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College library. Once the minimal tasks that had been le for me were completed, I had permission to play on the Internet and familiarize myself with the library’s new computers. It occurred to me to check out what was going on in the world of dog training. Although my family was never without a dog for any length of me, I had

Freestyle Finds a Home in Maine By Judith Stoodley


Volume 13 • Issue 5 • May 2018

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Hot Dog News Kennel Clubs Present Ninth Annual Southern Maine Coastal Classic Hundreds of dogs will converge in Scarborough, Maine, for the state’s largest canine event. The ninth annual Southern Maine Coastal Classic, four days of AKC All Breed Dog Shows and Obedience and Rally Trials runs Thursday, May 17, through Sunday, May 20, 2018. All acvies begin at 8am each day, outdoors rain or shine, at Wassamki Springs Campground, 56 Saco St, Scarborough, Maine. York County Kennel Club of Maine, Inc and Vacaonland Dog Club, Inc invite the public to meet some of AKC’s 180+ recognized breeds and observe the various acvies throughout the day. Admission each day is $5 per vehicle. There is ample parking in and around the campground. Wassamki's snack bar will serve food throughout

the day. Also, be sure to visit our vendors selling dog-related items. Each day’s acvies include regular conformaon, obedience and rally concluding with a Best in Show winner. All-American Mixed Breeds enrolled in AKC’s Canine Partners Program may enter Obedience and Rally Compeons. Go to www. for details. Watch puppies enter the ring for the first me in the 4 to 6 Month Beginner Puppy Compeon. Offered only on Sunday, this compeon introduces new exhibitors and their puppies ages 4 to 6 months of age to showing in a stress free environment separate from the regular judging.

Founded in 1945, Vacaonland Dog Club, Inc is a not-for-profit organizaon dedicated to the advancement of purebred dogs through public educaon and responsible dog ownership. For more informaon on upcoming events, becoming a member or checking the latest club news and events, go to hp://www. York County Kennel Club of Maine, Inc is a not-for-profit organizaon whose goals are to protect and advance the interests of purebred dogs through AKC performance events and community educaon acvies. For more informaon about this show cluster, direcons to Wassamki Springs or any of the featured dog clubs go to hp://www.

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From the Publisher Dear Dog News Readers, Where is spring!? If it wasn’t disappointing enough this morning to discover that I had run out of coffee, I then had to defrost the car to go get some. Hopefully, by the time this paper actually comes out, things will have warmed up enough to pack away my winter coat. I’m ready to throw on flip flops to take the dog out to pee and not bundle up in layers. A couple of weeks ago we did have some warmer weather, and Pepper and I got out for our first hikes. It was as though I had released my hostage with so many things for Pepper to smell. What a happy girl! My sister and I recently attended a presentation made by Don Hanson, our columnist and co-owner of Green Acres Kennel Shop, called Dog Behaviors, Body Language, and Dog Parks. Don shared some of his expertise on how to read the body language of your dog and the other dogs at the dog park. Much of this is also useful outside the

park as well. This was a free event sponsored by the Friends of Belfast Parks. Honestly, I think any town with a dog park should host such a presentation. The dog park may be available to all dogs; however, it might not be the best place for everyone. I consider myself to know more than some, and I am certainly gaining a great education through working on this paper, but I found myself thinking there is SO much more to know! Did you know that most dogs don’t actually like to be petted on their heads? We’ve been doing this all wrong! I actually own one of the books that Don suggested reading, The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell, so I pulled that out to work on my dog/ human behavior education. I believe Don may plan to share some of this information through future columns as well. Now, if only it would get warm enough for me to sit in my chair and read outside. Have a great month! Jenn and Pepper

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Table of Contents Hot Dog News ...................... 2 Furry Words ......................... 4 Ask the Vet ............................ 4 Basic Training Tips ................ 6 Pancreatitis .......................... 7 Ask Bammy ............................ 7 Maine Dogcation ............... 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


Hello my friends! Many of you have been reading this column since it began many years ago, and for others, this will be your first me. I’m a psychic for people and pets, so I’m able to communicate with both living and deceased animals. I’m not a veterinarian, and I don’t treat or diagnose (nor do I ever really want to!), but I oen do readings to help owners get to the root of a medical situaon. People ask all kinds of quesons in a reading, and no two readings are ever the same! To give you some idea of how a reading works, here are some mini readings for my May column. I put the call out on my Sara Moore Enlightened Horizons Facebook page, asking for the animal’s name, color, if they’re alive, and what you wanted to know. Here’s what came through: Kathryn P. asked about Boomer, who is Brown with a black muzzle. “I'd love to know why he keeps geng into things that could kill him and peeing on things whenever he is le alone.” Well, he’s bored and wants more of your undivided aenon. You seem to be doing more things that you really don’t want to do, and he’s working hard to give you a reason to have to bail on them! It’s me for you to take a look at your day to day, determine what you have to do, what you like doing, and what things can you shi away

What are those dangly things on my dog? Q. My dog has these pieces of skin that are dangling. They don’t bother him, but they look gross. Should I be concerned?

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from. He’ll be much beer behaved when you find a beer work balance! Tina D. “Hi Sara! It's Jake . He passed in February. He was dark and light brown . He was our best friend. I would like to know if he's ok?” He is awesome! I get a huge smile on my face when I check in with him. I do think he’s messing with lights to let you know he’s around. I know it’s hard for you to think of him without feeling sad and hurt, but when you can think of him with love and know that he’s ok, you’ll become even

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These growths may be skin tags. Skin tags in dogs can be confused easily with warts. Unlike warts, though, skin tags are thin and floppy and aached loosely to the skin. They may be flat or teardrop-shaped and can move or dangle, and they have the same color as the dog’s skin. These growths are not cancerous. We don’t know why dogs get skin tags, but researchers suspect factors such as genecs or allergic sensivies may play a role. Groom your dog daily and examine the skin carefully for lumps and growths. If you find any, consult your veterinarian to make sure these are benign. Skin tags are usually harmless, and most of the me, they don’t require removal. Somemes the skin tags can become irritated or damaged from your dog scratching them or if the skin tag catches on something or gets pinched or crushed. Large skin tags are more vulnerable to damage than


small ones. Damaged skin tags should be removed. This can be done quickly and painlessly on an outpaent basis by your veterinarian. In extremely rare occasions, skin tags can become cancerous. If you noce a change in the growth, have your veterinarian check it. There isn’t enough research to tell us why skin tags form, so it is difficult to know what we can do to prevent them. We do have enough evidence to show that some environmental factors can play a role in increasing the chances of

more aware of when he says hello. Hydie B. “Bear, he’s black and alive. How stressed, if at all, is he when I leave the house without him?” I don’t think he’s stressed at all! I laugh when I say this because he shows me how he gets all agitated as you get ready to go, but as soon as you’re gone he kind of wipes his brow and snuggles in. He loves the house quiet, so if you’ve been playing music, he’s asking you to stop. (Because he says this, I’m assuming you have been!) His agitaon is only to help prove to you now that he does need, love, and appreciate you. I get that he’s totally happy being le alone! Becca D. “My puppy, Odie! He's a black, tan, and white husky, and he is alive. What is going on in his crazy mind?!” Oh my goodness, this pup spins me!! I feel like my nose is down to the ground, and he’s tracking everything! I would expect a husky to have his head up and sniff, but he’s following things and going step by step where they have been. This definitely makes for some zigging and zagging! He’s not here to protect you, but he wants to show you how to take yourself more lightly. You have proven your strength. Now let that slip to the background and start having fun! You know you are worthy of it, and he’s going to lead you on some fantasc adventures. Make sure you

have a way to get his aenon when he’s on the scent. I hear a whistle like what a referee would use. One quick blast to get him to look up, and he’ll be galloping back to you. Lee M. “Bessie, red-tri. Why has she become very restless and anxious at night and unwilling to stay in her crate?” This dog wants to be in your room, but not necessarily on your bed. I don’t think you like to sleep with your bedroom door closed, but if you put up a baby gate, she’ll sleep on her own bed by the door or bureau. You are being visited by your loved ones in heaven when you sleep, and I actually hear you having conversaons with them. The dog just wants to be sure it’s all safe, which it is. There are over 50 quesons I don’t even have the space to answer, so I hope you enjoyed these! It fascinates me how the dogs come here to teach us things, and most readings always circle back to something the owner needs to know. If you’d like to book your own reading you can do so through the website www.

developing and repeatedly geng skin tags. Here are some factors that may be implicated in forming skin tags: Parasites such as fleas, cks, and mites can cause your dog to itch. The constant scratching will leave your dog’s skin inflamed, raw, and suscepble to infecons. The weakening of the skin makes it easier to develop a skin tag. To prevent parasites, you can frequently wash your dog’s bed, keep grass cut short, use parasite prevenon, wash your hands aer exposure to soil, and visit your veterinarian for annual parasite checkups. Skin care is oen over looked, especially if you have a short haired dog, but neglect of this important organ can result in problems. When grooming your dog, starng with the skin makes sense since it is the first line of defense against illness and infecon. Brush your dog daily to remove mats and debris. Bathe them as necessary, which can be monthly. If neglected, the skin can become dry and itchy which will cause inflammaon and possible infecons. Diet is important to maintain health and a strong immune system. No longer is it considered one diet fits all. We have more knowledge and opons than ever before. We know that what we put in our body and our best friend’s body makes a difference. It is important to meet

your dog’s specific nutrional needs. You can consult your veterinarian or a canine nutrional expert. Allergic reacons and intolerances can result in an eczemalike skin reacon that weakens the body defenses. Most commonly, the causes are food and hygiene products. When you see your dog is having issues, you can try changing the diet, or even bathing may help. There are many sources to help you decide on what products or diets you can try. Some dogs are born more prone to this condion than others. Just as you may have been born with freckles, sensivity to the sun or bad eyesight, genecs plays a part in what your dog is likely to develop. Though you don’t have control of the genecs in your dog, you can limit the environmental impact by following the recommendaons above. There are many websites on how to remove these tags yourself, but I do not recommend it. First, if a veterinarian hasn’t diagnosed it as a skin tag, you may be seng up your best friend for complicaons down the road. Second, if you don’t remove it correctly infecon, pain, and bleeding could develop.

Sara Moore is a psychic for people and pets who offers private and group readings, workshops and fundraisers. Go to FMI and to schedule a reading. email or call (603)662-2046.

Judith K. Herman, DVM, CVH Animal Wellness Center Augusta, Maine 04330

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FREESTYLE from page 1 in my research: clicker training and canine musical freestyle. The first changed forever the way I train; the second shied my training interest toward a sport that I find sufficiently challenging and rewarding so that it is, in one form or another, a regular part of my daily life. The performance which caught my aenon with the engagement, level of training and joy it showcased was one that has hooked many dog people on freestyle. The performers were Carolyn Sco and her nowdeceased Golden Retriever, Rookie, performing to “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease. You can watch it here: hps:// watch?v=HqbVbPvlDoM At the me that I learned about freestyle, there were, I believe, three freestyle organizaons in North America; today, there are at least a half-dozen freestyle or freestylebased venues on the connent, some of which extend internaonally, in addion to ones based overseas. Resources generally, and especially in northern New England, were few and far between in those days, and the handful of trainers in Maine who wanted to try the sport were largely self-taught. In southern Maine, a small group formed and reformed several mes in an effort to bring the sport to Maine. In 2011, the meengs became a lile more focused, and the introducon in 2012 of the new sport of Rally-FrEe, which followed a rally obedience format, but with spins, leg weaves, circles, bows, and other basic behavioral vocabulary featured on the courses, provided some achievable target goals. The meengs morphed into get-togethers for the purpose of filming each other’s runs for RallyFrEe compeons, and over several years, eight members (Dancing Paws of Maine was voted into being in 2014, with a mission to “promote and support the spirit and sport of canine musical freestyle” and related

acvies) earned Rally-FrEe tles at various levels on ten dogs, and three members’ dogs (two Standard Poodles and a French Bulldog) were among the first eleven dogs to earn Grand Championships in the sport. In the meanme, three members turned their sights to Cyber Rally-O, Dance Division, and became the first parcipants ever to earn Gold medals in that sport, while four members competed successfully in RFE and/or WCFO freestyle, where the club can also boast one Grand Champion and other tles. In 2016, the club hosted internaonally recognized trainer and freestyle competor Michele Pouliot for a workshop and private lessons. This October, we look forward to having Michele and co-presenters Julie Flanery and Diane Balkavich for an event we have called Trifecta! Freestyle Retreat, which will take place in Milford, NH. Working and auditor spots for this workshop sold out within days of registraons opening, but there is a waing list. Dancing Paws members now get together about once a month at MainelyAgility in Raymond, Maine where open training follows a short educaonal program on a specific topic led by a club member. Club meengs are conducted as part of these get-togethers on an as-needed basis. The club hosts a website ( We welcome inquiries on our FB page (Dancing Paw of Maine) or by email (

Training the freestyle dog Since freestyle is not a cookie cuer sport, training for freestyle is largely up to the individual and depends on the end goals of the handler and the abilies of the dog. Some trainers enjoy teaching and incorporang flashy tricks into their rounes, while others focus on showcasing the parcular style and movement of their dance partner. In either case, a basic foundation in

obedience with lots of emphasis on play and engagement makes a good starting point. The goal in most freestyle venues is to have the dog work on verbal cues as much as possible, freeing the handler to interpret his end of the music without hands and body, and proximity to the dog tied to having to lure the dog into a behavior such as a spin; in fact, lure-lie cues will have a negative impact on the team’s score in competition. As a result, modern trainers have a basic toolbox of equipment and techniques which allow them to maintain a neutral body position when introducing new behaviors while using their voices, markers, and treats or toys to signal that a correct choice has been made. These tools, which include platforms, perches, training gates, targets and shaping, make it difficult for the dog to make an incorrect choice, especially in the early stages of training, promoting what is sometimes called “errorless” learning. Positive reinforcement is the method of choice for training the freestyle dog; in fact, one of the stated objectives in the Dancing Paws

of Maine bylaws is “to encourage positive, motivational training methods.” The dog should learn early on to work on all four sides of the handler: le heel, right heel, center (front), and behind. All are referred to as “heelwork” in freestyle. Beyond that, there are no required moves although a useful basic vocabulary of behaviors which includes spins, circling around the handler, and weaving through the handler’s legs facilitates moving the dog from one posion to another and the team around the ring. The sport of Rally-FrEe was created in 2012 by Julie Flanery of Philomath, Oregon to assist aspiring freestylers in developing these skills, a list of which, both in their most simple form and with various embellishments, can be found on the website. Click on “Rally-FrEe” in the menu at the top and then on “Sign Descripons” to find them. There are also videos of the individual behaviors being performed in another area of the website. Dancing Paws of Maine’s membership is happy to assist newcomers in training any of these skills. Judith Stoodley is a Cerfied RallyFrEe Instructor and judge, as well as a Cerfied Trick Dog Instructor. She began her love affair with dog training when she was fieen and acquired her first dog, a basenji. She has tled dogs in conformaon, obedience, tracking, agility, barn hunt, tricks, rallyfree, and freestyle. Her current dogs include two Standard Poodles, Luna and baby Penny, and a French Bulldog named Wiggin. Luna is also a Trick Dog Champion and Rally-FrEe Grand Champion and currently competes in agility, barn hunt, and freestyle. Wiggin is mostly rered although he sll loves to train. Judith has been the president of Dancing Paws of Maine, a freestyle club, for the past five years. Photos courtesy of Gunther T Weimaraner Photography

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In celebraon of this season of planng and growing, I share with you a Doggie Haiku I composed:


"Your Dog is a Garden" Nurturing good plants Carefully prevenng weeds Leaves only the best I came up with this as I was out working in my garden many moons ago. Always thinking "dog" and how so many things in life are connected, I got carried away in thought. "Behaviors," I mused, "are like plants." If we want them to thrive, to be strong and resilient, we have to tend to them, and ensure they have what they need. The stronger these behaviors are and the more we have of them, the less opportunity and space there is for weeds (the undesirable behaviors) to take hold. Our plants need nurturing In behavioral terms, this means rewards.. and in sufficient quanes to make them thrive! Insufficient care of a valued plant will result in its decline. The same holds true of desirable behaviors. What about using chemicals to get rid of the bad stuff? Sure, we can also use pescides

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("punishment") to rid our proverbial behavioral gardens of weeds. The problem with toxic chemicals, however, is that we end up tainng the soil in which all the plants grow. If we do choose to use punishment, we have to proceed

with great cauon because the risk of side effects is great, and it can be difficult to predict their reach. Many summers ago, a lawnobsessed neighbor was fed up with fighng the crabgrass in his lawn and resorted to using Round-Up. He enthusiascally applied it to an area of about 30 square feet. Everything died. Everything in that small area, and then some. He ended up having to remove the soil and replace it with new, then replant. Years later, you can sll discern the area in queson. Those, of course, were just the visual reminders; there are many unseen negave consequences to using such a harsh approach – effects that may not be seen for years or may never be connected to the poison. What about our dogs? How do we keep the weeds from growing, and how do we ferlize those good behaviors? First of all, nip the behavioral weeds in the bud! Once they take hold, they can be as difficult to remove as the garden loosestrife a friend generously (or so I thought) shared with me. To her, it was a fine, upstanding plant. In my garden, it became an aggressively invasive weed, taking over everything. In the end, I, too, had to remove the soil from my garden and replace it - the loosestrife roots had consumed and reached far into the ground like an invisible evil monster.

If we can see, early on, that there's an undesirable behavior starting to grow, we have to do something about it as soon as possible. Jumping, for instance, is so very easy to weed out if we do so early on. All we have to do is cut off its supply of nutrients (typically any form of attention). For the good stuff, for those perennial behaviors we want to keep around for a long, long time, we have to be sure they get what they need to thrive. Behavioral fertilizers will vary from dog to dog, but whatever it is, the behaviors will only last for so long without them. One person's weed is another person's rosebush. We are boarding a small dog right now who is a real lap dog. She will leap up onto anyone's lap at will. This is something that her humans like, but I do not. While I certainly enjoy a lap dog as much as the next person, I do not like the "at will" part. She is just as likely to land on a plate of food or my keyboard as she is to land on my lap. That behavior is her family's rosebush, but to me, it's a weed. Observe your dog. Nurture your dog. Pay it for the good stuff so it will keep flourishing, day aer day, year aer year. Keep on weeding, too! Happy behavioral gardening!

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I am a Carolina Dog, a breed that long ago owned Nave American people. We were designed by natural selecon to be so intelligent and physically superior that we survived without humans. My great-grandfather was caught from the wild. I can offer advice based on the natural insncts and abilies of wild dogs. My human and I have had lots of training classes and other experiences. Some humans call themselves Mom or Dad of their dog, but I call my human, tongue in cheek, Boss. Much as I love her, I admit she has many of the same odd noons as most humans, so I can relate to other dogs with problem humans. If I can’t help, at least I can offer sympathy, and we can have fun talking about our amazing humans. Please send your quesons! Bammy, 280 Pond Rd. Newcastle, ME 04553, or email: A leer from my good friend Eddie: Dear Bammy, My humans and I were so happy with your leer to me. Our city life here seems to revolve around work. My humans have been very busy this winter. They hardly ever have any fun throwing my toys. One stays home, but she spends all her me in front of that thing they call a computer. She says she is wring a book and has a deadline. The other one leaves every day to go

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called a health food store that had a mouse problem. I searched the store and located the place where the mice entered through underground pipes. They had the hole fixed, and no more mice! I got lots of pets and treats there. My humans tell me that we have to "dress for success" in the city, so I have to wear a collar and e when I go to a job. Fortunately, they take it off when I get down to business. Everyone who sees me in this get-up seems duly impressed and calls me "Mr. Businessman." I don't get it, but I get lots of treats just for showing up. That's my city life. It sounds like you are having lots of fun up in Maine. Your friend from away, Eddie

to a place called "the city," but I've never been there. They say I would hate all the noise. I decided I needed to work, too. I call my business, “Mouse Busters.” A friend of my humans trapped a mouse in her house. They were afraid they had more, so I checked it out - three whole floors! I smelled a lot of interesng smells, but no mouse. They peed me and gave me treats anyway. My second job proved much more excing. My humans somemes hunt for food in a place

Dear Eddie, So good to hear from you, and congratulaons on your new business! Boss and I wish you could find the mouse holes in our den. We hear them scrabbling around in the walls, but we can’t find how they get in. My dear friend Pookah has just le aer a long visit while her pack was away. I barked for her as she went, but she raced home to her special human. I’m so sad! I watch her den from my window, hoping to see her coming back to me. I live far from the road, so she can run back and forth between our dens. She comes to visit a lot, but I want her living in my den. I’m doing agility again aer a long vacaon. Boss has lightened up a lot, and she gives me real *MEAT* rewards! Wishing you successful mousing! Bammy

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

Pancreas in Dogs The pancreas is a glandular organ in the abdomen, which is tucked in the angle between the liver, stomach, and small intesne. This organ produces and secretes digesve enzymes into the intesnal tract to break down nutrients, which allows for their absorpon by the body. The pancreas also produces insulin and glucagon, which carefully regulate how the body ulizes these nutrients. The term “pancreas” means an inflammaon of the pancreas, which is a common malady in dogs. The exact cause may never be determined, but dogs who are obese have diabetes mellitus, low thyroid hormone levels, or Cushing’s syndrome are at higher risk. As well, ingeson of high fat meals (especially a large amount all at once) can trigger this disease. Just say NO to pork chops, steaks, turkey legs, and those weird cheese snacks that your parents keep at their house….When pancreac inflammaon occurs, the digesve enzymes within the gland are released before reaching the small intesne. This results in damage (“acid burn”) to the pancreas itself, as well as to the neighboring liver, gallbladder, and intesnes. Pancreac damage ranges from mild to potenally life-threatening, and prompt medical treatment should be sought.

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The symptoms can be sudden in onset and most oen include nausea, voming, lethargy, hunched or “praying” postures, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. These symptoms can be variable in intensity and can be associated with many other diseases as well. The diagnosis is oen based on recent dietary/medicaon history, results of a thorough physical examinaon, and certain laboratory tests. Your dog’s “white blood cells” are oen elevated due to the body’s response to inflammaon. There may be elevaons in certain enzymes such as lipase and amylase, though they are not specific to the syndrome. A newer test called a SPEC cPL is now widely available and is a more reliable marker

for pancreas. If the veterinarian is not convinced of the diagnosis at this point, abdominal radiographs (“x-rays”) may be obtained for supporve evidence. They may show a widening in the angle between the duodenum and stomach, oen with a hazy “ground-glass” appearance. If available, abdominal ultrasound is superior to radiographs in diagnosing pancreas, and offers a view of all the internal organs. This is key, as other medical issues such as inflammatory bowel disease, gall bladder disease, hepas, and intesnal obstrucons can mimic or co-exist with pancreas. Very rarely, an abdominal exploratory surgery is performed to confirm the diagnosis and eliminate the possibility of subtle intesnal or gall bladder obstrucons. Treatment for pancreas is tailored to the degree of illness of the individual dog. Outpaent care may be appropriate for dogs who are sll alert and able to drink water and be given oral medicaons (an-emecs for nausea, antacids, and pain control). Small, frequent meals of a low fat, bland diet (home cooked or commercial) are usually recommended. Maintaining hydraon and normal blood pressures in pancreas paents is important in those with moderate to severe disease to reduce risk of systemic

shock and organ failure. Electrolyte intravenous soluons, given in a hospital seng, allow the natural healing mechanisms to occur in the body, as well as correct dehydraon caused by voming and diarrhea. The intesnal tract and pancreas can “rest” while medicaons are given intravenously. Your dog’s condion would likely be assessed by repeated physical examinaons, blood enzyme tests, and response to treatment. Most dogs hospitalized for this condion spend 2-4 days under a veterinarian’s care, and fortunately, most survive the event. However, repeated bouts can lead to chronic, smoldering pancreac damage and possibly diabetes mellitus. What can you do to lower your dog’s risk of pancreas? Plenty! 1) help your dog maintain a healthy weight with (you guessed it) diet and exercise; 2) avoid high-fat diets (ideally 7% or less); 3) avoid feeding table scraps; 4) don’t allow your dog to be unaended in yards or woods where there may be “unsanconed” treats; 5) keep trash receptacles securely covered; 6) provide healthy, low fat treats for your dog while he is in the care of others to avoid temptaon. Dr. Gail D. Mason Portland Veterinary Specialists


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Traveling with your Dog Maine is perhaps one of the more pet friendly states. You’ll find more than 300 dog parks, beaches, and trails, and hundreds of accommodaons and stores that will welcome you and your dog. From the forests and the mountains to the beauful rocky coast, there is something for everyone including the family dog. If traveling by car, you might consider restraining your dog with a pet barrier, pet seat belt, or travel crate to ensure a safer trip for everyone. According to AAA, about 30,000 accidents are caused each year by an unrestrained dog in the front seat. It is also important for them to keep their heads inside the vehicle. While they may enjoy riding with their heads out the window, it is not recommend as they could suffer ear damage, lung infecons, or get something in their eyes. Bring something familiar with you from home, a blanket or a favorite toy to help them feel more comfortable during the trip. Keep them hydrated and be sure and make frequent stops for a bathroom break and for them to get some exercise. The American Veterinary Medical Associaon suggests you stop every 2 – 3 hours. According to the American Pet Products Associaon, 17.5 million

dog owners stay with their dogs in a pet friendly hotel. As this becomes more and more popular, you will find more places that are willing to accommodate Fido, some even providing special pet welcome packages that can consist of water bowls, treats, toys, blankets, and so on. Every accommodaon will have their own set of rules, so do


your research before making your reservaon. Some places may allow you to leave your dog in your room for a short period of me, and some will require that you take them with you whenever you leave. If your daily plans do not allow your dog to come along, then you might want to look into a nearby kennel for that period of me. DO NOT leave them in the car. On an 85 degree day, 10 minutes

is all that is needed for the inside temperature of your car to reach 102 degrees. Even on a bright sunny day when the temps are in the 60’s, your vehicle can reach the danger zone, and rolling down the windows or parking in the shade doesn’t guarantee protecon. Make sure your dog’s vaccinaons are up to date and travel with a copy of their vaccinaon records. You should also make sure your dog has been treated for fleas and cks. If you plan to spend me outdoors even if you don’t go in the woods, you should sll check yourself and the dog for cks before you head inside. Your hotel may have a designated area where they want you to walk your dog to do their “business.” Please adhere to their guidelines, and clean up aer your dog. This really applies to anywhere you go and will help ensure that our four legged friends will remain welcome. For a full list of pet-friendly parks, beaches, and trails, pick up a copy of petMAINE, a statewide resource published in collaboraon with Downeast Dog News (to request a copy via email: jenn@ All of the adversers that you find on these pages are pet friendly and eagerly await a visit from you and your four-legged family member.

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


In order for your dog to be successful in tracking, he needs to learn to work through many situations which can be highly variable. Your dog must learn to deal with scent contamination on the track. Depending upon the test and the area, contamination could be very high (a school playground) and very low (a quiet country field). Your dog must learn to handle contamination and lock onto the “track” scent. Your dog must learn to discriminate the “track” from cross tracks – something

which has crossed the main track – for example: a rabbit, mouse, dogs, people, horses, bicycles, etc. He has to learn to negoate turns to the le and right, at 90 degree angles, and more open (soer) turns. He needs to learn to deal with windy condions as opposed to a calm day.

If he is working at more advanced level tests, he needs to realize tracks can go anywhere someone can walk, through hedgerows, woods, across roads, over stone walls, or down stairs, around buildings, through breezeways, any place someone could walk. There will also be obstacles along the way on some tracks, such as drainage ditches, low stone walls, fences, heavy brush, woods, small streams, etc. Depending on the type of test, there will also be distracons – wildlife, wildlife droppings, apples, turkey feathers, farm animals, hay bales, farm equipment, other dogs, people, dumpsters, sirens, children, cars, etc. Arcles, which are objects the dog is supposed to find along the track, can be anywhere; somemes soon aer a turn, somemes a long way from a turn, somemes a lile off track to the le or right, or placed on a bench or low wall, or on the side of some steps. The dog must learn to look for arcles anywhere along the track. Do not become habitual and therefore predicable where you place the arcles. Keep it interesng. The dog needs to learn to deal with me variables on the track. He

should be able to deal with fresh scent and also be able to deal with tracks several hours old. Scent is relave to the condions. If condions are good, aged scent will not be as hard to track. If condions are difficult – hot, dry, windy – even fairly fresh scent will be harder to follow. The dog needs to be exposed to different condions and me frames in order to work them out. He needs to be able to work for the duraon of the length of his track. He needs both physical and mental stamina. This does not mean you need to run full length tracks every me you train. Short pieces of tracks presenng different problems will keep tracking interesng and increase mental stamina. Walking, hiking, swimming and retrieving can all help condion your dog physically. So each of the above variablescontaminaon, cross tracks, turns, wind, obstacles, distracons, arcles, me (age) and distance - all need to be considered when training. Do not combine too many variables and make the track too difficult. Success is what will build confidence. When your dog shows confidence with each one of these variables, you will have created a solid foundaon for tracking.

Carolyn Fuhrer has earned over 100 AKC tles with her Golden Retrievers, including 2 Champion Tracker tles. Carolyn is the owner of North Star Dog Training School in Somerville, Maine. She has been teaching people to understand their dogs for over 25 years. You can contact her with quesons, suggesons and ideas for her column by e-mailing

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This is the last of a five-part series in which I have discussed Brambell’s Five Freedoms and how they provide a valuable reference point for assessing a dog’s quality of life. So far we have examined the first four of Brambell’s Five Freedoms: Freedom from Hunger and Thirst, Freedom from Discomfort, Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease, and the Freedom to Express Normal Behavior. This month I will address the fifth freedom, Freedom from Fear and Distress. I will be readdressing some of the same topics from part 2 of this series, Freedom from Discomfort, as fear and distress are an extension of discomfort especially when considering our dog’s emotional state. I genuinely believe that no psychologically healthy human would ever intenonally cause his pet fear or distress. However, a lack of knowledge — or incorrect informaon about animal behavior oen is a cause of fear and distress in dogs. Experiencing fear and distress is normal for any living thing throughout its life. However, since one fearful event can be traumac enough to create a permanent and debilitang disability, it is essenal we understand fear and distress and that we do everything possible to minimize its eect on our dog.

ENSURE YOUR PET IS FREE FROM FEAR AND DISTRESS Can you readily tell when your dog is fearful or stressed? Dogs



typically do one of four things when afraid. 1) They ee and run away as fast as they can from whatever it is that has scared them. 2) They ďŹ ght by barking, growling, lunging at, and aacking whatever has threatened them. 3) They freeze in place, not moving a muscle, and not making eye contact with what they fear. 4) They ďŹ dget about, displaying normal behaviors (sniďŹƒng, scratching, etc.) in an abnormal context while ignoring the threat. These four are the most extreme reacons, but well before your dog exhibits any of those behaviors, it will give you subtle

signs of its emoonal distress. It is essenal that you know and understand these signs so that you can intervene early. Unfortunately, when many dog parents see their dog freezing or ďŹ dgeng about, they say “Oh, he’s ďŹ neâ€? not understanding that the dog is in fact distressed. ( FMI – hp:// DogsSignsofFear ). Have you and your family commied to NEVER using aversives to manage or train your dog? By deďŹ nion, an aversive is anything that causes your pet fear or distress, so if you use these tools or methods, you are NOT ensuring your dog is free from fear or distress. Commonly used aversives include but are not limited to shock collars, choke collars, prong collars, leash correcons, or anything where the intent is to physically or emoonally punish the dog as part of training or management. Dogs subjected to aversives are likely to develop behavioral problems and have a much higher probability of becoming aggressive. The American Animal Hospital Associaon (AAHA) notes that the use of aversives is a signiďŹ cant reason for behavioral problems in pets and that they should NEVER be used. (FMI – hp:// ) Was your puppy well socialized? Early socializaon and habituaon is key to freedom from fear and distress, as is ongoing socializaon and enrichment throughout a dog’s life. Inadequate socializaon or inappropriate socializaon is a frequent reason for a dog to be fearful in certain situaons. Remedial socializaon is possible, but you should work with a reward-based, fear-free trainer so that you do not make things worse. (FMI – hp:// SocializaonPuppy) (FMI – hp:// ) Do you acvely look out for your dog’s best interests so that you can protect it from people

that do NOT understand canine body language? Most people do not understand that not all dogs want to interact with people nor do those people comprehend the subtle signs that a dog gives that says, “please leave me alone.� Most dogs do not want to bite, but only do so when they feel they have no other opon. As our dog's caregiver, we have a responsibility to look out for our dog’s welfare which means intervening when others do not respect our dog’s right not to interact. Addionally, we need to understand that somemes the best thing we can do for our dog is to leave it at home. Not all dogs enjoy walking in the animal shelter’s annual fundraiser. Do you understand the necessity of providing both physical and mental smulaon for your dog while not leng either go to extremes? A lack of adequate physical and mental smulaon can cause a pet to be distressed. However, too much smulaon and exercise can also be even more detrimental, creang a state of chronic stress. Playing fetch or going to the dog park every day can become addicve, causing chemical changes in the brain which can contribute to distress and other behavior problems. Do you understand that while the dog is a social species, it may not like every dog it encounters, even ones that you may want to add to your family? While the domesc dog is considered to be a social animal, some are more social than others. Dogs do not automacally like one another. If we force a dog to live with another pet that it is afraid of, we are causing fear and distress. To read previous arcles in this series visit the Downeast Dog News website at hps:// or visit Don’s blog at hps://www.

Don Hanson is the co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop ( in Bangor. He is a Bach Foundaon Registered Animal Praconer (BFRAP), CerďŹ ed Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), Associate CerďŹ ed Cat Behavior Consultant (ACCBC) and a CerďŹ ed Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). He produces and co- hosts a weekly radio show and podcast, The Woof Meow Show heard on The Pulse AM620 WZON and streamed at hp:// every Saturday at 9 AM. A list of upcoming shows and podcasts of past shows can be found at Don also writes about pets at his blog: 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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By Susan Spisak When I rang up Jeana Roth to learn about Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP), we realized we’d talked last year regarding their Puerto Rican rescue efforts--they’ve taken in hundreds of dogs through that territory’s All Sato Rescue (ASR) for several years now and over 170 since the devastang hurricanes of 2017.


Roth, their Director of Community Engagement, shared that she and a few others from ARLGP were planning a hands-on mission to Puerto Rico in a few days. They wanted to understand what ASR and the island’s animals were experiencing, especially aer the hurricanes le them in crisis mode. We connected again aer their trip. The group helped in several areas, including loading dogs for cargo travel to ASR’s partner rescue in Florida and vising known dog “dumping sites” to feed the friendly, but oen feral-like


From Puerto Rico rescue partner, All Sato Rescue. This sweet and so-spoken fella might be hearing-impaired, but you'd never know it with his outgoing-ness and goofy nature. We think Byron would prefer an adult-only home, but would likely do well with a canine sibling to share his fun with.

Friendly and acve girl. She does great while on a walk. Not a fan of small animals or cats. She’d prefer a home with older children who can handle her energy. Has done well with other dogs while at AWS. She’s an all-around nice dog and would make a great addion to almost any household.

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animals. (People who no longer want their pets leave them on beaches or construcon sites.) The group also discovered and rescued three abandoned moms and their liers. They took them to an animal hospital for care and were placed in ASR foster homes where they’ll remain unl they’re cleared for transport to ARLGP. They did bring a few dogs home with them who’d been in the ASR foster system and were vaccinated, quaranned, had health cerficates, and were ok’d for travel. It’s evident that animal care and quality of life is night and day between the island situaon and Maine. “We feel fortunate to be in the greater Portland area where animals and adopons are supported.” Their numbers prove that. ARLGP rehomed over 1200 dogs last year (and about 2200 cats, bunnies, and criers). While some were owner relinquishments and strays from contracted towns, many were dogs from partner rescues, shelters in the south, and California. “We really help where there is a need,” Roth said. This non-profit was founded over 100 years ago. In 2016, they moved to their new 25,000 sq. . facility at 217 Landing Road in Westbrook. Their mission is to serve their community in a multude of ways and nurture the connecon between people and pets to advance animal welfare. To accomplish that mission, they offer wellness clinics with low-cost shots, microchipping, and free spay/neuter services for qualifying community members through 2018. They also have an on-site pet food pantry (hours are Tuesdays 1 to 3 pm and Sundays 1 to 4 pm). ARLGP is big on teaching kids to be responsible pet advocates. They even have a dedicated in-shelter Humane Educaon classroom and a dedicated Humane Educator. Age-appropriate animal welfare topics are explained during their aer-school clubs, summer and vacaon camps, birthday party packages, and Scout programs. They also offer free in-school presentaons covering a wide variety of animal-related topics. They’re always looking for fosters to provide temporary homes for pups, kiens, the medicallychallenged, and elderly dogs. If you’re interested in fostering and to see their adoptables, visit

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This gentle giant is a real love bug that enjoys being with his people as much as possible. He walks well on a leash. We think he would do best as the only pet in his new home.

Chumley would do best in a home where he is the only dog and no cats. Chumley would ourish in a home that can provide him with lots of exercise to keep this acve boy from geng bored.

Acve Beefy needs an experienced home that can provide him structure and energy releasing exercise - chasing balls is a favorite of his. Beefy would be best suited in a quiet home, too many visitors can cause him to get protecve of his family.

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Very acve girl! Loves adventure, loves to play with other dogs and would make a great family pet! She has beauful markings and a cute heartshaped nose!

This sweet boy is the last of his lier to be adopted! He is very social and playful, loves dogs, cats and kids.

Surrendered aer his owner was too sick to care for him, Patrick is a sweet guy. We think he’d like to live with another dog. Patrick loves baths! He is good with cats, dogs and kids.



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5 yrs., Pit Bull Mix

Jemma - 5 ½ yrs., Staordshire terrier mix Layla - 8 ½ yrs., Retriever mix.

He is a goofy guy who loves walks but can also be a couch potato. Is good with dogs and older children, but not cats. Warden is crate trained and has his basic obedience down pat. He loves puzzle toys and treats!

Both are playful, acve and aeconate. Jemma is great once she knows someone, but can be fearful with sudden movements and loud noises.

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3 yrs. Catahoula Mix

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2 yrs. Catahoula Mix

He does well with other dogs and loves to explore. Was rescued from a trash dump. Ready for a nice family of his own.

Sweet, calm, and playful boy. Knows basic commands (sit, wait, come, down, gentle {for treats}) but he needs consistency to reinforce his knowledge. One of his sweetest characteriscs is how snuggly he is. Email Catahoula Rescue:

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Bonds quickly with her humans. Likes to hang out with other people and dogs, but no cats. High energy outside and super lazy in the house. Very polite pup in almost every sense. Email Catahoula Rescue:

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PET NUTRITION 101 Wednesday, May 2 Waterville, 5 PM – 6 PM Chelsie from the Waterville Loyal Biscuit Co. will be speaking at the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Rd., about the basics of choosing a healthy diet for your dogs and cats! She will be discussing the different types of commercial pet food diets, which ingredients you should look for and avoid in your pet's food, what dogs and cats need most in their diets, and why it doesn't have to cost more to feed your pets a healthier diet!; (207)660-9200 x7


PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP Saturday, May 5 Belfast, 10 AM – 11 AM Every first Saturday of the month, Ginny Ford will hold a Pet Loss Group at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast. Feel free to bring along a picture, leash, poem, or other items that remind you of your pet. FMI:; (207)236-8702

PUPPY PLAY DAY Sunday, May 6 Brewer, 1 PM – 2 PM Play me and socializaon are two very important factors in your puppy’s growth and development! This play me will be 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 before your puppy is allowed in the play area. There is NO charge, but we encourage you to consider making a donaon to one of the many local rescue organizaon within our community!; (207)660-9200 x7

NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, May 12 Rockland, 12 PM – 3 PM Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be at our Loyal Biscuit Rockland locaon at 408 Main St. from 12pm – 3pm for our next nail clipping clinics. The cost is $10 per pet and all proceeds will be donated to Catahoula Rescue of New England. No appointment necessary.; (207)660-9200 x7

SOUTHERN MAINE COASTAL CLASSIC DOG SHOWS Thursday, May 17 – Sunday, May 20 Scarborough, 8 AM – 5 PM Hosted by the York County Kennel Club of Maine and Vacaonland Dog Club. Held at Wassamki Spring Campground, 56 Saco St. Rain or Shine! Concessions and vendors on site. Four Days of Conformaon, Obedience and Rally. Spectators welcome for $5 per car/day. FMI: or

PLANT SALE Saturday, May 19 Brunswick, 8 AM – 2 PM Join Coastal Humane Society and Lincoln County Animal Shelter for our 16th Annual Plant Sale! Get everything you need for your garden this spring: annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetables, herbs, shrubs, trees, and more. All proceeds benefit our animal guests! Held at Coastal Humane Society, 190 Pleasant St. Brunswick. *Rain date of May 20 from 8am-2pm

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Wassamki Springs Campground 56 Saco St., Scarborough

8am-5pm each day – Rain or Shine!

NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, May 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 the Somerset Humane Society. No appointment necessary. loyalbiscuit. com; (207)660-9200 x7

DOG BEHAVIOR, BODY LANGUAGE & DOG PARKS Saturday, May 19 Bangor, 10 AM Held at Green Acres Kennel Shop - In this presentaon, Don Hanson, Cerfied Dog Behavior Consultant, and Cerfied Professional Dog Trainer will address what you need to know about canine behavior and canine body language to make sure your visit is safe and fun for all. 1) if you are ready for the dog park, 2) if your dog is ready for the dog park,

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Four days of Conformation, Obedience and Rally Breed Supported entries, Best Bred by Exhibitor, Best Veteran Competition, Junior Showmanship, 4- to 6-Month Puppy Competition and lots more! AKC-enrolled All-American mixed breeds may enter Obedience and Rally Competitions. Spectators welcome – $5 per car each day. For details go to or


U.S. Rte 1, Rockport from 10am – 12pm and our Belfast locaon on 1 Belmont Ave. from 1pm-3pm for our next nail clipping clinics. The cost is $10 per pet and all proceeds will be donated to Catahoula Rescue of New England. No appointment necessary.; (207)660-9200 x7

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Saturday, May 26 Augusta, 8AM – 12PM Vendors, food, acvies and much more! All funds raised go directly to support more than 2,000 animals that find their way to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society annually. Registraon and Check In - 8AM. The 5K walk will start at 9:00 AM. The 5K run/race will start at 9:15 AM. All dog registraons will include a Mu Strut collar bandana for your dog. All dogs are welcome! FMI or to register: hps:// ME/Augusta/25thAnnualMuStrut5K

PACES FOR PAWS Saturday, May 26 Belfast, 8AM – 1PM 5k race and 1k family walk held at the Belfast Rail Trail. Bring your canine companions and don’t forget a leash! All proceeds will go to support the animals at PAWS Animal Adopon Center. Check-in begins at 7AM, race begins at 8AM and the walk begins at 9:30AM (check-in by 9AM). FMI or to register online:

RECURRING EVENTS SHOCK COLLAR SEMINAR Tuesday, May 8, 6:30PM Saturday May 12, 2:30 PM Bangor Why Shock Collars Can Be Harmful to Our Dogs & Humane Alternaves to Electrical Shock – at Green Acres Kennel Shop. Don Hanson, co-owner of Green Acres will discuss electronic shock collars and why they are a dangerous and inhumane choice for training, managing, or containing a dog. He will review the scienfic, peerreviewed literature on shock as well as recommendaons from veterinary behavioral experts on humane and effecve alternaves to electric shock. The seminar is free. FMI or to register, go to hp:// Event_Shock_May2018

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In Home No crates or kennels Fenced yard 25 foot covered porch 4-6 dogs or puppies per day 5-7 days a week Multi-day and membership rates Boarding available for members Flexible drop off and pick up times Near State House, Augusta


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Betty McBrien 701-8491 • Loving pet caregiver in your home within a 30 mile radius of Camden • Professional housekeeper • Farm animal care also available

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Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor, will host the following FREE educaonal events for pet parents in May Why Shock Collars Can Be Harmful to Our Dogs & Humane Alternaves to Electrical Shock – Tuesday, May 8th at 6:30 PM and Saturday, May 12th at 2:30 PM at Green Acres Kennel Shop. – Don Hanson, co-owner of Green Acres Kennel Shop will discuss electronic shock collars and why they are a dangerous and inhumane choice for training, managing, or containing a dog. He will review the scienďŹ c, peer-reviewed literature on shock as well as recommendaons from veterinary behavioral experts on humane and eecve alternaves to electric shock.

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The seminar is free. Hanson is a CerďŹ ed Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and a CerďŹ ed Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). For more informaon or to register, go to hp:// GAKS_Event_Shock_May2018 Dog Behavior, Body Language & Dog Parks–Saturday, May 19th at 10 AM at Green Acres Kennel Shop – Going to the dog park is not an enjoyable experience for all dogs and people and can, in fact, result in irreparable harm. In this presentation, Don Hanson, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, and Certified Professional Dog Trainer will

discuss current thinking on dog parks. He will address what you need to know about canine behavior and canine body language to make sure your visit is safe and fun for all. Lastly, he will provide you with four checklists that will allow you to assess: 1) if you are ready for the dog park, 2) if your dog is ready for the dog park, 3) the physical aspects of the dog park, and 4) the dog parks culture, the behavior of the people that make up the dog park. The seminar is free. For more information or to register, go to GAKS_Event-DogPark.


1653 Union St., Bangor - 207-945-6841

Upcoming FREE Seminars Why Shock Collars Can Be Harmful to Our Dogs • Tuesday, May 8th—Green Acres—6:30 PM • Saturday, May 12th—Green Acres—2:30 PM FMI—

Dog Behavior, Body Language & Dog Parks •

Saturday, May 19th—Green Acres—10:00 AM FMI—


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ME License #F251

U Boarding & Daycare U Dog Grooming U Dog Training Classes U Behavior Counseling U Wholesome Pet Foods U Quality Pet Supplies

If the road is calling, go ahead and go. Let us help make the time away from your pet worry free. The staff at Bear Brook Kennel is committed to helping ease the anxiety of separation for both you and your pet. Your pet will receive quality care from the kennel attendants, trainers, groomer and receptionists. All services will be customized to your specifications. Your pet is our guest. When boarding, a reservation should be made, preferably a week or more in advance. If you should have an emergency or urgent situation, we will do our best to accommodate you. For reservations call 207-989-7979.

Seating is limited.

Voted the Bangor Regions: Best Kennel, Best Pet Store, Best Dog Trainer & Best Pet Groomer


Railway Village

19 Bennett Road, Brewer, ME 04412 tel 207-989-7979 fax 207-989-6927 e-mail:

Are you a breeder with puppies to go to a new home? Airport shuttle? Ground transport? Do you have dogs needing transport to specialty veterinarian appointments? Surgical implants? Genetic testing?

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Frozen semen collection? Do you need transport for your dogs to and from a show handler or trainer? Are you moving and need transport to relocate your cat or dog in mainland USA or Canada?

We will personally escort and deliver your beloved animals Can transport puppies or adult dogs

Call John Pickles at Picklespuptransport LLC






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Safe, secure and caring transportation of your pets

2018 May Downeast Dog News  
2018 May Downeast Dog News