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SOCIAL CALENDAR March 2012

THE SCOOP News and Happenings in the Houston Area BODY & SOUL Help the Fight Against Animal Cruelty THINGS WE LOVE Editor’s Top Product Picks

SPECIAL FEATURE Helping Children Cope with Pet Loss TRAINING & BEHAVIOR How to Deal with Sibling Rivalry AGILITY SERIES - PART 9 Introducing Serpentines

GIMME SHELTER Meet the Adoptable Dogs from Tiny Paws Rescue

Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really. ~Agnes Sligh Turnbull


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pring is finally in bloom and that means, with daylight savings time, that we can spend more time with our dogs outdoors.

If you’ve been following Lesley’s agility series, this month’s lesson introduces serpentines. It’s a sure way to bond with your dog while having fun at the same time. This month’s issue is dedicated to coping with pet loss. Unfortunately, the joy of owning a pet goes hand-in-hand with the heartbreak of losing one. It’s especially difficult for children, who may not understand and need help coping. For more information on how to help kids come to terms with the loss of a pet, turn to page 14. Our cover dog this month comes from Tiny

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Paws Rescue. Nikki is an adorable and sweet little girl who is looking for love. Our thanks to Paw Prints Photography for capturing some great shots of her. While some of us prefer large dogs, there are many who only have eyes for the little ones. In this issue, we take an in-depth look at the small dog and find out why we love them so much. Looking for the latest pet gadgets? Flip to page 12 for our editor’s top picks. If you haven’t already, become a fan on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date information.

Jennifer Kitchens-Street

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CALENDAR March 2012 Events

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

MARCH 3 National Gumbo Cook Off of Texas presented by the Houston Parrot Head Club Grab a bowl and come hungry to the 5th annual charity gumbo cook Off. Enjoy live music from Southbound, gumbo tasting and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit Special Pals Animal Shelter. For more information, visit www.houstonparrotheadclub.com.

MARCH 23 National Puppy Day National Puppy Day is a special day to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. But more importantly, it's a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills. For more information, visit www.nationalpuppyday.com

MARCH 5 1st Annual Mutts & Putts Open The Montgomery County Animal Welfare League will host its first-ever golf tournament to raise money for its Fixing Montgomery County program. Cannongate Golf Course, 2311 N. Millbend Drive. The four-person scramble begins with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Chick-fil-A will sponsor a lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Cost: Individual $120; Team of 4 $400. To register, contact Meghan Goss at 281-740-2355 or mgoss@sequoiagolf.com.

MARCH 25 31st Annual K-9 Fun Run & Walk Come for the run/walk and stay for the postrace party. Dress to impress and compete in the doggy costume contest, join the Alumni Parade if your dog was adopted from HHS, or simply enjoy refreshments, a multitude of pet friendly vendors and activities for the whole family. Proceeds benefit the Houston Humane Society. Sam Houston Park. For more information, call 713.433.6421 or visit www.houstonhumane.org.

MARCH 10 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Go green at downtown Houston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities and see the adoptable greyhounds from Greyhounds Pets of America - Houston strut their stuff in the parade. www.gpahouston.com. MARCH 12-16 Houston SPCA’s Spring Critter Camp Critter Camp offers a new adventure each day for kids ages 8-12. Registration required and includes all camp activities and craft materials and an afternoon snack and drink. Register online at www.hspca.org. 6 www.urbanpawsmagazine.com


THE SCOOP TEXAS SLED DOG RESCUE JOINS HOUSTON’S RESCUE COMMUNITY A local rescue group was newly formed to help both Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes. Texas Sled Dog Rescue will be dedicated to providing veterinary care, training and love within a foster home setting to care for the dogs in their program as they await permanent homes. The group’s plan is to start locally and expand as resources allow. They plan to work alongside the single breed rescues so that together they can come to the aide of more sled dogs. In addition to needing foster homes, they group also seeks volunteers for future events, ideas and implementation of fundraisers, transport, shelter dog evaluators, financial and inkind donors, website assistance, administrative tasks and much more. To learn more about Texas Sled Dog Rescue, or to volunteer, visit the group’s website at www.texassleddogrescue.org or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003528 555798. SNAP SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR BAYOU CITY ART FESTIVAL The 2012 Spring Bayou City Art Festival approaches, and your help is needed. When you volunteer to staff a beverage booth, you will be helping SNAP raise money to provide sterilization surgery and a rabies vaccination to dogs and cats from low-income households. Your job will be to sell frosty beverages and give away warm smiles to festival guests. The festival, in return, will give SNAP a portion of the proceeds from sales and all of the tips collected

over the weekend. The festival takes place on Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25, in Houston's Memorial Park. It runs from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. each day. Alcoholic beverages are sold in the booths, so all volunteers must be 18 or above. To volunteer, please contact the volunteer team at volunteer@snapus.org or call Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m at 713-862-3863, x206. THOUSANDS OF SERVICE DOGS TO RECEIVE FREE SIGHT SAVING EYE EXAMS THROUGHOUT THE U.S. AND CANADA Guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs and search and rescue dogs selflessly serve the public. So, for the month of May 2012, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) is launching the 5th annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event to help serve these dogs and other service animals who dedicate their lives to serving the public. More than 200 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the U.S., as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, are estimated to provide free sight-saving eye exams to thousands of eligible service animals. Registration for service animal owners and handlers begins April 1, 2012 at www.ACVOeyeexam.org

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THE SCOOP LABRADOR RETRIEVER REMAINS HOUSTON’S TOP DOG Once again, the Labrador Retriever is Houston's top dog according to the American Kennel Club's (AKC(R)) 2011 ranking of the most popular dogs in the U.S. "The Beagle is the country's third most popular dog, but places only 18th in Houston," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "As a matter of fact, this happy-go-lucky breed has not appeared in Houston's top 10 in the past three years." The AKC also announced its nationwide rankings today. The Beagle made big news by overtaking the beloved Yorkshire Terrier to become the third most popular dog breed, while the Golden Retriever advanced from the fifth to the fourth most popular dog breed. The Rottweiler also made big news by unseating the Shih Tzu - which had been in the top 10 since 2000. But fans of the Labrador Retriever need not fear: the beloved Lab remained the champ - a spot it has now held for 21 consecutive years - thanks to its wellearned reputation for playfulness and loyalty, and its use as a police and search-and-rescue dog. A complete list of AKC's Most Popular Breeds, including national trends and statistics for 50 U.S. cities, is available on the AKC website at www.akc.org/reg/dogreg_stats.cfm.

Houston's Most Popular Breeds 2011 1. Labrador Retriever 2. German Shepherd 3. Bulldog 4. Yorkshire Terrier 5. Boxer 6. Golden Retriever 7. Rottweiler 8. Miniature Schnauzer 9. Poodle 10. Doberman Pinscher

*Registration data pulled from Houston zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service.

Most Popular Breeds Nationwide 2011 1. Labrador Retriever 2. German Shepherd 3. Beagle 4. Golden Retriever 5. Yorkshire Terrier 6. Bulldog 7. Boxer 8. Poodle 9. Dachshund 10. Rottweiler

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BODY & SOUL We’re Counting on You to Help Fight Animal Cruelty

he truth is, every 10 seconds an animal is neglected or abused. While this statistic might be hard to swallow, it's a reality we face every single day. And…we’re counting on you to help us out.

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Learn Where to Report Animal Cruelty In some areas, the police department investigates animal cruelty; in others, that job falls to local animal control. Find out who's in charge in your area. Build a Team Get to know the animals in your neighborhood and invite your friends and neighbors to do the same. Together you can keep an eye out for any suspicious behavior, lost pets or other concerns. Pay Attention! Is a bad situation getting worse? Have you seen a blatant act of animal cruelty? Are pets disappearing from your neighborhood? Don't turn your back. Rally your team and call the local authorities immediately. 10 www.urbanpawsmagazine.com

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Make the Call Without phone calls from concerned citizens who report cruelty in their neighborhoods, we wouldn't know about most instances of animal abuse. It all comes from the public—and it all starts with you. Thank you for taking action for animals. Report Animal Cruelty on the Internet The best way to stop this type of abuse is to immediately report it to the proper authorities and refrain from contacting, visiting or forwarding links to friends. Contact the website host or sponsor. Major sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, have Terms of Service that restrict the depiction of objectionable material. The next step is to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice. Try to include as much information as you can (links to the offending material, names, locations, etc.)


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Things We Love

chicBuds Earphones

chicBuds has broken the traditional cord mold with the ARTS Series of flat, printed cords. They have managed to transform one of mp3 listeners' most annoying problems into a distant memory--and of course they're doing it with a style all their own. Not only are consumers getting a highly-functional product, but also a new way to express their style. The flat design makes it possible for chicBuds to print on the actual earbud cords, creating a fun outlet for showing off. Choose from exotic Zebra, Pink Leopard, or Blue Graffiti motifs and say goodbye to the boring audio blues. Available at www.chicbuds.com.

PLANET DOG SHAMPOOS

Planet Dog has expanded its collection of award-winning and socially responsible products to include a new line of pet shampoos. The new Waterless 2-in-1 Shampoo, Oatmeal 2-in-1 Shampoo, Deodorizing Shampoo and Healing Shampoo are specifically formulated with blends of natural plant-derived ingredients. They can be used daily to keep dog, cat and ferret coats clean and smelling fresh naturally. They are puppy-safe and 100% guaranteed like all of Planet Dog’s products. Available at www.planetdog.com.

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holobal™

holobal™ /hollow, ball/ toy This is a 100% natural rubber ball that’s hollow! The holobal™ is great to stuff with treats, other toys, or just fun on it’s own! 100% Natural Rubber. Non-Toxic. BPA Free. Phthalate Free. Lead Free. Cadmium Free. Available online at www.petprojekt.com.

FURminator DeShedding Tool

The FURminator tool for cats helps to prevent hairballs while reducing shedding up to 90%. Use at home a few minutes twice a week to keep shedding under control. The tools are available in long and short hair varieties. Sold at pet specialty stores and also available online at www.furminator.com.

KOOLDOG HOUSE

This patent-pending design is fashionable and suitable for your home décor and it comes with a comfortable bed for your pet. The ingenious design allows you to choose different color schemes by selecting different wood finishes for face cover and/or by selecting different colors for the slip cover of the cushion. The bed comes with a machine washable slip cover made of microfiber suede fabric that has the look and feel of genuine suede, with the ease and durability of microfiber. It's easy to clean and maintain. Available online at www.kooldog.ca. Urban Paws Magazine 13


Helping Children Cope With the Loss of a Pet he death of a pet can be a traumatizing event for everyone in the family. This can be especially true for children, who may have trouble understanding and dealing with the complex emotions of death. For most kids, pets are more than just animals — they're members of the family and their best friend. Unfortunately, the joy of owning a pet goes hand-in-hand with the heartbreak of losing one, whether it’s due to old age, an accident or illness. Pet loss can be very difficult. After all, our pets are often the first to greet kids in the morning and after school. They may be the one your child looks to for comfort and companionship when feeling unpopular or upset. While it's impossible to shelter kids from the loss of a pet, you can help them cope with it. And because a pet's death might be their first time losing a loved one, the grieving process can help kids learn how to cope with other losses throughout life. Many children don't have the understanding to acknowledge death, and whether you are young or old, this concept in itself is a heavy burden to come to terms with. If you have recently lost your family pet, you may be wondering how to

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explain the situation to your children. You may also notice that your child is having trouble coping with the death. However, with some help and advice, you can help your kid cope with pet loss, and you can teach them important lessons in the process. Sharing the News One of the most difficult parts about losing a pet may be breaking the bad news to kids. Try to do so one-on-one in a place where they feel safe and comfortable and are not easily distracted. As you would with any tough issue, try to gauge how much information kids need to hear based on their age, maturity level and life experiences. If your pet is very old or has a lingering illness, consider talking to kids before the death occurs. Euthanizing Pets To be or not to be present at the actual euthanasia is a question many adults grapple with. This is a personal decision, and one that should be discussed with your veterinarian. Some veterinarians do not allow children under the age of five to be present for the actual euthanasia. Very young children have a hard enough time under-


“You have left my life, but you will never leave my heart.� standing the concept of death and witnessing the event does not make it easier to understand or cope. Even kids up to the teenager years can have a difficult time understanding the reasons why and the emotions involved with the act of euthanasia. If you have to euthanize your pet, you may want to explain that the veterinarian has done everything that they can and that your pet would never get better. Let them know that this is the kindest way to take the pet's pain away, without feeling hurt or scared. Again, a child's age, maturity level and questions will help you determine whether to offer a clear and simple explanation for what's going to happen. Many kids want a chance to say goodbye and some may be old enough or emotionally mature enough to be there to comfort the pet during the process. Emotional Support Like anyone dealing with a loss, kids usually feel a variety of emotions besides sadness after the death of a pet. They might experience loneliness, anger, frustration or guilt. Help kids understand that it's natural to feel all of those emotions and that it's okay to not want to talk about them at first. Let them know that you're there for them when they are ready to talk. Children may take longer than adults to grieve and get over the loss. A short period of depression, acting out, or general gloominess can be expected, and should go away. Longer periods or abnormal activity following loss should be

addressed by a parent, counselor or a grief/loss support resource. The warning signs of severe or prolonged grief will vary with the child's age, relationship with the pet, emotional maturity, circumstances involved with the death, and so forth. Remembering Your Pet Having a burial or memorial helps to reinforce the importance of the pet's life and mark the death event. Children should be allowed to participate in whatever way is appropriate - helping mark the grave site, decorate the urn of ashes, or draw pictures of happy times together with the pet. You can also share stories of your pet's funny moments or create a project, like making a scrapbook. This will help with closure and allow the child to say good-bye in their own way. When to Get Another Pet This is a very personal choice and children should not be rushed into getting another pet to help them get over the deceased pet. One pet does not replace another, and getting a new pet too soon may only cause the child to resent the new pet. Only once the child can speak openly about the deceased pet and shows interest in a new pet should the subject of a new pet be discussed. Perhaps one of the most important things is to talk about your pet often and with love. Let your child know that while the pain will eventually go away, the happy memories of the pet will always remain. Urban Paws Magazine 15


TRAINING How to Deal With Sibling Rivalry f you are the owner of multiple dogs living in the same household and are starting to have full-fledged fights, there is a strong chance that you have a case of sibling rivalry going on. Fighting can erupt when two dogs disagree about their place in the pack or family unit. We, as owners, tend to want democracy (all dogs should be equal). That is not the rule in canine society. In the dog world, there is always a hierarchy within the pack.

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Situations Which May Lead to Sibling Rivalry: • A new dog being brought into the pack where an existing dog has always been the only dog, as well as the “top dog”. Two dogs being put into the same pack who have very strong, dominant personalities. • A young dog that matures and begins to challenge an older housemate. The younger dog, who once was submissive to the older dog, begins to refuse to back down when challenged.

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• The death of an older, dominant dog, leaving the remaining dogs in a struggle to take over that top spot. • A younger dog sensing that an aging pack leader is becoming sickly and weak. The younger dog then tries to take over the top spot by challenging the aging dog. • Owners favoring the subordinate dog or trying to artificially change the established hierarchy. This can cause the subordinate dog to feel bolder and begin challenging the dominant dog’s authority. The dominant dog then feels that he must escalate his corrections, which may cause violent fighting. • A home where the owners have no control and show no leadership will definitely open up the top role for the dogs to fight over.


You cannot totally control the pack dynamics between/among your dogs. There may be dogs with certain personalities that just cannot coexist in the same pack. If you have more than one dog in your household and have had no real fights, there are some things you can do to help prevent sibling rivalry from ever getting started. Tips for Prevention: • Establish yourself as the ultimate pack leader. The more your dogs view you as the “top dog”, the less important it becomes for them to dominate one another. Get training for your dogs. Dogs need rules, structure, and a strong leader. That strong leader should be YOU. • Choose dogs that are different from one another. Opposite sex, different age, different breed, different temperament. Dogs of similar sex, similar age, and similar personalities are the ones most likely to fight.

ly to be looking for trouble. • Work with your dogs separately on training exercises. Getting each of your dogs to focus on you, interact with you, and respect your requests and commands gives you much better control in tense or competitive situations. Dogs in multiple dog households need to be focused on their owner rather than on one another. Sibling rivalry can be a very serious problem, sometimes resulting in severe injury to one or both dogs, or even the death of a dog. If you are experiencing sibling rivalry in your household where one or both dogs are sustaining injuries, take immediate action to remedy the situation. Separate the dogs if necessary, and consult with a qualified behavioral therapist. If ignored, a sibling rivalry case will usually get worse. The fights will become more severe and the issue will be much harder to remedy.

• Spay and Neuter. Hormonal surges can sometimes cause aggressive behaviors • Socialize your dogs—starting when they are young is best, but it’s never too late. This way dogs learn the rules of canine behavior as they learn to play and interact with others. They learn the unspoken but strict rules of canine behavior. Dogs learn “canine law” best from other canines. • Do not try to shelter or favor the dog that seems to be subordinate. It is normal for one dog to be dominant over the other. • Exercise your dogs. Dogs that get plenty of exercise are usually better behaved and less likeUrban Paws Magazine 17


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♥ small DOGS Just about half of all dog owners share their lives with a small dog. Part of the fun of a small dog relationship is playing dress up. I know some little dogs who love the attention and others who tuck their tail and run at the sight of dog clothes. They are content sitting on your lap and don't take up much room on your bed. The one thing small dogs have mastered is the art of the cuddle. Most small breed dogs are peppy and alert. Some are petite, while others are sturdy. They all come loaded with character. Little dogs can make excellent watch dogs, and if trained early, they are generally good with other pets. What most people love about them is their playful nature and their willingness to give abundant affection. Small dogs have become more and more popular over time. Perhaps it’s due to the celebrity fondness of them that has boosted their popularity. We’d like to think that it’s because we have a greater compassion for animals in general. 18 www.urbanpawsmagazine.com

While we’ve always shared a special bond with our small dogs, we have a tendency to treat them more like humans than we would a larger dog. This is called anthropomorphization - ascribing human form or attributes to an animal. In my home, we have several small dogs that are certainly considered family. We say that we pamper them in moderation, but let’s face it, we all humanize our pets in some ways such as talking to them and speaking for them as if we know what they are saying. It always brings on a giggle when I see a small dog being carried around in a purse, or dressed like a child’s doll (I too have been guilty of this). This of course, is more for the pleasure of the owner than the dog. While it’s easy to see how one could become immersed in the cute small dog accessories such as t-shirts and goggles, it’s important to remember that above all, they still need to be treated in a manner that keeps their best interests at heart as dogs.


Some trainers would say that humanizing our relationships with dogs is a big step backwards. Expecting dogs to think like a human is pretty widespread among pet owners. One reason that dogs likely earned the title of "Man's Best Friend" was his exceptional ability to adapt his life to fit with ours. It is this very ability that is likely the cause for our frequently misreading of his intentions and motives. Owners who don’t display strong leadership and allow their dog to take the lead may find their dog to be snappy if surprised or irritated. Because of their small size and adorable faces, many develop Small Dog Syndrome: human induced behaviors where the dog believes he is the pack leader of humans. This can cause a range of behavioral issues, such as growling, snapping, biting, guarding and separation anxiety. All dogs, regardless of size, need rules, boundaries and limitations. When dogs live with humans, the humans become the dog's pack, and for this relationship to succeed, we must be perceived as the pack's leader. To a dog, constant affection and

accommodations without rules, boundaries and limitations goes against a dog's natural instinct. Some people choose smaller dogs for more practical reasons. When it comes down to it, people sometimes choose small dogs due to space issues. People who live in apartments or don’t have backyards generally choose smaller dogs. Small dogs do need walks too. Take your dog on at least one walk a day to burn energy and to maintain a steady temperament. The goal is a happy, healthy and balanced dog.

♥ If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater... suggest that he wear a tail. ~Fran Lebowitz

For the portion of the population that only has eyes for small dogs, we honor you and your little friends. Whether it’s the expressive eyes, the constant desire to be on your lap, or the need for attention and security that a small dog demonstrates, one thing is for sure... small dogs leave big footprints on our hearts.

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AGILITY Part 9 - Introducing Serpentines A Serpentine is an advanced agility layout requiring the dog to make an ‘S’ shape or ‘snake’ over a series of obstacles such as hurdles. Usually, you will handle it by recalling the dog over at least one of the obstacles and sending the dog over others. This can be a challenge because inexperienced handlers may block the dog’s path and most dogs thankfully avoid jumping into a space occupied by someone else! So, training this can entail a variety of fault corrections. As always, the best way is to build the skill gradually, so that you keep it fun and reward your dog for succeeding.

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By Lesley Young (MA Hons Dog Angels US

Core teamwork skills that you need for success are: 1. Sending your dog on over a hurdle without requiring you to pass the hurdle (targets, thrown toys or treats can help with this). 2. Keeping your dog ‘out’ between jumps (Point ‘A’ in the diagram). 3. Recalling your dog over a hurdle while turning them to send on to another obstacle (Point ‘B’ in the diagram). Exercises covered in the last two editions should help you with these.


AIM: For your dog to negotiate the serpentine as efficiently as possible, taking a shallow line and without wasting ground. HOW TO START: Set the hurdles at a slight angle to help build the skill. WATCHPOINT: The angle will need to be reversed depending upon which direction you are working your dog (see the arrows in the diagram).

1 Bring on the Orange Juice! A great tip is to work this like you are playing tennis. Remember, (with apologies to tennis buffs!) you should follow through on a shot and bring your imaginary racket back for the next one.

A key challenge is the transition from recalling your dog over the second hurdle, to sending them on over the third hurdle, particularly if the dog is taking a messy, deep path and potentially landing on the ‘wrong’ side of the handler or facing the wrong direction.

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The hand nearest the dog, the driving hand, is the hand with the imaginary tennis racket. Hit the ball to send your dog over the first hurdle. Follow through with the ‘racket’ - keeping your hand out as you move along your line. Bring your racket back to recall your dog over the middle hurdle. Take your next shot to send your dog over the next hurdle. Game, set and match! If you followed the earlier articles and have consistently used the hand furthest from the dog to cue turns, then you can use that outside hand to help prevent your dog from missing the second hurdle.


If your dog cuts in between hurdles at point ‘A’, try adding wings or other barriers or moving the hurdles closer together.

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As your dog takes the middle hurdle, begin your turn and drive toward the third. Remember to work the exercise with your dog on the right as well as the left (reversing the hurdle angles). Gradually fade the amount of extra help you are giving the dog to build the skill. With thanks to Birdy and her handler Susan for demonstrating the training method.

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. For a more detailed guide to this exercise, visit the Resources page of her website, www.dogangels.us.

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Tiny Paws Rescue

www.tinypawsrescue.com Tiny Paws and Chi Rescue is an all volunteer organization with foster homes in the Houston and Spring, Texas areas, as well as Connecticut and is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of abused, abandoned and neglected small breed dogs. As with most rescue groups, our dogs are cared for in healthy, safe and loving foster home environments. Tiny Paws and volunteer foster parents work very hard to ensure that their foster dog feels safe and loved while working on house training, crate training, socialization, etc. All dogs are spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated, heartworm tested, fecal tested, microchipped, on heartworm preventative and have all other veterinary needs taken care of prior to posting as adoptable.

Photo by Paw Prints Pet Photography

Our cover dog, Nikki!

Nikki is a beautiful, calm dachshund/min pin mix who was surrendered by her owner after seven years because she had to move and did not want to pay the pet deposit. Despite being confused by her new environment, this little girl now likes nothing more than to spend time on her foster mom’s lap and to be petted. Although she could be considered a more mature dog, she still has many good years left and has quite a bit of spunk left in her. She also loves going on long walks and exploring new places and smells! She gets along great with cats, dogs (as long as they don’t get in her face), and is even friendly to people she does not know well. Nikki would be a great addition for a family with older children (due to her petite size), but she would also do well with a couple or single person. If you are looking for a sweet, loyal companion, without the hyperactivity typically characteristic of younger dogs, then Nikki may just be the dog for 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. 24 www.urbanpawsmagazine.com


My name is Webster and I am about 4-5 months old. I was loaded in an old suv along with 15 other dogs and dumped at a kill shelter. Tiny Paws rescued me the day I was abandoned at the shelter. The nice volunteer held me and I got my first kiss. I was bathed, groomed, all my fleas and ear mites were removed. I am so happy to be in a loving foster home, but now I need a forever home. I am very social, love to play, love a lap to cuddle in. I will mature under 10 lbs. I want to go to a home with another playmate or one that is home most of the time. I need a home with no children under the age of 10.

Webster Carli and Casey are precious 3-4 month old chihuahuas. They were dumped on the side of a busy road covered with fleas, starving and with no fur. Thankfully, a person spotted these babies and brought them to an animal shelter. They are both 2.4 lbs. and are being treated for mange. They will be ready for adoption very soon. Their fur is growing back in and they are happy, bouncing pups. They do need a home with another small playmate or where one is home most of the time. They need to go to a home with small dog experience.

Tim T.

Carli & Casey

Meet Tim T. a very sweet, social and stunning yorkie. He was rescued from a high kill shelter in bad shape, with fleas and matted. The groomer had to shave him, but his beautiful coat has grown back. Tim T. is about two years old and weighs 12 lbs. He is full of energy and is great with other dogs and older children. Tim T. needs a home with another dog to play with or some one willing to exercise him daily. He would do great as an agility dog with his ability to jump very high, his energy and his fun-loving nature. He must have a fenced yard for a safe place to run and explore.

My name is Chase. I was dumped at a neighborhood dog park. When people noticed me that I was abandoned, they opened the gate and I ran trying to look for my owners. Finally after a few hours, I gave up and allowed the people to catch me. I was terrified but would never snap or bite. I finally realized that my foster mom is great and I really love to sit in her lap. I do well with other dogs and people. I am about 13 lbs. and all muscle. I am a non-shedding dog and I have natural curls with silver, tan and white highlights. I love to go on walks and play. I am about one to two years of age.

Chase

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March 2012 Issue