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BOZ EMA N’S BES T FRIE ND DOG DIRECTORY TIPS PARKS EVENTS & MORE

2013-14 Magazine

Can My Dog Eat That?


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As a nutritionist, dietician, and feed buyer for the past 17 years, picking a dog food is a difficult job. However, I can simplify it. After I reveal to you the simple steps for selecting a good pet food, I will then muddy the waters with some facts about pet food manufacturers’ ethics, morals, goals, and accountabilities. First and foremost, raw or home-cooked meals are the best, period. If you’d like to call me out on this for a full debate, please do so. You can reach me and my full arsenal which consists of journals, books, testaments, and studies, along with a real dog and one cat, at my office. For those of you who are stuck on kibble, I’ll tell you how to select a good, dry kibble for your dog

or cat. But, please be aware that if you feed with kibble, you will also need supplements for things like oral health, digestion, liver, and good poop formation. Select a bag of food. Find the list of ingredients and read down until you come to the very first form of fat. That fat may be any of an array of sources such as avocado oil, flax oil, chicken fat, or beef tallow. So long as that fat source is from a declared species, you have succeeded in finding a pet food that is worth further investigation. If, however, that fat is a random fat (“animal fat,” for instance), don’t waste your time reading the rest of the list. Because animal fat is a byproduct, oils are a more attractive “first choice fat” in a pet’s kibble.

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f your fat source passed the test, now pay attention to all the ingredients above it. That short list is what makes up 90% or more of your pet’s food. Anything below it, although it may be healthful, is merely a small portion of the entire picture. Now evaluate what’s in the bulk of the bag. The first one or two ingredients listed should be a meat or meat meal. Meat meals are a higher concentration of meat than actual meat because they have the moisture already eliminated from them. Meat is your pet’s primary protein source and should be from an identifiable species like bison, chicken, or salmon. If the ingredient panel lists something as vague as “meat & bone meal” instead, avoid that bag of food. The next ingredient should be a starch that isn’t offensive to canines but is adequate for binding. Carnivores don’t actually require a starch to survive, so this ingredient’s real purpose is to bind all the good things into a kibble. Avoid corn, wheat, and, to a lesser degree, brewer’s rice.

Some fairly healthy binders are tapioca, quinoa, oats, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and peas. The right binder for your pet depends upon its dietary needs such as fiber, tolerance to glutens, or glycemic index. Next will usually be another starch or carbohydrate to add fiber, calories, and sometimes even protein to a serving. Good choices for this group are millet, amaranth, garbanzo beans, and brown rice. A bad choice is soy because it tampers with hormones and does nothing for your pet except increase the value of protein written on the bag. Seeing a “splitting” of an ingredient such as wheat and then wheat middling is not a good sign. Pet food companies are required to tell you if they add any preservatives, not if they bought ingredients already preserved. The list of ingredients is ordered from the most to the least before being cooked. All things considered, remember that feeding guidelines are just guidelines. You are the custodian of your dog.

Avoid buying kibble containing corn, wheat, and brewer’s rice.

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10 TIPS FOR PUPPY OWNERS Nancy Tanner, CPDT-KSA

Helpful reminders to puppy owners who want to grow their puppy into a balanced and loving adult dog. 1. Handle your puppy with safe and trusting human hands.

Give his mouth a job for a successful teething season!

Prepare your puppy for handling

6. Carry rewards in your pocket. Because you live with

of the body, ears, back, belly, and paws. Pick your puppy up

your puppy you are in fact training and teaching him 24/7.

from time to time during the day and give him small treats

Everything you do in your home or yard teaches your puppy

or a nice kiss and then put him down. Holding should be a

something new about his life with you. If you see your puppy

positive experience. Massaging puppies right before they drift

offer a behavior that you like and want to keep, reward it!

off to sleep is a great way to make touch a positive thing!

This is not active training, but more life skills teaching.

2. Socialize your puppy kindly and considerately. NOTE

7. When actively training new behaviors make sure you have

– you are his voice in the human world, you always

a plan. Take a training class or read articles on getting a

choose their environments. When taking your new puppy

behavior + marking a behavior + rewarding a behavior. That

out and about, introduce him to places,  things,  events  

pattern will take you from the basics all the way to pushing a

and other  well  socialized  appropriate  dogs  (al-

ball across a field. Be a good, consistent teacher.

ways ask,  “Is  your  dog  friendly  with   puppies”).  Social-

8. Playing and interacting with your puppy is vital in growing

ization starts the day you bring your puppy home, not when

a socially and emotionally balanced dog. Playing together

he is done with his vaccination schedule. Invite puppies that

with toys, hide and seek, recall games, find it, play with a

are in your training classes and have play dates on a regular

purpose, team-building trust, and a great relationship.

basis over to your home.

9. A crate or a fenced managed space is very important for a

3. Have a managed and structured environment. When you

successful household. It eliminates conflict and stress with an

have a routine for your puppy, you eliminate much of the

active puppy, helps with house training, and makes puppies

guesswork: Potty, feed breakfast while working on play with

successful in a human environment. These managed spaces

a purpose or specific behaviors, potty again, take a possible

should be used after you have met your puppy’s needs (refer

short walk or socialization outing, potty again, and then crate

to #3). In general, a puppy should never be crated more

or put your puppy in a gated managed space for a nice long

than 3 1/2 to 4 hours at a time.  The crate should be in a

nap. Repeat throughout the day.

space where he feels safe, isn’t to cold or hot, and where they

4. All food and rewards should be healthy choices. Saving

enjoy just hanging out. The families bedroom tends to be that

leftover meat in little baggies and freezing it is the best train-

space more times than not.

ing reward you can offer. Water should be available from the

10. Let your puppy know how much you love him. Talk to

time your puppy wakes up until he goes to bed at night, not

your puppy, touch your puppy, lie down and cuddle on the

necessarily in his crate during nap times, but anytime he is

floor together. Bonding is a large part of a healthy trusting

active and moving about.

relationship.

5. Have items available on the floor at all times for teething puppies. VIDEO. If your puppy grabs onto your hand, offer a bully stick or raw bone. Instead exchange, even if it feels  like  you’ve  done  it  for  the  bazillionth  time.  Be  honest in the fact that your puppy is losing, pushing, and setting teeth until the age of 13 months or so.

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Training a federally certified search and rescue dog costs approximately $10,000.

DOG FACTS

Petting dogs is proven to lower blood pressure of dog owners.

The term “dog days of summer” was coined by the ancient Greeks and Romans to describe the hottest days of summer that coincided with the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. The world has an estimated 400 million dogs.

It is much easier for dogs to learn spoken commands if they are given in conjunction with hand signals or gestures. Zorba, an English mastiff, is the biggest dog ever recorded. He weighed 343 pounds and measured 8' 3" from his nose to his tail. Dogs are about as smart as a two- or three-year-old child. This means they can understand about 150-200 words, including signals and hand movements with the same meaning as words.

The first dog chapel was established in 2001. It was built in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, by Stephan Huneck, a children’s book author whose five dogs helped him recuperate from a serious illness.

SOURCES Bailey, Gwen. 2002. What Is My Dog Thinking? San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay Press. Brewer, Douglas, Terence Clark, and Adrian Philips. 2001. Warminster, UK: Aris & Phillips.Budiansky, Stephen. 2000. The Truth About Dogs. New York, NY: Penguin Putnum, Inc. Choron, Harry and Sandra Choron. 2005. Planet Dog: A Doglopedia. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Co.

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A Friendly Note from Mr. John Edelen Bozeman’s Animal Control Officer

• Bozeman has a leash law that applies to both cats and dogs!

• There are seven (7) parks in Bozeman that allow dogs and cats off their leashes. (Map on Page 10) • It is against city ordinance to tie your dog or cat to a post, bike stand, mailbox, street sign, etc., in a public place. Animals can be unpredictable, to include being scared in your absence, and may react aggressively around a stranger who tries to pet them or simply walks too close to them. The last thing you want is your pet biting someone or being taken by a stranger. In 2013, Bozeman was ranked #2 in Country for Best “Dog City” by Dog Fancy Magazine. Community involvement in pet related events was high and support of organizations

like Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter benefited all residents. It will be up to all our community members to continue to build upon this success and make our city even a better place for people and pets to live in harmony. The following is a list of some areas that we can all work on to improve this recognition as a dog friendly community:

Communicate better with neighbors.

All too often when people call animal control regarding dog or cat issues, there has been no attempt made to talk with the offending pet owner before calling animal control. A friendly knock on the door and introduction followed by an explanation of your concern might just resolve the issue.

Better adherence to the requirement to have your pet licensed. It only costs $10 and the money goes toward helping to offset the costs associated with animal welfare within the city. Having your pet licensed and the tag on the animal will allow animal control to locate pet owners and return a pet in the event that it wanders loose without having to take the animal to the animal shelter.

Far too many animals are being walked in areas off-leash.

This is not safe for our furry friends and is insensitive to other residents who may not want to interact with animals they do not know. It is the mark of a responsible pet owner that he always have their animal on lead when out and about. Bozeman has a lot of great off leash areas – let’s use them!

There is no such thing as the Poop Fairy!

We can all do a better job cleaning up after our pets. Just like when hiking in the backcountry–leave the area cleaner than when you got there. We encourage all pet owners to pick up some extra feces from time to time. The off-leash dog parks are only as clean as we keep them, and others should not have to clean up after our pets.

BELGRADE REGULATIONS:

Animal Control Regulations (Chapter 8.02), If you live within the City Limits of Belgrade and your dog is 6 months of age or older, you are required to license your dog with the Belgrade Police Department. You will need Proof of Rabies Vaccinations if spayed or neutered the licensing fee is $20.00; if not the fee is $30.00. Belgrade does have a leash law, requiring all dogs be kept on a leash when not on the owner’s property and limiting the number of dogs to two per city lot. If your dog is impounded it will be held at the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter.

HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT:

Call 582-2000. If an animal control officer is not available, the call will be forwarded for handling at a later time (non-emergency, on-going problems), or a police officer will respond to handle if the call is an emergency. Please have a detailed description of the location or address, giving your name, address and phone number. This is necessary if the animal control officer or police officer has to issue a citation to the pet owner. Providing the license plates of dog owners who leave the area after an offense can be helpful, including a good description of the owner.

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Find Monthly Classes/Events: EVENTS

Bridger Feeds: www.BridgerFeeds.com or call: 406-586-3026 Gallatin County Fair Grounds: www.GallatinCountyFairGrounds.com or call:406.582.3270 Heart of the Valley: www.heartofthevalleyshelter.org Murry Kennels: www.MontanaMurayKennels.com or Ron Murray: 406.388.4789 Paws and People: PawsandPeople.com or call Nancy Tanner: 406.522.1558 * READ to a DOG: Every Wednesday 4-6 pm at Bozeman Public Library (see picture above) JUNE 2013: 20 5:30 PM Bozeman Public Library Paws and People: Raw Food Raw Talk 21 All Day Take your dog to work day JULY 2013: 13-13 Tails on Trails: Starts @ 9:00 am. @ Sourdough Canyon Trailhead 17-21 Gallatin County Fair- Dog Contests 25 Farmers Market AUGUST 3013: 10-Aug-13 Gallatin Valley Farmers Market 18-Aug-13 Livingston Dog Days of Summer 5K 24-Aug-13 Gallatin Valley Farmers Market 31-Aug-13 Gallatin Valley Farmers Market SEPTEMBER 2013: 7 Gallatin Valley Farmers Market 14 Gallatin Valley Farmers Market OCTOBER 2013: 5 Doggie Dash 26 2nd Annual Comics for Courage 5K & Comedy Extravaganza

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• TRUE OR FALSE • Dogs with black tongues have Chow Chow in them.

Always wipe your dog’s feet after a walk in winter.

TRUE: De-icers are harmful to your dogs feet and in some cases can be toxic if licked.

Dogs are color blind.

FALSE: While they cannot distinguish the myriad of colors our eyes can, they can distinguish some colors and have better peripherial vision than humans. They are red-green color blind only and see a brighter less detailed world than humans.

A wagging tail means a dog is friendly.

FALSE: A tail wagging back and forth like a pedulum on a clock can be a sure sign he will go the other way.

When a dog scoots it means a problem.

TRUE: Most often it means worms or an impacted anal glad but no matter what is it, when he "scoots", get him to a vet.

Fleas and ticks are only a problem during warm weather.

FALSE: These pests find places to hide – and survive – until it’s nice out again.

Dogs eat rocks, lick concrete or eat their or another animals stools because of nutrient imbalances.

FALSE: No one really knows why dogs do this... some veternarians believe they eat "things" out of boredom. The truth is, feeding a well balanced diet and provide plenty of exercise, this will reduce the chances of your dog eating un-natural things.

Shelter dogs have too much baggage. It's better to adopt a puppy to start with a clean slate.

FALSE: Many shelter dogs are well-behaved pooches. Older shelter dogs make ideal candidates for people wanting to skip the puppy stages of chewing, potty training and mouthing.

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T&F

FALSE: There are over 27 breeds of dogs that have the birth mark of black on their tongues.


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BOARDING/PET SITTERS/DAYCARE Anduril Kennels: 406.585.7817 Animal House Pet Lodging 406.599.0902 Bark City Doggy Daycare: 406.587.6252 Camp Tiffani: 406.223.9963 Cokedale Boarding Kennel: 406.222.0078 Doggie Daycare and Motel: 406.763.5585 Gallatin Pet Getaway 406.388.5393 Faithful Companions: 406.282.7410 Kennels West Dog Boarding: 406.587.7446 Montana Murray Kennels: 27 Dollar Drive 406.388.4789 MontanaMurrayKennels.com Querencia Lodge and Kennels: 406.600.4857 Sorensen Veterinary Hospital: 406.388.6275 Tail Waggin Ranch: 406.388.7387 Tender Lovin Critter Care: 406.551.6575

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Pat’s Pet Parlor: 406.587.3305 Paws and People:1025 Story Mill Road 406.522.152 www.PawsandPeople.com

Paws of Manhattan: 406.281.2151 Pretty Paws Mobile Pet Grooming: 406.995.3695 The Puppy Tub: 406.585.2922 Tender Lovin Critter Care: 406.551.6575 PET CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS Agility Training for Dogs: 406-522-7748 Big Sky Shutzhund: Samie Jones 406.388.1047 Gallatin County Dog Club: 406.388.1047 Gallatin County Dog Club:gallatindogclub.org Galloping Dog Agility:gallopingdog.com Intermountain Therapy Animals: therapyanimals.org Missouri Headwater Gun Dog Club: mhgdc.org Montana Animal Shelters/Rescue: montanapets.org The Montana Animal Care Association: http://www.montanaanimalcareassociation.org/ Yellowstone Dog Sled Adventures: 406-223-5434

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360 Pet Medical: 338 Gallatin Park Drive 406.551.2360 360PetMedical.com All West Veterinary Hospital: 105 All West Trail, 406.586-4919 AllWestVet.com Animal Medical Center PC: 406.587.2946 Banfield Pet Hospital:406.586.0334 Baxter Creek Veterinary Clinic: 406.587.5537 Bridger Feeds: 501 Evergreen Drive 406.586.3026 BridgerFeeds.com Canine Aqua Balance and Rehabilitation and Recreation: 406.585.1665 Canine Kneads: 406.581.3092 MtDogMassage.com Colmey Veterinary Hospital: 406.222.1700 Cottonwood Veterinary Hospital: 406.582.0555 Creekside Veterinary Clinic: 406.586.8974 Double Diamond Vet Clinic: 406.522.9491 Gallatin Veterinary Hospital: 406.587.4458 Faithful Friends Animal Clinic: 406.585.7387 Hardaway Veterinary Hospital:406.388.8387 Livingston Vet Hospital:406.222.3011 Montana Pet Dentistry and Oral Surgery: 406-599-4789 Montana Veterinary Hospital and Boarding: 406.586.2019 Ruff Rollin: 406.582.0225 SNIP Vet Clinic: 406.556.0604 Sorensen Veterinary Hospital: 406.388.6275


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Dog Parks, Yes or No? Ron, Murray, Montana Murray Kennels

Going to a dog park seems like no big deal, right? Our main issue with the dog parks in our area is the cleanliness of them. We have some incredible areas that seem to be 100% dog friendly, but when you start to investigate them you will see, well, to put it simply, poop! Lots and lots of poop. The main trails are usually free and clear of dog waste, but walk about 20 feet off the trails or take a run across the open field just like a dog would; your shoes will not be as clean as they were before.People are really good about cleaning up after their pooch when the dog does his/her duty on or next to the trail, but once it is in “no man’s land” people seem to think picking up their dogs poop isn’t necessary. If you are interested in taking your dog to a local park, all we suggest is that you do a little investigation first.

Don’t Forget to Do Your Duty

Here are some things to look for as you go. The first time you go to a dog park leave your dog at home. This will give you a chance to really see what is going on. Plan on spending some time at the park. Investigate what the park is like during the times when you would be taking your dog and the times when you won’t be there. When you are there watch the human interaction as well. Does the park seem like a friendly place to be? I remember a story about two ladies who used to walk Snow Fill park with ski poles poking all the dogs as they would run up to them. If you find an open space that you and Fido will enjoy, bring some essentials with you. Put together a dog park bag to ensure a good outing. The bag should include a leash, fresh water and your own bowl. Take some baby wipes so you can clean paws at the end of the hike. I like to have a first aid kit with me as well. You can check out our web site, montanamurraykennels.com, for a list of what your first aid kit should include. Oh, don’t forget the poop bags. Happy hiking!

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What Are Core Vaccines? The American Animal Hospital Association’s Canine Task Force published a revised version of guidelines regarding canine vaccinations, back in 2006. The guidelines divide vaccines into three categories-core, non-core and not recommended. Core vaccines are considered vital to all dogs based on risk of exposure, severity of disease or transmissibility to humans. Canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies are considered core vaccines by the Task Force. Non-core vaccines are given depending on the dog’s exposure risk. These include vaccines against Bordetella bronchiseptica, Borrelia burgdorferi and Leptospira bacteria. Your veterinarian can determine what vaccines are best for your dog.

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccination Task Force has updated their vaccination guidelines for 2011. According to AAHAnet.org: Developed in a manner consistent with best vaccination practices, the 2011 Guidelines include expert opinions supported by scientific study, published and unpublished documents, and encompass all canine vaccines currently licensed in the U.S. and Canada. The task force that developed the guidelines included experts in immunology, infectious diseases, internal medicine, law, and clinical practice. The absolute highlight is that all core vaccines with the exception of the 1-year rabies are now recommended at 3-year or greater intervals. Even more exciting is the task force has acknowledged that in the case of the non-rabies core vaccines, immunity lasts at least 5 years for distemper and parvo, and at least 7 years for adenovirus. Hopefully these new guidelines will help more dog owners understand the long-lasting effect of those puppy shots! And hopefully, more dog owners will now request titers rather than automatically revaccinating their canine companions for distemper, parvo and adenovirus. in the Located otel Baxter H Historic n• ai M . W • 105

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