Dog Services

Free Puppies W.I.N. Session-Asheville, May 9

ID-100226589Puppies W.I.N. ("What Is Normal?") is a free special help session for people with puppies under 5 months of age. It will help you understand what is age-appropriate puppy behavior, learn how to establish good habits to prevent problems from developing, and discover how to take advantage of your puppy’s socialization window.

Puppies W.I.N. is open to anyone who is interested in understanding more about their puppy – or who might be preparing to bring a puppy into their home.

Puppies W.I.N., sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, will be held on Saturday, May 9 from 9 to 11 AM at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Note: Humans only please!

Visit www.petbehavioraid.org for additional details.

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Brand New Bookstore

We're pleased to announce that Carolina Mountain Dog has a brand new bookstore. Now you can search for any book about dogs, dog care, and dog training right from this blog. The bookstore features a collection of books for dog lovers available through our relationship with Amazon.com. You'll find all the dog books you want -- plus you'll have the convenience of shopping with Amazon!

Just click on the Bookstore link at the top of the page to go to the bookstore.

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Free Puppies W.I.N. Session-Asheville, April 25

Two puppiesPuppies W.I.N. ("What Is Normal?") is a free special help session for people with puppies under 5 months of age. It will help you understand what is age-appropriate puppy behavior, learn how to establish good habits to prevent problems from developing, and discover how to take advantage of your puppy’s socialization window.

Puppies W.I.N. is open to anyone who is interested in understanding more about their puppy – or who might be preparing to bring a puppy into their home.

Puppies W.I.N., sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 9 to 11 AM at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Note: Humans only please!

Visit www.petbehavioraid.org for additional details.

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Free Puppies W.I.N. Session-Asheville, March 28

Two puppiesPuppies W.I.N. ("What Is Normal?") is a free special help session for people with puppies under 5 months of age. It will help you understand what is age-appropriate puppy behavior, learn how to establish good habits to prevent problems from developing, and discover how to take advantage of your puppy’s socialization window.

Puppies W.I.N. is open to anyone who is interested in understanding more about their puppy – or who might be preparing to bring a puppy into their home.

Puppies W.I.N., sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 9 to 11 AM at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Note: Humans only please!

Visit www.petbehavioraid.org for additional details.

Image courtesy of Gualberto 107/www.freedigitalphotos.net


7 Questions to Ask a Pet Sitter

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 11.08.06 AMPet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s leading association for professional pet sitters, encourages pet owners to ensure that their responsible pet-ownership practices extend to selecting quality care for their pets when they are away.

“Responsible pet owners want the best care for their pets,” says PSI President Patti J. Moran. “However, we’ve found that many do not realize the importance of using professionals for their pet-care needs and the dangers of relying on family, friends or non-professionals as pet sitters. It is important pet owners understand that pet sitting is a professional career and professional pet sitters offer peace of mind that other pet-care options cannot.”

PSI advises pet owners to ask seven important questions when interviewing any potential pet sitter:

1.    Does the pet sitter have the proper business license for your city or state?
2.    Is the pet sitter (and any staff sitters) insured and bonded?
3.    Can the pet sitter provide proof of clear criminal history?
4.    Does the pet sitter provide client references?
5.    Will the pet sitter use a pet-sitting services agreement or contract?
6.    Has the pet sitter completed PSI's CPPS Program and/or has he or she participated in pet-care training, such as pet first aid?
7.    Is the pet sitter a member of a professional and educational association, such as Pet Sitters International?

PSI also recommends pet owners schedule an initial consultation with a potential pet sitter prior to booking services and offers a Pet Sitter Interview checklist on its website to guide pet owners in the interview process.

To find a pet sitter in the Asheville area, visit Asheville Area Professional Pet Sitters Association.

 


Free Puppies W.I.N. Session-West Asheville, March 7

Two puppiesPuppies W.I.N. ("What Is Normal?") is a free special help session for people with puppies under 5 months of age. It will help you understand what is age-appropriate puppy behavior, learn how to establish good habits to prevent problems from developing, and discover how to take advantage of your puppy’s socialization window.

Puppies W.I.N. is open to anyone who is interested in understanding more about their puppy – or who might be preparing to bring a puppy into their home.

Puppies W.I.N., sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, will be held on Sat., March 7 from 1 to 3 PM at Patton Avenue Pet Company, 1388 Patton Avenue, West Asheville.

Note: Humans only please!

Visit www.petbehavioraid.org for additional details.

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Speed Date for Your Soul Mate-Asheville, Feb. 28

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.33.51 AMValentine's Day may be over, but there's still time to meet the love of your life at Asheville Humane Society!

On Saturday, February 28 from 11 AM to 1 PM, trainers from The Dog Door Behavior Center will feature a few of our most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes in a fun game of "speed dating," assisting you in your search for your perfect canine match. As an adopter, you will also be eligible to win free training sessions with one of the Dog Door's certified trainers to help make your love last a lifetime! Join the fun on Saturday to meet your soul mate!

In addition to this special event, adoption fees are just $10 for all dogs and cats over 6 months of age on Saturday!

The Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM. To see animals available for adoption, visit www.ashevillehumane.org.


Free Puppies W.I.N. Session-Asheville, Feb. 21

Two puppiesPuppies W.I.N. ("What Is Normal?") is a free special help session for people with puppies under 5 months of age. It will help you understand what is age-appropriate puppy behavior, learn how to establish good habits to prevent problems from developing, and discover how to take advantage of your puppy’s socialization window.

Puppies W.I.N. is open to anyone who is interested in understanding more about their puppy – or who might be preparing to bring a puppy into their home.

Puppies W.I.N., sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, will be held on Sat., February 21 from 9 to 11 AM at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Note: Humans only please!

Visit www.petbehavioraid.org for additional details.

Image courtesy of Gualberto 107/www.freedigitalphotos.net


Free Leash Reactive Session-North Asheville, Feb. 17

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 Tuesday, February 17 from 7 to 8:30 PM. It will be held at Animal Hospital of North Asheville on Beaverdam Road in North Asheville.

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


Free Puppies W.I.N. Session-Asheville, Feb. 4

Two puppiesPuppies W.I.N. ("What Is Normal?") is a free special help session for people with puppies under 5 months of age. It will help you understand what is age-appropriate puppy behavior, learn how to establish good habits to prevent problems from developing, and discover how to take advantage of your puppy’s socialization window.

Puppies W.I.N. is open to anyone who is interested in understanding more about their puppy – or who might be preparing to bring a puppy into their home.

Puppies W.I.N., sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, will be held on Wed., February 4 from 7:15 to 9:15 PM at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Note: Humans only please!

Visit www.petbehavioraid.org for additional details.

Image courtesy of Gualberto 107/www.freedigitalphotos.net


ReTail Scene: New "Pet Gift Box" Delights Your Dog Each Month

ChesterPetGiftBox2Chester, the mascot of Carolina Mountain Dog, got a big surprise the other day: his very own personalized "Pet Gift Box" arrived! You can see here just how happy he was to get it.

Pet Gift Box is a neat new concept. Each month, a box jam-packed with goodies for your doggie (or kittie) comes right to your door. The box is customized to the size of your pet and consists primarily of toys, so your pet should like to chew and play with toys. Also included is at least one bag of heathy treats.

Chester's box had a wide variety of toys. He particularly liked the "knotty tug toy," a colorful rope with a knot and a ball. Great for tossing or tugging! He enjoyed chomping on the special "pup-rrr-mint" dental chews as well. This is a great way to get many products delivered to your door without going to the store.

Pet-gift-box_lgdog_sideview_EDITEDAt just $17.99 per month, Pet Gift Box is a real bargain. Chester's box had a retail value of over $57. You can cancel the monthly subscription at any time, and you can also order a one-time Pet Gift Box or subscription as a gift.

Special Offer for Carolina Mountain Dog Readers!

Pet Gift Box is offering readers of this blog a special 25% discount on your first order. Simply use the code CarolinaMountainDog (no spaces) when you check out at https://petgiftbox.com/. Also, if you "Like" the Pet Gift Box Facebook page, you will be entered for a chance to win a free gift box.

Take advantage of this special offer today for that special doggie in your life!


Pet Loss Support Groups-Asheville, Waynesville

ID-10044688A Pet Loss Support Group meets the first Wednesday of each month in Asheville at 6 PM at Jefferson House, 21 Edwin Place (next to the Unitarian Universalist church). For additional information, call (828) 254-6001.

A Pet Loss Support Group meets the third Wednesday of each month in Waynesville at 6 PM at Kimball Counseling, 258 N. Main Street, Suite A. Registration is required for each session. For additional information and to register, call Susan Kimball, (828) 226-7366.

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Free Leash Reactive Session - North Asheville, August 19

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 Tuesday, August 19 from 7 to 8:30 PM. It will be held at the Animal Hospital of North Asheville, 1 Beaverdam Road, North Asheville.

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


Free Puppy Social-Asheville, August 16

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 16 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

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United Pet Honoring Ceremony-August 10, 4 PM

 ScreenHunter_01 Jul. 10 15.30The second Sunday of every month, a United Pet Honoring Ceremony is held for pet owners to come together and unite in expressing their love and appreciation for their pets. It is a way to have sacred time to honor our pets and loved ones, our relationship with them, and all they give us.  
 
People from all over send in names of Pets to be Honored: Cats, Dogs, Horses, Ponies, Rabbits, Birds, Frogs and more. This is a simple ceremony (much like a memorial service). It includes an Opening, Blessing of each pet, Prayer, Silent reflection and Closing. Each pet name is said out loud and sent love and blessings for the highest good.
 
On Sunday, August 10 at 4 PM, call in and listen: 1-857-232-0159  x329054.
(Please note this is not a toll free number, although there are no charges to call in and listen!)
 
It is free to add a pet, and free to call in and listen. You can send in a pet's name (picture optional) to be included in the honoring. Send to: info@pethonoring.com.
 
Visit www.pethonoring.com/ for more information.
 
Image: www.pethonoring.com

Free Puppies W.I.N. Sessions in August

Two puppiesPuppies W.I.N. ("What Is Normal?") is a free special help session for people with puppies under 5 months of age. It will help you understand what is age-appropriate puppy behavior, learn how to establish good habits to prevent problems from developing, and discover how to take advantage of your puppy’s socialization window.

Puppies W.I.N. is open to anyone who is interested in understanding more about their puppy – or who might be preparing to bring a puppy into their home.

Puppies W.I.N., sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, will be held in August as follows:

Saturday, August 9 from 9 to 11 AM at Asheville Humane Society's Adoptin & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane.

Saturday, August 30 from 1 to 3 PM at Patton Avenue Pet Company, 1388 Patton Avenue, West Asheville.

Note: Humans only please!

Visit www.petbehavioraid.org for additional details.

Image courtesy of Gualberto 107/www.freedigitalphotos.net


Free Puppies W.I.N. Sessions in July

Two puppiesPuppies W.I.N. ("What Is Normal?") is a free special help session for people with puppies under 5 months of age. It will help you understand what is age-appropriate puppy behavior, learn how to establish good habits to prevent problems from developing, and discover how to take advantage of your puppy’s socialization window.

Puppies W.I.N. is open to anyone who is interested in understanding more about their puppy – or who might be preparing to bring a puppy into their home.

Puppies W.I.N., sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, will be held in July as follows:

Wednesday July 16 from 7:15 to 9:15 PM at Asheville Humane Society's Adoptin & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane.

Tuesday, July 22 from 7 to 9 PM at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, Beaverdam Road, North Asheville. (NOTE: This session will concentrate on Safe and Effective Puppy Socialization.)

Note: Humans only please!

Visit www.petbehavioraid.org for additional details.

Image courtesy of Gualberto 107/www.freedigitalphotos.net


United Pet Honoring Ceremony-July 13, 4 PM

ScreenHunter_01 Jul. 10 15.30The second Sunday of every month, a United Pet Honoring Ceremony is held for pet owners to come together and unite in expressing their love and appreciation for their pets. It is a way to have sacred time to honor our pets and loved ones, our relationship with them, and all they give us.  
 
People from all over send in names of Pets to be Honored: Cats, Dogs, Horses, Ponies, Rabbits, Birds, Frogs and more. This is a simple ceremony (much like a memorial service). It includes an Opening, Blessing of each pet, Prayer, Silent reflection and Closing. Each pet name is said out loud and sent love and blessings for the highest good.
 
On Sunday, July 13 at 4 PM, call in and listen: 1-857-232-0159  x329054.
(Please note this is not a toll free number, although there are no charges to call in and listen!)
 
It is free to add a pet, and free to call in and listen. You can send in a pet's name (picture optional) to be included in the honoring. Send to: info@pethonoring.com.
 
Visit www.pethonoring.com/ for more information.
 
Image: www.pethonoring.com

Free Leash Reactive Session - Asheville, June 28

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, June 28 from 9 AM to 10:30 AM. 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