our dog friends by listening to what they are saying. Sometimes it means saying “no” to our fellow humans, no matter how good their intentions may be.
Nail Trimming Clinic Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them down to Pet Quarters located at 235 Camden St, Rockland and Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! We trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimmings and Ear
Our next Facebook segment, "In the Kitchen with Kevin" will air on Thurs., July 29 at 5:00pm with a delicious Summertime treat your pup is sure to LOVE, Doggie-friendly S’mores Biscuits! Visit our website for upcoming dates/ recipes as well as past recipes. https://www.loyalbiscuit.com/in-thekitchen-with-kevin
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More Hot Dog News On Track Agility Club of Maine to Hold Demonstrations Of AKC Agility, Obedience, Rally and Tracking Saturday, July 17 o you want to learn how you can do Agility, Obedience, Rally and Tracking withDyour dog?
Have you watched dogs do these wonderful events and thought that you might like to do them, too? Come to On Track Agility Club of Maine’s Open House on Saturday, July 17, held at North Star Dog Training School, Jones Road, Somerville, Maine. Open House will be from 9:00 am until Noon. Qualified members of OTAC will be ready to help you and your dog with each sport. Stations for each sport will be set up in the beautiful outdoor field at North Star. In addition, a certified AKC ATT Evaluator will be doing a demonstration of the AKC Temperament Test in the North Star Training School indoor facility. There is no charge to attend this event – a suggested donation is $10 which will support the club in its public education program. Spend a great summer morning with your dog and find out how much fun dog sports can be! Contact Kathy at 207-691-2332 for more information.
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