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to your days! Many of these benefit animal non-profits, so you can have a great time and support local groups as well. Let’s break down the fun. For the walkers, joggers, and runners of all ages out there, check out Paces for Paws 5K to be held

DowneastDogNews.com Volume 19 • Issue 6 • JUNE 2024 FREE 8 & 9 12 &13 Dog-Friendly Camping Dogs for Adoption 6 14 Basic Training Tips Calendar of Events INSIDE DOWNEASTDOGNEWS.COM 2 Hot Dog News The weather is warming up, and it is the perfect time to begin planning for the season of events. Mark your calendar with “Save the Dates”
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See SEASON on page 5 It’s the Season for Fun-Filled Gatherings! WOOFSTOCK PHOTO PROVIDED BY ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY SOUTH PORTLAND 245 Western Ave LISBON 83 Lisbon St 207.775.5150 www.furnituresuperstoreonline.com Dogs for Adoption 5 years old, Honey is playful, energetic and loves to run and play. She has been looking for her forever home for nearly a year. She loves treats and will happily sit for a snack. Honey is looking for a home with dog-savvy kids and maybe even another pup, ideally a male dog. She wants room to run and play. The lucky family that adopts Honey will be rewarded with a loving and affectionate pup with tons of life to live and is ready for adventure! FMI Visit: www.popehumane.org. RORY 4 years old, Cattle Dog/Pit Bull Mix Rory has been looking for her forever home for three years. She is a sweet girl who enjoys basking in the sun and lounging in the dirt, making her an ideal gardening companion for the spring and summer seasons. And once she trusts you…she becomes a devoted companion who loves snuggling under a cozy blanket. Take a chance on this deserving girl and submit an adoption application today. FMI Visit: pittieposserescue.com/adopt/.

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Calling for Working Water Dogs

The Museum of Maritime Pets seeks working water dogs to participate this summer in workshops demonstrating traditional breed skills.

Part of the Museum’s mission is to present programs highlighting traditional working water dog breeds trained for specific skills, including communications, guarding, hauling, hunting, rescue, retrieval and others. Breeds include but are not limited to: Huskies, Labradors, Newfoundlands, Pointers, Portuguese Water Dogs, Retrievers, Schipperkes, Spaniels and others.

The Museum, located at 75 Mechanic Street in Rockland, has access to a small beachfront and park area for these programs. If you and your dog(s) would like to participate and for additional information, contact Pat Sullivan at 207-390-5909 or psullivan@museumofmaritimepets.org.

Healthy Hounds Weight Management Club

Bangor - Green Acres Kennel Shop and ForceFreePets have joined forces to help reduce and hopefully end pet obesity. They have started the Healthy Hounds Weight Management Club and installed a new scale in their facility. All regular clients are invited to stop by and weigh their dogs, whether purchasing food and supplies or dropping them off for boarding, daycare, or grooming. Cats may also be weighed, although we ask that they be weighed in their carrier for comfort and safety.

When asked why the two companies have started this club, owner Don Hanson responded: “The rates of pet obesity in the United States have been increasing steadily while reducing the quality and length of life for far too many pets. In 2022, 59% of dogs and 61% of cats were classified as obese or overweight. This health crisis could easily be ended if pet parents monitored their pet's weight multiple times per year. A scale will make it easier for people to check their pet's weight. If they join the club and allow us to help track their pet's weight, they will also be eligible for a quarterly drawing where those who have met their goal weight could win a $50 gift card for pet food purchases at Green Acres. Our staff are also trained to help clients evaluate foods and treats and how many calories a pet needs daily.”

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About Green Acres Kennel Shop & ForceFreePets: Green Acres Kennel Shop and ForceFreePets are two companies located at 1653 Union Street in Bangor, Maine, and online at www.GreenAcresKennel.com and www.ForceFreePets.com. Our joint mission is to provide humane, ethical, and empathetic pet care and education based on science while prioritizing the needs and welfare of our client's pets. For more information, please call 207-942-5861 or visit www.greenacreskennel.com or www.ForceFreePets.com.

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Dear Dog News Readers,

I love this time of year when everything is turning green, and things are starting to bloom. Miss Pepper is very happy to get more playtime in her backyard park as we call it. She is also enjoying all the new scents to sniff. It can be difficult at times to get her back inside. I cannot blame her though; she loves being outside and after winter that’s where I’d prefer to be as well. Soon she will be jumping off the dock and swimming in the lake!

As the weather becomes warmer, we will see more and more visitors arriving and many fabulous events and fundraisers will be held throughout the state. Keep checking our website, Facebook page and printed paper for more information.

My friends and I recently attended a mini golf fundraiser that benefited the Museum of Maritime Pets which is based in Rockland. We had a great time, and my friend Jess even got a hole in one!

We hope you and your pups are enjoying the nice weather. I believe the insects and ticks will be plentiful this year so make sure you are treating your dogs for fleas, ticks and heartworm. Thank you for reading our paper. Have a wonderful month!

All the best, Jenn and Pepper

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Hot Dog News 2 Furry Words 4 Ask the Vet 4 Basic Training Tips 6 Taking the Worry Out of Anesthesia 7 Dog-Friendly Camping. ...... 8 & 9 Performance Dog Training 10 Words, Woofs & Meows 11 Dogs for Adoption 12, 13 Calendar 14 Business Directory 15 Table of Contents

I’m sitting outside watching birds dance and the leaves unfurl as I write this edition. I LOVE spring! New life, rebirth, warm days, peepers, and owls singing me to sleep. I do believe we have also survived another mud season, which, deserves celebrating. I’m a psychic for people and pets, but a reading is not a replacement for licensed medical care. Enjoy!

Robin G. asked about Pearl, a chihuahua. “Do you think she would like another dog to join or does she prefer to be the only dog?” ONLY DOG!!!!! She is really funny about it because there was zero hesitation in her reply. You have almost found balance and self-love, so why would you rock that boat? She also is more conservative than you may have realized. She isn’t fancy, prefers not to have her nails painted and dressing her up is not her idea of a good time. She prefers donut holes to ice cream and loves being a pet until it’s time for bed, then each to your own part of the bed. She loves you dearly, too!

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it, but then she needs to reset and clear herself after. Think about being at work, being presentable all day, then getting in your car and taking your bra off. I can’t believe that’s what I’m being told to say, but here we are!!!! I do think she’s alright and both of you need to clear your energy after being in one place or environment for any length of time.

Jenn L. asked about Lunda, a Chihuahua/Terrier mix. “She’s doing weird backwards sneezing when she comes inside sometimes after she’s

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Q. My pup hates flying insects and reacts badly when bitten. What should I know?

A. It seems we have gone from winter to summer overnight. With it came the flying insects. June is a major black fly month. I heard an entomologist say Maine has a healthy ecosystem because different species of black flies hatch throughout the summer. There are actually four biting insects you and your best friend need to deal with starting in late spring and summer. The most common are mosquitoes, black flies, no-see-ums, and larger flies called horse, deer or moose flies.

Mosquitoes in Maine can be a nuisance and carry diseases. These pesky insects breed in standing water and are more active at dawn and dusk. The females are the blood suckers. The most common disease concerning dogs is heart worm disease. The mosquitoes spread the disease by biting an infected dog and then biting another dog. The

been playing. Is this something to be concerned about?” I am not a veterinarian, but my first question would be, does she have congestive heart failure, and I hear no. I do think that when she goes outside, she takes everything in through her sniffer, and it is fun while she’s doing

Sarah A. asked about her Rottweiler, Roxie. “Are you at peace after your sudden weeks of sickness? You are very loved and very missed.” I’m so sorry for your loss because she really was a sweet girl who loved you just as much. When she first got sick, she wasn’t worried, but she also thought it would pass. It feels like you all did. As she progressed and it was clear she wasn’t going to make it, you took the time to explain to her what was happening and how much you loved her but wanted her to stop suffering. That gave her SO much peace. You did a beautiful job sending her off and loving her up. She does come to visit every night, and I’d talk to her the same way I talk to my parents in heaven. I ask them for great parking spots everywhere I go! It’s silly but

amazing to see them pull some strings for me in heaven. I am also seeing temporary tattoos with her face on it, so if you want to try one instead of going all out with a real one, she’s on board!

Angela H. asked about Act of Valor, a German Shepherd. “What the heck is he constantly itching from?” Well, this is more about you than the dog. Have you ever had a job or task you HAD to do versus the one you’d love to do? It feels like you’re in that space right now, and he’s feeling your prickly energy. It could be you have a few years to retirement, but you’d love to call it quits today, but you can't. Make peace with where you are and know that it is for now, not forever. I think he’ll stop.

Thank you for your questions and for sharing your pups with me! More in depth readings are available at www.enlightenedhorizons.com, and if you follow along on Facebook at Sara Moore Enlightened Horizons, you may be featured in an upcoming article.

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prevalence of heart worm disease in Maine was rare. The warming environment and the importing of dogs from infected areas have changed that picture. It is important to use heart worm prevention at least through the season if not all year round. Viruses causing fewer common diseases carried by mosquitoes are Eastern Equine

Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV). These diseases are an issue for horses, llamas, alpacas, and birds. Humans, dogs, camelids, and horses are called dead end hosts. This means the viruses cannot reproduce and spread as they do in birds, but dogs, humans, and horses can get sick. Dogs will show symptoms involving the brain called encephalitis. Symptoms include low energy, wobbliness, muscle tremors, and fever. These diseases are extremely rare in our dogs. They can affect the immune, immature, or compromised companions. Treatment is supportive and may result in hospitalization.

Flies are another group of annoying insects. Black flies start in the late spring and are worse in May and June. Sand flies, also known as no-see-ums, midges, and gnats, are seen swarming around dusk. Larger flies, called horse, deer, and moose flies are pests through July and August. These flies do not carry disease in Maine but can be irritating. Black flies have an easily recognized bite that looks like a red circle with a red dot in the middle. Midges are painful bites mostly around lower legs and ears. The

larger flies can cause irritating bites too. The problem with these flies are painful bites and allergic reactions. The response to these bites can be a mark, welts, large swollen areas, and eczema. Most of the treatment is topical, but more severe allergic reactions will need to be treated by your veterinarian.

You can walk your best friend at a different time of day and use bug repellent which can be a mix of essential oils or chemicals to prevent the discomfort and disease from these biting insects. Contact your veterinarian for advice on the best prevention for your companion.

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Rescue & Sanctuary, shared that they are hosting a magical Summer Solstice Pawty at The Bark Yard in South Portland on Thursday, June 20th from 5 pm to 8 pm. They’ll delight guests with local artisans, food trucks, a mobile bar, face painting, games, and raffles. The rescue will have dogs there looking for their forever homes. Because of this, they ask that you kindly leave your 4-leggeds home to allow the spotlight to be on their adoptables.

For Rally and Obedience fans, don’t miss the On Track Agility Club of Maine’s AKC and Obedience Shows at North Star Dog Training School in Somerville. Kathy Duhnoski said their Obedience and Rally shows are geared to beginners in both sports (Rally is on Saturday, June 29, Obedience on Sunday, June 30). The club offers AKC classes in Rally, both Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. In Obedience, they offer Beginner Novice, Novice, Preferred Novice, and Gradate Novice. There is a limit of 35 entries in each trial.

“The show will be outdoors both days in a beautiful field with plenty of shade and plenty of space for dogs and handlers to have crates and chairs set up for their comfort. The members of OTAC will be there to encourage and help all the dog/handler teams,” shared Kathy. She added that it is part of OTAC’s mission to encourage new people to take part in the wonderful world of dog sports. “We welcome you to come and watch and see what the excitement is all about!” Check out ontrackagility.com/ or contact Kathy at 207.691.2332.

“Our biggest event of the year is in July, Wine and Whiskers,” said Mariah Donovan, Communications Coordinator for the SPCA of Hancock County. The Wine & Whiskers fundraiser is responsible for generating over a fourth of their revenue each year, which helps them save more lives, spay and neuter more cats and dogs, reunite pets with owners, run community pet support programs, and place more animals into loving homes.

The Wine & Whiskers 2024 will be held at the Bar Harbor Club, 111 West Street, in Bar Harbor on Tuesday, July 23rd at 5:30 pm. Attendees will enjoy a superb evening with dining and an auction. “On behalf of our staff, board, volunteers, and animals, please know that your generosity saves lives and is deeply appreciated!” If you would like to know more

about the event or other ways to support them, please contact Mariah Donovan at mariah.d@ spcahancockcounty.org.

The annual Woofstock is scheduled for July 27 at 11:00 am to 3:00 pm! It is a free, family- and dogfriendly, beer and food festival held rain or shine on the grounds of Animal Welfare Society, 46 Holland Road in Kennebunk, Maine. Expect an awesome afternoon with live music, food trucks, dozens of local craft brews, and lots of doggone fun. There’s something for everyone including games, kids’ activities, dog agility courses, craft vendors, giveaways and so much more!

Saturday, August 17, 2024, 11 am to 2 pm is the 5th Annual Dog Days of Bridgton at 15 Depot Street, behind the Bridgton Community Center. It is truly a celebration of dogs and the people who love them! It’s a great day for canines and their dogloving families to enjoy the outdoors and meet and mingle with others. Expect games, vendors, participating dog rescues, contests, and much more. It’s hosted by Tasteful Things to benefit Harvest Hills and other local animal rescues/shelters. For sponsorships or to be a vendor, please call Carole at 207-577-0783 or Nate at 207-5770782.

You're invited to the always terrific Pet Rock in the Park on August 25 at Deering Oaks Park, 11 to 4 pm. This annual dogfriendly event boasts live music, food, animal demonstrations, service products, animal shelters, and rescue organizations. Pet Rock, which benefits the Animal Cancer Foundation, draws lots of people so you’re sure to run into old friends and or make new ones. Please stop by this one, you’ll be glad you did!

“We are very excited that the 4th Annual Bark + Brew in the Barn is now scheduled for Saturday, September 21st,” said Kasey Bielecki, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for Pope Memorial Humane Society in Thomaston. You’re sure to have a great time at this event that’s held

at Harmony Hill Farm in Warren, including food trucks, music, games, and adoptable dogs. For details, popehumane.org/events/.

Don’t miss the Bangor Humane Society’s Paws on Parade on September 28 at Hudson University. The fall leaf colors could be gorgeous, and this promises to be filled with pet costumes, a shelter dog runway show, vendors, and a variety of sponsors. To pre-register, 207-942-8902.

For good old-fashioned fun, visit the Grammy Rose Rescue & Sanctuary’s on-campus ice cream parlor and 18 hole mini-golf course named Wicky Ralph’s, honoring Grammy Rose’s husband. The ice cream parlor and mini golf, which benefits the rescue, are very popular—the season continues through Labor Day and beyond on weekends if weather permits. Watch their website at facebook.com/ grammyrosedogrescue/. They may have a fall golf tournament and add

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Grab your Newfie and join the Newfoundland Club of New England (NCNE) on September 21st and 22nd for the 27th annual Newfie Fun Days. This event is a celebration of the Newfoundland breed and is held at the Piscataqua Boat Basin, in Eliot from 10 am to 4 pm (rain or shine). There will be speakers, demonstrations, food trucks, vendors, and raffles. Witness this magnificent breed as they demonstrate the work they are bred to do. Demos will include water rescue, draft, and tricks. Sunday will provide an opportunity to earn an AKC Trick Dog Title. Then the weekend’s events will wrap up with the Grand March with all Newfies being led by Bag Piper Rob Haskel. If you are interested in volunteering or being a vendor, please email Jenn Hemingway at Lynchnewfies@gmail. com.

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Skipper and I were enjoying a woods walk yesterday on the public trails near my home in North Yarmouth. He was off leash, as is permitted, and having a grand time freely exploring the bouquet of springtime forest offerings. Aside from the excited chirps of chippies which would prompt a short chase from Skipper, there wasn’t a lot to see in the way of critters, but this didn’t matter.

Seeing isn’t what a dog’s exploration mainly consists of. It’s the NOSE that drives our dogs to explore, and the instantaneous information they gather is astonishing. I find myself envious of their olfactory superpowers and curious about what top secret intelligence they have access to which I do not. In addition to this incredible ability, it has recently been discovered that a dog’s smell and vision centers are somehow integrated, unlike humans. [jneurosci.org, 2022] This is very exciting science about our best friends!

Invisible to me but calling out “loudly” to Skipper from off the trail was a largish section of deer hide with a thick layer of fuzzy coat

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still attached. Of course he had to investigate it, first with his nose, then… you guessed it… by picking it up and giving it a good taste (I supposed). Yuck.

This was his walk, not mine, and the discovery of this piece of deer was clearly a highlight for him and emotionally nourishing. He was ecstatic, completely entranced by this fascinating artifact. It was probably as captivating to him as watching a viral video can be for us, except it was via scent. Imagine that!

Exploration via sniffing is essential nutrition for our dogs.

BUT… back to the (ick) deer hide…

My dog is off-leash in the woods and in possession of part of a dead animal.

What should I do?

We have many choices with respect to how to interact with and train our dogs. The choice we ultimately make, however, will affect our dog’s future behavior and the emotions associated with that behavior. We need to weigh our decisions carefully.

My choices:

1. Do nothing

2. Run toward him and try to pull it out of his mouth or ask him to drop it

a. Yell at him while doing the above

b. Chase and yell while doing the above

3. Call him to me and ask him to drop it

a. Yell while doing the above

4. Physically restrain him while I forcefully remove said item from his mouth.

I chose #1. “Do nothing.” It was a no-brainer. He’s a dog, and the likelihood of that piece of deer hide causing any negative repercussions was extremely low. I let him enjoy his find and I kept walking. When he’d hit the limit of how much information he could glean from it, he caught up to me. Thankfully, he decided not to consume much of

it. If it had looked like he wanted to make a meal out of it or if it were truly something that was dangerous, I would have chosen 3 (not 3a). Thanks to lots of work positively teaching recall, drop it, and fetch, I am certain he would have gladly obliged. Without such training, it probably wouldn’t be the case.

By choosing #1, the future will invariably feature more encounters with interesting/disgusting dead animal parts, and Skipper will feel free to investigate them without being harassed. Choices #2-4 may succeed in the short term in that the object will be retrieved, but my dog will learn to avoid me when he has something, whatever it might be. He may see me as a threat, especially if and/or b are included.

Any choice that elicits resistance from the dog will result in future resistance. He will be less likely to come when called, less likely to learn to relinquish items, including while playing retrieve, and less trusting of his humans.

The bottom line is that we have choices in how we address any behavior we either want to strengthen or diminish, and those choices affect not only the immediate situation, but future interactions as well.

Choose wisely, and Happy Training!

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Anesthetic complications in veterinary patients are an important source of concern and anxiety in pet owners. Will my pet survive this anesthetic event? Rather than discarding these concerns when discussing veterinary anesthesia with the public, we as veterinarians and veterinary technicians best serve our clients when we educate them on the risks of anesthesia and describe the steps we take to mitigate those risks.

What is the incidence of anesthetic mortality in veterinary patients?

Few studies have documented the incidence of anesthetic morbidity and mortality in veterinary medicine. The largest veterinary study reporting on anesthetic mortality, entitled Confidential Enquiry into Perioperative Small Animal Fatalities was carried out in the UK between 2002 and 2004 and involved 98,036 anesthetics and sedations from 117 participating centers established an overall rate of 0.18% for anesthetic-related deaths in dogs. Twenty years later, the first international multicenter study by Redondo and colleagues assessed the overall mortality of veterinary patients to 0.69%. Strikingly, despite two decades of technological advances, little has changed in terms of anesthetic mortality rates. When compared to the reported

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human perioperative mortality rates (1.1 / 1000000), anesthetic deaths are significantly more frequent in veterinary medicine.

What could increase the risk of anesthetic death in my pet?

Research has shown that certain patient specific factors can increase anesthetic risks for morbidity and mortality. While the adage “Age is not a disease” remains true, geriatric patients often present with health issues that could complicate anesthesia. Not only was advanced age identified as a risk factor for anesthetic death in veterinary patients, neonatal and pediatric patients also were at an increased risks due to the immaturity of organ systems. Ultimately, a healthy patient who presents for an elective procedure carries a lower risk than a sick patient in urgent need for surgery. The general threat to any patient undergoing general anesthesia lies within his health status at the time of the anesthetic event and thus, a careful assessment of organ systems function is indispensable to accurately estimate a patient’s anesthetic risk. Unsurprisingly, obesity has also been linked to anesthetic death and is arguably the most easily preventable cause of anesthetic mortality in pets. Client education during wellness visits and emphasizing the importance of weight management cannot be understated.

What does my veterinary healthcare

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team do to mitigate these risks?

Though we cannot completely eliminate anesthetic risks for veterinary patients, efforts can be made to accurately identify patients with important risk factors. The first step is to perform a physical exam within 12 hrs. of any anesthetic event. Following administration of sedative and anesthetic medications, our patient’s survival depends on the diligent monitoring of vital parameters which must continue until the patient is fully recovered from anesthesia. Recent evidence suggests that the majority of anesthetic deaths (80%) occur in the post-operative period. This bolsters the recommendation to provide continued anesthesia monitoring and support of vital functions including, but not limited to, body temperature and respiratory function during the recovery phase. A dedicated anesthesia staff member and limiting distractions in the work environment are key to success. Ensuring that every member of the team is knowledgeable and trained in accordance with the most up-todate guidelines through continuing education is critical. Depending on the state in which you work, legislation may also prohibit workers who are not licensed veterinary technicians or veterinarians to take on the role of anesthetist.

As far as anesthetic protocols are concerned, veterinary

anesthesiologists recommend using a multimodal, balanced anesthetic regimen that incorporates, wherever possible, multimodal analgesia including regional nerve blocks, opioids, and NSAIDs. Indeed, preemptive pain management and continual assessments of patient comfort are key for optimal outcomes. The use of acepromazine and alpha-2 agonists as premedicants has also been associated with improved outcomes due to their ability to decrease inhalant anesthetic doses during anesthesia and reduce stress associated with anesthesia and surgery.

In summary, the risks of anesthetic mortality in veterinary patients is real, and owner education should be promoted by veterinary practice managers and administrators rather than a cavalier approach aiming to minimize these concerns. Anesthetic mortality increases with patient age and health status. Diligent patient monitoring from induction of anesthesia carried through the recovery stages are essential to identify life-threatening complications. Rigorous pain management protocol guided by serial pain assessments also plays an important role to optimize outcomes.

Dr. Vezina-Audette is a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist and second-year surgical resident at PVESC.

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Maine is a great destination for those seeking outdoor adventure and camping is a great way to connect with nature and disconnect from our busy day to day lives. It can be a fun activity for the entire family, including the family dog.

There are hundreds of licensed campgrounds throughout Maine, and many welcome well-behaved dogs and their humans. All Maine State Park campgrounds allow dogs except for Sebago Lake State Park. Acadia National Park also has three pet-friendly campgrounds: Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods.


There are many different types of camping, a few of the most popular choices include tent camping, camper or RV’s and of course glamping.

Tent camping – Be sure you have a tent large enough for both you and your dog. If it is your dog’s first time sleeping in a tent you may want to practice at home in your yard if that is an option. Keep your dog’s nails trimmed to protect the floor of the tent. If you are a sound sleeper and are concerned about your dog escaping the tent at night you might consider a crate or tethering them to your cot or something heavy inside the tent. Leaving your dog in a tent

unsupervised for any length of time is not recommended.

Campers and RV’s – Once again it is a good idea to condition your dog and get them used to being in your camper or RV. Spend some time in the RV and take short trips around the block gradually increasing the distance and providing positive reinforcement along the way in the form of praise and treats. Make sure your dog has their own space. If you can fit a crate, that would be a great spot and also a safe way for them to travel. It is not necessarily recommended to leave your dog unattended, and some campgrounds have rules against it.

However, if you do, please be sure your dog has plenty of ventilation and stays either warm or cool, depending on the time of year. Have a backup system in place in case of power failure while you are away.

Glamping – This type of camping is growing in popularity and typically provides more glamour and comfort. Some examples of glamping include luxury tents, treehouses, yurts, cabins and domes. For many dogs traditional camping can be overwhelming. With glamping, you can still experience nature while enjoying many of the comforts of home. No matter which camping

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experience you choose, call ahead to ensure that the campground is in fact dog-friendly and ask about their pet policies. Following you will find more useful tips and essentials to pack for your camping adventure with your dog.

Tips for Camping with Your Dog

• Make an appointment with your vet for a checkup.

• Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and travel with a copy of their vaccination records. You should also make sure they have been treated for fleas and ticks.

• Be prepared for an emergency. Find the number of the nearest 24-hour veterinary emergency hospital near where you will be staying and program it into your phone.

• Bring a photo of your dog and consider microchipping them in case they get lost.

• Research daycares/boarding ahead of time for days when your activities do not allow your dog to accompany you.

• Plan a trip appropriate for your dog’s personality. Are they adventurous or do they prefer to lounge?

• Never leave your dog unattended.

• Most campgrounds will require your dog to remain on a leash of 6 feet in length or less.

• Be courteous to fellow

campers. Bring along pet waste bags and clean up after your dog. Dispose of waste in trash receptacles.

• Keep your dog in a cool area during the hottest time of day. Make sure they have plenty of water to drink. Do not let your dog drink stagnant water and be cautious of lakes and rivers that could be infected by blue-green algae. https://www.maine.gov/dep/ water/lakes/algalbloom.html

• If your dog is aggressive and/ or might not respond well to other dogs, new people and new surroundings or is a constant barker it would best to leave them at home with a sitter.

Dog Camping Essentials

• Food, bowls, treats and plenty of water.

• Medications if needed.

• Tether

• Extra collars/leashes/ harnesses with your contact info. on them

• Towels

• Blanket or favorite toys from home

• Current photo of your dog

• Vaccination/medical records

• Dog waste bags

• Flea and tick preventatives, pet-friendly insect repellent

• Dog-friendly sunscreen

• Pet wipes, grooming products

• Bed or mat to sleep on (if tenting the ground gets damp and cold)

• Portable crate (optional)

• First-aid kit

Dog First Aid Kit

• Pet first aid guidebook

• Muzzle or bandana for a makeshift muzzle.

• Sterile gauze pads

• Vetwrap (self-stick gauze)

• Activated charcoal (which can save your dog’s life from accidental poisoning)

• Butterfly Bandages (to close open wounds)

• Waterproof surgical tape

• Blunt-end scissors

• Instant cold and hot packs

• Cotton balls and swabs

• Styptic Powder (stop bleeding)

• Tweezers & nail clippers

• Ear & Eye Ointment

• Antiseptic liquid soap

• Triple Antibiotic Ointment

• Hydrogen peroxide

• Towels

• Booties for injured paws

• Buffered aspirin (for pain –dogs only!)

• Antihistamine (Benadryl that contains diphenhydramine only. NO Xylitol!)

Consult your vet on the best choices, doses, and instructions on how to use these items. ASPCA Poison Control hotline (888) 426-4435 for emergency poisoning information and support.

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Training Your Performance Dog Agility,

Obedience, Tracking

Most of us who compete have very good dogs in class, at home, or wherever we go to play with them. Why then is it sometimes different when we go to a trial? Different sounds, different smells, different dogs and people – basically unfamiliar territory – can be distracting and stressful to the dog, and this is why having routines that are familiar to both of you can help your dog gain confidence.

A new environment can overstimulate your dog’s brain. In a new situation that, to your dog, is over stimulating, you may feel he is not giving you the attention you

want, but in reality, he probably cannot handle all that stimulation. And since a dog’s first instinct is survival/safety, his brain may not be able to handle both attention to you and the environment. Survival skills will override attention to you. This dog needs familiar routines to feel safe and which will enable him to build mental stamina.

Overstimulated dogs will react

differently. Some will get the “zoomies” and do all the obstacles as if you did not exist. Others will perform very slowly, trying to do the correct behavior in spite of the overwhelming environment, and others may shut down and not even jump. Handler pressure here or loud cheerleading can be disastrous. Familiar routines can help these dogs.

Plan on arriving early to any new venue. Leave your dog in the car and set up his “home” – a crate, x-pen, mat, or whatever is familiar and appropriate. When you get your dog out of the car, don’t just go inside. Let your dog see where he is. A dog’s natural way to check the environment is to sniff - and what do most handlers say immediately? Leave it – no sniff! Your dog needs to know where he is, so just hang out by the car for a moment and let him look around and sniff. When he seems relaxed, find a place where he can relieve himself if necessary and go inside.

Once inside, move away from the door and just relax again. Let him see where he is, and then go to his crate which can have a toy or bone inside. Sit by your dog and let him relax again. When I feel that my dog is comfortable, I like to go for a walk around the area with a toy. The toy

is available to the dog, but I do not ask my dog to play. This can be too hard for a “green” dog - “I can’t play if I don’t feel safe.”

When I see that my dog is relaxing, I may start some very easy play, and if my dog buys into the game, I will play to the level my dog can handle in this environment. It may not be what you can do at home. If I can get play, then I might ask for “speak” and tricks and then go back to play. Then I put my dog away and let him rest. Each time you take your dog out of the crate, play should come easier and be stronger.

Warm up routines should be familiar and fun – entering the ring, how you take off the leash and go to the start line, and how you set up and lead out or begin, should all be a well-known routine. When your dog knows what to expect, he can then put effort into focus. End routines should also be established routines – with the dog coming to you, putting on the leash, praising, exiting the ring, celebrating, and rewarding.

Routines build confidence through familiarity. Work on the routines your dog needs.

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Walking the dog. Wikipedia describes dog walking as “…the act of a person walking with a dog, typically from the dog's residence and then returning.” Sadly, the definition suggests nothing about the walk being enjoyable or, better yet, fun for the dog. Many people with dogs still view walking the dog as an obligation to ensure their dogs get physical exercise, which entails walking around the block or some other regular course at an unvarying pace with the dog in a perfect heel position. That’s not the type of walk where your dog will thrive.

People will call me and say, “The dog is making my walk miserable. I like to go as fast as possible, without stopping, while listening to my favorite music, an audible book, or chatting with a friend.” That’s when I tell them you must take two walks: one for yourself and one for the dog.

Walking in lockstep with another living being is NOT normal canine behavior. As our pet's life partner, one of our responsibilities is to ensure it has ample opportunity to exhibit normal behaviors for its species. The ideal walk for a dog is a meandering journey where it follows its nose, often stops to sniff, enjoys the moment, and then chooses where it will go next. Our dog's mental health benefits considerably when we can give it choices, just like we do best when we have a choice. Please! Give your dog choices! Allow it to stop and sniff. It’s what makes its walk joyful. Remember, when we take our dogs for a walk, we are responsible for keeping them and the public safe. The following are my safety recommendations.

• Walk one dog at a time.

• Walk on your own two feet and do NOT ride a bicycle, scooter, skateboard, or roller skates, all of which offer less control and put your dog, you, and others at greater risk.


• Make sure your dog wears an appropriately fitted frontconnect harness or regular collar. Shock, prong, and choke collars must never be used.

• Attach a leash to your dog's harness or collar. If you are walking among people, I recommend a 6-foot leash. If you are walking somewhere where you can give your dog the freedom to explore and sniff, a 10-to 20-foot leash may be appropriate. Never use a retractable leash, as they are easy to drop and have been known to cause severe injuries to dogs and people.

• Always remain focused on your dog and the surrounding environment. Do not allow yourself to get distracted by listening to music or interacting with your phones.

• Be conscious of how the environment may affect your dog’s enjoyment of the walk.

• Is the asphalt too hot? If it’s too hot for the palm of your hand, it’s too hot for your dog's feet!

• Is the snow and slush too cold or icy? Can you hold your hand on the ice for a minute? Are you wearing grippers? If yes, it may not be a good day to walk your dog. If my recommendations seem overly stringent, it’s because I do not want you or your dog, or any other living thing, injured or killed because you were not prepared or did not have your dog under control. When it comes to the law, you are the one responsible.

• Ensure you are familiar with canine body language and constantly monitor your dogs for signs of stress and discomfort. If a dog sits and no longer moves or jumps on you and bites at the leash, it may be trying to tell you it is done and wants to go home.

• Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and hypothermia, and be prepared to stop walking immediately if you see them.

• Be prepared to carry your dog back home or at least to your car or someplace you can shelter if it cannot go on due to illness or injury.

• Always carry water with you for you and your dog. Avoid allowing your dog to drink from public water bowls or waterways, as they may cause illness.

• If you allow your dog to be off leash, ensure you are in an area where you are legally permitted to do so and understand you may be putting your dog's life at risk.

When done correctly, walking with your dog can be an excellent time for bonding and enjoying one another's company. However, understand that your dog does not need a walk every day for physical exercise, provided you can give them ample time to run and explore in a fenced-in yard under your supervision.

Please make sure every walk with your dog is fun and enjoyable for both of you. If you’re not quite there, work with a credentialed, positivereinforcement professional dog trainer. Walking the Dog–It MUST Be Something Your Dog Enjoys, If NOT, Don’t Do It!

Don Hanson lives in Bangor, Maine, where he isthe co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop (greenacreskennel.com) and the founder of ForceFreePets.com, an online educational resource for people with dogs and cats. He is a Professional Canine Behavior Consultant (PCBC-A) accredited by the Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB)and a Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner (BFRAP). Don is a member of thePet Professional Guild (PPG), where he serves on the Board of Directors and Steering Committee and chairs the Advocacy Committee. He is also a founding director of Pet Advocacy International (PIAI). In addition, Don produces and co-hosts The Woof Meow Showpodcast,available at http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts/,the Apple Podcast app, and Don's blog: www.words-woofs-meows.com.The opinions in this post are those of Don Hanson.

PREVENTION: Leptospirosis

“All dogs are at risk of leptospirosis, regardless of signalment, geographic location, lifestyle, and the time of year” (ACVIM). Wherever you live, even in the Northeast United States, ask your veterinarian whether your dog should get an annual vaccination against Leptospirosis. If your veterinarian recommends a Leptospirosis shot for your dog, strongly consider vaccinating.


American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine acvim.org

Updated ACVIM consensus statement on leptospirosis in dogs.

American Veterinary Medical Association avma.org

Updated guidance on canine leptospirosis reflects better understanding of disease.

American Animal Hospital Association aaha.org

Key vaccination considerations: Leptospirosis

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Old Dogs New Digs, ODND, is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer nonprofit that supports and partners with individuals and shelters who need to find loving, comfortable homes for their relinquished and/or displaced seniors, and occasional special needs pets. Their focus is on getting these animals into loving homes as well as raising

Rescue of the Month

those individuals’ relinquishing pets. Martie, who also serves as their allimportant Case Manager (their version of an Adoption Coordinator), said they are aware of a large number of people who need to rehome their pets.

If the relinquisher can keep a pet until they find an adopter, ODND can step in with assistance. “It’s overwhelming for an owner to go through the process and find a good

animal to a partner shelter who will take ownership of it and work with the nonprofit. “We generally take on at least half of the financial needs at that point and up to 100% (with the shelter contributing the remainder) and do the networking and screening.” All adoption fees go to the shelter in these scenarios.

“Lastly, if the owner can't keep the animal, and ODND is unable to find a foster, we try to find a shelter that we work with to take the animal. Then we will network, in the hopes that it will bring extra attention to the animal,” explained Martie.

Since 2016, they’ve had almost one thousand successful rehoming cases in Maine and New England. Currently, they have twenty-six active dog cases—dogs in foster, dogs still with their owners awaiting a relinquishment solution, or dogs that are in shelters and they’ve asked ODND to help.

ODND has upcoming Yappy Hours. To support them and have a good time, stop by Olive Pit Brewing Company, 16 Main St in Lisbon Falls on June 29, from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. ODND is teaming up with Finally Home Senior Dog Rescue at Maine Beer Company, 525 US Route 1 in Freeport on August 1 at 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Watch their site for more fundraisers—their new Event Coordinator is getting busy!

Fosters are needed, especially those who can take bonded pairs, special needs, and hospice dogs, or who do not have resident pets. As far as donations are concerned, dog and cat food, preventatives, and money for vet bills are welcomed. For info and applications on fostering, donating, and adopting, olddogsnewdigs.com/.

silly, affectionate and low energy, Early is described as kind of like a 75# cat. He loves being around people and would be fine with older children. Wee people make him very uncomfortable, and his current family has a toddler and a baby on the way. Out of love for this much adored guy, his people want to find a comfortable retirement home for him. He would likely do fine with a submissive female dog in his home, but no male dogs or cats. www.olddogsnewdigs.com/adopt/

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Dogs for Adoption

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13 years old, Bulldog Mix

Older dog looking for a forever home where she can be loved and cared for. Looking for a home where she is the only pet, and can be the center of attention. Would prefer not to be around young children as she is sensitive to touch and can’t see very well. Enjoys being around people.

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She loves sticks and snuggles. Great with kids, cats and other dogs. She can be a ball of craziness but she also loves to cuddle on the couch. And she always has to carry around something… a stick…roots…a toy.


8 years old, Hound Mix

A sweetheart with a personality that shines brighter than any star. He’s a friendly fellow who loves people, always ready with a wagging tail and warm, welcoming eyes. Elton is smart and loyal, traits that make him a joy to be around. He’s also dog-friendly and likely to be good with kids.

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Brownie was a stray puppy that is very lovable, playful and loyal. He is extremely playful with the other dogs and cats. He would do best without senior animals as he is extremely playful and as for cats when they tell him they don’t want to play – he listens! He is super curious and is a fun loving fella!

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He is good with other dogs & has had no reaction to cats when he has seen them in passing. He loves to play chase with his foster brother. He is crate trained, house trained and walks well on a leash. Loves everyone he meets, loves to play, but can also chill out on the couch.

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Goofy, fun-loving, affectionate and adventurous dog who is working on adding his basic obedience skills. He craves physical activity and loves to do what his people are doing. Kids 5+ and no kitties. Quite picky about the dog friends he has been introduced to here at the

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The sweetest girl, she will be your absolute best friend, always by your side. Amber is very food motivated and she will lure you in for more treats with her puppy dog eyes. She loves to play with other dogs and is good with kids 7+ due to her excitement and jumping.

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3.5 years old, Australian Cattle Dog Handsome, healthy, extremely intelligent and full of energy! Excellent recall, knows basic commands, loves playing fetch with his frisbee, “helping” with any outdoor chores. Folks who work from home, have flexible schedules, or a full time stay at home adult would suit him best. Kids 5+

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JUNE 2024

June C lendar

To submit or get more information on the events below, go online to downeastdognews.com

These events are currently scheduled as of our production date however please check with the event organizers to ensure they are still taking place on these dates.


Saturday, June 1

Thomaston, 11AM – 1PM

Join us in the Pope Memorial Humane Society community room on Saturday, June 1, for a low-cost rabies clinic. Rabies vaccines will be $15 (cash only), with all proceeds benefiting Pope Memorial Humane Society. Please register your pet(s) at https://forms. gle/JwKwswsc3fdmh5QX7. Thank you to Dr. Mimi Moore for volunteering to administer the vaccines. *If you have prior proof of up-to-date rabies vaccination, please bring it with you. *All animals must be secured in a carrier or on a leash.


Saturday, June 1

Thomaston, 12PM – 3PM Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them over to Tractor Supply in Thomaston and Shannon Nachajko, Director of Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! And remember we trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimming and Ear Cleanings are available for a $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for ear cleanings. All funds raised go directly to rescue.


Sunday, June 2

Augusta On Track Agility Club of Maine event. Two AKC Tracking Tests - TD (Tracking Dog) and TDU (Tracking Dog Urban) Tests. If you are interested in AKC tracking with your dog and would like to watch and see what it is all about – this is a great opportunity. Held at the headquarters- Viles Arboretum in Augusta. Call Kathy at (207)691-2332 FMI.


Sunday, June 2

Augusta, 2PM - 6PM Held at Kennebec Valley Humane Center 168 Leighton Road, Augusta ME. Dog and family friendly music festival event with food trucks, beer tent & vendor village. Lawn games, scavenger hunt & raffles. FMI: pethavenlane.org


Tuesday, June 11

Thomaston, 11AM – 1PM

Is your pet in need of a pedicure?

Bring them over to Tractor Supply in Thomaston and Shannon Nachajko, Director of Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! And remember we trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimming and Ear Cleanings are available for a $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for ear cleanings. All funds raised go directly to rescue.



Saturday, June 15

Farmington, 8AM - 2PM

Register to be a vendor at Maine’s Mega Yard Sale benefitting the Franklin County Animal Shelter! All proceeds from vendor registrations and entry fees go directly to FCAS, while any sales you make go directly into your pocket! You can visit https:// fcanimalshelter.org/maine-mega-yardsale-2024 for more information on how to register!


Saturday, June 15

Belfast, 8AM

Join PAWS Animal Adoption Center for the 7th Annual Paces for PAWS 5k and 1 mile walk to be held on the Belfast Rail

Trail. Race is for all ages and all levels and YES, you can bring your dog. FMI: www.pacesforpaws.org


Saturday, June 15

Augusta, 9AM – 3PM

Beginners and Beyond Beginners workshop! On Track Agility Club of Maine’s Most Popular Tracking Workshop! $175 dog/handler team. Want to start tracking with your dog and don’t know how to begin? Do you have some tracking experience but need and want more?

Instructors: AKC Tracking Judge Carolyn Fuhrer and experienced OTAC members with the knowledge and enthusiasm to give you a great day of tracking instruction! Individual instruction and feedback for each team!! Fun Fact: OTAC tracking tests have one of the highest pass rates in New England. Call Kathy at (207)6912332 FMI.


Sunday, June 16

Thomaston, 12PM – 2PM Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them over to Tractor Supply in Thomaston and Shannon Nachajko, Director of Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! And remember we trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it!

Nail Trimming and Ear Cleanings are available for a $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for ear cleanings. All funds raised go directly to rescue.


Thursday, June 20

Portland, 6PM

Bring your dog to a Sea Dogs game 6PM – start the game with a parade around the ball field led by Slugger, then enjoy the game in the leftfield grandstand. Tickets are available at seadogs.com, or by calling 207-8799500. Only 300 tickets available. www.milb.com


Thursday, June 20 Portland, 5PM - 8PM

Get ready for an enchanting evening at our Solstice Pawty! Join us for a celebration of summer with furry friends and fantastic festivities.Local vendors, food trucks, mobile bar, raffles, meet adorable pups looking for their forever homes, courtesy of Pittie Posse Rescue and fun for the family. Bring your family and friends for a magical night you won’t forget! Kindly leave your four-legged friends at home to allow the spotlight to be on our amazing, adoptable dogs.

Don’t miss out on the Summer Solstice Pawty at The Bark Yard. See you there!


June 29th – 30th


On Track Agility Club of Maine is hosting 2 AKC Rally Trials on Saturday and 1 AKC Obedience Trial on Sunday. Location: outdoors at North Star Dog Training School, Somerville, Maine. Plenty of shade. Rally and Obedience trials geared to beginners – a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Call Kathy at (207)691-2332 FMI.


June 6th @ 7:30pm EST. Say goodbye to those airborne greetings with my fun and helpful guide to curbing the jump-happy antics of your best dog friend while raising money for a fantastic cause. Let’s keep those feet firmly planted and those spirits high as we embark on a journey to transform your four-legged friend from a jumping bean, into the ultimate master of canine manners in this hour-long virtual seminar (a recording will be emailed after). The minimum donation to attend this seminar is $25 and 100% of the proceeds go to the rescue to help them help senior dogs in need. The seminar will include a power point presentation as well as interactive exercises you can participate in with your dog. You must pre-register through the registration page on www. mrdogtraining.com (link in bio on Insta or in the comments on FB).

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