Attention Oregon Residents!

I am selling (locally, no shipping) my dog training/behavior books. I have learned SO MUCH from these and want to share this knowledge with others. If you are interested, reply thru the craigslist ad (click HERE).

 

 

Attention Dog Owners

I stumbled across these informative graphics created by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants this week. Please share!

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Our Lab Marley doesn’t show these body signals but I strongly suspect she is uncomfortable at the dog park (even when there’s only a handful of other dogs present).

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Marley drools at the dog park (long strands of drool) and is always happy when I get the leash out signaling it’s time to leave. I no longer take her to the dog park or doggie daycare for this reason.

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I’ve seen this scenario countless times at dog parks.

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Owners need to accept that their pushy or aggressive dog needs proper training to correct such behavior. They shouldn’t put their dog (and other dogs) in a potentially bad situation by going to dog parks.

 

Pet First Aid

Since moving out of the city, I’ve been looking for a hands-on pet first aid class. I recently found one for FREE and can’t wait to attend. I found this class being offered at an animal emergency hospital called Dove Lewis (Portland, OR). I’ve never had to use their emergency services but I have attended their pet grief counseling multiple times.

According to the website (click HERE), I will be learning how to  “prepare a first aid kit, obtain vital signs, assess breathing and circulation, perform CPR, address shock, handle specific injuries, transport injured animals, identify possible instances of toxicity, and respond to allergic reactions.” All of these are extremely useful to know!

I encourage you to look for pet first aid classes in your area or find other sources to help you assist your pets in an emergency.

 

 

 

Article Worth Reading

I wanted to share an article I read today by the animal behaviorist/veterinarian that I took our previous foster dog (Jack Benny) to.

“Fine” is a Four-Letter Word by Dr. Valli (click here for full article)

“When we start examining not just the lack of threatening behavior, but also the pets’ body language and behavior, it becomes evident whether or not they are actually comfortable. In many cases, the pet is not “fine” at all, but merely tolerating the situation.”

 

Simple, Must Have Product

I am obsessed with these magnetic bookmarks! Having to read text books in school turned me off of reading, even for fun. A big annoyance while reading was losing my place. Too often the stupid bookmark would fall out and I wouldn’t know what page I was on or I wouldn’t remember what paragraph I needed to start at.

This product solves both of those problems by 1) open the magnet, place magnet around the edge of the book page and close…won’t fall out of the book and 2) the back side of the magnet has an arrow you can place on what line of text to start reading. The reasonable price, quality and usefulness of this product is more than enough reason to purchase this product.

With all the dog related books (behavior, training, and communication) I’ve been reading since we became a foster home for Golden Bond Rescue of Oregon, these bookmarks are very handy. Instead of taking handwritten notes, I’ve been photocopying the book pages. I cut out the portion I want to keep and tape it into my dog training notebook. Since I have so many of these magnetic bookmarks, I can mark my spot to photocopy and keep on reading. I wait until I use 5-10 bookmarks, then I’ll go make my photocopies.

Dog Owners: After a dog walk, grab a book and curl up on the couch with your pup!

Cat Owners: Join your kitteh on your bed (couch, or recliner) and read a book!