COMING FULL CIRCLE HOW DO I KNOW IF IT IS TIME?
RULES OF RECALL
GETTING YOUR DOG TO COME WHEN CALLED
PRICELESS LOCAL TALES
PLEASE PET ME, I'M WORKING
please take one
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A Welcome Note from the publisher Founder & Publisher
SIRENA JOHNSON Graphic Designer | Art Director
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JEN DUBOIS DR. MICHELLE ROCQUE POLLY KAPLAN JOSH JACOBSON Cover art by
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Special Thanks GRETA METZLER ALLISON SMITH & TOM MCMANUS
Happy one year anniversary Paw Print Magazine! What a blessed year it has been, connecting with many kind and big-hearted souls along the way. What wonderful people animal lovers are! To start out its second year, I made the decision to change the magazine’s quarterly publication months. This decision was made for a few advantageous reasons, but primarily to publish along with proper seasonal quarters, which I was unable to do at the start, back in July. With each issue, our mission is to gradually extend the magazine’s reach to neighboring counties in the Hudson Valley. Made possible by the support of contributing businesses through advertising, I aim to increase the volume of the magazine itself; providing more and more content and local stories. I am so excited to continue on this amazing journey and I thank everyone for their continued support and readership! Love for the animals!
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Fall 2015 local tales
“Please Pet Me, I’m Working”
Coming Full Circle
Kitty Litter Box
the K9 kind
Rules of Recall
11 12 -14
Helpers 4 Shelters 15
what’s up dog?
Pet Events Calendar
Helpful Contact Information
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“Please Pet Me, I’m Working!”
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By Jen DuBois
“Bringer of joy,” thy name is Thabiso. Beau does a great job too, “as long as you keep petting him.” So lovingly jokes Beau’s handler, Allison Smith. Smith and her husband Tom McManus currently bring the two handsome yellow labs (although Beau is a bit more fair-furred) to visits in local schools, libraries, homeless shelters, and assisted living facilities in our area. Simply put, they work together to make people feel better.
community at large. Families traveling around with small children absolutely need to teach them how to be safe, thoughtful, and respectful around animals they meet along the way.
With the “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” program, the dogs began with visits to Heermance Memorial Library in Coxsackie and have expanded to include visits to us at the Catskill Public Library and Palenville Branch Library as well as visiting Catskill Youth Services D.R. Everts Library in Librarian Jesse O’Dunne Athens, where the dogs Much of the dogs’ roles on the and I recently met with offer support to those the four at Purrfect Tails struggling with reading. job include sitting patiently, of Catskill for our Catskill In the case of Follow allowing people to stroke their Public Library traveling That Book, most of the fur, hug them, and sometimes story hour program, children aren’t yet able “Follow That Book!” to read anything at even use them as a pillow. This program is geared all, but with Beau and toward preschool-aged Thabiso there, they are children and their grown-ups, offering them a more than happy to try! (Check the libraries’ chance every other Wednesday morning to calendars, websites and Facebook pages for encounter different settings and beings (primarily scheduling details, as each dog has his own off-hours, in a sort of “social training wheels” schedule with his handler.) The duo of Labrador program with lots of books related to each Retrievers worked with Allison and Tom to visit) and to learn about what goes on in our become certified as handler/dog teams through ▲
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Therapy Dogs International. Unlike service dogs, who normally work with one human, trained to assist that person in daily functions affected by a difference in ability or a condition of health, therapy dogs visit many different people in many types of environments and offer support as a warm physical body and calming emotional presence. Many people have seen a blind person with a seeing-eye dog, and may not realize that a service dog might instead be trained to hear a baby making noise and notify her Deaf parents, or alert someone to a potential oncoming seizure. One thing these service dogs would have in common while out in public would be perhaps a vest that says “please don’t pet me, I’m working.” Not so for Thabiso and Beau, and other certified therapy dogs making visits to people of varying ages, stages, and abilities. One major difference is in fact the petting. Much of the dogs’ roles on the job include sitting patiently, allowing people to stroke their fur, hug them, and sometimes even use them as a pillow. Beau loves this part of the job, but feels it in his joints sometimes and needs breaks now and again like all of us do. For Thabiso, who suffers from digestion issues, this kind of enthusiastic snuggling can be uncomfortable, but Allison says he would never let you know it. If a child reading a story wants to lean on him, he will be there, steadfast and stoic. His training requires it, and his personality and patience shine through. His people will be there to ensure his comfort and now prepare a special diet for him after years of trying to get to the bottom of his food allergies. He now eats special meals and feels much better for it! Something therapy dogs and service dogs have in common is the number of potential distractions and dangers to them on the job, something Allison and Tom take very seriously and guard against with vigilance. Pet them, but please, please don’t offer treats! We practiced this at Follow That Book, keeping people snacks 6 Hudson Valley Paw Print 2015
away from the pups and making a big deal about this to the kids. They are well-trained, but thoughtfulness and removal of those temptations is always best. Therapy dogs need training and to pass a test for certification, but above all things, they need to have the demeanor to do the job. The couple each got certified to do visits with Thabiso in 2011, and then did the same with Beau in 2013. While Beau adores people, and is kind, gentle, and sweet, Allison admits he is less intuitive than Thabiso is in his role as a therapy dog. Thabiso will usually choose the person who needs him most that day, and has even gone so far as to insist that they stop and take note, even when a person has shown no interest in being visited that day. Thabiso seems to recognize the elderly patient mourning the loss of a recently deceased friend, the child struggling with a home situation, or the need for a little extra help reading or talking through something difficult. There is no shortage of people who could use a little help and support to feel better. Thabiso and Beau quietly and effectively remind us that what matter most are our gestures of loyalty and friendship, time spent with intention and love, and just being there.
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Buffered Aspirin Pain relief/anti-inflammatory 5 mg per lb Every 12 hours
Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) Used to induce vomiting after accidental ingestion of poisons 10-20 ml by mouth 5-10 ml by mouth Every 15 minutes Every 15 minutes Kaopectate relieves diarrhea 1 ml per lb Every 2 hours
1 ml per lb Every 2 hours
Pepto Bismol Diarrhea, anti-vomiting, gas 1 ml per 10 lbs Every 12 hours
Mineral Oil to alleviate constipation Up to 4 tbs Daily
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Dramamine reduces car sickness Up to 50 mg Every 8 hours
Up to 10 mg Every 8 hours Tylenol
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Coming Full Circle HOW DO I KNOW IF IT IS TIME?
Dr. Michelle Rocque
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or any of us that have been animal lovers our entire lives, at one time or another we have been faced with the heartbreaking reality of our furry children having a lifespan much shorter than we want it to be. We all hope and pray that when it is their time to depart this earth, they take that journey peacefully and on their own.
Dr. Michelle Rocque practices integrative veterinary medicine at Full Circle Veterinary Hospital in Wappingers Falls. Her passion in medicine lies especially in nutrition and alternative modalities such as nutraceuticals, homeopathy, and herbal medicine for dogs, cats, birds, and pocket pets. She believes that integrating conventional and holistic medicine offers her clients more options for the treatment of their beloved furry family members.
More often than not, however, we are faced with the agonizingly difficult decision of whether to proceed with euthanasia or not. One of the most common questions I am asked as a veterinarian in these situations is, “How do I know if it is time?” I approach the answer to this question delicately, because there is no right or wrong response. I usually tell my clients that they know their beloved pet better than I ever will and trusting their instincts on coming to this decision is the best guidance. However, we often question our instincts when it is such a pivotal choice we must make. Our pets do offer indicators that I attempt to point out to my clients, such as when activities or actions that have always elicited a positive response are no longer able to do so. For example, if a certain type of food or treat has always been a favorite and now there is no interest, or if taking the leash out has never failed to inspire excitement over a walk and that has disappeared. These are what I call Quality of Life indicators and are helpful in knowing if our pets need help in their journey to leave our sides. There are no words or actions that can make the decision to euthanize a furry member of the family any easier, but talking through these issues can often alleviate the understandable guilt that can rise with the ability to choose. Euthanasia is a very controversial topic in human medicine and what I tell everyone in this situation is that it is both a blessing and a curse that we can choose in veterinary medicine. In many ways, we afford a greater amount of respect to our pets in our efforts to relieve their suffering than we do for our own species. Many clients ask me what to expect during the actual euthanasia. My protocol is to administer a sedative first so the pet is relaxed during the procedure. Once sedated, the clients have the ability to spend some quiet time with their pet if desired. Once the pet parents are ready, I administer an overdose of an anesthetic that stops the heart. It is very peaceful and my patients do not feel anything. I do discuss with my clients that pets do not close their eyes once the injection is given so they are prepared for this occurrence. What I have come to understand is that there is no set way to proceed. It has to be what offers the most peace to each individual moving forward. When you reach this crossroads in your pet’s life it is important to talk with your veterinarian and make decisions together for both you and your pet.
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Do It Yourself
kitty litter box ! Not only simple to make and cuts down on litter tracking, but also keeps nosy little dogs from looking for litter biscuits ( TMI...I know...but if you have both, you know it’s the truth! )
What you will need: 1. Storage tote
2. Box cutter
4. Dry erase marker
❸ Step 1 Place the plate ( or something to trace a circle big enough for your cat to go through ) on one side of the tote’s lid and trace the outline. Step 2 Cut the hole out using the box cutter. (You may want to use a file if there are rough edges) Step 3 Fill with cat litter!
PawTip Put double-sided tape on surfaces where you don’t want your cat to scratch or jump up on. Let’s go back to your second life and explore more into why you started peeing in the laundry basket.
RULES OF RECALL
Does your dog come to you when you call? We asked for help from two local trainers and here are their “Rules of Recall” Polly Kaplan
Sirius Play Dog Training So… your dog doesn’t come when called? Join the club. You are hardly alone in this complaint. The majority of prospective training clients who contact me complain their dog doesn’t come when called. You tell me he’s disobedient, dominant, stubborn or he doesn’t listen. I nod and smile. Well, it’s time to ask yourself a few questions before we start working on a recall (or coming when called): What element in the environment are you competing with for your dog’s attention? What do you have to offer that is more enticing than that element that has him so interested? And what have you done prior to this moment- days, weeks, months, years to reward your dog when he does come to you? 12 Hudson Valley Paw Print 2015
Learn more about Polly and her training techniques on her website, siriusplaydogs.com
Have you paid him with treats and praise or have you scolded him? Would you come running to a friend who beckons you with an ice cream cone or scolds you because you’re too slow? If you would like to build a great recall with your dog, start by rewarding him with his favorite treat for looking at you when you pleasantly say his name. Dogs respond enthusiastically to happy, smiling owners. Practice this game when your dog is hungry. You can even use his regular food with higher value treats mixed in. Build the foundation of recall in an indoor, distraction free environment and then slowly add distractions by moving to different areas, and eventually outside. Keep your dog on a leash
the K9 kind or long line and pay him for checking in with you. If you practice consistently and patiently, you will be paid back with a brilliant recall. Here are a few more vital elements to a great recall:
NEVER call your dog to you for something he doesn’t like. If he hates getting a bath or having his nails trimmed, go get him. Don’t call his name. He’ll associate his name with something he doesn’t like and may not come the next time you call him.
2. Do not scold him when he does finally come to you. I’ll be the first to admit
that it is very frustrating when my dog doesn’t come to me right away. But pretend you must, and pretend you will, that coming to you is the best thing your dog has ever done. Throw a party!
3. If you call your dog and he doesn’t come to you, go get him! He will not hear his name if you overuse it.
4. Make your dog’s recall into a game. Make it fun by using silly voices, jumping
up and down, running away from him. Dogs love games and fun. Don’t be proud. Be fun. Be rewarding. Your dog will love you and want to be with you. Put yourself in your dog’s paws. Would you want to come to you?
Fearless K9 Dog Training When teaching and training a dog, recall is one of the most important elements for success. If one can teach recall, a leave it command, and a down command, almost all situations can be effectively dealt with. Recall can be life saving and so it has to be a first priority in the training of any dog. Dogs need to have instant recall in any circumstance and with any distractions. Where recall is concerned, I use The Premack Principle. This theory states, “High-probability behaviors (those performed frequently under conditions of free choice) can be used to reinforce low-probability behaviors.” In other words, to get your dog to do what you want instead of what he wants, you must first figure out how much he values his choices. For instance, if you want your dog to drop a ball
Learn more about Josh and his training techniques on his website, fearlessk9.com
at your feet, he must learn that you will not throw it until he drops it. His preferred behavior is to chase a ball. Now he has made the connection between his less desirable behavior, dropping the ball, with his preferred behavior, chasing the ball. Making sure the dog wants to be in close proximity to its owner is key in this technique. Dogs should not be overly corrected, or have negative commands until the recall is completely understood and successful for both dog and owner. Even after the training is a success, I continue with escape training. Usually a long flexi or line and minimal correction is used to keep the dog’s focus and to reinforce the importance of the dog following the recall process. I have added two additional elements to the teaching of recall. One, I ▲
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praise the dog as soon as he returns to me. I have found the dog not only responds with more confidence but they are also more focused under high distraction situations. Secondly, I ensure the dog is taught to stay in close proximity to their owner until they are given the release command. All of these techniques allow the dog to be more focused and therefore more safe in its surroundings. If the dog is trained properly, they will be less apt to run after cars or stray from their owner without returning immediately upon hearing the recall command.
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