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August 2013

Low Cost Rabies and Shot Clinic-August 31

Dog_being_vaccinatedNeed to get your dog vaccinated? Come to a low-cost shot clinic on Saturday, August 31 at the following locations:

9 AM - Noon: Tractor Supply, Old Brevard Road, Asheville

1 PM - 3 PM: Tractor Supply, Monticello Road, Weaverville

1-year rabies shots are just $10 and 3-year rabies shots are $13. (You must have a prior certificate to get a 3-year vaccine.) DHPP is $15, Bordetella (kennel cough) is $16 and DHLPP combo for dogs is $20. FVRCP/FELV combo for cats is $25.

This service is provided by James Boatwright, DVM. For more information call (828) 553-5792.


Dog Days of Summer at Mayfel's, Asheville, August 29

ScreenHunter_02 Jul. 19 13.54Come eat and drink with your furry friends on the front patio or back courtyard at Mayfel's, 22 College Street (right across from Pritchard Park) on Thursday, August 29. This great local restaurant serves authentic New Orleans fare with an Asheville twist and is a long-time local tradition. Mayfel's has generously offered to donate 10 percent of all proceeds all day to Asheville Humane Society and Animal Compassion Network programs.

There will be plenty of terrific food, refreshing drinks, and complimentary all-natural dog treats. So bring your doggie along to Mayfel's and help support the homeless animals of Buncombe County!


How to Set Boundaries with Your Dog

By Stacey Brecher for The Dog Daily

How to Set Boundaries With Your Dog

Boundaries are not only important with the human members of our families that we love, but with the four-legged ones, too! Dogs need to be taught what they are allowed to do and what is off limits. Heather Loenser, DVM, an Emergency Veterinarian at Crown Veterinary Specialists in Lebanon, N.J., says that the most important key to maintaining boundaries is to be consistent.

When to Train
Starting out is always the hardest part. The best time to set boundaries for your dog is when he is introduced to a new environment, like when you bring home your new puppy.

Of course even if you’ve already set up some boundaries with your pup, any changes in your environment may confuse your dog, and you may need to set some new ones. Dr. Loenser recommends being consistent with correcting your dog as soon as he enters an area where he’s not meant to be, and being firm but not too frightening. Choose specific words, sounds or a tone of your voice that you only use to convey to your dog that you are serious about a command. Always praise the dog when he leaves the forbidden area.

Pick the right method
If you have a specific room in your home that you would prefer your dog not enter, baby gates are a good option. “Just like toddlers, dogs can be kept safe and confined behind baby gates to segment the house into dog-free zones,” said Dr. Loenser. Keep in mind that, also like smart toddlers, these barriers can be overcome by determined and athletic canines who are willing to climb or jump over them to get out. Be sure to securely attach gates, especially near stairs, as your dog’s safety is very important.

Another option to help teach your dog boundaries is an electronic barrier. This method uses a collar that sends slight electric signals to your dog if he attempts to enter an off-limits area of your home or yard. “If they venture too close, they are consistently given a warning ‘beep’ and then a static correction,” said Dr. Loenser. “Similarly, if they cross a boundary, like a predetermined spot in the yard, they will be corrected as well. In both scenarios, the dogs are trained to move away from the boundary and toward the owner to receive a reward.”

There’s no need to worry about harming your dog with an electric collar either, says Dr. Loenser. “With reputable products, the correction feels similar to the tingle you receive when you are exposed to static electricity, so it is a surprise to a dog, but it doesn’t cause any sort of serious harm,” she said. “Speak with your veterinarian to determine which type of product they would recommend specifically for your dog.”

Another simple way to discourage your dog from jumping up onto your furniture is to use an empty soup can, coins and duct tape. Fill the can with the coins and tape it closed. “When your dog jumps on your bed, throw the can near -- but not on -- him so that he is scared or shocked by the loud noise,” says Dr. Loenser. “The key to these measures is to be consistent so he feels like whenever he jumps on the couch, the couch always makes this scary noise. You want him to associate this sound with the couch, not you, so he does not begin to fear you.”

Repetition of the sound every time your dog attempts to get onto your couch or bed will teach him that it is off limits.

An alternative technique is to line the edge of your bed or couch with sticky tape. Your dog will not like the feeling of stickiness on his paws or fur, and will avoid the areas with the sticky surfaces.

At the end of the day, using these measures isn’t cruel, and they’re an easy way to ensure all members of your household -- both human and canine -- stay safe and happy.

Stacey Brecher is an editor at Woman’s World magazine and a contributor to Animal Fair magazine. Stacey's articles have previously appeared in The Dog Daily.


Low Cost Rabies and Shot Clinic-August 24

Dog_being_vaccinatedNeed to get your dog or cat vaccinated? Come to a low-cost shot clinic on Saturday, August 24. 

The clinic will be held from 10 AM until 2 PM at the Biltmore Square Mall on Brevard Road, indoors near the former Garfields Restaurant. Rabies vaccinations and other vaccinations will be available at low cost.

Microchips to protect your pet if lost are also available at a low fee.


Yappy Hour - Asheville, Aug. 22

Dog Biscuit cocktailBring your doggy to Asheville Humane Society's Yappy Hour on Thursday, August 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. It will be held at Zia Taqueria, 521 Haywood Road, West Asheville. Yappy Hours are the place for cool canines to congregate. They'll enjoy special treats and drinks made especially for them while you and your four-legged friend get to mingle with other dog lovers!

Admission of just $10 per person includes food and beverages and dogs are free. The Yappy Hour is being sponsored by Mix 96.5 and Paramount Kia. All proceeds go to help the homeless animals of Buncombe County. More information is available at www.mix965asheville.com.

Image: groovepawty.blogspot.com


Free Fearful Dog Session-Asheville, August 24

Be Brave

Pet Behavior Aid will hold a free information session, "Be Brave!," for owners of fearful dogs on Saturday, August 24, from 1 to 3 PM. The session will be held at Patton Avenue Pet Company, 1388 Patton Avenue, Asheville. Humans only, please.

Topics include how to help your dog gain confidence, learning how to understand signs of anxiety and when to step in, how to prevent fear from becoming aggression, and fundamental techniques to help your "wallflower" blossom. 

For more information, visit www.petbehavioraid.org or call (828) 707-0644. This session is sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, an organization dedicated to to increasing the retention of companion animals in their homes in Western North Carolina.

Photo credit: Image: Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


The Best Games to Play with Your High-Energy Dog

By Rachel Morris for Exceptional Canine

The Best Games to Play With Your High-Energy Dog

If your pet could give the Energizer Bunny a run for his money, you’re probably in the market for ways to zap some of that zip. Make the most of playtime—whether you’re at the park or at home—with these expert tips.

Don’t skimp on walks
It’s important to make sure you’re providing your dog with enough daily exercise, says Angie Angell, owner and dog trainer at Two Dogs Inc. in Brooklyn, New York. Skimping on these outings could cause your dog to develop behavioral issues such as chewing and barking—as well as promote hyperactivity, which isn’t fun for anyone. High-energy dogs need to go out for a walk or run multiple times a day. Angell recommends 30 minutes to an hour in the morning, a shorter walk during the day (hire a walker if your schedule doesn’t allow you to walk your pet yourself), an hour walk in the evening and then another quick excursion to burn off your dog’s final fumes before bedtime.

Head outdoors
Whether you play in your backyard or at the park, choose a game that allows you to interact with your dog so that you can encourage her to bound about even more. If you’re tossing a tennis ball, chase after it, too. It will give her extra incentive to bolt after the ball. Or grab a friend or family member and play monkey in the middle, tossing a soccer ball above your dog’s head. 

Get active at home
Take the action indoors and play games in your living room. Angell recommends hiding a treat or toy and encouraging your dog to hunt it down; the mental stimulation combined with the running around will soon wipe him out. This indoor play can count toward the time you should spend exercising your dog daily, especially on a wet or very cold day.

Try toys
An over-flowing toy chest may be a sign of a spoiled pet, but it will also help keep an active dog entertained. Choose toys that offer a mental challenge, like treat dispensers, as well as bouncy rubber toys that your dog can toss around and chase after. It’s fetch—but with no effort on your part!

Go pro
Dog sports, both competitive and for fun, are gaining popularity, so you should be able to find one near you. To really tire out your dog, try an agility course. After an hour of running through tunnels and leaping over jumps, your pup is sure to be pooped. Or sign up for Rally, an obedience-driven sport that requires walking through a course and performing different commands. (Bonus: your dog will return home better behaved!)

No matter what game you choose to play with your pet, the key is to do it often. A well-exercised dog makes for a happy dog—and a happy owner.

Rachel Morris is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, NY, and fervent photographer of her 1-year-old dog, Ridge.


Free Puppy Social-Asheville, August 17

ID-10036262Your puppy needs socialization with other dogs to develop into a healthy, balanced pet. Join other puppy owners at a puppy social on Saturday, August 17 from 9 to 10 AM, at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption and Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Pond and Brevard Roads, behind Harmony Motors, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Mingle with other puppy parents and get your training questions answered by certified trainers while your puppy romps with other pups and meets new and different people and things. Doggie treat bag and human treats provided for all participants.

Requirements:
- Ages 9-20 weeks of age
- Puppies must be healthy
- Must be in home at least 10 days prior to coming to social
- Must have at least 2 sets of vaccinations
(copy of vet records required)
- Rabies vaccine is required (16 weeks and older)

This is a FREE family friendly event, but space is limited! Reserve your puppy’s spot today. Call (828) 707-0644 or email  info@petbehavioraid.org to make a reservation. For more information visit www.petbehavioraid.org

Image: nixxphotography / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


The Myth of the Hypoallergenic Dog

By Stacey Brecher for The Dog Daily

The Myth of the Hypoallergenic Dog

Over the past few years there has been a lot of talk about specific dog breeds that are “hypoallergenic” and perfect for families with members who have pet allergies. Most of the time these dogs tend to be hairless, or they have hair instead of fur, which leads many people to believe that the dogs do not spread allergens into the home. 

Unfortunately this is a mostly a myth, as no dog is entirely hypoallergenic. We spoke to Dr. Jules Benson, VP of Veterinary Services at Petplan pet insurance, to find out more.

What Causes Pet Allergies?

According to Dr. Benson, “there is no true hypoallergenic dog, because [the thing that] causes the allergic reaction is common to all dogs. All dogs shed skin cells -- or dander -- even if they don’t shed fur.” The allergens are also present in these skin cells, as well as in saliva and urine. People with pet allergies react when these allergens are inhaled. “Dog dander is extremely small, like a micron of dust, and it can linger in the air so people can breathe it in without knowing it,” Dr. Benson explains. “Pet urine and saliva particles can adhere to a pet’s fur after they lick themselves, as well, so petting a dog could also lead to a reaction.”

Do Allergy-free Dogs Really Exist?

So that’s the bad news. But don’t worry, there’s good news as well. While there are no dogs that are 100% allergy free, there are some breeds that are better for people with allergies than others.  “Dogs that have hair, not fur, actually don’t shed as much and tend to produce less sneeze-provoking dander,” said Dr. Benson. 

The list for these types of dogs includes Poodles, Shih Tzus and Yorkshire Terriers, mostly hairless dogs like the Chinese Crested, and larger breeds like Portuguese Water Dogs and Schnauzers.

Unfortunately there is no way to totally cure pet allergies. “Allergic reactions occur because the body’s immune system is treating the allergen -- in this case, pet dander -- as an enemy, so repeated or prolonged exposure could simply lead to a more extreme reaction -- which could be very dangerous,” says Dr. Benson.

It is possible that some people, mostly children, may outgrow an allergy completely, but this has nothing to do with repeated exposure to a dog.  If you do bring home a so-called hypoallergenic dog, don’t be surprised if those allergies do rear their ugly heads. However, if you or a family member only has minor pet allergies, one of the dogs listed above could be the right fit for your home.  

Reduce the Allergens in Your Home

There are also ways to reduce the pet allergens in your home so as to limit the spread of dander. Specific areas of your home collect more allergens than others. This includes carpets, furniture, mattresses and window treatments. The key is diligent housekeeping. When purchasing a vacuum cleaner, make sure to get one with a HEPA filter. These are designed to remove even the smallest particles of pet dander. Hardwood floors are a great option, too, as hair is visible and easier to remove.

Frequent baths and grooming of your pet will also help. “Just be sure to use a moisturizing shampoo so your pet’s skin doesn’t dry out from so many baths,” warns Dr. Benson. You can also restrict your dog to specific parts of your home, and keep him out of the bedrooms of the family members who are allergic. Special air filters are also available to help remove dander that could be floating in the air.

At the end of the day, if you believe you are allergic to dogs, be sure to get tested by an allergist who can determine if your allergies are due to pet dander or other allergens. Then you can determine if you’re perhaps able to live with a dog that produces less dander.

Stacey Brecher is an editor at Woman’s World magazine and a contributor to Animal Fair magazine. Stacey's articles have previously appeared in The Dog Daily.


Bark, Beer & Bluegrass - Highlands, August 21

ScreenHunter_04 May. 06 10.04The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is holding its signature fundraising event, "Bark, Beer & Bluegrass," at Old Edwards Inn in Highalnds on Wednesday, August 21, from 6 to 10 PM.

The evening's highlights include a barbecue feast, beer and wine, and live bluegrass music. Also includes are silent and live auctions. One of the auction items is a one-week vacation in a romantic beachfront home in the Bahamas.

For complete details, visit: http://chhumanesociety.org .


Free Leash Training Session-Asheville, August 10

DogonleashIs your dog friendly towards dogs off-leash, but becomes a wild, reactive beast when restrained? Then this free help session is for you!

Pet Behavior Aid presents "GRRRR! Leash Reactivity Help Session" on Saturday, August 10 from 9 AM to 11AM. It will be held at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Harmony Motors, near the Farmers Market).

Topics include:

  • How to read your dog's signals before he or she erupts
  • Management tools and ideas to reduce reactivity
  • Helpful behaviors to teach your feisty fido
  • How to set up for successful dog greetings

This help session is open to the public and free of charge, but donations will be accepted. The event is for humans only and no registration is required. 

For more information, visit www.petbehavioraid.org, email info@petbehavioraid.org, or call (828) 707-0644.

Image: Quinn Dombrowski, Flickr


"Eat Wings. Raise Funds." Thursdays in Greenville, SC

ScreenHunter_08 Jul. 06 15.16Every Thursday from 4 to 6 PM, Buffalo Wild Wings hosts "Eat Wings. Raise Funds." Grab some wings and suds, and 15 percent of all pre-tax food items will be donated to help the animals of Greenville Humane Society.

Buffalo Wild Wings is located at 1125 Woodruff Road, Suite 1300 in Greenville. For more information, contact Anne Dalton Weber (annedaltonw@greenvillehumane.com), or visit www.greenvillehumane.com.


The Dog for Cat People

By Greg Craven for Exceptional Canine

The Dog for Cat People

Tibetan Spaniels are relatively obscure in the United States, but they’ve been revered in their Himalayan homeland for more than 2,000 years. They were often sent to foreign ambassadors as gifts.

In Tibet, Tibbies served as watchdogs at monasteries, remaining quiet and alert on the monastery walls until someone approached. As a result, they are very alert and observant, tending to bark when a visitor comes to the door. Tibetan Spaniels are also referred to as “little lions,” a nickname that might stem from the mane or shawl of longer hair along their necks, or their resemblance to the Buddhist lion symbol.

Sport and Play

These small dogs range from 9 to 15 pounds and join the Lhasa Apso and Tibetan Terrier in AKC’s Non-sporting Group of dogs. They train well and can excel at obedience and agility, but expect it to take a little more time and patience. They’re very intelligent -- sometimes too smart for their own good. They enjoy playing games with you, but if you’re used to saying, “Come,” and having your dog immediately respond, you might be frustrated at first with the Tibetan Spaniel.

The Dog for Cat People

Tibbies are quite catlike in some respects: They love laps and high perches, and they’re very low-maintenance. They’re aloof with strangers but are otherwise affectionate and friendly. If you favor felines but are ready for a dog, you’ll probably enjoy a Tibetan Spaniel.

Your typical Tibbie shouldn’t be aggressive at all. However, they can be assertive and they’ll hold their ground if they feel the need to defend themselves (even if it’s against a much larger dog). They like most other animals, with the exception of certain big dog breeds.

Well-suited for Small Living Quarters

Tibbies are independent and not overly demanding, but they do love being around people. Other than keeping them close to you, they don’t need much to keep them happy.

This makes them wonderful small-quarters dogs. They do well in apartments, as long as they’re not left alone all the time. They really do need their people, although they’re usually pretty good with someone who goes to work in the morning and comes back at night. Tibbies love to run and play, but they don’t demand a lot of exercise like other breeds do.

Tibbies have a medium-length silky coat that doesn’t require a lot of grooming other than a weekly brushing. They do have an undercoat and they will shed. But their coat doesn’t get gnarled, and dried mud tends to shake right off.

As with any breed of dog, make sure you do your research first. If you’re thinking about adopting a Tibbie into your family, be fully aware that it should be a commitment for the life of the dog -- in the case of Tibbies, that’s 12 to 15 years.

There aren’t many Tibetan Spaniel breeders in this country. These dogs are still fairly rare, and we like to keep it that way. We don’t want them to be one of those of-the-moment dogs. But if you do adopt one, it probably won’t be your last.

Exceptional Canine expert Greg Craven and his wife, Li, operate Tamzil Tibetan Spaniels in Oregon. They have shown and bred dogs since 1980, first working with Basset Hounds until they discovered Tibetan Spaniels in 1985.


2013 Mutt Strutt, Greenville, SC, Aug. 24

ScreenHunter_09 Jul. 06 15.20Papa John’s presents the Second Annual 2013 Mutt Strut, benefiting the Greenville Humane Society.The Mutt Strut is a 5K Run/Walk, taking place on Saturday, August 24th at Cleveland Park in Greenville, SC. This event invites individuals, families, competitive athletes and leisurely strollers, and their dogs to participate in the fundraiser that will lead them along the Swamp Rabbit Trail and through Cleveland Park. 

The race will start at 8:30 AM (registration starts at 6:30 AM), with race parking at First Baptist Church Greenville, located at 847 Cleveland Street. The race will conclude in Cleveland Park, where participants are invited to stay and enjoy the "Mutt Strut Village," featuring live music, local vendors, refreshments and treats for two and four-legged competitors. 

100% of the proceeds benefit the Greenville Humane Society. 

Registration runs through August 24, 2013. Individuals and teams can register via the official event website: www.ghsmuttstrut.com


Curiosity Market to Support Animal Haven-Asheville, Aug. 3

ScreenHunter_07 Jul. 06 14.59A "Curiosity Market" will be held on Saturday, August 3 from 10 AM to 4 PM in Pritchard Park, downtown Asheville.

Local artists come together to support Animal Haven, an animal sanctuary in East Asheville. Each market features a new raffle basket filled with donated items from local vendors. There will be a variety of unique artists and acoustic entertainment and the event is free to the public. All fees and raffles benefit Animal Haven. The market will also be held on Saturday, August 17 and August 31.


Through August 3, Adopt a Dog for $3 and Get a Free Dog Bed!

ScreenHunter_02 Jul. 31 22.54Starting Thursday, August 1st, all ADULT DOGS and CATS will be just $3 FOR 3 DAYS at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville! And courtesy of Manual Woodworkers and Weavers Company, each dog adopter will receive a FREE new dog bed!

This is the time of year when Asheville Humane Society has the most animals in need of forever homes. Take advantage of this wonderful promotion to find the new love of your life!

Each cat and dog has been spayed/neutered, is up-to-date on all vaccines and is microchipped. For more information go to www.ashevillehumane.org.


DOGTV Launches Nationwide

DogTV mobileDOGTV, the first television network channel exclusively for dogs, has launched nationwide. Also available is 24/7 streaming on mobile devices.

DOGTV provides television for dogs as a 24/7 digital TV channel with dog friendly programming scientifically developed to provide the right company for dogs when left alone. Through years of research with some of the world’s top pet experts, special content was created to meet specific attributes of a dog’s sense of vision and hearing and supports their natural behavior patterns. The result: a confident, happy dog, who's less likely to develop stress, separation anxiety or other related problems.

DOGTV is recognized by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and uses concepts widely supported by leading pet organizations as a valuable product that contributes to the enrichment and quality of dogs' lives. Packages begin at $10 per month or $70 for 12 months.

Visit http://dogtv.com/ for further information.