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“The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too. “ - Samuel Butler

Photo courtesy of Augusto Serna


Editorial e can learn a lot from our dogs. They can teach us forgiveness, how to love unconditionally, and see past the fur. Conversely, our dogs rely on us to help guide and teach them how to behave socially. Since we don’t speak the same language, it’s often difficult to convey our expectations. Connie’s article on page 14 offers some tips how to effectively use voice tones to properly communicate with your dog.

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If you’ve been following our agility series and have hit a few obstacles along the way (no pun intended), turn to page 22 for some guidelines on how to regroup and obtain positive results. This month’s handsome cover dog comes to us from Houston Boston Terrier Rescue Group of Greater Houston. Boris was such a sport during

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the photo shoot! To learn more about him and other available dogs, turn to page 20. Summer is finally here, and that means flea season. If you’re looking to save a few bucks (and who isn’t?) check out Pet Armor’s new flea preventative on page 18. It sells for about half the price of Frontline™, with the same active ingredient. If you like free stuff, don’t forget to enter the Zuke’s treat giveaway! Three lucky winners will receive a custom tote bag filled with $100 worth of treats. To enter, visit our website at www.urbanpawsmagazine.

Jennifer Kitchens

On the Cover

Boris, photographed by Ashlee Newman Photography. URBAN PAWS MAGAZINE P.O. Box 1556 Spring, Texas 77383 www.UrbanPawsMagazine.com Design and layout by: ZOECO CREATIVE © Copyright 2011. No part of this publication may be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without the publisher’s written permission. Urban Paws magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, feature and idea submissions, or photographs, and such material will not be returned. Urban Paws magazine assumes no liability for the contents herein and has the right to refuse advertising for any reason. Urban Paws magazine does not endorse any specific product or service contained herein; we do encourage you to support our advertisers whenever possible.

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Calendar June 2011 Events JUNE 1-30 Adopt a Shelter Cat Month Visit your local animal shelter or rescue organization to view adoptable cats. JUNE 11 City of Conroe’s Dog Days of Summer Bring your four-legged friend out to McDade Park for a morning of fun in the sun. Pet contests, agility demonstrations and pet adoptions. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.cityofconroe.org.

For a full listing of events, visit: www.urbanpawsmagazine.com/events

the Houston Humane Society. Register online at www.houstonhumane.org. JUNE 24 National Take Your Dog to Work Day For more information on how to get involved, visit www.takeyourdog.com

JUNE 12 Houston Beagle Rescue’s Meet & Greet Come by and meet some of the adoptable Beagles at Petco in Spring, 9507 I-45 North from noon - 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.houstonbeaglerescue.org. JUNE 14 Summer Y.A.P. (Youth & Agility Program) Presented by Bed Bath and Biscuit. 9:00 a.m. Y.A.P. pairs youth and dogs with a familyfriendly sport, concentrating on teamwork, sportsmanship and communication. Classes will be held every Tuesday for 6 weeks. For more information, call 936.890.3647.

Have an event that you would like to add to our calendar? Just send us an email at: calendar@urbanpawsmagazine.com. Be sure to include the event name, date, time and location.

JUNE 20-24 Companion Animal Camp at HHS This is an opportunity for children ages 7-13 to work hands-on with the animals cared for by

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The Scoop News & Happenings in the Houston Area HOUSTON AREA COMPANIES WILL GO TO THE DOGS ON JUNE 24TH First celebrated in 1999, Take Your Dog to Work Day is a nationally recognized day created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage adoptions from shelters and rescue organizations. Pet lovers are encouraged to participate by planning a workplace event to show off their pooches and promote pet adoption. The official web site offers helpful resources for convincing companies to participate as well as steps for organizing an event. Companies can even partner with a local shelter or rescue organization and invite them to bring adoptable pets and information about adoption opportunities. To get involved, visit www.takeyourdog.com. HOUSTON FLEA INFESTATION CAN BE BLAMED ON DROUGHT Pet owners may find themselves purchasing flea preventative for the first time. Houston area veterinarians are seeing more pets suffering from fleas this year. Sometimes up to four cases a day. Blame it on the lack of rain that Houston has received over the last couple of months. Homes with irrigation systems are attracting wildlife, wildlife that more than likely has a flea problem. Animals like squirrels and opossums are on the move with dry weather. Your best bet is to keep your pet on flea preventative to control the flea population.

LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER RECEIVES SURPRISE DONATION FROM TOMBALL BUSINESS Abandoned Animal Rescue staff were pleasantly surprised recently when Kim Williams arrived at the rescue center and presented a donation check of $500 to Barbara Schultz, one of AAR Board Members. Resale With a Purpose is a Tomball resale shop ministry that gives its proceeds to community non-profit groups. HELP YOUR FAVORITE ANIMAL SHELTER WIN $15,000 BY VOTING ONLINE Adopt-a-Pet has teamed up with Care2 and ASPCA to promote pet adoption and recognize outstanding animal shelters and rescue groups throughout the U.S. If you volunteer for or support and animal shelter or rescue organization and would like to see them win the 2011 America's Favorite Animal Shelter contest, cast your vote! Voters can search by zip code to find shelters in their area by visiting www.care2.com/animalsheltercontest. The contest runs from May 16th to July 10th so start voting! Shelter winners will be determined by the number of supporters voting on the Care2 contest page.

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U N LE A S H t h e FU N at th e D OG P A RK ! A

dog park is a facility set aside for dogs to

parks and that number continues to grow.

ronment under the supervision of their owners.

Association are dedicated to educating people

exercise and play off-leash in a controlled enviParks vary in accoutrements, although a typical dog park offers a fence; separate, double-gated entry and exit points; adequate drainage; bench-

es for humans; shade for hot days; parking close

Organizations such as the Houston Dog Park

about the responsibilities and benefits of pet ownership. They also help

to support and

encourage new dog park developments.

to the site; water; tools to pick up and dispose of

If you’re new to the dog park, we’ve compiled a

maintenance and cleaning of the grounds.

governed by the rules set forth by the entity that

animal waste in covered trash cans; and regular Off-leash dog areas, or dog parks, provide a

community setting in which people can gather and socialize and where they can observe the

interaction of groups of dogs at play. Dog parks

list of all Houston bark parks. Each dog park is built it. Some parks have age limits and restrictions on children. We recommend researching each park to see which one is the best fit for you and your dog.

allow owners and their dogs to spend time

While dog parks are intended for carefree fun,

canine play and companionship.

on their dog at all times and be sure your park is

together while the dog satisfies its cravings for

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pet owners are always encouraged to keep an eye open before you head out.


H o u s t o n A r e a B a r k P a rk s Baytown

Baytown Bark Park 4334 Crosby Cedar Bayou

Northeast Houston

Bellaire

Officer Lucy Dog Park 4337 Lafayette

Northwest Houston

Downtown

Discovery Green 1500 McKinney

Pasadena

Deer Park

Pearland

East Houston

Southdown Dog Park 2150 County Road 94 (Smith Ranch Road)

Ella and Friends Dog Park 500 W. 13th Street Maxey Bark and Run Park 601 Maxey Road

Gene Green Beltway 8 Dog Park 6500 E. Sam Houston Parkway N. TC Jester Bark Park 4201 TC Jester Blvd. Bay Area Bark Park 7500 Bay Area Blvd. Independence Dog Park 3919 Liberty Drive

South Houston Galleria

Tanglewood Bark Park 5801 Woodway Drive

Inner Loop

Danny Jackson Bark Park 4700 Westpark Ervan Chew Dog Park 4502 Dunlavy Levy Park Dog Park 3801 Eastside

West Webster Bark Park 1501 W. Webster Street

Katy

Katy Dog Park 5414 Franz Road

Kingwood

Kingwood Dog Park 619 Lakeville Drive

Tom Bass Regional Dog Park...coming soon!

Spring/Tomball

Burroughs Park Dog Park...coming soon!

Sugar Land

Pawm Springs Bark Park 15300 University Blvd.

The Woodlands

Bear Branch Dog Park 5200 Research Forest Drive

Cattail Park 9323 Cochrans Crossing Drive Terramont Dog Park 8500 Terramont Lane

West Houston

Congressman Bill Archer Bark Park 3201 Highway 6 Millie Bush Bark Park 16756 Westheimer Parkway

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Pet Safety

Stop. Drop. Roll Over?

By Jennifer Kitchens

s pet owners, the mere thought of our

has alerted them to the pets inside. This tactic

According to the US Fire Administration’s web-

good idea to get to know your neighbor’s pets

A

home

catching

fire

is

terrifying.

site, more than 1.7 million uncontrolled fires

occur annually in the US. it’s estimated that more than 500,000 pets

has resulted in many successful pet rescues. It’s a and vice versa.

Smoke detectors alert humans that’s it time to

evacuate, but pets

are killed by house fires

don’t know what that

each year. That’s a stagger-

high pitched alarm

ing statistic. The best way

means. To make mat-

to prevent tragedies is to

ters worse, the sound

prevent the occurrence of

can even scare a pet

a fire.

into hiding, increasing

Many of us rely on the

the risk for harm as

window decals that say

we frantically search

something like “In case of

for them.

fire or emergency–animals

Many groups are

inside!” to alert emergency

working to improve

presence of pets. But, how

of pets caught in

response teams to the

the survival chances

well do these decals really

work? Are they even visi-

house fires. Alarm monitoring

compa-

ble in the event of an emergency?

nies, such as ADT, local veterinarians and

dow alert sings, in many cases of fire, the loca-

half a million pets that are lost each year.

While firefighters are trained to look for win-

tion of the fire determines where the firefight-

humane organizations are looking to save the While firemen attempt to get pets safely out of

ers will enter the home. It may be through a side

burning structures, they are not able to revive

Smoke can even render them unreadable. There

pet oxygen masks. These specially-designed ani-

window where decals are not present or visible.

are many reasons that the decals can be unno-

ticed amidst the chaos of a home fire. What is, then, the best way to indicate that pets are inside the home?

Firefighters say that in many cases, a neighbor

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them unless they have the proper equipment —

mal masks can be used both on conscious pets that have suffered from smoke inhalation and

pets that need to be resuscitated after losing con-

sciousness from exposure to the dangerous toxic fumes.


Fire departments have to concentrate all of

their own funding for human equipment. That

means it is up to us to provide for our pets. Pet

FIRE SAFETY TIPS

retailers such as Wag’N (www.wagn4u.com)

offer the necessary gear to first responders to

Extinguish open flames Remove stove knobs

effectively care for pets in emergency situations.

Invest in flameless candles

The O2 Fur LifeÂŽ Program allows pet owners

to sponsor their local fire department or donate

Keep pets near entrances when away

kits to emergency crews.

Secure young pets

As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to pet

proof your home and be aware of potential fire

Consider using monitored smoke detectors

hazards. Always extinguish open flames before

exiting your home and keep younger dogs, espe-

Affix a pet alert window decal

cially puppies confined to prevent them from

Be sure your neighbors know that you have pets and how many are in the home

accidentally starting a fire.

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Barking Lot Houston Beagle & Hound Rescue’s B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Beagle) Party Houston Beagle & Hound Rescue recently held its 3rd annual B.Y.O.B. party at Pawty Palace in Katy. Previous Beagle adopters brought their new pals to socialize with those waiting for their new homes. Guests mingle with the Beagles

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Eager contestants anxiously waiting

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IT’S NOT WHAT YOU SAY, IT’S HOW YOU SAY IT


Training & Behavior

O

ur sweet, four-legged friends seem to really listen when we talk

The Command Tone:

to them, but do they always

understand what we are saying?

voice tone. Remember that you are instructing your dog, not screaming at her for doing some-

Remember, dogs do not come into this world

understanding English. When you say to your dog in a high-pitched, happy voice tone, “Oh,

Abby, you’re the cutest little puppy”, her entire body wiggles with excitement. But, try this. Use the exact same high-pitched voice tone and say,

“Oh, Abby, you’re the ugliest, dumbest, little puppy”, and her body will still wiggle with that

very same excitement. The point is that it is not WHAT we say, but HOW we say it, that gets the

When giving commands, use a normal, nice thing wrong. Simply say the dog’s name and a

one-word command. Examples would be “Abby, sit”, “Abby, stay”, “Abby, come.” Your dog will learn these short one-word commands

much more quickly than something like, “Abby,

will you sit down for me, Sweetie?” It is confusing to your dog if you say, “Abby, come”, one

day and then “Come on over here, Sweetie” the next.

point across. The proper use of three basic

The Praise Tone:

with your dog.

happy voice tone is best. Dogs love to please us

voice tones will get the best and fastest results

When praising your dog, the high-pitched, and well-delivered praise is usually all that is

The Correction Tone:

needed to reward your dog. The exception to

and growly. A dog gives a low growl to warn or

praising a very excitable, “hyper” type dog. In

When correcting, use a voice tone that is low correct another dog, so by using this same tone,

you are speaking to your dog in a language she already knows. Also, keep it simple. One consis-

using the high-pitched tone would be if you are

this case, use a more calm and soothing tone when you praise.

tent correction word, said in the right tone, will

If you commit to working with your dog, paying

many different corrections like “No Bark”, “No

tone to the correction, command, and praise,

do the trick. Why complicate things by using Bite”, “Off ”, etc. By using one word said in the

right voice tone, your dog will quickly learn when she hears your correction, it means “Stop whatever you are doing right now.”

close attention to matching the correct voice you will be amazed at how quickly your dog will respond. Remember, it’s not WHAT we say, but HOW we say it that counts.

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Join us in helping our four-legged friends find loving homes. Adopt a dog today!

Boston Terrier Rescue Group of Greater Houston www.houstonbostonrescue.org Boston Terrier Rescue of Greater Houston is a well-established group that has been rescuing Boston Terriers (and sometimes Pugs and French Bulldogs) for over 11 years. Started as a one-person operation in early 2000, the group has grown to a solid base of volunteers across the country who work together to get abandoned, abused and neglected dogs into their forever homes. Boston Terrier Rescue takes in the old, the injured, the sick - the dogs that society has many times discarded. All rescues are given immediate veterinary care, including vaccinations, heartworm tests and spay/neuters. If the dog requires extraordinary care, most commonly heartworm treatment, Boston Terrier Rescue addresses those needs immediately.

Our cover dog, Boris! Hi, I’m Boris, a three-year-old, black and white Boston Terrier. I am one handsome boy and I have the personality to match! I was dropped off at a local kill shelter because my owners were no longer able to care for me. Geez, people can be so cruel. I’ve been a big hit with all of the BTRGH volunteers because I am so sweet. I am a really quick learner and have already learned how to use the doggy door. I am looking for my forever home with a family to love me. Could that be you?

Please note that these dogs may have been adopted by the time you visit them; however, there are many more wonderful dogs in need of forever homes. 20 www.urbanpawsmagazine.com


MIKEY

Hi, I’m Mikey and I am just under a year old. I was found with Mallory, tied to a pole when animal control saved us. We were both schedule to be euthanized, but were rescued by BTRGH. Mallory and I were inseparable until I was taken to be treated for heartworms. Now I am quite independent and would do best as an only dog. I enjoy running and playing and would love nothing more than to find my forever home with a nice, big yard to run in.

MALLORY

BUCKLEY

MARGARETTE

FRIDAY

CLANCY

Hello, I’m Margarette, a seven-year-old Boston Terrier. I was sent to a local kill shelter, where I was left by my owners because they could no longer keep me. I am a beautiful, serious girl who can still kick up my heels – when I have an open yard! Although I am about 90% deaf, I am still very alert and observant, and just as sweet as can be.

Mallory here. I am a sweet girl just under a year old, who is currently living in a temporary foster home in Austin. I am a bit quieter than Mikey, but I also love to run and play.I get along a little better with others too, and would probably be fine in a home with other dogs.

I’m Friday, a beautiful, French Bulldog with attitude! I was found a stray on a busy Houston highway and picked up by a good samaritan. My foster mom thinks that I probably need to be an only dog.

I'm Buckley and I'm new to Boston Terrier Rescue. My owners didn’t want me anymore so they sent me to a kill shelter in Waco. I'm only 8 months old and I'm a happy boy now that I've found lots of friends who love me. I’m now ready for my forever home now.

It’s Clancy! I’m an adorable little guy that came from a kill shelter outside of Houston. When I arrived at BTRGH, the discovered that I had a huge chemical burn on my back that was not visible in my shelter photos. I was taken to the vet immediately, where I received urgent medical care. I’m only about a year old, and will be going through the healing process for a few months before I am ready for my forever home.

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OOPS!

What do to when training goes wrong

W

By Lesley Young, Dog Angels U.S.

ith the best will in the world,

sometimes stuff happens – once, training my

dog to weave, with her dinner bowl at the end, I

with the see-saw. These guidelines helped get her through it.

slipped and fell flat on my backside kicking the

1. Take a break. Trying to work a scared dog or

panic! Result: Flying treats and dog hiding

– it never has time to heal. Taking a break from

bowl right out from under her as I squealed in

behind the oleander bushes. Not good. So, what to do?

This month’s example features Chica, the

cheeky Chihuahua. Chica loves agility – particularly the contact equipment – ‘A’ frame, Dog

Walk and Seesaw (Teeter). We teach these start-

ing low and gradually raising the height. Last Fall, Chica veered off-course and made a beeline for the see-saw, flying up it without noticing it was higher than she had experienced. It banged down and scared her. Following week she made it very clear that she wasn’t at all happy 22 www.urbanpawsmagazine.com

force it to perform is like scratching at a wound that exercise allows you to plan your approach

and the dog time to calm down. How long? It depends. Sometimes a few minutes are enough. Sometimes a month is good. In similar circum-

stances I once lent a friend my see-saw for their

Labrador. After a month I asked if they had practiced. “We didn’t have time” she said. “But

you know what? Last week he was playing in the

back yard and did it all on his own!” Now, I’m

not advocating dogs using equipment unsupervised, but this does show that, given time, they can sometimes work things out.


2. Go right back to basics. We reintroduced

5. Make it highly rewarding. Know what your

ducing her at the pivot with the see-saw already

lesser dog treats simply won’t do. Doggy Math is

Chica to the see-saw at very low height, introtipped. Over a few weeks Chica performed the

tip herself and was readily running onto the seesaw. We are now in the process of very gradual-

dog values the most. Chica loves roast chicken, very simple: How much effort is this going to cost me? What’s in it for me?

ly increasing the height again.

If performing takes a huge effort (including the

3. Take your time. Often problems can be avoid-

emotional response) then the reward needs to

ed by simply taking more time to train some-

thing. This includes very gradually raising the

standard of performance (working separately

effort to stop doing something or overcome an be really great! Know what your dog loves most and don’t over-use it.

on elements like speed, duration or level of dis-

Thankfully, today, Chica is happily well on the

locations.

weaving).

traction) and proofing each stage in different 4. Try to offer the dog a choice. Never coerce a dog into position, this can generate lasting fear.

Chica was briefly and gently restrained when she

tried to back off – to prevent her instinctive ‘flight’ response and allow her rational brain to

take over. After that she had the choice to go

forward and get her treats or to stand still or jump off the side. Provided the task you are asking of the dog is small enough, they will usually choose to do it.

way to full height. (And my youngster is back Lesley Young (MA Hons), has 17 years experience of Dog Training - relocating to The Woodlands, Texas in 2009. Lesley runs Pet Dog, Puppy and Agility classes and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. www.dogangels.us.


CGC Certification:

The Foundation for Good Behavior

Photo courtesy of Robyn Arouty Photography

By Alison Terrell

J

amie Fincher is no novice when it comes

Jamie decided to have her Doberman Pinscher,

among North Houston’s rescue commu-

ter promote the breed and help remove it’s neg-

dogs. Not only is she extremely active nity, she also finds time in her busy

schedule to promote the ideals of good dog behavior through the Canine Good Citizen cer-

tification. Put on through the AKC, the Canine Good Citizen certification is presented to those

dogs that excel in the basics of obedience and behavior. Calm around strangers and new stim-

uli, these dogs are the epitome of well behaved. 24 www.urbanpawsmagazine.com

Prime, go through CGC testing in order to bet-

ative connotation as a “dangerous breed.” Today, Prime is CGC certified and well on his

way to many more obedience accomplishments thanks to Jamie’s guidance and the CGC certification for it’s positive foundation. A: What is your dog’s name? J: Prime.


A: What breed is he?

J: He’s a Doberman Pinscher. A: How old is he? J: 16 months.

A: Did he receive the CGC (Canine Good Citizen) at 16 months? J: Yes, he did.

A: So, what is the CGC and why did you decide to certify Prime in it?

J: The CGC is a behavioral certification test that the AKC offers. Basically, it tests a dog’s temperament, how they act in public and determines how well behaved they are overall. For some

dogs, being well behaved and displaying a positive affect comes naturally, but for others it may

be a challenge. Luckily, those requiring extra

coaching for the CGC examination can find trainers that offer CGC prep tests. Personally, I

A: So, what would you tell other dog owners to do to prepare for the CGC test?

J: I would suggest some obedience training, specifically your basics: Sit, stay and how to walk on a leash. It’s also important that your dog learn to be calm when strangers approach. A: What would CGC test day look like?

J: There are many parts to the CGC exam, but, basically, the test consists of having your dog sit and stay still for an examiner to groom him,

loose leash walking your dog, introducing your

dog to numerous stimuli such as medical equipment, plastic bags being thrown in the air, etc. These are all events designed to test your dog’s

reaction. Theoretically, a CGC examiner would

like to see a calm and collected dog during the entire testing period. Should the dog react negatively, he could fail the exam and be asked to retest.

decided to have Prime certified as a CGC due to

A: Would you recommend the CGC test to all

mally carries a negative connotation with it. I

J: Yes, most definitely, it shows your responsibil-

his breed, the Doberman Pinscher, which northink it’s especially important for owners of

those dogs classified as “dangerous breeds” to seek out CGC certification in order to rectify their dog’s reputation among the public. A CGC

certification would be valuable to someone with

dog owners?

ity as a dog owner to have well behaved pets that

would excel in public situations. Also, it helps to rectify the reputations of “dangerous breeds,” which is vitally important for the public.

a “dangerous breed” dog, or any dog for that

A: Where can dog owners find more informa-

as validation for the dog’s good behavior.

tion, such as where they take place and how to

matter, due to the fact that the certification acts A: Besides the “dangerous breeds” do you think

the CGC certification would be beneficial for

tion about the Canine Good Citizen certificaprepare?

J: The AKC website – www.akc.org

any dog?

J: Definitely. It’s an easily achievable goal that speaks volumes about your dog’s overall behavior.

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Tail End Tackling Taboo Topics You notice that you friend’s pug has become a bit pudgy. You can’t just blurt it out, but you have to say something because you truly care about the canine in question. So, how do you broach such delicate matters? Your friends needs to hear the truth and better that they hear it from you. YOU MEAN “Your dog is fat.” DON’T SAY “When is she having puppies?” DO SAY “Ever thought of vertical strips?” Pet obesity can be associated with thyroid disease, cancer and diabetes. It complicates joint disease from arthritis to hip displaysia. Food does not equal love.

YOU MEAN “Your dog needs to learn some manners.” DON’T SAY “Who socialized your dog? Gordon Ramsey?” DO SAY “My dog really enjoyed his Canine Good Citizen class.” You may think it’s cute when your Bulldog jumps on your lap to kiss you, but some people may find it intimidating, or even rude. Obedience class teaches social graces and allows you to bond with your dog. 26 www.urbanpawsmagazine.com

YOU MEAN “Your dog has bad breath.” DON’T SAY “Does your dog drink out of the toilet?” DO SAY “People who feed raw call bones Nature’s Toothbrush.” Pet dental hygiene is important. Problems can lead to heart failure, liver disease and tooth loss. Bad breath is usually a serious warning sign. YOU MEAN “Your dog has gas.” DON’T SAY “Phew! That’s the worst odor I’ve ever smelled!” DO SAY “I too like baked beans.” Gas can be a sign of gastrointestinal issues and may be an indicator of bloat, which can be fatal. Simethicone products can reduce simple flatulence.


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