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LOOSE LEASH WALKING With Your Dog

How to Keep Your Pet Safe During

THANKSGIVING

PURR-FECT COSTUMES

for Halloween

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CONTENTS Publisher/Editor Maybi Perez Iglesias Contributing Writers Taya Burnett Mary L. James Gary Cassera Copy Assistant Tony Iglesias Distribution and Circulation Martha Gonzalez Graphic Designer Melissa Blanco Silva melissa@sprinklesmagazine.com

36 Being Safe During Halloween

Social Media Director Maybi Perez Iglesias Marketing/Sales Maybi Perez Iglesias maybi@boomerpetmag.com

19 Will Pet Hair Bother My Allergic Friends? My Dogs Have Terrible Leash Manners........................... 6 Purr-Fect Costumes for Howl-O-Ween................................................................... 8 Your Indoor Cat: How to Satisfy Your Feline...............................................12

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Essential Dental Tips for Dogs.........................................13 Cutie Meets Mr. Lizard, A New Children’s Book................................................... 16 If My Dogs Could Talk, Book Gift Set.....................................................................17 Editor’s Pick.......................................................................18 Books We Love................................................................. 19 Loose Leash Walking with Your Dog...............................24

32 The Cycle of a Bad Dog

Pet Safety During Thanksgiving.....................................28 Palm Beach Zoo Welcomes Katherine, the Koala..................................... 30 Your Cat’s Litter Tips and Advice................................................................ 38

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Welcome to our Fall issue of Boomer Pet Magazine 2017! It has been amazing putting together this issue for our fans and loyal readers. This issue is filled with great information for your pet’s safety during Halloween and Thanksgiving and also provides you with great tips and advice for your fur babies. Fall is one of my favorite seasons due to the change in leaves, cooler nights and crisp mornings. I love to see our dog roll around in the leaves and play outside while taking in the beautiful change of colors and all the pumpkin decor around our neighborhood.

This is also a great time for longer walks and more outside play since the heat won’t be as harsh and the days become shorter. If you’re thinking of dressing up fido for Halloween, remember this can be fun as long as their costumes are safe and there are no loose parts. Remember to count your blessings today and mostly during Thanksgiving and don’t forget to keep those turkey bones away. Wishing you all a great Autumn and Happy Festivities!

M. Iglesias M. Perez Iglesias

HOW A BUMP ON A PEANUT GOT THIS INVENTOR ON A MISSION TO MAKE DOG TRAVEL SAFER. Ira Stahl is an electrician by trade and an inventor at heart. He’s also the protective papa of Peanut and Bear.

THE BUMP

When a car cut him off and he had to stop suddenly, his boys ended up on the floor. It was a wake-up call for Ira who, like 80% of dog owners, did not use any protective gear to keep his dogs safe while riding in the car.

THE OTHERS

PUBLISHER

Ira put on his inventor hat: harness-

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es and hard cages could hurt dogs in sudden stops; dogs tied up suffer stress.

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Ira came up with a netting system and proved that netting absorbed negative force energy when a car comes to a sudden stop.

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My Dogs Have Terrible Leash Manners! by Gary Cassera

The Dog’s Side

When I hear “JOB” my mind goes in two directions -

What are your dog’s jobs Gary? I get that question a lot…

1. What humans think fulfills dogs.

Do dogs need jobs? Another common question…

2. What dogs really need to succeed.

Is your dog fulfilled without a job?

I want people to think: does this job/skill I am giving my dog relate to the scenarios they will need to be your stressless canine co-pilot?

Since we are both here I figured I would share my perspective on this common question. I’d love to hear back about yours. Send me a message FALL 2017

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•Are you a digital nomad who needs your dog to work with you quietly at the coffee shop ignoring food particles on the floor, running toddlers, and sleeping while unfamiliar dogs walk past? (The walk is important for you.) • Do you travel to new places frequently? Would a bad Airbnb review about Fluffers be the pits for your rotating roommate reputation? (Preparing your dog for relaxing in new places.) • Are you expecting kids in the future? More dogs? (How will they share resources after being treated as an only child?) • How’s your dog in the car when someone approaches the window? (Barrier frustration is a huge problem many people face.) • Would seeing your couch cushion ripped to pieces make you scream words that would make your mom grab a bar of soap? (How should a dog know the difference between a cushion and a toy? Because you do?) What works for me is - my life needs dictate their life skills. No barking at the fence, this is how you walk, this is where you sleep, this is how you feel in the car. First before anything!! Maybe you care about other things. That is GREAT! People will spend tons of dough teaching their dog nose work or agility because they feel their dog needs a job. They toss the ball for them at the park for hours. What confuses me is what most people want is to take Branson their golden retriever to brunch and not be em-

barrassed or fearful of his impulsive behavior. So how do these jobs correlate to good dog behavior? Fortunately my clients find out fast you can’t throw a ball to good behavior or have dogs walk on a treadmill to good doggy nirvana. While they are chasing and killing their ball or walking on the treadmill all the good dog information doesn’t magically appear into their brains through the power of advanced physics and cosmic intuition. Our actions need to meet our intentions? We can’t judge ourselves by our intentions (I didn’t want him to learn to do that) and judge the dogs for their actions (why did he bite that dog?) So, what do my dogs do and what does the title of this article mean? Well, I do really feel my dogs have subpar leash manners for my standards. For most people they would be really happy. It would be a dream. They don’t pull, bark, lunge, or many of the other things that cause stress in humans. I think it could be better, but in all honesty it’s not that important to me - right now. I have other things I need first from them.

Right to the yard. Seems easy enough right. Nope! There is a lot of things happening at that time they have to think about. We live directly across from a elementary school. Kids running to school, doors slamming, parents lecturing, dogs walking by, it’s all there for them to think about and process behind a 3 foot picket fence within inches of their territory. Then it’s brekkie time. Should they go back to their beds, should they be near the fridge, should they be in the kitchen at all? Thinking. More mental challenge. After brekkie I usually have a client drop off or two at my house. I purposefully leave the dogs in the yard loose and go out and talk with clients, grab their dogs, say hi to strangers. Practicing stress behind barriers and how to cope. More and more thinking for them which slows their physical energy down. They havent even been to work yet :) More chances for them to be wrong so I can tell them what is right. That’s my job. Prepare for them to fail, but have the answer so they learn. Consequences and their repercussions is a law of nature. Around 8am the school bus loads up (my van) where they all have to share space in a friendly tolerant way. We pack up to 8 in there so everyday it’s different. The rest of their day is all thinking. It’s like a prison social yard - our daycare. They need to keep their senses about them. We have all kinds of dogs at all different stages of learning and socialization. They have to act accordingly to stay out of trouble. They have to think and feel - should I go through the gate now, observe who is a potential new friend, who can I wrestle with, who should I give space too because they are a weirdo, all while listening to what I need trusting I will keep them safe. You can watch all this on my Instagram stories. After this full day of helping dogs and intense concentration, we are all ready for a rest. They watch my body language for what is happening. I grab

Everyday my dogs serve a much higher purpose than themselves or me. Lily’s job right now is to get strong as she is battling an autoimmune disease (IMHA), but all the others (even my foster Q-tip) tap into their super powers everyday. That’s their job. We wake up around 6:30am -7am everyday.

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the leashes and walk towards the door and they follow thoughtfully knowing the pattern. This is their job. At the end of the day they sleep well mentally and physically fulfilled. I fulfill them first, so they give me what I need - their attention, trust, loyalty, and respect. I am completely out of balance on some skills and completely in balance with others. But, my dogs do the one thing all owners need no matter what, Listen to me above all else in the face of any stimulant. I take the time to teach them step by step what I don’t like. For example, did you see my video claiming the cat on Instagram? Once the teaching is done then it becomes the job of the dog to act accordingly to what they have learned. That’s their responsibility. My job is to set them up to have the foundation to succeed. What is your dog’s job? Does your practice make them perfect?


PURR-FECT COSTUMES FOR HOWL-O-WEEN EVERY YEAR THERE ARE PET COSTUMES THAT ARE TRENDY AND OUTRAGEOUSLY POPULAR. WITH SO MANY CHOICES, IT CAN BE TOUGH DECIDING WHAT TO OUTFIT YOUR PET WITH FOR THOSE PET HOWL-O-WEEN PAW-TIES. CHARACTERS FROM SHOWS LIKE STAR WARS® HAVE ENDURED AS COSTUMES FOR DECADES. OTHER COSTUMES LIKE WITCHES, GHOSTS, AND PUMPKINS ARE ALSO PERPETUALLY COMMON.

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When looking for the latest in pet regalia, the best source is Rubie’s Pet Shop Boutique. They are the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of costumes— human and pet. Their designs are found in national retailers, online, and in boutique shops worldwide. Super heroes are always trendy, but gain traction the years that they are promoted and have blockbusters. Erin Breig, Managing Director of Rubie’s Pet Shop Boutique, says that this year’s sizzling hot trend is Wonder Woman® due to the fame of the movie that came out in the summer. And, of course, Spider Man® and the Minions® are wildly popular this year too. There are many options available of the licensed characters to suit every taste. When it comes to alternatives to movie characters, she added, “We are also seeing a trend in funny costumes- the sillier it is the better… That is why food costumes like sushi or a cheeseburger, are popular.” Another interesting trend is ‘walking’ characters. This is where an outfit looks like a human that is standing up, even when sitting down. They have stuffed arms, etc. and are hilarious. Other getups that top the list include the Mexican Sarape, Rasta Dog, Dapper Dog (tuxedo), and 1950s-style poodle skirt. Things like cowboy hats and sombreros line the shelves and can be bought inexpensively.

Many folks just want the Halloween-themed bandana, necktie or bowtie to keep things simple. They are in luck. Not only can these be found in the pet stores and department stores, but can be custom made and found by searching on a website like Etsy. Etsy is an online retail marketplace where creators sell customized wares. It’s prudent to order well in advance since the orders are customized and need to consider shipping time. The choices and designs are practically endless. Get a simple bowtie in the fall colors of the season, a neck tie with a witch on a broom, or a bandana with bright orange pumpkins.

No matter what the preference for a person’s Halloween pet costume, the possibilities are endless… from the simple to the sublime. And, with the proliferation of pet fashion in recent years, fantastic options can be found practically anywhere.

For the more adventurous sorts that enjoy making their own costumes each year, there are a variety of different patterns from companies like Simplicity™ and McCall’s™. Offerings include anything from a simple cape or bow tie collar that can be embellished as little or as much as a person wants to more intricate designs that are full outfits complete with hats and dresses.

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Your Indoor Cat

How to satisfy your indoor feline can sometimes feel challenging. Here are some tips and advice on how to manage some of your doubts: IS YOUR KITTY BORED?

Some cats may develop behaviour problems if they are stressed by the lack to express their normal behavioural repertoire. They also come across the problem of being unable to escape from a situation or another cat which they find difficult to deal with.

BE CAREFUL OF PARASITES:

In most cases this is usually not life-threatening for cats, but several common parasites can be picked up by your kitty when venturing outdoors, including:

OBESITY AND YOUR INDOOR CAT:

A lack of exercise can lead to weight problems that in turn can result in health problems. Make sure to have plenty of toys to keep your kitty active and stimulated and provide lots of play time.

IF YOUR CAT GOES OUTSIDE, PLEASE KEEP THESE SAFETY CONCERNS:

Cars, Loose Dogs and other Animals, Toxins and Trees. These are all things you want to keep in mind. Your indoor cat may not be familiar of the dangers of vehicles, they may come across other animals not knowing how to deal with it and they are also pronged to climb on trees and chew on toxins. Always keep a close eye on your feline when they are outside and make sure they don’t run off very far.

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If you want to start taking your cat out more often, please keep in mind they might experience, fear of change. Indoor cats may become over-reactive to changes within their small territory and become unable to cope with novelty, be it people or objects or new smells.

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ESSENTIAL DENTAL TIPS

FOR DOGS By Taya Burnett 

On the occasion of Pet Dental Health Month, it is important to divert the attention towards the pearly whites of pets. Brushing their teeth is the first and foremost step to reduce the plaque and tartar build-up to keep the dog’s mouth healthy and fit. It is also important to take them for regular veterinary dental examinations and brushing their teeth so that there is a minimum requirement of professional cleanings that requires general anesthesia. Let us now divert our attention to the dental tips for dogs: Sniff the breath of your dog. Normally it is not fresh-smelling, like human beings. But if it is especially offensive, coupled with vomiting, loss of appetite, excessive drinking or urinating it is time to take the dog to the veterinarian. Lift the lips of the dog and scrutinize his gums and teeth. Remember, the gums need to be pink and not red or white. They should not show any signs of swelling. The teeth should be clean without any brownish tartar.

SOME OF THE SIGNS OF ORAL DISEASE IN DOGS INCLUDE

Bad Breath • Cysts under the Yongue • Excessive Drooling • Inflamed Gums Loose Teeth • Tumors in the Gums The dog’s teeth are common ground for bacteria and plaque-forming foods, which can harden to become tartar leading to gingivitis, receding gums and tooth loss. The only workaround for this situation is to regularly clean the teeth. Get a toothbrush for dogs and not people and toothpaste especially for canines. You can also make the paste using baking soda and water, but never employ fluoride for dogs under six months of age because it can interfere with their enamel foundation. Also, never use a human toothpaste, as it can irritate the stomach of the dog. Ask your veterinarian to suggest toothpaste for dogs. Massage the lips with the fingers in a circular motion for 30 to 60 seconds once or twice a day for a few weeks. Then move to teeth and gums. Once the dog feels comfortable use dog-formulated toothpaste or a paste of baking soda and water on the lips to get him accustomed to the paste. Then introduce him to toothbrush. Remember, the toothbrush needs to be smaller than human toothbrush with softer bristles. Ask your veterinarian to suggest some chew toys for your dog as it can assist in making the teeth of the dog strong. It can be nylon, rawhide and rubber chew toys. Gnawing also reduces the overall stress level of the dog, prevents boredom and gives him an appropriate outlet for his natural need to chew. Consult with your veterinarian about the best dry food for your furry pal that can slow down the formulation of plaque and tartar. Never feed the dog table scraps instead give him treats that keep his teeth healthy. I own a dog and also take care of his oral needs by getting teeth care treatments for him on a regular basis. While researching on the internet I came across an interesting piece of information pertaining to dental health tips for dogs, which I have shared in this write-up. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Taya_Burnett/2146031

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Sophia Maxim Design set out to design items for our own dogs that were safer and made life easier getting three dogs out the door! So we designed a non-dangling tag that slides onto our collars and added matching leashes. Created warm fleeces, and a coat built into a fully adjustable sturdy harness, attach a leash and go! My best friend’s father used to say, “What you do for yourself dies with you, but what you do for others lives on.” So with every purchase of a Sophia Maxim Design, we give a portion of our profits to organizations that we know go above and beyond to save dogs! It is what we hope will be a legacy of “do for others”!

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This hardcover storybook can be uniquely personalized to your playful canine and gives back to animal nonprofits across the nation. Select among twelve illustrated dog styles and five colors to create the dog that most closely resembles your pet. The dog’s name and the names of up to four family member’s (children or adults) are also included throughout the story and illustrations! Remember a lost pet or celebrate a puppy adoption by adding a personal message and up to two photos on the dedication page. This gift set includes a copy of the book, a personalized bandana for your dog and a dog food placemat!

“IT IS EVERY MAN’S OBLIGATION TO PUT BACK INTO THE WORLD AT LEAST THE EQUIVALENT OF WHAT HE TAKES OUT”. Albert Einstein

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Bring the sophistication of natural wood to your Pets dinner, naturally suited to everyday use. Each piece is given a clear lacquer finish. Available in 3 sizes. Patent Pending Made with great care and patience, bringing you a gift of nature and human-craftsmanship. INDIPETS.US

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DogGems dog collars are so beautiful you’d expect to buy them in jewelry stores! Made of high quality semi-precious gemstones such as amethyst, crystal quartz, moonstone, and aquamarine, these handcrafted collars are finished only with fine silver and sterling silver brads and components. New collections are designed twice yearly. Custom orders are available upon request. And yes we can create a matching necklace for you! DOGGEMDOGCOLLARS.COM

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BOOKS WE LOVE! FUN FACTS ABOUT PETS by Seymour Simon

DO CATS AND BUNNIES GET ALONG? Why do lizards flick their tongues around? And how come goldfish aren’t gold? Find out unexpected and funny things you never knew about pets in Fun Facts about PETS!

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ALL ABOUT CAT TRAINING by Bill Vincent

Learn more about your cat, have the proper tools to do the training and have lots of patience. With this Book you will learn: - Cat behavior training - Cat door training - Cat training for sever weather - Cat training collar And a lot more...

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MEOW: A BOOK OF HAPPINESS FOR CAT LOVER by Anouska Jones

Will Pet Hair on my Clothes Bother my Allergic Friends?

Cats have a way of walking into our lives and making themselves right at home. No cat lover can imagine life without a feline presence - even if it is only as fleeting as the occasional conversation with a neighbourhood stray. Meow: A book of happiness for cat lovers is a compendium of delightful quotes that capture the essence of this fascination. Some are by famous people (Mark Twain, Jean Cocteau, Ernest Hemingway), others not; some are philosophical, others light-hearted - all are memorable. Accompanied by beautiful photography, and presented in a high-quality gift format, this is a collection of quotes to treasure. New in paperback.

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petting your animals goodbye, some of the dander could get on your clothes and skin. It’s a good idea to wash your hands well

Originally published in hardcover as The Love That Dog Training Program, is a book based on love and kindness. It features a program of positive reinforcement and no-fail techniques that author Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz used to train the White House dog, Bo Obama, and each of Senator Ted Kennedy’s dogs, among countless others.

after petting the animals before heading to school. And if you are cuddling or brushing your animals, it’s probably best to change into different clothes.

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Even if you do all that, you’ll probably still bring some animal

THINK LIKE A CAT: HOW TO RAISE A WELL-ADJUST CAT – NOT A SOUR PUSS by Pam Johnson-Bennett

dander with you to school. But you will have done a lot to cut down on the amount. You also might ask your friends with allergies how to best protect them — everyone’s allergies are a

The award-winning author and host of Animal Planet UK’s Psycho Kitty, has continued to refine her work and techniques. From basic health care to more serious behavioral issues, from training cats to use a scratching post to avoiding litter box problems this newly revised edition of Think Like a Cat covers all of a cat parent’s most pressing

little different, and what causes a problem in one person may not in another. Last, but not least, it is very considerate

concerns-and solidifies its position as the topic leader for years to come.

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Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group™ Announces New ASPCA® Pet Health Insurance Complete CoverageSM Plan in Florida Simplified Reimbursement Based on Percentage of Invoice, Covering Accidents, Injuries, Illnesses and More Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group™ has launched a new Complete CoverageSM plan for pet parents in Florida. The ASPCA® Pet Health Insurance Complete CoverageSM plan covers accidents, injuries, illnesses and more, and features simplified reimbursement based on percentage of invoice. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance is underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company and produced by C&F Insurance Agency, Inc. The plan allows pet parents to visit any licensed veterinarian, specialist or emergency clinic in the U.S. or Canada. Then it’s as simple as submitting the bill – online, by mail or fax – and reimbursement will be paid based on a percentage customers select when enrolling for coverage, either 90, 80 or 70 percent. Deductibles and coverage limits apply on an annual basis and can be customized to fit the needs of the pet and owner. Pet parents also have the option to add preventive coverage for an additional cost, which provides reimbursement up to a scheduled annual amount for each covered service that helps protect pets from getting sick, such as an annual wellness exam, vaccinations, dental cleaning or spay and neuter.

Believing that nature, in its simplest form, provides an abundance of nutrition, Ziwi recipes use meat, organs, bone, and seafood to mirror the whole-prey diet dogs and cats need for optimum health. Ziwi meats and seafoods are sustainably sourced from the ethical, free-range, grassfed farms and pristine blue oceans of New Zealand. With a goal of providing a nutritional equivalent to raw feeding with the convenience of a ready-to-feed product, Ziwi spent over two years perfecting their unique, twin-stage air-drying process, a modern and refined twist on a centuries-old method of naturally preserving meats. Ziwi’s slow, gentle process eliminates pathogens, while protecting the sensitive nutrients in their premium ingredients. The result is a highly digestible and shelf-stable product that is free from antibiotics, added hormones and sugars, glycerin, and artificial preservatives, and requires no refrigeration and no rehydration.

“Complete CoverageSM is designed to be easy for our customers to use and understand. By providing them with the coverages they’re looking for and a straightforward reimbursement process, pet parents will have one less thing to worry about as they help their four-legged family members recover from a recent veterinary visit,” said Liz Watson, Chief Marketing Officer, Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group. For more information, pet parents can visit www.aspcapetinsurance.com or call 1-888-716-1203. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance is provided by Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group through its licensed agency. The ASPCA® is not an insurer and is not engaged in the business of insurance. Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group is a trademark of United States Fire Insurance Company. C&F and Crum & Forster are registered trademarks of United States Fire Insurance Company. Crum & Forster is comprised of leading and well-established property and casualty business units. FALL 2017

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5 EASY WAYS

TO GET RID OF DOG ANXIETY Like us, our pets experience anxiety and stress that are caused by several different reasons. One reason could be as simple as being afraid of thunderstorms or something like traveling long hours in a car for the first time. Canines are sensitive to both their emotional and physical settings and when they are stressed, they engage in displacement behavior. Symptoms that your furry friend is experiencing stress include excessive barking, chewing on random things, eating their own poop and being unusually aggressive in general. by Mary L. James

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Here are 5 ways to help soothe dog anxiety: Provide a healthy diet

Making sure that your dog is eating right is the best way to ensure that your dog’s overall well-being is great. A healthy diet means a healthy behavior which can prevent and minimize the symptoms of stress and anxiety in canines. While it is best to discuss with your vet what the best dietary options are for your dog, know that they need a low-carb, high-protein diet.

Make exercise a habit

Physical exercise is a great way to release your dog’s energy and to relieve stress. Allow at least 20 to 30 minutes a day to walk your dog. Play games like fetch or hide and seek - it will help your pet associate positive emotions with exercise as he also gets to spend quality time with you.

Give your dog a massage

You know how relaxing a body massage can be after a stressful day at work. The same goes for our furry friends, too! A doggie massage is an effective calming technique for dogs with anxiety as it heals the mind and relaxes the body. You can give your pet a massage or you can contact your local canine massage therapist.

Create a daily routine and stick to it

Dogs are creatures of habit and they thrive on routine. They easily get anxious and confused when there’s change in their daily schedule. Create a predictable environment - feed him, play with him and let him go to bed at the same time each day so that he’ll feel more relaxed.

Opt for medication

It’s best to consult your vet about this but Benadryl is a common medicine given to dogs with anxiety. It is a anti-histamine with sedative properties which will help relax your dog. Dog anxiety is something that can’t be ignored. Try these easy ways to soothe anxiety in dogs for a stress-free life with your pet!

Mary James is a certified dog lover - she specifically loves her Yorkshire Terrier, Missy, who is 8 years old. From all those years of experience with her dog plus plenty of research and seeking the advice of experts, she has become very knowledgeable about the Yorkshire Terrier breed, as well as dogs in general. For more tips, tricks and other helpful information about Yorkies, head over to her website where she blogs and sells awesome Yorkie merchandise. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Mary_L._James/1386029

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LOOSE LEASH WALKING WITH YOUR DOG DO YOU WANT TO GET YOUR DOG TO WALK WITHOUT PULL-

SLACK IN THE LEASH IS EASY ONCE WE UNDERSTAND AND

ING? BUT HOW WOULD THIS BE POSSIBLE? IT’S HARD TO

APPLY SOME OF THE BASIC PRINCIPLES AT PLAY. LOOSE LEASH

HAVE A GOOD TIME WHEN OUR DOG IS PULLING, SNIFFING

WALKING SHOULD NOT COME AS A DEMAND BUT MORE OF A

THAT PATCH OF GRASS TO THE RIGHT, THEN RUNNING TO THE

GAME. YOUR DOG LOVES TO PLAY AND MAKING HIM BELIEVE

LEFT AND CHASING AFTER EVERY SQUIRREL, WHILE WE’RE

THAT LOOSE LEASH WALKING IS A GAME WILL MAKE HIM

HANGING ONTO THE END OF THE LEASH. MOST DOGS WILL

MORE COMFORTABLE WITH THE RULES AND DEMANDS AND

PULL UNLESS WE TAKE THE TIME TO TEACH THEM OTHERWISE.

REMEMBER THAT MOST OF THE REINFORCEMENT WILL BE

TEACHING ANY DOG TO PAY ATTENTION TO US AND KEEP

COMING FROM YOU AND MUST BE CONSISTENT.

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Start in an area with few or no distractions. You won’t be able to hold your dog’s attention if there are other pets, children, squirrels, etc., running around. Use a flat collar or harness while training your dog. Never use a choke collar or prong collar. Use nice treats that your dog loves. Make your “loose leash” criteria very clear -- reward for NO tension on the leash, and do not allow your dog to pull “a little bit” because it is too difficult for the dog to learn the difference between pulling a little and pulling a lot. A good sign that the leash is loose is that the leash clip is hanging straight down from your dog’s collar or harness. To start, you should put your dog’s leash on and wait until he releases the tension on the leash. Hold the leash softly and place it on the floor. Show him that you have a snack and place it on the floor next to you. Let him come to you. What you are teaching your

dog is that once the tension is released and he comes to you, he will be rewarded. Timing is everything. You must stop and start one after the other. DO NOT allow your dog to pull you for several steps before you respond. You also must resume forward movement the second the dog loosens the leash.

TIP:

DO NOT jerk or yank on the leash with either hand or arm; Your dog cannot learn to walk on a loose leash if YOU keep the leash tight; Whenever you change direction, be sure to give your dog plenty of warning by using a cue like “let’s go” or “this way”.

Why do dogs pull? Dogs love to play and be outside, when taken on walks they feel stimulated and get excited, so the desire to push ahead is very strong. Dogs tend to pull because they feel tied down and this stops their ability to act naturally.

BEHAVIORS THAT WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE:

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Looking at us, so that they pay attention where we go Putting slack in the leash Walking by our side

For dogs who have been walking on a leash and pulling, here are a few tips: • Get yourself ready and choose the least frustrating time and place; • Do not plan to go far, stay near your home; • Do not get mad at your dog;

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Indipets is known for its great quality, reasonable prices and excellent customer service Our love for pets has brought us in to this wonderful business. We continue to provide pet owners and their pets with the absolute best consumer value and service in the pet industry while never compromising with quality and customer service. We truly stand behind our Products. We are always looking into the development of new products and our efforts are focused toward innovating unique products and new designs for pets in the

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PET SAFETY DURING THANKSGIVING Thanksgiving can be a fun night for the entire family, including your pets. During this time, we tend to be gracious for all our blessings and tend to spoil our loved ones and fur babies a tad bit more than often. Thanksgiving centers around yummy food that fido will want to get a taste of. Let’s keep your pet safe by following some of the following tips during this holiday:

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No pie or other desserts for your pooch. Chocolate can be harmful for pets, even though many dogs find it tempting and will sniff it out and eat it. The artificial sweetener called xylitol – commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods – also can be deadly if consumed by dogs or cats.

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Be careful with decorative plants. Don’t forget that some flowers and festive plants can be toxic to pets. These include amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, some ferns, hydrangeas and more. The ASPCA offers lists of plants that are toxic to both dogs and cats, but the safest route is simply to keep your pets away from all plants and table decorations.

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Bones are bad. They are dangerous and can cause intestinal upset and may even splinter once digested. These splinters can cause damage to the intestines that can lead to infection, intestinal blockage, or even the death of the dog or cat if not treated appropriately.

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Do not feed any of the following to your pet: • Turkey skin • Cooked bones • Walnuts • Pecans (can cause intestinal upset or an obstruction) • Spices • Alliums: Onions, garlic, leeks and scallions can be toxic • Anything chocolate: the caffeine and theobromine in chocolate can be poisonous Other items to keep away from your fourlegged friends: gravy, corn on the cob, raisins and grapes, raw bread dough, and alcohol.

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If you are traveling to friends or relatives, be on the lookout for potential hazards. Make sure your dog can’t access things like cleaning supplies or medications. Lit candles should always be on a high shelf. Also be aware that things like corn stalks and pumpkins can be hazardous if chewed by your dog, because large chunks can cause intestinal blockages.


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Palm Beach Zoo announces the arrival of a female koala, Katherine, from the Los Angeles Zoo. “Katherine is coming to us on a Species Survival Plan (SSP) breeding recommendation,” said Nancy Nill, the Zoo’s associate curator. “We are excited to welcome her to our family.” Katherine traveled from coast to coast in true Hollywood style, on a commercial flight. “She was a little nervous during the first portion of the flight, by the second leg, she was a pro,” explained Kevin Gorowski, the animal keeper who traveled with Katherine from Los Angeles. Both Zoos also worked together on a joint social media campaign. “We wanted to do something special for people lucky enough to have Katherine on their flight,” said Naki Carter, the Zoo’s spokeswoman.

“We put together special swag bags for the passengers and crew.” Koalas are notoriously picky eaters who consume an exclusive diet of eucalyptus. With the addition of Katherine, Palm Beach Zoo says it will require around 175 pounds of eucalyptus a week, at the cost of around $60,000 a year to feed the pair. “We sent two samples of browse to Los Angeles for Katherine, to make sure she had ample opportunity to try our fare,” said Nill. “They are definitely one of the more expensive species in our collection.” All incoming Zoo animals enter into a mandatory 30-day quarantine. Katherine’s quarantine will take place in an area that’s adjacent to the Zoo’s

Koala Forest habitat. The location comes with a special perk for Zoo members and guests.

Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina. He is a favorite among visitors. Zoo officials are hopeful the two will produce new generations of koalas.

“Guests will be able to see her during this time; this is a first in the history of our Zoo,” “Oz is laid back, charisexplained Nill. Zoo staff matic and adored,” Nill likens the quarantine said. “We can’t wait to period to a child changsee the relationship ing schools, an adjustbetween these two ment period that can develop.” be stressful. “We take the quarantine period Palm Beach Zoo envery seriously; there are courages the public to signs informing guests follow its social media that they will see Zoo accounts and monitor staff entering the area the #KoalaCoast2Coast with Katherine in masks hashtag for updates. and protective clothing.” About the Palm Beach After the quarantine peZoo & Conservation riod, Oz and Katherine Society will have some informal introductions, where As a home to over 550 they can see each other, animals, many of before being placed them endangered, the together for potential Zoological Society of the courtship. Oz, the Zoo’s Palm Beaches exists to male koala, arrived in inspire people to act on May of 2010, from the behalf of wildlife and

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the natural world. We advance our conservation mission through endangered species propagation, education and support of conservation initiatives in the field. An unwavering commitment to sustainable business practices elevates our capacity to inspire others. The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit www. palmbeachzoo.org.


THE CYCLE OF A BAD DOG by Gary Cassera

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Recently, I’ve been trying to straighten my moral compass and do more grassroots work with animal rescues here in LA. Like many places in the world, LA isn’t short of misunderstood dogs that need educated humans to help them gain the knowledge they (most likely) never received. One unfortunate victim to the bad dog roller coaster was a dog named Cub. Cub was set up to fail, and not in a good way (like I teach.) He was set up to fail since the day he was born. He had all the assets to fail terribly - he is freaken CUTE, CURIOUS like a little child, and has bountiful ENERGY. All genetic problems. :) There goes my Jersey sarcasam again. I’ve heard about dogs like Cub for years. The stories of what their lives were like as puppies are all too familiar. Snuggle sessions while he napped, rolling on the floor (because he likes it), enouragment to climb all over them with his cute little wrinkled spotted face, and that black spot on his foot. Ahhh. You just wanna bite him. Then… dun dun dun… that Son of a Bitch broke his promise and GREW THE FU*K UP! Where did he learn all this BAD behavior? Not

from the owners, of course. They only loved him like their sweet little angel baby, who was 10 lbs, with no expectation for him to ever get bigger or the need to prepare him to deal with the human world whatsoever. We have to cuddle him and take selfies. We have to get more likes on Facebook. This was their first priority. With the information and postion in society misconstrued with the information they implanted in his head that served no value later except to get him delivered to a possible death sentence. But, he did get 75 likes on Facebook, let’s keep that in perspective (there it goes again!) Did Cub agree to this life? What do you think he would have asked for? Back to the humans - the “real” victims here - what are they supposed to do

with this bad dog now? It’s so frustrating how he won’t listen.

dog they once had when they were a kid, conveniently forgetting their parents were the ones that raised that dog, not them alone.

They can’t even take him to brunch, to the park to walk, or when they go visit their parents. And his likes on Facebook totally went down. It’s not working out.

“He was such a great dog! Cub reminds me of him! He’s perfect for us!”

So, poor Cub, like many other dogs, ends up in the shelter.

We will see how it ends.

On to the next journey in Cub’s life, ill-equipped and uneducated on proper integration back into society, he struggles to make the most basic life decisions - not jumping, not chasing stuff, not barking behind fences or on leash, not charging the door, etc. You know, the stuff people want when they seek out a dog companion. “Oh, that one honey! He is sooo cute.” Cub falls victim of another well-meaning human. Cub reminds them of a FALL 2017

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I’m thinking: “Lady, this ain’t THAT dog.”

Do you have a friend that picked their dog because of superficial characteristics? A cute face, a spot on their floppy ear, the most adorable puppy? My question is....how is it going for them? I read a quote awhile back that I think pertains to this constant dilemma: “Physical attraction is common, mental connection is a rare gift.” Boy does that hit home when you are around animals a lot. I see hundreds of dogs in a

month. Each one has a different relationship with me. Some seek me out for safety, some for guidance, some need me to remind them it’s not a DOG’S world, even though they learned that at home. If adopters and new dog owners would focus first on the mental and emotional connection there would be so many dogs that could be helped, and millions of dogs that would never need help. When rescuing a dog, be honest about your likes, dislikes and expectations, because in the long run it only helps the dog be in a place they can thrive physically and emotionally - and they all deserve a fair shake at life. Head Rubs and Belly Scratches Gary


ADVENTUROUS, CURIOUS, AND DOGGONE ADORABLE – MEET CUTIE!

FIRST BOOK IN NEW CHILDREN’S SERIES DELIGHTS WITH STORY OF RESCUE DOG’S BIG DAY OUT UPLIFTING, MEMORABLE, AND FUN, CUTIE MEETS MR. LIZARD OFFERS:

There’s no question about it: our pets add so much to our lives. They are comforting, perceptive, inquisitive, fun, energetic, snuggly — the list goes on! And when they’re rescued, it’s as if they have even more love to give. But what do our furry family members do while their owners are away? Cutie Meets Mr. Lizard, the delightful first book in the new children’s series Cutie’s Big Adventures by Felicia Di John, gives kids a creative glimpse into one pup’s exciting day.

• A FUN AND IMAGINATIVE ADVENTURE FEATURING ADORABLE CUTIE • THE LIFE LESSON TO BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE, INCLUDING THE FOOD ON OUR PLATE • SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR FAMILIES OF RESCUE PETS OR THOSE CONSIDERING IT • A SWEET TALE ABOUT FRIENDSHIP AND APPRECIATING OUR DIFFERENCES • EYE-CATCHING ILLUSTRATIONS THAT DRAW IN READERS OF ALL AGES • AND MUCH MORE!

Meet Cutie! Cutie is an adorable rescue dog – a Chihuahua with big ears and an even bigger heart – who lives in a house in the desert. Sweet, curious, and adventurous, she’s a little dog who thinks she’s BIG. Cutie is never happy when her mom leaves for school because that means she will be all alone. So one day, Cutie decides to go outdoors by herself to play. She explores the desert around her, meets a new lizard friend, and even discovers that some animals eat very strange things. She is having so much fun that she almost forgets to get back home before her mom arrives!

Felicia Di John, author of the Cutie’s Big Adventures series, has long been an animal lover and is passionate in her support for dog rescue. She created The Cutie’s Big Adventures series based on her own rescue Chihuahua, Cutie, whom she adores, and who has brought so much love and joy into her home. She hopes her books will help educate young readers about life lessons and instill in them a love for animals. She lives in the Southwest with her family and her own little Cutie. The next book in the series, Cutie Saves Miss Bunny, will be released in September 2017.

With its colorful illustrations by Terence Gaylor and sweet, playful story with an underlying – but never preachy – message of gratitude, Cutie Meets Mr. Lizard easily captures kids’ hearts and imaginations. The Cutie’s Big Adventures series was inspired by author Di John’s very own Cutie: her rescue Chihuahua who has given so much to their own family. “It’s my hope that by sharing the joy and curiosity that Cutie has with young readers, we will be able to help teach them important life lessons in a lighthearted way while also instilling a love of animals,” Di John says.

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Learn more at www.CutiesBigAdventures.com, Facebook, Goodreads, and Instagram. Cutie Meets Mr. Lizard can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and www.CutiesBigAdventures.com

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BEING SAFE DURING

HALLOWEEN

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Halloween can be fun for everyone, including your pet. However, taking precaution when it comes to your pets is very important during these festivities. Sometimes this fun night can be frightening for some pets. This is a night where some pets can get injured if the proper precautions are not taken. Here are some tips on how you can make this a fun and safe night for your pet:

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If your pet will be close to the door to greet visitors, make sure to keep him on a leash. Your dog may become nervous with irregular visitors and may feel threatened, therefore, it is important that you have control to avoid any bite or growl.

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Keep the candy safely away for your pet’s reach. If your dog gets a hold of any candy, specially chocolate, you should contact your family vet.

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If you are planning on dressing up your canine companion, make sure that the costume fits well and there are no lose buttons or strings in order to avoid any choking hazards.

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If your home is decorated with halloween spirit, make sure that what you’re putting on display is not at an easy reach for your pet. Candles, candies and electrical cords can be very dangerous causing strangling, poisoning and upset stomach. If you’re pet can reach any unattended candle display, this may also cause a house fire and will put the entire family at danger.

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If you will be walking around with your pet during halloween, make sure to have your dog wear a sturdy collar and leash. Costumes and masks may make your pet uncomfortable and you don’t want to run into any risk of your pet biting a child or adult while they trick-or-treat.

Make sure that your pet can be property identified in the event it escapes or tries to run away while you’re distracted with the visitors.

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If your furry best friend tends to get anxious around uncommon surroundings, it is best to leave him at home if you will be leaving the house. It will be dark and the streets will be crowded which may make your pet nervous.

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Candy wrappers can also cause health problems, such as irritation, and obstruction or your pet’s digestive system.

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YOUR CAT’S LITTER

TIPS AND ADVICE

Are you wondering what cat litter is best for your kitty? Do you have questions on litter use, how often to change, etc.? Here are some tips:

Scoopable Litter:

This could be the most affordable way of keeping your cat’s litter box clean. With scoopable litter, waste is encapsulated in the hard clumps. This makes the scooping process much easier. For the most part, your cat’s box will stay clean for a long time.

What is Clumping Cat Litter?

Clumping Cat Litter. Clumping cat litters are those that are designed so that urine and feces can be removed easily from the box without having to empty the entire box. Most contain a material known as bentonite that allows the litter to form a nice solid clump as the litter absorbs liquid.

How Often Should You Change the Litter Box?

Twice a week is a general guideline for replacing clay litter, but depending on your circumstances, you may need to replace it every other day or only once a week. If you clean the litter box daily, you might only need to change clumping litter every two to three weeks.

How to Clean the Litter Box?

Use warm water and a mild detergent, like dish soap that won’t leave any harsh chemical smells or residue behind. You can make an effective cleaning agent by scrubbing baking soda and a little warm water on all inside surfaces of the litter box. Make sure that you rinse away all of the soap.

TIP ON LITTER TRAYS:

In most cases cats favour a depth of approximately 3cm litter in their tray; Cats would prefer a litter tray that gives them ample space to move around; the ideal length of tray being one and a half times the length of your cat from nose to the base of its tail; The position of the litter tray is important. It should be located away from food and water.

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Boomer Pet Magazine Fall 2017  

Halloween and Thanksgiving safety tips for your fur babies. Costumes for your pets, cat litter tips and much more! Read our digital issue...

Boomer Pet Magazine Fall 2017  

Halloween and Thanksgiving safety tips for your fur babies. Costumes for your pets, cat litter tips and much more! Read our digital issue...

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