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Positive Thinking
How any times have you thought “I wish my dog would stop...?” that when trainers are asked to he talks about training another thing instead. However, you may have noticed

LIVING WITH DOGS
Bark! Bark! Bark!
Few things can fray the nerves like nonstop barking, but fortunately, there’s help to be had. The remedy depends on the cause. Watchdog barking is triggered by visual or auditory stimulation—passersby, slamming car doors, a cat on the lawn. Watchdog barkers are self-appointed sentries. Boredom barking happens when a dog is left alone often and doesn’t get enough exercise or mental stimulation. Like humans, dogs are social animals and extended alone-time can lead to unhappiness and behavior issues. Demand barking occurs in dogs who have learned that barking gets them what they want, like balls thrown, doors opened, dinner, or attention. Barrier frustration barking typically comes with posturing such as snarling or baring of teeth. The three most common occurrences are: dogs left in a backyard too long, dogs in cars, or dogs on leash that would be perfectly comfortable with whatever they’re barking at (most often other dogs) if they were off leash. Separation anxiety barking is characterized by incessant home-alone barking coupled with for example house soiling, visible anxiety upon departure and arrival, and destruction around doors and windows. To cut down on any type of barking, first of all give your dog plenty of exercise. Second, arrange for mental stimulation when he’s left alone. Feed him using puzzle toys or stuffed Kongs. Consider hiring a dog walker or sending your dog to a doggie daycare when you’re away at work. As for demand barking, immediately stop rewarding the barking: Ignore your dog or walk away when he barks. Then pick times when he isn’t barking, tell him ‘nice quiet,’ and pet or treat him. In all cases, a trainer can help, and if you suspect separation anxiety, calling one is crucial.

eliminate an undesirable behavior,

positive! Teaching is much easier than “un-teaching.”

are training, it pays to focus on the

Why is that? The fact is, when you

Always being present to interrupt almost impossible, especially when the unwanted behavior it with something that you want (or at least don’t mind) is just a

or punish an unwanted behavior is

occurs out of sight, while replacing

“Don’t expect all dogs to grow up to behave like Lassie. Lassie was, in fact, several highly trained dogs.” - Dr. Ian Dunbar

A WORLD OF DOGS
DID YOU KNOW?
Picking A Winner—Adopting From A Shelter
Adopting a dog from a shelter can fluster even the most levelheaded. We go, determined that today is the day. A lifetime pal for us, a playmate for the kids, or maybe a brother or sister for Fido, waiting at home. But once we’re there, decision paralysis sets in. On all sides there are dark, pleading eyes, tails wagging furiously, noses pressed against glass, and tongues trying to lick us through the mesh of a cage. Walking past those kennels, the anticipation is palpable—and often noisy: Me! Me! Pick me! Faced with so many four-legged hopefuls, most opt for the love-at-first-sight method of choosing: A pretty face, colors that appeal, a size that looks about right, and our proverbial goose is cooked. But as with human relationships, initial attraction alone may turn out to be a poor predictor of longterm happiness. Successful matches are much more likely when would-be adopters carefully consider what is right for them and go looking for it. As the Greek aphorism prescribes: Know Thyself. An avid distance runner looking for a running buddy, for example, might want to pick a Border Collie-mix over a dignified Bulldog. Barking can be okay or a deal breaker, depending on the person. Some people don’t mind long hair and drool on their eggshellcolored couches; others very much do. Dogs of all types, ages, sizes, and energy levels are lovable, of course. And they all deserve loving homes. Going to a shelter with a shopping list (…short hair, medium-sized engine, good with cats…) may strike some as too businesslike. Unromantic. But factoring in lifestyle and temperament compatibility when looking for a canine companion drastically increases the chances of a happy, life-long relationship. In the end, nobody would expect every person they came across to be a suitable partner, either. One person’s ideal is another’s recipe for disaster. Besides, preparedness is the best defense against the urge to take home every single dog in the shelter. (If your heart is set on a specific breed but you’d also like to give a dog a second chance, look online for breed rescues in your area.)

These Doggie Sayings?
• A dog with two tails (an overjoyed person) • Every dog has his day (even the lowest among us gets a moment of glory) • A dog’s chance (no chance at all) • Three-dog night (a night so cold that two dogs in the bed is not enough) • Hair of the dog (a supposed hangover cure: another drink of what got you in trouble in the first place) • To see a man about a dog (all-purpose excuse to leave a room) • Let sleeping dogs lie (don’t add cinders to a potentially explosive situation) • A dog’s breakfast (a God-awful mess) • Dog-eat-dog (a fiercely competitive environment) • Dog-and-pony show (overblown sales presentation or event)

matter of making the new activity easier and/or more rewarding! For example, especially if that chair leg is on the other side of a baby gate. Try this the next time your dog does something you dislike; ask yourself "What do I wish she would do instead?" and then see if you can make it possible for her to do it. chewing on a tasty stuffed Kong probably tastes a lot better than a chair leg,

DOGS IN ACTION
Camping With Your Dog
Summertime camping means grand vistas, quiet trails perfumed by moss and pine, splashing in lakes and streams, campfires and s’mores… and dogs, of course. Canine company only makes the great outdoors better. If your dog is new to camping, start with day trips to get him used to long drives, unfamiliar trails, drinking water from a portable bowl, being on a long leash, and so on. Make sure your dog is fit enough for extended hikes and steep terrain—dogs too can get sore muscles and stiff joints. Heat stroke is a particular worry, so watch for signs (heavy panting, drooling, weakness) and bring water everywhere. If water sports feature in the vacation plan, take a pet life jacket with you: Even the keenest water dog can get caught up in a strong current. Always leash your dog at campsites to protect wildlife and respect other campers’ space and barbecue provisions. Also check with rangers and park management about wildlife rules and weather patterns in the area. For great preparation and resources, read Mardi Richmond and Melanee L. Barash’s Ruffing It: The Complete Guide to Camping With Dogs (available used from Amazon).

SPOTLIGHT
The Beagle
This dapper little hound traces her general ancestry back to prehistoric Greece, but the breed as we know it today originated in Britain in the 1830s. The beagle possesses one of the bestdeveloped senses of smell of any dog—she can track down a mouse in a one-acre field in less than a minute. Eventempered, gentle, friendly, and quick to alert on doorbells and strangers, the beagle makes a charming companion. Bred for lengthy chases, her singlemindedness and disdain for non-hunting tasks can make training a challenge, but given the right job, the beagle excels. In the famous Beagle Brigade, the Department of Agriculture uses the dog’s uncanny ability to categorize smells to locate banned food hidden among legal ones. With her soulful expression, the beagle is popular in arts and entertainment too, from Shakespeare’s stage (Twelfth Night) to Hollywood’s screen (The Royal Tenenbaums). To give a beagle a home, search online for rescue groups near you.

DOG IN THE

HEALTHY DOG
Allergies In Dogs
Allergies are unfortunately becoming more frequent in dogs. Here’s a brief primer on the five types of canine allergies: Bacterial, contact, flea, inhalant, and food. The least common are bacterial and contact. Bacterial allergies result in skin disease and require antibiotic treatment. Contact allergies are reactions to substances in the dog’s environment, such as wool, and often disappear when the irritant is removed. Flea allergies are fairly common—treatment entails medication and strict flea control. Inhalant allergies are the most common and are similar to those humans suffer from. Treatment ranges from antihistamines to shampoo therapy. Food allergies develop over time and call for exclusion diets and possibly medical treatment. Call the vet if you see persistent itching, coughing, sneezing, wheezing, eye or nose discharge, vomiting, or diarrhea. Most dog care reference works offer more info. Try Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook by Eldredge, Carlson, et.al.

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When Kids Meet Dogs
It’s a well-worn dictum that children should approach unfamiliar dogs by sticking their hand out to be sniffed. But an outstretched hand does not put a pooch at ease. Here are some better ground rules: 4 Ask first. Always ask the owner’s permission. If the owner is not around, don’t approach, however friendly the dog is. 4 Wait for it. When you have permission, crouch down and let the dog come to you. If the dog doesn’t approach, respect his wishes not to say hello. 4 Pet wisely. Pet the dog’s back or chest, not the top of his head. Many dogs are sensitive about having their heads touched. 4 No face time. Staring directly at a dog or putting your face close to his may feel like a threat to some dogs. Look away at regular intervals and speak in a soft, soothing tone.

- Chewing and other household destruction - Biting, nipping and other obnoxious behaviors - Aggression toward dogs and other animals - Pulling/dragging on leash - Coming when called - Multiple dog households - Puppies, adolescents, dogs of all ages - More serious aggressive behaviors toward people

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Information and advice provided in this newsletter is general in nature and should not be relied upon to solve any particular situation. For all issues with your dog, please seek the services of a competent professional. The author and publisher shall have neither liability nor responsibility for any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused by the information in this newsletter.

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