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winter 2013 Complimentary

Exclusive Interview with Cesar Millan!

Pets as Gifts?

Can Your Dog Help Your Child Read Better?

Great Back Yard Bird Count Canines In Art

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4 Exclusive Interview With Cesar Millan Cesar Talks About His Upcoming Show In Our Area! 6 Cesar Millan Biography 8 Paintings of Dogs Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori 9 Why Dogs Make Great Reading Partners For Kids A product of: Elite Equestrian LLC Main Office: 570-646-9340 PO Box 764, Brodheadsville, PA 18322

10 Cesar Millan Tickets Contest! 11 Product Highlight: PetSafe Lickety Stik 12 Why Pets Don’t Make Good Gifts Sue’s Views For Pets 13 Great Back Yard Bird Count 2013

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Publisher: NEPA Marketing Group, Inc Editor: Noelle Vander Brink Marketing Director: Bill Vander Brink Art & Antiques Editor: Dr. Lori Veterinary Issues Editor: Sally Silverman Sue’s Views: Sue Senn Contributing Writers: Christa Tinari Advertising Sales Executives: Sherry Clewell

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Cesar Millan

Excl u Inte sive rvie w!



MAGAZINE proud media sponsor! Precious Pets Magazine is proud to be a media sponsor of Cesar Millan’s live show at the State Theatre. Cesar was kind enough to grant us this exclusive interview to give our readers a sneak peak of what to expect at this educational and entertaining program. PP: Will you have live animals in your show at the State Theater? CM: Yes humans have to see it to believe it! Can a dog change that fast? How do dogs feel- it’s energy, it’s not -what can I teach the dog- it’s how do I feel. What you have to learn is- she feels nervous, the dog feels excited. It’s not what the name of the dog is, or what breed the dog is, what you have to learn is, what energy the dog is. From there you can make a better reaction. I’ll ask people to show me how they walk their dog. And these are people who’ve watched the show. I’ll say have the dog walk next to you, or behind, and it gives the dog the ability to have a job. Then you’re gonna see them pulling. Then I’m gonna grab the leash and you’re gonna see how the dog changes. Very quick and right in front of your eyes. And then it’s reality to you. The question that I want you to ask yourself is not what can I teach my dog, it’s how do I feel? Every day- that becomes your habit. You have to know how you feel before you can talk to him.

PP: Will you be using any dogs from local rescues or shelters? CM: Depending on where we are in the country, sometimes we have rescues who have a specific dog they want help with. And when you work with shelter dogs, you have to be careful because many of those dogs don’t even trust the shelter people. Nobody can really bring them on stage. If we get the right dog from a shelter, we bring them, otherwise we look for vets, if they have a client with an appropriate dog. And they give us the information. And sometimes other professionals- dog walkers, dog groomers, dog trainers, they’ll tell us there is a perfect candidate for that. It depends on where we are in the country.

Principles Are More Important Than Technique

PP: I know you can feel the energy for sure! CM: That’s for sure!The energy people speak of the most is fear. Dogs sense fear, well fear is an emotion, it’s one of the energies he can feel, he can feel tension, depression, frustration, anger, whatever. However you’re feeling, that’s what he’s feeling. It’s like Baskin Robbins with energy- 31 flavors! PP: Yeah that makes perfect sense. So, you’ll actually be demonstrating your techniques for people? CM: I don’t practice techniques as much as I practice principles. Principles, technique, outcome. Technique is irrrelevant if you don’t know energy. It’s not the leash that makes a difference. People ask ‘What’s the best tool to train my dog?’ or ‘What’s the best technique?’ - it really doesn’t matter. You know because if Page 4

you’re energy’s off he’s not going to follow you. He’s not going to want to be next to you. They fight from bad energy. The principles are more important than technique. What I’m going to teach is principles. Fundamentals. Why dogs change for me and they don’t change for the owners.

PP: While you’re here in eastern PA, will you be doing any shows for your series or other events? CM: No, usually when we do a speaking engagement that’s all it is. Because it’s such a big production to do the whole television show that we just keep it to one thing at a time. PP: What about house breaking? What do you think is a good method for house breaking a dog? What do you think of crate training? CM: Your house is a crate, it’s just a bigger one! Tools are here to help you. Obviously they were invented by humans, so humans can help themselves to appease a behavior or modified behavior. Right. Now one of the things you should never do, is never put a dog in a crate- a big crate, a small crate- forcing him, because then he feels trapped. So he won’t learn anything. He will associate that with a different thing. If he pees or poops- if he’s scared he will do that. Or he will become constipated. Crates

are good because what it does is, it blocks emotion. It stops the pacing. And it makes the dog go into a resting state. That’s the whole purpose, in my opinion, of a crate. It makes a dog lay down. If a dog is sitting up or standing up , or moving in circles, he’s gonna have good digestion. Exercise makes you have digestion. You don’t want the movement. What you want is the relaxation that way you condition the dog to hold it and then you bring him to the area that you want him to go. That’s the whole purpose. So then he learns that the crate means shut everything down and relax. That’s what you want him to believe. You want to send the brain into the resting state. The highest level of resting state. When a dog is resting, he won’t pee, he won’t poop. That’s the whole point of hibernation. He’s resting. If a dog is anxious, excited, tense, fearful, you know... scared, and you put him in a crate, you better believe, you will create constipation, create a whole bunch of it, and he will create a mess inside the crate. PP: That makes more sense than what I was told, I was told it’s their house, and when they’re there, they aren’t supposed to go. CM: People have to understand the mechanics. Once you understand the mechanics, you can use tools properly. It’s also the way you left them inside the houseyou triggered the brain to urinate. If you leave a dog in a resting state, he will never pee or poop. He will never have separation anxiety either. Why a dog developes separation anxiety is because number one people don’t exercise them properly. They go to work when a dog still has a high level of energy. He just woke up, and they just left. And they gave him food. There’s so many wrong things that humans do before they go to work.


Common Sense On A Mission

PP: So what about you’re new TV show- you’re matching up dogs with families, what do you expect to accomplish? CM: Well, Dog Whisperer is a show with a passion, Leader of the Pack is a show with a mission. You know, in America, we kill 4 to 5 million dogs every year. Around the world we kill 600 million. So, more than finding a person the right dog, that teaches credibility. There’s a lot of people who want to rescue dogs, but they don’t know what to rescue. Humans are rescuing a dog they feel sorry for, and that’s the worst thing you can do. He already knows he’s in bad shape. And then you feel sorry for him, you’re not going to make him feel any better. You want to feel optimistic, he wants you to feel a sense of direction. He wants you to have a plan. If you want to know more about what happened in the past, it doesn’t change how he feels. What changes how he feels is you’re calm, you’re optimistic, you’re confident, and you have a plan. And you’re going to make him work for food and water. That’s what he wants. He doesn’t mind working for food and water. Dogs love to have a job. There’s a lot of unoccupied dogs in America, they don’t have jobs. They have a house, they have food, they have water, but they have a whole bunch of issues. That’s why I have a show, right? Why does a guy who jumped the border have a show? Because he gave jobs to dogs! And he taught people what’s important to a dog. And what makes a dog happy: exercise, discipline, affection. But it’s common sense on a mission. That’s it.


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Great Museums Feature Paintings Of Dogs Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori Paintings of dogs have been a longstanding tradition in the history of art. Through the ages, man’s best friend has been a constant subject and interesting symbol in many of the world’s finest paintings.

Dogs have been highlighted in early Renaissance art in such masterpieces as the Venus of Urbino by the great Venetian colorist, Titian. The female nude is shown lying on her bed in the famous painting from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence Italy. The figure, is shown relaxing as she has just finished a bath and is waiting for her two maids, in the background, to bring her clothes. Beside the prominent female nude model is a small sleeping lap dog. The dog symbolizes fidelity in art history and the attractive nude woman suggests anything but… The painting is a commentary on the behind the scenes lifestyle of the elite class during the early 1500s in southern Europe. Many of the world’s monarchs have been painted alongside their dogs throughout history, too. Arguably the most commonly depicted dogs are those breeds which excel at hunting. The hunting dogs are highlighted in many paintings particular Rococo paintings of the 1700s which was the time when French King Louis XV reigned and his court took to the sport of hunting with vigor. Various breeds of hunting dogs are featured in paintings throughout England, France, Spain, etc. during the 17th and 18th Centuries. A famed painter during the reign of Louis XV, King of France was Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin who was elected to the Royal Academy in 1728. Chardin, the French Rococo master of the 18th Century, painted a hunting dog with his trophy of dead game. The composition, Dog and Game dated 1730 from the Norton Simon collection of Pasadena, CA, is an exceptional example of the French painters command of realism. It is widely noted that Chardin used various materials, tools, and techniques—including his own fingers—to achieve the spectacular results in his paintings. Capturing the likeness of the dog as well as the animal’s expression contributes to the captivating nature of this oil painting.

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In the painting, the dead rabbit and fowl are hung to dry and the dog is shown standing guard and simultaneously, waiting for his master to return. The guard stance of the dog and position in the foreground of the painting shows the importance of the dog’s charge and is characteristic of the dog’s breed and breathtaking in its accuracy. The quick application of pigment and fanciful brushstrokes used on the game in the background of the painting show Chardin’s mastery of technique. Many modern artists also introduced dogs into their famous works of art such as Picasso’s drawings of his dachshund named Lump and Jeff Koons’ highly realistic post-modern sculpture of a white Schnauzer. Here’s to some fine art featuring man’s best friend. ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������

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It turns out dogs are not only good for our health; finding missing people; and helping disabled people live independent lives – they’re good for kids’ report cards, too! Canines have been found to improve the immune system and reduce blood pressure, among other health benefits. They help rescuers and law officers, blind people and those with limited use of their hands and arms. Now we have another reason to celebrate man’s best friend. “Dogs not only help children learn to read, they help children learn to love reading,” says Michael Amiri, coauthor with his wife, Linda, of the children’s book, Shellie, the Magical dog (www. “And that’s true of for children with and without learning disabilities.” A Minnesota pilot project called PAWSitive Readers finds that trained therapy dogs helped 10 of 14 grade-school participants improve their reading skills by one grade level. Additionally, a

University of California study showed that children who read to the family dog improved their ability by an average of 12 percent. Amiri discusses five reasons why dogs help kids learn to love reading: • No embarrassment: “Most of us have memories of reading out loud in class,” he says. “Though we may have been proficient readers, the fear of stumbling on a word in front of everyone was a constant source of anxiety.” Dogs are excellent for unconditional, nonjudgmental love; they won’t laugh if and when mistakes happen.


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• Confidence boosters: “I never had a dog while growing up, which is too bad because I think I would have had an easier time gaining self-confidence,” says Amiri. As an adult, he discovered the many benefits of dogs through he and his wife’s very special Maltese, Shellie. She’s often the center of attention in their community at pet-friendly restaurants, where she laps her water out of a martini glass. And she has a full-time job as the greeter at Linda’s hair and nail salon. “If a little dog can give me, a grown man, more confidence, imagine what it can do for kids,” he says. • Polite listeners: Like humans, dogs are social creatures and most enjoy the sound of a calm voice speaking to them. Many – except perhaps the most energetic breeds – seem to enjoy curling up on a rug and listening to a story being read aloud. They don’t interrupt (except for the occasional ear scratch or to sniff a body part) and they often show appreciation for the attention. • A fun approach to schoolwork: Too often, when children think of studying, they think of time spent hunched over a desk struggling alone to work out problems and memorize lists. Interacting with a lovable, fuzzy friend for an hour of homework is an appealing alternative. • Win-win: A canine-student reading program is a great way to help service dogs-in-training learn patience and discipline. Dogs are trained to help veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, the blind, and people who use wheelchairs, among others. These dogs in training help children, while children improve a dog’s service abilities.

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Good Intentions/Bad Idea SUE’S VIEWS FOR HAPPY PETS ����������� Giving a pet as a gift, although a kind gesture in theory, is almost always a bad idea. While puppies, kittens, bunnies, etc. are among the most popular choices among impulse holiday gifts, a pet is not a “toy”; rather, it’s a major lifetime commitment that should not be entered into lightly. That cute puppy under the tree on Christmas morning may become a big headache by the end of January for any unprepared gift-getter. Even for the most experienced potential pet parent, the holidays are probably the absolute worst time of year to bring a new dog into the mix. No matter what your best intentions, a puppy will get lost in the hustle and bustle of holiday festivities. Also, the often unpleasant winter weather and early darkness is not conducive to acquainting your new dog with the outdoors.

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People need to keep in mind the financial responsibility and commitment that accompanies becoming a pet parent. It’s easy to adopt a kitten, buy a litter box and a bag of food, and believe that you’re all set. Considering that the average lifespan of an indoor cat is 15-20+ years and, depending upon the breed of the dog, the lifespan ranges from 8 years (giant breeds) to 15+ years (smaller breeds), this is a commitment far beyond the litter box and pooper scooper gift set that’s all ready to go at the pet supply store.


Basic veterinary care for a healthy pet should include vaccinations (kitten/puppy series, then boosters after that), spaying/neutering, dental cleanings, annual wellness exams and any associated blood work. This does not include any health problems or injuries that will undoubtedly occur during any pet’s lifetime. And keep in mind that a 60 pound dog could potentially consume 40 pounds of food in a month.


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An avid jogger would prefer an athletic greyhound to a docile bulldog; an outgoing social butterfly would probably prefer the cheerful and affable bichon frise to a chihuahua (which tends to be “picky” about who he chooses to be friends with). But don’t despair – There is a way to give a pet as a gift, save a life through rescue, and allow a friend or a family member on your gift list the opportunity to do his/her homework and choose the right pet if they so desire! Please consider purchasing a pet adoption certificate! Most rescues and animal shelters offer this option and are very appreciative of any way to find a loving home for the little animal friends they’re trying to help. Giving someone an adoption certificate allows you to give the gift of a pet “on paper”, and if the recipient is not ready for a pet, the donation money will still be put to good use. Better yet, if a new pet is indeed just what the recipient wanted – you’ve given a great gift! Best yet, the recipient is given the opportunity to take his/her time, do the research/homework, and “shop around” to make sure they are choosing the perfect pet for their lifestyle, home, and personal situation. Now they can personally select the pet that is right for them. Adoption certificates usually cover the basic adoption costs, which often include spaying or neutering and first vaccination series and are a win/win situation for the pet, the rescue/shelter, and the recipient – and you get the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve done a good deed in the most responsible manner possible. ������������������������������������������� ���������������� ��������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������� ��������������������� ��������������������������������� �������������������������������

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A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, with partner Bird Studies Canada, the fourday count typically receives sightings from tens of thousands of people reporting more than 600 bird species in the United States and Canada alone. “This year’s count will give us a whole new perspective as sightings pour in from around the globe in real time,” said Marshall Iliff at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. “Millions of people encounter birds every day all over the world. Imagine what scientists will learn if each one of us shares observations from our own area!” During the 2012 count, participants reported 17.4 million bird observations on 104,000 checklists. Snowy Owls thrilled many participants when these striking birds-of-prey ventured south from the Arctic in record numbers. In 2013, scientists predict that U.S. and Canadian bird watchers will see an influx of Red-breasted Nuthatches and winter finches (such as Pine Siskins) because of scarce food supplies on their northern wintering grounds.

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Participating is easy. Simply watch birds for at least 15 minutes at the location of your choice on one or more of the count days. Estimate the number of birds you see for each species you can identify. You’ll select your location on a map, answer a few questions, enter your tallies, and then submit your data to share your sightings with others around the world. The global capacity for the count will be powered by eBird, an online checklist program for all of the world’s 10,240 bird species. Participants will be able to view what others are seeing on interactive maps, keep their own records, and have their tallies recorded for perpetuity. “The popularity of the Great Backyard Bird Count grows each year,” said Dick Cannings, Senior Projects Officer at Bird Studies Canada, “and with the new features, participation will be even more exciting.”

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