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Pet Friendly Canada Newsletter - March 2010

PET QUOTES

"God ... sat down for a moment when the dog was finished in order to watch it... and to know that it was good, that nothing was lacking, that it could not have been made better." (Rainer Maria Rilke)

"Most beds sleep up to six cats; ten cats without the owner." (Stephen Baker)

Featured Story: SAM I AM - by Roger Dean Kiser

Source: PawFriendly.com - Pet Stories Dog story

"Because of old age, we had just lost two more of the many animals that we had saved from abusive situations. I was not in the mood to take on any more animals, mainly because of the high veterinary costs that we had incurred throughout the years. A process we began almost ten years ago; one that that has caused us many hardships.

As the wife and I were driving near the airport, all at once she turned into the Glynn County Animal Shelter and came to a stop.

'What are we doing here?' I asked her.

'I'm not sure,' she replied.

I watched as she opened her door and began walking toward the fenced building.

'Going to come in with me?'

'I'm not going in there,' I almost screamed.

I sat watching, as she disappeared into large white building..." [Continue Reading]

PHOTOS FROM PROUD PET PARENTS
   
"Lucy relaxing at the Courtenay Airpark, overlooking Comox Bay. And sunrise with Dexter by the Tsolumn River, in Courtenay BC."
- Sent in by Valerie

"Here is my 7 year old Shi-Tzu Brandee, with her favourite treats."
- Ruth M.

"My lovely girl Gracie, a 2 year old Cockalier, and her cat, Lily, an 8 year old rescue from the Humane Society. They are enjoying a little winter sunshine in January on a bench in their backyard. A very sweet pair."
- Donna from Kingston, Ontario
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THE BENEFITS OF JOINING A DOG OBEDIENCE CLASS

From: ScamperingPaws.com - Dog Training Tips and Behavior Articles

A well-mannered dog is a pleasure to be with. Not only do they display good manners with other people, pets, and in the home, but walks become more enjoyable, and knowledge of basic commands helps to keep them safe. Joining a dog obedience group, or school, is one of the best things you can do to help teach both you and your dog how to work together best. Obedience training also helps to further strengthen a positive bond you have with your pet. Some of the advantages of a joining a dog obedience group include:

  • Professional guidance. Dog trainers have seen many different dogs and how they behave and react to various training methods and rewards. They can assess your dog and guide you to the best way to train your dog. Although it might sound funny, dog training isn't just for dogs - it's also for training people on how to manage their dogs!

  • Socialization. Your dog learns how to behave appropriately with other canines and people.

  • Opportunity to observe and learn. You will be able to watch how other people handle their dogs, and learn from both their successes and their mistakes. Since every dog is different you can also see what other people are using to encourage and reward their pets for appropriate behaviour.

  • It can save you time, money, and aggravation. It can be very frustrating for pet owners to try to teach their dogs or correct 'bad' behavior when they're not certain how to do so. Punishment won't get you far... you want to learn how to use positive reinforcement training for best results - and make sure you maintain the good relationship you have with your dog).

  • Classroom setting allows for interaction, fun and games. Dog training should be positive and upbeat. With all the other dogs and their people in the class together, there's opportunity for playing games that can help to reinforce appropriate behavior.

  • Specialty classes can "home in" on a behavior problem. For example, there are classes specifically for reactive dogs, for puppies, and for older dogs. Many specialty classes are even smaller in size to allow for more individualized attention as needed.

For more information, see How to Choose a Dog Trainer.

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