Founded in 2016, Fear Free provides online and in-person education to veterinary professionals, the pet professional community, and pet owners. Courses are developed and written by the most respected veterinary and pet experts in the world, including boarded veterinary behaviorists, boarded veterinary anesthesiologists, pain experts, boarded veterinary internists, veterinary technicians (behavior), experts in shelter medicine, animal training, grooming, boarding, and more.
"Fear Free Happy Homes" offers free membership to pet owners. Once you sign up, you can get free access to:
- Videos with fun, easy-to-implement tips
- Articles reviewed by board-certified veterinary behaviorists
- Discounts on pet products & services
- Downloadable handouts with games, tips & tricks
- The Fear Free Certified® Professionals Directory
Check it out here: https://fearfreehappyhomes.com/
It's May 1st and we're all pretty worn out -- so who can we turn to for comfort? Our dogs, of course! Watch this video to get some of the unconditional love we all need right now.
Here's a free resource every dog owner should know about: It's called "Fear Free Happy Homes," a website that focuses on keeping pets happy and safe in their homes. It contains some great information, including videos and articles, and you can sign up for free to gain access to information and pet product discounts. Articles on the website's blog include:
- "Fitness Resolutions Go to the Dogs"
- 'Time for Sniffing? Cut the Shenanigans"
- "Walk or Sniff?"
- "Gulp! Why Some Pets Gobble Their Food"
Check out this cool resource at: https://fearfreehappyhomes.com/
We love dogs largely because they are part of our families -- but dogs are also amazing helpers. Think about therapy dogs, dogs who assist those with disabilities, dogs who sniff out drugs, dogs who help locate avalanche victims, and so on. Here's a remarkable story about dogs who are helping to save Australia's koalas during the severe fires occurring there.
CBS News followed three specially trained dogs and their trainer as they searched for koalas. Koalas breed so slowly that they are already threatened by extinction, so saving even one koala can make a difference. The three dogs track koalas using the scent of their "scat." So far, the dogs have located sixteen koalas for animal rescuers.
More on this wonderful story, plus a video, here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/australia-fires-dogs-save-koalas-injured-in-bushfires/
The Shelter Pet Project is a public service initiative -- a collaborative effort between two leading animal welfare groups, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund, and the leading producer of public service advertising (PSA) campaigns, The Ad Council.
The Project recently launched a new series of ads focusing on shelter pets and their people. Check one of the ads out below.
In honor of Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 17-23), kid-dog training and relationship experts Leah Hatley and Justine Schuurmans of The Family Dog™ have launched a campaign called "Stop the 77," since 77 percent of dog bites come from a family or friend's dog.
Sponsored by PetSafe® brand, the three-part campaign aims to educate the public about how to really respect dogs and help keep kids safe around the dogs they know. The three parts are:
- A must-share video that tells the story of a family dog’s experiences from the child’s perspective, followed by the same story told through the dog’s eyes, which clearly shows the tragic effects of misunderstanding our family dogs.
- An upbeat, informative website featuring cool graphics and music videos that teach kids to respect dogs, understand what your dog is trying to tell you and how to help Stop the 77 by sharing this information.
- An eye-catching poster designed by Los Angeles-based artist and dog lover Lili Chin, which is free to download by the public and can be hung in school, libraries, vet offices, and more.
To learn more about Stop the 77 and how to keep our kids and dogs safe, please visit www.stopthe77.com.
Image from Stop the 77 video
If you ever wondered what really goes on behind the scenes at the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, then watch this video. This is a great example of the life-saving efforts made day in and day out by Asheville Humane Society staff.
We don't celebrate senior dogs often enough, yet they are a "breed" in and of themselves. Old dogs are calm, collected, and dignified -- and, as accomplished photographer Nancy LeVine has learned, they make humans stop and think about living and aging gracefully. Nancy has been traveling the country, snapping photos of old dogs for her project, "Senior Dogs Across America."
Enjoy this video that talks about her journey -- and shows you some of the finely aged animals she has had the privilege of photographing.
A nine-week-old Lab/Sharpei mix puppy was found, injured and alone in the recent snowstorm. A good Samaritan called Animal Services, who then brought the puppy to Asheville Humane Society. The medical staff quickly determined that he needed emergency surgery to survive, due to a severe ruptured intestine, and they immediately rushed the puppy to REACH Animal Hospital. The puppy (that was named Pax, after the snowstorm) had a 50/50 chance of surviving his operation.
Concerned citizens asked how they could help on the Facebook page of Asheville Humane Society. Generous donors stepped forward to cover the cost of the surgery, which was $1250.
Thankfully, Pax survived his surgery and is now being monitored around-the-clock by Asheville Humane Society medical staff for life-threatening infection. This is just one example of the heroic efforts that are made every day by Asheville Humane Society to save animals' lives.
This is one of the Budweiser commercials that will appear during Sunday's Super Bowl. It will warm your heart!
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.
Carolina Mountain Dog has periodically reported on dogs who accomplish miraculous things for humans through their sense of smell. We recently learned about Cliff, a two year old beagle, who is working at a hospital in Amsterdam, Holland. Cliff detects a common hospital infection, clostridium, ("C diff") simply by smelling around a patient's hospital bed. Cliff is trained to sit by a patient if he sniffs C diff so a medical professional can take quick action.
Cliff's success rate is almost 100 percent. His abilities are helping avoid serious outbreaks because detection can occur in a matter of minutes. Researchers believe other dogs can be trained to sniff out "superbugs" like C diff that wreak havoc in hospitals. Watch Cliff's story in the accompanying video.
By the Editors of Exceptional Canine for Exceptional Canine
Dogs aren’t born knowing our rules. They bark and jump and dig not because they’re being bad, but because it’s instinctual. Besides, it often gets a reaction from us. It’s up to us as owners to teach our pets how to express themselves in a manner we appreciate.
Often, common behavioral problems occur as our dogs engage in a natural behavior that conflicts with our needs. But you can teach your dog how to fit in to your household and the world around it. Here’s an overview of how to deal with several basic problems:Stop Excessive Barking
Your dog barks to communicate in one of the only ways it knows how. Tend to your dog’s needs, and you can often circumvent the noise altogether. The key is to learn to read your dog’s body language. When your dog barks, try to deduce the cause. Is it because your dog is lonely, hungry, hot, bored? Then aim to correct the scenario with exercise, attention, play or a meal. If you’ve tried to get to the root of your dog’s barking habit but simply can’t seem to solve it, then it’s time to consider professional help from a trainer.End Nipping
Dogs that nip aren’t aiming to hurt you. In many cases, they’re attempting to play. Try yipping loudly when your dog grazes you so it knows you’re hurt. Your dog will instinctively set its teeth less firmly next time. If the behavior occurs again, yip again. It might take some time, but your dog should learn control. (Note: If you’ve got a nipper, never let others approach your dog. Call out a verbal warning to children who go near your dog with an outstretched hand, or put a muzzle on your dog when you’re out.)
Dogs entertain themselves by scrabbling in the dirt. They love to hide treasures, build dens and lie in the cool earth. And, frankly, it seems sort of unfair to ask them to stop this instinctual behavior altogether. Instead, block off a section of your yard and let your dog use it as a playground. Teach your dog to dig in this area by burying bones and toys, and offer praise for digging them up. If you’d like a cleaner alternative, construct a doggie sandbox.
Your dog’s habit of jumping on people can be terrible. Not only is it scary for some guests, but it also greatly increases your dry cleaning bill. When your dog jumps up, walk backward and say “Off!” Praise your pal when all four paws are back on the ground. Consistently using the right reinforcement should abate this behavior.
Stop Submissive Peeing
Dogs that want to show they’re submissive pee on the floor when you come into the house. Instead of scolding your pet -- which will cause it to feel further belittled -- immediately let it outside to pee when you step foot in the door, and ignore your dog for the first 10 minutes that you’re home. Sooner or later, your dog will realize that this behavior doesn’t register with you.
Ease Separation Anxiety
If your dog misses you, it might whine, cry, bark or become destructive when you leave the house. Often, this issue can be stopped by spending adequate time with your dog and exercising it so it doesn’t have the energy to get wound up when you’re not around. You’ll also want to teach your dog that you will return. Do this by practicing quiet departures, then coming home quickly. Offer a reward for good behavior.
Lucky for us, dogs are fast learners. If you provide the right instruction (sometimes with a bit of outside help), your dog will manage life in your household just fine.
This is not necessarily the kind of fame a dog owner wants. Lucy, an 11-month old dog from Greenville, South Carolina, was recently named "the nation's worst behaved dog" in a national contest sponsored by Camp Bow Wow. Here's a video about Lucy, courtesy of local Greenville station WSPA-TV, Channel 7.
Here's a video that you have just got to love.
Watch these bulldogs having the time of their lives surfboarding, snowboarding, and skateboarding. You'll even see a few awesome moves at a skateboard park.
Purina has launched a new ad campaign for its Purina Pro Plan line of dog food. The theme: "Inside every good dog is a great dog." Here is one of the TV commercials -- worth watching just to see the wonderful images of good dogs being great.
You bet they can -- and this amazing video proves it! This was rated one of the top ten videos of 2011 by Care2.com. Yes, pit bulls and kittens really can get along...
Paws on a Mission is a hospital-based pet therapy program that operates at Mission Hospital in Asheville. It is a wonderful program any time of year that brings joy to patients in 19 hospital areas and waiting rooms on three Mission campuses as well as The McDowell Hospital.
During the holidays, Paws on a Mission is especially welcome, particularly by children at Mission Children's Hospital. Check out this heart-warming video to see how much these pets mean to the kids.