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American Kennel Club Approves Carolyn Fuhrer as a Tracking Judge The American Kennel Club
is pleased to announce that Carolyn Fuhrer of Somerville, Maine is officially an AKC Tracking Judge approved to judge AKC TD and TDU events. Carolyn Fuhrer teaches tracking at her North Star Dog Training School in Somerville. She has tracked with her Golden Retrievers since 1996 and has earned two Champion Tracker titles (AKC’s highest tracking achievement) and her dogs have qualified in 10 TDX tests. Carolyn teaches tracking clinics and workshops throughout the year in Maine and surrounding states.
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From the Publisher Dear Dog News Readers, Last month, I was just returning home from Ireland, and it was cold and snowy. I felt like I had no closure in between seasons. It looks as though I have been given a do-over on my transion into winter. I got to see my lawn again! I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone. I sll feel like it was just summer, and I was trying to get all of my outdoor projects done. Now it’s me for indoor projects! I certainly have plenty, so I hope that helps move the winter along. One major project is to purge things that I do not need, and poor Pep may be parng with some of her toys because they are just everywhere! There must be some that have received plenty of love and destrucon that they can now be tossed. She probably doesn’t even know they exist, but I always try to be sneaky about it because I feel bad throwing them away in front of her. Since it is winter and our dogs and perhaps we ourselves might need to push ourselves for exercise this me of year, Susan has put together a nice cover story on places to hike with your dog. She tried to cover areas from all parts of the state. Always double check before leaving to make sure dogs are sll allowed and nothing has changed with the rules. I am certainly going to make this one of my winter goals to get myself and Pepper out more. I really am a fair weather hiker and do not like to be cold or super-hot for that maer, but we need to keep moving. It does help that Pepper has her puppy cousin Phoebe that also needs to get out and just adores spending me with her. Diana has shared a great arcle with us this month as well that will come in handy during these hikes on how to teach your dog to behave in public and ways to teach him not to lunge or react to the other dogs and people. This is something we are sll working on ourselves. Pepper is so excited to see other dogs and has no idea that they might not be excited to see her. She is doing beer with
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Table of Contents Hot Dog News ...................... 2 Furry Words ......................... 4 Ask the Vet ............................ 4 Basic Training Tips ................ 6 Ask Bammy ............................ 7 New Year, New "Tricks"...... 8,9 Performance Dog Training ....10 Words, Woofs & Meows ..... 11 Rescue of the Month ............12 Dogs for Adoption ............... 13 Calendar of Events .............. 14 Business Directory .............. 15
As you know, your pets love talking to you! So many of you would be able to do this if you could turn oﬀ your ego and really trust that your intuion is usually right. If you do get something when you ask them what they want, ﬁght the urge to immediately think, “There’s no way I just heard that!” You really did! I wish you all a happy New Year and would like to share some mini readings with you to start 2019 oﬀ right. MB Boudreau asked about Bailey, an 8 year old yellow lab and Mac, a 9 year old Wese. She wants to know if they are happy. As soon as I ask them, Mac starts screaming YES!!!! YES!!!! If Mac were a human, he would be the kid in the class who keeps raising his hand to answer every single queson the teacher asks, regardless if he knows the answer or not. Mac is content with the way things are and “if it ain’t broke, don’t ﬁx it.” Bailey is very happy, too, but is a bit more chill. He’s laying on his side and could care less what everyone else is doing as long as he isn’t bothered. They do love each other a lot! Donna E. asks about Duke, a yellow lab they adopted at age 4 when he was unwanted by his family. Her comment was, “Loved this guy. He passed over to the rainbow bridge with my heart dragging behind him.” Duke is so excited to see you! He knew he was unwanted before he was with you, and he was so hesitant to totally relax when you ﬁrst got him because he didn’t want to do anything else wrong. This was hard at ﬁrst because before you he could do no right. You taught him about compassion and meeng people where they are. I get a whoosh of goosebumps, especially on the right side of my head. Pay aenon to when that happens to you because it’s really him saying hello!
Rat Poison Q. My house is inundated with mice, and they are driving my terrier crazy. I resorted to a poison. Now I am worried Jack will get into it. What signs will I see if he ate some?
A. This is a banner year for rodents. Just driving down the street you see all the rodent road kill. Now with the weather geng cold, the lile buggers are coming indoors and driving a lot of dogs bay. If you are using a poison, care must be taken to keep your dog from ingesng it. There are many rodencides at your local hardware store or big box store. Read the labels carefully because not all poisons are the same. Here I will go over the more common poisons. The original rat poisons were ancoagulants. This means that the chemical in the poison keeps the blood from clong, so the animal that ingests the poison will bleed to death. The acve ingredient on the package will say warfarin, chlorophacinone, or diphacinone. Second generaon ancoagulants are called superwarfarins, these include brodifacoum, difethialone bromadiolone, difenacoum. These are so eﬀecve only a single dose is needed. These chemicals are slow to be excreted from the body and are stored in the liver. Superwarfarins are so toxic they are only sold to licensed professionals. So what happens to your dog if he ingests the poison? It takes three to ﬁve days before the symptoms appear
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Tracy M. has Jusce, a 10 year old yellow lab with chronic back issues. “Anything more we can do for him? He’s super loved and an over the top spoiled puppy.” It’s interesng because I expected to only feel my lower back, but it really does go all the way up his spine. He feels buzzy to me which would make sense if he’s on medicaons as I’m reading him. I don’t think there’s anything else you can do for him, but you have been and are doing an amazing job managing his care. I think he gets beer care than most humans! He doesn’t think he’s spoiled because he feels as though he’s earned it. Lol! Lynn S. wants to know if Jackson, a 7 year old Labrador is happy and fulﬁlled. This answer totally cracks me up! He says the only thing that would make him more content is if you could understand what he is trying to
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from the ingested poison. They become lethargic, refuse to eat, and are weak. The symptoms may vary depending on where the bleeding occurs. The dog may cough if the bleeding occurs in the lungs, and he will have pale gums as a sign of internal bleeding. There may be bruising, oen seen as purplish spots under the skin. The belly may swell from internal bleeding. You may see bleeding from the nose, gums, and rectum. The treatment is to give the dog Vitamin K1, which is available by prescripon. The treatment is for three to four weeks. Another class of rat poison contains cholecalciferol. This is a class of vitamin D. Rodents are more suscepble to high doses of vitamin
tell you! I feel like he stares at you, and you ask him what he wants, and it’s like his eyes are screaming the answers, but you just can’t hear them. He does think in pictures, so if you ask him what he wants be open to, the ﬁrst thought or image that pops into your head is it no maer how ridiculous it is. Brianna W. has a Chow. “Did she have fun at daycare and would she like to go back?” YES!!!! Holy smokes, that’s a huge yes! You know when you aren’t the cool kid in real life and then you meet people who don’t know you and they actually think you are? That’s exactly how she felt when she was there. She loved it, and they treat the dogs really well there. I see a guy playing a bit rough with some of the dogs that can handle it (not a bad rough, kind of like how a lot of us play with our pups at home), and she thought it was awesome! Lisa Marie S. asked about Sybil, a gray and white deceased cat. Was she ok with the decision they had to make? Yes, she absolutely is. She feels really, really red when I tap into her energy. When I envision picking her up, she goes very limp. To me, this is the end of her life, and she was at peace when that me came. She smiles and wants you to know that she visits in dreams but not always as a cat. I actually see a doe or a deer with no antlers staring at me, so if there’s one that likes to stare at you, it’s her! Melanie N. wants to know if Roscoe, a Golden retriever Newﬁe mix was upset when she let him go to his new family and couldn’t bring herself to visit. He is no longer living. You know, he was actually relieved you didn’t go because he would have felt so guilty for loving them as much as
he did. They were a perfect match for him, and they were strict with rules and expectaons, which is exactly what he needed. He says thank you and wishes you peace. Jessica M. has Loki, a husky. “Does he want us to try for a playmate, or does he want to live the rest of his life with us a single dog?” He hated the last puppy we brought home. He really would like a playmate, and he would like a male dog vs. a female. I don’t think that the puppy you brought home was going to be as healthy as you would have liked. You need a dog that can run, and I see the puppy’s hips rotang a bit funny. Loki suggests you get a dog under a year old that doesn’t look too puppyish. Finally, Jenn L. wants to know why Duck, a Chihuahua, is so protecve of her. Her kids can’t come near if he is sing with her. Duck is too funny! He says you don’t stand up for yourself enough. If you just sat down and someone wants a drink, you get up and get it. If you just opened your book to read (Duck says that rarely happens), someone else needs something. He wants you to tell people to knock it oﬀ and do something for themselves! He’s grumpy because you’re being taken advantage of. Thank you again for all of your quesons! If you’d like to schedule a longer reading, please go to www. enlightenedhorizons.com and the Online Booking page.
D. A chain of events happen in the rat’s body from the high levels of calcium in the blood caused by the high amount of vitamin D. The rodents develop ﬁrst kidney failure, then heart abnormalies, high blood pressure, digesve upset, and suppression of their central nervous system. Examples of cholecalciferol containing poisons are Quintox, True Grit, Ortho Rat-BGone, Mouse-B-Gone, and Rampage. Only a small amount of this poison can cause problems in your dog. Call your veterinarian immediately. Within 24 hours, the dog will become weak and lethargic, not eat, vomit, and have an increase in thirst and urinaon. Two to four days later, he may develop acute kidney failure. There is no speciﬁc treatment for this poisoning. The dog will need extensive supporve care. Aggressive treatment may be necessary for two to four weeks post-ingeson. Bromethalin rat poison kills by making the brains swell. Examples are Fast Kill, Assault, Vengeance, Tomcat with bromethalin, and Trounce. A small amount of this can cause problems. If you know your dog ate this, call your veterinarian right away. You will want to induce voming. The symptoms are caused by the swelling of the brain. These can include abnormal pupil sizes, wobbly gait, tremors, seizures, hyper-excitability, and death. Symptoms begin 2 to 24 hours aer ingeson of the poison. Occasionally, the symptoms develop days later and can only aﬀect the hind legs. There is no speciﬁc treatment other than supporve care such as
inducing voming, gastric lavage, acvated charcoal, IV ﬂuids, and careful monitoring. Drugs may be given to decrease the swelling of the brain and control seizures. The last poison is zinc phosphide. This is usually in poison bait (Moletox) for moles and gophers. This poison releases phosphide gas once it reaches the stomach. It works by blocking the cells from making energy and then the cells die. In the dog, it only takes a small amount and causes the stomach bloang, voming, stomach pain, shock, and liver damage. Guardians are not encouraged to induce voming because the gas is a respiratory irritant. If you suspect this type of poison, call your veterinarian right away. Symptoms may develop within a half hour to four hours. There is no andote for this poison. Treatment management needs to be le up to the veterinarian. The prognosis is guarded. The boom line is this: if using rodencides, make sure the poison is in containers the dog cannot open and placed where he can’t get to it. There are alternaves to these products. Call a professional for help. If you suspect your dog has ingested poison, call your vet right away and take the box of the poison with you. Every second counts with fast-acng products. Remember the possibility of secondary toxicity if your dog eats a dead rat.
Sara Moore is a psychic for people and pets who oﬀers private and group readings, workshops and fundraisers. Go to www.enlightenedhorizons.com FMI and to schedule a reading. email email@example.com or call (603)662-2046.
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WINTER from page 1 Traveling a distance to the trailhead? Check the weather in that area-unfavorable condions may necessitate a desnaon change. For late winter/ spring hikes, spray ck repellent on your dog when temps reach the 40’s; the criers can and do live. Here’s a sample of dog-friendly trails, preserves, and parks that Maine’s regions have to oﬀer. Make a game of it and see how many you and your faithful companion can conquer this year. (Unless otherwise noted, park fees are free.) Starng with the Midcoast region, Erickson Fields Preserve in Rockport features a family- and dog-friendly 1+ mile trail that loops across ﬁelds and forests. (If your dog will sit obediently for you, you can workout at ﬁtness staons doed along the route.) This is an easy hike, good for those just starng out or if you have a dog who can’t overexert. It’s worth nong that Erickson Fields is just one of the countless Maine Coast Heritage Trusts’ public preserves, and most are suitable for hiking. They include waterfront parks, forests, islands, and community garden spaces. For the many adventures in these preserves, visit mcht.org/visit-apreserve/. Dog policies are noted under “Preserve Informaon & Guidelines.” Camden Hills State Park has dogfriendly trails (leashed only) that will interest novice to experienced hikers. Atop Mt. Bae and Mt. Meguncook, you’ll see the beauful town of Camden and Penobscot Bay. Day use fee for an adult state resident is $4, 65+ are free. (Mt. Bae’s car access road may be closed due to weather and/or staﬃng from Nov 1 to May 1; for the park’s phone number and details--maine.gov/ dacf/parks/trail_acvies/camden_ trail_condions.shtml.) The Boothbay Region Land Trust or BRLT and its preserves provide over 30 miles of year round pet-friendly trails. One in parcular is The Ovens Mouth Preserve in Boothbay. It has over 5 miles of trails for all hiking levels that span two peninsulas and are joined by a bridge. You’ll enjoy quiet coves,
Asa and Chuck Billy at Mt. Agamencus in York, ME. PHOTO CREDIT: LivingwithaGolden.com
scenic shorelines, and salt marshes. For a lisng of BRLT’s preserves and trails, go to bbrlt.org/trails-2/%20bbrlt.org/ trails-2/. In the Greater Portland/Casco Bay Region, Back Cove Trail is one is of the most popular trails in Portland. The 3+ mile loop around Back Cove showcases the city’s skyline. This is considered easy and is a great dog-walking spot for locals and day-trippers alike. About 30 miles west of Portland is Sawyer Mountain Highlands near the towns of Limington and Limerick. It’s a peaceful, moderate to advanced hike and has an almost 6 mile network of trails. Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park near Freeport covers 244 acres and is open year round. There are 4 miles of easy to moderate trails surrounded by the shorelines of Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River. Fees are $4 for adult state residents, 65+ are free. Pack a lunch, there’s picnic areas. If you want to take a nice seashore walk, head to The Maine Beaches Region and its Ferry Beach State Park in Saco. Dogs are allowed on the ocean beach before April 1 (and aer September 30). There’s also an almost 2 mile network of trails for an easy hike.
Fees are $5 for adult state residents, 65+ are free. The Downeast and Acadia Region boasts the “Crown Jewel of the North Atlanc Coast,” Acadia Naonal Park near Bar Harbor. There are 45 miles of carriage roads and 100 miles of hiking trails in the park where pets are permied, including a few on Cadillac Mountain--where you’ll see amazing views of the ocean and outlying islands. Private vehicle fee is $30, good for 7 days. There are petfriendly accommodaons nearby for an overnight trip. Monday, January 21 is one of ﬁve 2019 entrance fee-free days. (Certain trails are beer suited for dogs, and there are restricons, including mandated leash length of 6 . or under.) In the Maine Highlands Region, you’ll ﬁnd Bangor Land Trust's North Penjajawoc Forest with adjacent dogfriendly trails (on-leash only) in the North Forest. Even though this is just a 1.6 mile network of trails, they’re oﬀ the beaten path. So if geng back to nature is your thing, put this on your list. The trails in the Caribou Bog Conservaon Area in Orono oﬀer easy, moderate, and advanced networks in varied forests that include Newman Hill,
Bangor Hill, and the Bog. Dogs need to be under control and are not allowed on groomed ski trails. The Kennebec Valley Region has the Sally Mountain Trail, a 6+ mile trail located near Jackman, with excellent views of Aean Lake. (alltrails.com/trail/ us/maine/sally-mountain-trail) Nearby Sally Mountain Cabins oﬀer pet-friendly accommodaons for a hiking vacaon-there’s plenty of trails in the Jackman area. The Maine Lakes and Mountains Region in western Maine oﬀers trails from strenuous to easy. There’s Tumbledown Mountain with its three peaks, 700-foot cliﬀs and a pond near the summit. (Pets must be leashed as it is a fragile ecosystem.) From Lile Jackson Mountain you’ll see Saddleback and Sugarloaf Mountains, Mount Blue, and Webb Lake. Each trail may be explored separately as a day hike, or aack several trails together in a loop. Up in the Aroostook County Region near Presque Isle is Aroostook State Park, Maine’s ﬁrst state park. It has almost 3 miles of trails weaving up Quaggy Jo Mountain and they range in diﬃculty. The 1 mile Ridge Trail is ranked as the easiest; it runs along a ridge with varied terrain and you’ll overlook Echo Lake. Dogs aren’t allowed on groomed ski trails. Day fees are $3 for Maine adults, 65 and up are free. Last, but not least (and not limited to a speciﬁc region), The Appalachian Trail, which runs from Georgia to Maine, has 282 miles of trails through the Pine Tree State. Some trails are easy to moderate, while others are very diﬃcult (and may not be suitable or allow dogs). For details visit www.appalachiantrail.org/ home/explore-the-trail/hiking-basics/ groups-families-and-pets. For safety, choose trails that are best suited for you and your dog. And remember, hiking’s not only a great acvity but it will enhance your bond with your buddy. So get out and trek on! (For details, hours, and direcons to parks without a link, search the Internet using park/trail name. For other dogfriendly trails across the state, visit mainetrailﬁnder.com/.)
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Dog-Dog Reacvity is Contagious Let's do Basic something about it! W Training hen you and your dog are enjoying a walk together, how would you like her to behave when she noces another dog? There are several possibilies and each of them dictates what might happen in the future. Here are a few standard opons: 1. Your dog barks and lunges. This is unfortunately very commonplace and is a reacon akin to a human yelling, swearing, and waving his gun menacingly at a stranger. Talk about rude…! Emoons erupt for humans and dogs alike; your dog is now amped up and pulling (if on leash), and the situaon is very diﬃcult to manage. If the dogs are close, it could result in a ﬁght. Even if they aren’t, it takes quite a while for your dog to calm down, and the innocent dog on the receiving end has just been harassed (which will aﬀect his view of other dogs). Then there’s the next dog around the next corner… and another inevitable bout of reacvity occurs. I don’t know anybody who chooses this opon, but it seems to be all too prevalent. It teaches the dog who reacts to make reacvity her go-to behavior, and it teaches the dog on the receiving end that
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other dogs are a potenal threat, which can lead to preempve defensiveness. 2. Your dog hides and tries to avoid the other dog. This is a fearful reacon, and the dog needs some
help feeling more comfortable in the presence of other dogs (“presence” doesn’t mean direct interacon but rather sharing the same part of the world with his brethren). If a fearful dog is regularly forced to be exposed to the things he fears, he will start to avoid those situaons altogether. (Imagine if this fearful dog is the one that the reacve dog in #1 sees.) 3. Your dog looks at you and shrugs her shoulders - if she could and acts as the other dog is as interesng as a boring rock. You carry on with your walk, enjoying your special me together. Nobody else is aﬀected.
In this age of dog-ﬁlled cies and communies rife with dog parks, public dog-friendly areas, doggie daycares, playgroups, and more, we seem to be headed in the wrong direcon when it comes to managing our dogs around other dogs. Many of our dogs have learned from an early age that any dog they see - and oenmes any human - is 1) righully their plaything and/or 2) must be “greeted” at all costs (“greeted” is a term fraught with contradicons). If they are prevented from approaching their vicm, an emoonal explosion may occur. “We really want our dogs to ignore other dogs 99% of the me,” says Sue Sternberg, a world-renowned expert in
dog behavior and training, shelter dog assessments, and so much more. When we get a dog, we want to share a special relaonship with her. While we want her to have select dog friends, we don’t want her to set her sights on every dog she sees to the detriment of our connecon. Achieving #3 opon above takes me, pracce and knowledge, but it's essenal, for everyone's sake, that we try. Here are some ps to help with dog management: •
Know what your dog is focused on! If her ears perk up as she turns towards another dog, call her to front posion and reward. Do this consistently so that you break her focus and teach her that the presence of other dogs means good stuﬀ comes from you. Back up if necessary to help her stay in front and to create some distance. Three behaviors to teach your dog to do with joy, enthusiasm, and aenon: heel on le side, heel on right side and recall to front. Keep your dog close to you; have her turn her back on other dogs. Reward generously! Take treats on every walk! Know that your dog’s behavior affects more than just you. Take responsibility for what she does. Get educated!
We are all in this together. Let’s do beer when it comes to managing our dogs in public!
Diana Logan, CPDT-KA Cerﬁed Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed Pet Connecon Dog Training, North Yarmouth, Maine | www.dianalogan.com | 207-252-9352
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I am a Carolina Dog, a breed that long ago owned Nave American people. We were designed by natural selecon to be so intelligent and physically superior that we survived without human help. My great-grandfather was caught from the wild. I can oﬀer advice based on the natural insncts and aributes of wild dogs. In addion, my adopve person and I have had lots of training classes and other experiences. Some humans call themselves Mom or Dad of their dog, but I refer to my human, tongue in cheek, as Boss. Much as I love her, I admit she has many of the same odd noons as most humans, so I can relate to other pet dogs with problem humans. If I can’t help, at least I can oﬀer sympathy, and we can have some fun talking about our amazing humans. Please send your quesons! Bammy, 280 Pond Rd., Newcastle, ME 04553, or email: email@example.com. Dear Bammy, I am a Basset Hound of ancient and honorable lineage. My ancestors have been hunng small game in France for centuries. (I keep hearing my Dad telling people that.) He says we have short legs, so humans can hunt with us without trying to cling to the backs of those
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huge, crazed horses. And our long ears drag on the ground to sr up the scent of lile rabbit paws and things. I don’t know why we have droopy eyelids. I keep geng dirt in mine, and it hurts. We have beauful baying voices to tell our humans what’s going on. That leads to the problem, my young friend of ancient New World lineage. My Dad can tell by my
sonorous bay when I am smelling something excing. But that’s about the only thing my pack understands! We have a lile puppy human who crawls around on the ﬂoor with me. I love Freddie. We lick each other’s noses, and it makes him giggle when I pull oﬀ his socks and keep them just out of his reach. But he has no manners at all. He pulls my beauful ears and scks his ﬁngers in my eyes. I sﬀen my body and stare at him with hard eyes when he starts climbing on me, but he doesn’t understand the way a real puppy would. I have to jump up and go away. Somemes that makes him p over, and he cries. Then the big people scold ME! Can’t they see that Freddie was climbing on me, and I asked him not to with my whole body? I really can’t stand him crawling on top of me, and it’s not fair that my humans blame me when he falls over. What can I do, Bammy? Bonaparte Basset Dear Bonaparte, Does your name have something to do with bones? If it does, I hope they keep Freddie from bothering you when you’re enjoying one. I certainly sympathize with your problem with that rude human puppy. If he was raised like a proper puppy, his mother would growl and nip him. But you aren’t his mother, and he isn’t a smart, sensible puppy,
so YOU can’t punish him. You’d be in big trouble even for a gentle lile nip. I think you are doing the right thing by geng up and moving away. If you always jump up and dump Freddie oﬀ, he might stop crawling on you. Humans can be prey stubborn, but they can be trained with paence I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but the way you look might make it hard for humans to understand what you are “telling” them. You can’t really prick up those long ears when you are eager or alert. Maybe people don’t noce when you do a hard, aggressive stare, because – well, because your eye holes are sagged down below your eyes. Your eyes just look sad whether you are happy or mad. The best thing for you to try is to let out a good big yip when Freddie is rude. Make it sound as if he’s almost killing you. It might stop Freddie, and his parents might ﬁnally realize that they should be protecng you instead of scolding you! Put those marvelous vocal chords to good use! Bammy The Ask Bammy column is intended for humor and entertainment. If your dog has behavioral issues please contact a veterinarian or professional trainer.
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New Year, New "Tricks" It's a new year and what beer me to improve our dogs' knowledge and behaviors with some training. There are many diﬀerent trainers available to assist you. It's a good idea to check out several and ask quesons to ﬁnd one that is the best ﬁt for you and your dog. Below, please enjoy a training acvity that you can pracce at home with your dog.
To Your Staons, Everybody! The Miracle of a Stationary Dog "S
taoning” is when a pup stays in a speciﬁed locaon unl invited to leave it. Just think how miraculous it is when we can get our dogs to want to stay in one place! There’s no more jumping, no chaos, no craziness. Staons are safe, controlled, predictable spaces and can even be put to use to help dogs who are fearful or unsure in certain situaons. It’s an all-purpose skill with its versality of applicaon and the numerous behaviors that can be built upon it. Staons are safe,
controlled, predictable spaces which we skillfully train to have great value to our dogs. The staons themselves need to be easy to idenfy for the dog. We use perch bowls, snow saucers, plaorms, cardboard boxes, kiddie pools, crates, boogie boards, placemats, etc. at my puppy day school. In the house, we regularly send our dog to “the living room,” (where he needs to wait for his meals to be prepared), the shower stall (for rinsing feet or bathing), his crate, a perch, his bed, etc. In the summerme, we have a kiddie pool with some water in it strategically located outside the door, and we will send him into it to rinse his feet. All of these items provide
tangible clarity to the dog for where he should place his body. A pup may be in a sit or down or stand at a staon depending on what the staon is and how we train it. Are you ready to give it a try? Let’s start with a down-stay on a mat (also known as “Puppy Picnic” or “Magic Carpet”).
Instrucons Choose something your dog can lie down on, such as a towel. This item will eventually serve as a target for his nose! This will make sense shortly (there are videos of this exercise on my YouTube channel that will help, too: search for “PupStart” “mat”).
With a hungry dog at the ready, place a few small but yummy treats on the towel as you set it on the ﬂoor. Your dog should immediately orient to the towel if he’s hungry. If you are using a clicker, click each me your dog lowers his head towards the towel, then place the treat on the towel. The criteria for rewarding, in the beginning, is simply to orient towards the towel. Your job is to place a treat on the towel whenever your dog focuses his aenon towards it. Do not feed your dog directly! We want him to start believing that treats sprout from the towel whenever he looks at it; focusing on your hand is counter-producve.
Be generous!! Click and treat - or simply treat - just as your dog is ﬁnishing the previous treat but before he lis his head. Prey soon, if you are suﬃciently generous, he will start to look for more treats on the towel before you put another one down. Place them in a way that he doesn’t have to move around a lot to look for them. Aer a few moments, say “okay” then toss a treat oﬀ the towel. Put the towel down again in a slightly diﬀerent locaon. It’s a prey sure bet that he will return to the towel. Treat! Repeat the above unl he’s really wanng to go to the towel no maer where you put it. You have the start to
staoning! Do keep sessions short, though. Now, to get the down… Warm him up as above, so he’s on the towel and focusing down. If he responds to a cue for down, use it now. If not, see if you can lure him into a down. Reward him between his front legs on the towel. Repeat the same procedure as before but this me you are adding the criteria of body in a down as well as nose down. Place the treat between his front legs. Eventually, we can add verbal cues to diﬀerenate one staon from another, and we have a whole new level of communicaon with our dogs. More importantly, we have a mutually fun and rewarding way to manage them! Obedience, Agility and Tracking
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Let’s Just Keep Entering
hether it be obedience, rally, agility, tracking, or any other performance sport, is the answer to just keep entering trials if you keep failing? No. No. No! First of all, by continuing to enter a dog you may not feel is ready or have confidence in, you may take away a slot that another team could have, especially in trials with limited entries. This is not responsible, nor does it reflect good sportsmanship. Just because
you can enter a trial, doesn’t mean that you should. Trials and tests are not pracce sessions so that you can see how you are doing. A trial or test situaon is not designed for you to help your dog. If things are
not going well, the most you can do is to ask to be excused. This is somemes the best thing to do rather than let the situaon deteriorate further. You should not enter an event unless you feel that you, as a team, are ready. There will always be more trials to enter. If you did enter an event and did not do well, you need to understand why. Many mes there are mulple factors that aﬀect performances, but you need to be honest with yourself. Were you and your dog fully prepared for the trial? Did you generalize behaviors enough? Were you conﬁdent of your dog’s performance or were you hoping things might go well that day? If your answer is “hoping”, you need to go back and build up a conﬁdent performance through training. Both you and your dog should be comfortable in the venue for which you are training, and you both need to have the skill levels necessary for success. If there is a certain problem that keeps recurring, going in trial aer trial will not ﬁx it. You need to clearly idenfy the problem. Is your dog comfortable in the venue? Does your dog fully understand the
exercise? Are you fully comfortable in the venue? If your dog depends upon you for leadership and you are not comfortable, it can really aﬀect some dogs. Do you have underlying dog/human relaonship problems that are somemes masked in training by food or other movaons? Do you really truly believe in your relaonship with your dog? Can your dog count on you, and can you count on your dog? Is there an understanding that we are in this together? Dog sports are team sports. Success depends upon the communicaon and relaonship we have with our dogs. Our relaonship with our dog is intrinsically ed to our ability to not only communicate to them what we want them to do, but to be able to listen to them as they aempt to communicate with us. This is the essence of training built on clarity and consistency. So, if you are struggling with lack of success or poor performances, get some help to idenfy the problem or problems and work on solving them before showing again. You will be glad you did and your dog will, too.
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Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started Training Dogs Aversives are Unnecessary and Counter-Producve When Training A Dog â€“ Part 1
In September I wrote the 1
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of a series of columns entled â€œThings I Wish I Had Known Before I Started Training Dogsâ€? [FMI â€“ hp://bit.ly/ Things-Gus-Dominance]. This month I am addressing the next stage in Gusâ€™s training. In 1991, dogs were rounely trained with collars designed speciďŹ cally to administer an aversive: posive punishment or negave reinforcement. At the me, there were two primary types of collars: choke collars or prong collars. Choke collars are typically made of a metal chain or nylon. They are used to give a â€œleash popâ€? or â€œcorreconâ€? when the trainer gives a quick jerk on the leash. The intent is to cause the dog pain around its neck. A single correcon with a choke collar may restrict breathing, cause damage to the spine, the thyroid gland, and even to the eyes. The use of choke collars has even been reported to cause brain damage. Prong collars, also called pinch collars, consist of a metal chain that contains several prongs that rest against the dogâ€™s neck. Just as with the choke collar, the trainer jerks on the leash causing the prongs to press against the dogâ€™s neck causing pain. Prong collars, like choke collars, can cause both physical and psychological injury to a dog. The fundamental training philosophy behind the use of
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choke and prong collars is to set up a training scenario where the dog will react inappropriately (e.g., the dog does not sit when cued or the dog pulls on leash) whereupon the trainer administers a correction by jerking on the leash. This jerk causes an aversive or pain which is meant to deter the dog from misbehaving in the future. The Merriam Webster Diconary deďŹ nes â€œaversiveâ€? as â€œTending to avoid or causing avoidance of a noxious or punishing smulus â€“ behavior modiďŹ caon by aversive smulaon.â€? I define an aversive as; â€œAn aversive is anything that makes
patient. It causes problem behaviors in normal animals and hastens progression of behavioral disorders in distressed animals. Aversive techniques are especially injurious to fearful and aggressive patients and often suppress signals of impending aggression, rendering any aggressive dog more dangerous. Aversive techniques include prong (pinch) or choke collars, cattle prods, alpha rolls, dominance downs, electronic shock collars, lunge whips, starving or withholding food, entrapment, and beating. None of those tools and methods should be used to either teach or alter behavior.â€? - 2015 AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines [Emphasis added] This is what I would have liked to have known about aversives before I started training.
your dog anxious, afraid, or uncomfortable. An aversive makes our dogs want to be away from whatever they believe caused the aversive. If they believe we caused the aversive, they will no longer want to be near us.â€? Since most people get a dog to be their companion, I have to ask, â€œwhy would anyone want to use a tool that would cause our best friend to want to avoid us?â€? Today, it makes no sense to me. Unfortunately, not knowing any better back in 1991, the next stage of Gusâ€™s training involved the use of a choke collar. We taught Gus to sit, to lie down, and to stay when he was given a verbal cue by using a correction with a choke collar. We worked on the heel but never mastered it without using the choke collar. Gus never had a reliable recall until we discovered reward-based training. I am not arguing that punishment and negative reinforcement do not work as training methods. I am alerting you to the fact that there are significant adverse side effects to using these tools. Peer-reviewed studies indicate reward-based techniques, emphasizing positive reinforcement, work as well or better than punishment. That is why organizations such as the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have policy statements that state: â€œThis Task Force opposes training methods that use aversive techniques. Aversive training has been associated with detrimental effects on the humanâ€“animal bond, problem solving ability, and the physical and behavioral health of the
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Aversive training tools and methods are designed to hurt, and if these methods did not cause pain, they would not work. The use of aversives can cause physical injury and thus both acute and chronic pain. Causing pain and discomfort is not necessary to train a dog. The better the relationship you have with your dog, the easier it is to train. Aversives are damaging to the relationship. The use of aversives can cause reactive and aggressive behaviors in a dog.
Next month I will address other aversives still used far too often to train and manage dogs.
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 commied to pet care and pet training that is free of pain, force, and fear. The opinions in this column are those of Don Hanson.
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BETTY BOOP, 2 YRS., BULLDOG MIX She is quite the character! Take her out into a yard to play and your day will instantly get beer! She has lots of energy to be out and about, but also knows how to relax and snuggle. Can be nervous and jumpy so we are suggesng a child free home, at least for now. With posive reinforcement and a dog savvy owner the possibilies are endless!
atmosphere--and they’re able to see how the potenal pet will behave in its home. (Do they stay oﬀ the furniture?) The living room also is a spot where volunteers can sit quietly and socialize with animals in their care. She said the living room has greatly aided in their adopon process. Harvest Hills also boasts “huge” runs to insure their dogs get plenty of exercise. Another recreaonal bonus is their walking trails--staﬀ and volunteers can hike with the dogs. This added exercise reduces stress that can be prevalent in shelter animals. Joan also noted that readers may be impressed with their feline facilies--they have cat condos, not cages. “They’re prey phenomenal and they have hammocks, too.” As far as owner relinquishments, Harvest Hills accepts animals from the western Maine region and nearby New Hampshire. They do not import dogs from southern rescues--local dogs are their emphasis (That said, if a local resident rescues a southern imported dog and it doesn’t work out, Harvest Hills will accept the animal.) Joan menoned two dogs in parcular that
she wanted to share in the hopes of ﬁnding their forever homes. “Super sweet” Brooke has had a tough life and needs to be the only pet in a no-child home. Once she gets comfy with her “person,” she’ll be a “Velcro” gal. “She’s going to become someone’s best companion animal,” emphasized Joan. Consider stopping by the shelter rounely and vising her so she becomes acclimated to you— with me, you may have a new 3-year-old bese. Echo is a great dog, but she needs to be the only pet in the home. Her problem is she’s 11, but she has the energy level of a 4-year-old. Both Brooke and Echo do not “show” well when potenal adopters stop by. They’re easily disrupted by noises (which are constant in a shelter), so they get lile rest. “They’re grumpy children,” Joan laughed jokingly, but knows with the right adopter and roune rest, they’ll be loving pets. For informaon on Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, including available animals, adopon rates and hours, visit harvesthills.org/about-the-shelter/. Or stop by the shelter at 1389 Bridgton Road, Fryeburg.
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Saturday, January 5 Brewer, 10AM – 12PM Danielle from the SPCA of Hancock County will be at our Loyal Biscuit Brewer locaon at 421 Wilson St. from 10am – 12pm for our next nail clipping clinic. The cost is $10 per pet and all proceeds will be donated to SPCA of Hancock County. No appointment necessary. loyalbiscuit.com; (207)6609200 x7
Sunday, January 20 Brewer, 1PM – 2PM Brewer Loyal Biscuit will be oﬀering a Puppy Play Group every other Sunday throughout the colder winter months to help your puppy get out some of their winter me wiggles! Open to puppies that are 6 months or younger, and weigh less then 25lbs! A parcipaon and waiver form will be required for you to sign. There is NO charge but we encourage you to consider making a donaon to one of the many local rescue organizaons within our community! loyalbiscuit.com; (207)660-9200 x7
NAIL TRIMMING CLINIC Saturday, January 5 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.
NAIL TRIMMING CLINIC Saturday, January 12 Camden, 10AM – 12PM Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them over to Taxes Plus located next to the Camden Dog Park in the old Camden/Rockport Animal Shelter at 146 Camden St., Camden 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
FURRY TAILS STORY & ADVENTURE HOUR Cleanings are available for $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for both. All funds raised go directly to the rescue.
NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, January 12 Union, 1PM – 3PM Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them over to Union Agway located on 2179 Heald Highway in Union 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 available for $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for both. All funds raised go directly to rescue.
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Tuesday, January 15 Rockland, 11AM – 1PM 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 available for $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for both. All funds raised go directly to rescue.
ELSMERE BBQ & WOOD GRILL FUNDRAISER Tuesday, January 15 Portland, 4PM – 9PM Nonproﬁt Night at Elsmere BBQ and Wood Grill 476 Stevens Avenue,
Portland. Elsmere is “Cowboy Cooking at its Finest! “ January 15th from 4-9 pm 8% of all food sales including take out will be donated to the Standish Community Dog Park!
NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, January 19 Waterville, 10:30AM – 12:30PM Melissa from Primp My Paws will be at our Loyal Biscuit Waterville locaon on 109 Main St. for our next nail clipping clinic. Convenient parking oﬀ of Temple Street, behind Lebanese Cuisine! The cost is $10 per pet and all proceeds will be donated to Charley's Strays, a no-kill animal refuge in Clinton, Maine. No appointment necessary. loyalbiscuit. com; (207)660-9200 x7
SMITTY’S CINEMA FUNDRAISER Sunday, January 20 Windham January 20th at Smiy's Cinema in Windham present your Standish Dog Park fundraiser card with your $10 fundraiser admission for any showing and earn $5.00 towards the building of the Standish Dog Park!
TDAA TEACUP DOG AGILITY FUN RUNS Sunday, January 20 Lincolnville, 10AM – 12PM Held at Wag It Training Center, Calderwood Ln. Fun Runs in Teacup Agility for the liles to prep for the oﬃcial February 10th trial! Registraon online: www.doggiedecipher. com/207teacup; (207)293-4784 Gina
Thursdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Kennebunk, 10AM – 11AM Join us Thursdays (when school is in session*), in the Humane Educaon Room at the Animal Welfare Society on Holland Road, West Kennebunk, where preschoolers are invited to discover the excing world of animals with: Stories, Playme, Cras, Songs, Movement and Animal Time. The event is free to aend, though donaons are appreciated. *Furry Tales follows the RSU 21 school calendar. We will not hold Furry Tales during school breaks, on holidays, or on snow days. animalwelfaresociety. org
DROP IN PUPPY SOCIAL HOUR Sundays, January 13, 20, 27 Kennebunk, 10AM – 11AM Drop in to our puppy social hour, on select Sundays, if your pup is younger than 6 months and under 25 pounds. The session will be led by one of our cerﬁed canine trainers. The instructor will lead the hour with an acvity to connect with your pup, plenty of breaks, and, of course, play! Learn to understand how puppies play, basic canine body language, ways to get your pups aenon in a posive way, and other interesng puppy facts. $12/hour. No advance registraon needed. Sessions are held rain or shine. 46 Holland Rd., Kennebunk. animalwelfaresociety. org
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