HOLIDAY KIBBLE DROP FEEDS HALO TO WICHITA SHELTER PETS

logo_headerOn Wednesday, December 11th Halo, Purely for Pets and Freekibble.com teamed up to deliver 500,000 meals of Halo Spot’s Stew to shelter pets in the Wichita, KS area as part of the 2013 Holiday Kibble Drop.

All Paws in Wichita was the pick-up location for the shelters and rescues receiving food, K9 Karma, Lifeline Animal Placement and Protection, For The Love of Every Animal (F.L.E.A.), Kansas German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue and Kingman County Humane Society.

Wichita’s Premier Pet Photographer, Heidi Marcinik of Sundog Pet Photography was on site taking photos of the event. We love to share them with you!

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Wi-fi Dog Saves Summer

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Cool Dog images

A few nice Dog images I found:

Dog on trailer
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Image by Velo abzug
Loyal dog waits for human friend in front of Reckless Bicycle Shop, Victoria B.C..

Dog farmer
Dog

Image by aivas14
Dog on a hay sphere

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Wishing Everyone a Very Happy Holiday!

On Wednesday, we’re stepping away from the computer to enjoy some family time, a long dog walk, and the joy of the holidays. We want to wish all of you a very happy holiday and to thank you for…



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May 19, Purina Beggin strips need to be taken off the market

My small dog was killed by a product called Beggin strips. It did this over time not the first time I ever gave it. This item needs to be removed off
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Do you believe flea markets sell the real deal?

Do you believe flea markets sell the real deal?
I'm not surprised it took awhile to find jurors who are going to decide if the Swap Shop and its owners should be held responsible for sale of knockoffs at the flea market. I mean, how many of you believe that when you go to a flea market somewhere
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Trifexis flea and heartworm pill blamed for 700 dog deaths
The popular and widely distributed flea and heartworm pill, Trifexis, is being linked to 700 dog deaths and an estimated 30,000 illnesses. WSBTV.com reported Wednesday, Nov. 27 that, "The number of dog deaths pet owners blame on the popular pet 
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Flea Theater is hopping over to bigger Downtown space
Actress Sigourney Weaver, a founding partner of Flea Theater, left, with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Dept. of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin, helped bust down a ceremonial wall at the Dec. 5 groundbreaking event for the
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Interview on Tips for Finding a Pet Sitter

Craig Price, host of the podcast, ‘Reality Check with Craig Price’ and author of the book, ‘Half a Glass’, recently interviewed Nicole Bruder, owner of Lucy Goo Pet Sitting.  Below is an excerpt from the interview.

Craig: Nicole, I’ve known you for 20 years, but not everybody has a friend who can come in and watch their pets when they are away.  If you’re not familiar with pet sitters, where is a good place to look?

Nicole: A good place to start would be your vet.  A lot of clinics have business relations with pet sitters. You can also look in your local pet magazines, like Pet Talk, or go to an online finder such as petsitusa.com. Pet sitting associations are great, too, such as NAPPS, PUPS, and Pet Sitters International.

Craig:  What questions are good to ask a pet sitter before you hire them?

Nicole: Are they insured and bonded (don’t be afraid to ask for proof), how many people are on staff, and how do they train? (Running background checks should be mandatory.) What’s the procedure if the designated sitter has an emergency, and cannot make a visit?  Who is the back-up sitter? How do the sitters handle emergencies, and are they able to take your pet to the vet safely? (Every pet sitter’s vehicle should have a dog seat belt harness and a crate that buckles into the back seat.)

Craig: So, if your pet sitter has a mini cooper and your have a St. Bernard you probably want to find someone else.

Nicole:  Haha, right?!  But that is important!

Craig:  I know you have paperwork, and pet notes, tell us about that.

Nicole: A professional pet sitter will provide you with a client contract, pet info form, emergency and vet info forms, and location of items page.  There should also be a system of communication, such as the little notes we leave at each visit. I have some clients who are on the Lucy Goo Face Book group and Twitter, so they get to see those posts. We can also send pictures of their pets via text or email.

Craig: Do you put a newspaper in there for proof of life, so that they know that this picture was taken on Thursday at 9 o’clock in the afternoon?

Nicole: Ha! No, we haven’t had to do that. Our clients trust us! The pictures are just because they miss them. It’s fun to get a picture or video of your pet when you’re away!

Craig: So, what is your perfect client?

Nicole: We love it when clients book us ahead of time, and fill out our forms with care and attention to detail. We like it when our clients remember to let us know when they’ve left and especially, once they’ve come back. We want to be sure everyone gets home safe to their pets!

Craig: As we are moving into the holiday season, is there anything different people should do before leaving their pets?

Nicole: It’s always helpful to pet proof the house before you leave. Glass ornaments on low branches, tinsel, candies and baked goods, are temptations! Take time to put things up and out of the way. Be sure all candles are blown out, or unplugged!

Craig: So, I know that you work in the Houston area, and this is a nationwide podcast, but if people want to talk to you and ask questions about pet sitting, where can people find you?

Nicole: You can find me at: www.lucygoopetsitting.com

Craig: Well, I know that we are going to be using you very shortly as we head to the Caribbean over the New Year. So, Nicole, always a pleasure to see you!

Nicole:  Thanks, Craig!

 


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Redirect to an Alternate Behavior

This is brilliant. It’s also related to dog training.

This Dad has hit on a great technique for ending a frustrating situation quickly: redirecting from an unwanted behavior to another.

Redirection is another technique in the Applied Behavior Analysis toolbox. I’ve spoken about differential reinforcement before. This is also a form of differential reinforcement: DRO or Differential Reinforcement of an Other behavior. (Although we could call what Dad is doing in the video DRI too, since you can’t cry and “moo” like a cow at the same time.) As the video clearly shows, redirection/DRO can be a very effective technique.

(By the way, controlling antecedents might be another option: if playing with a certain toy often leads to a tantrum than that toy might disappear during a nap. But I digress…)

You’ve likely heard or read something similar with dogs. Redirect a puppy that is chewing on hands or furniture to a toy. Redirect a dog displaying fearful or aggressive behavior to an alternative, such as targeting or eye contact. It can work in the short term, which can be a blessing to a dog owner and it can help in the long term since the first step is alleviating an unwanted situation is preventing or curtailing it, and it can even work in the long term if the undesired behavior is not reinforced as well as the one being redirected to.

One possible pitfall here is unintentionally creating a behavior chain: the little girl might figure out that throwing a tantrum gets her Dad’s attention, similar to a puppy that figures out that chewing on a chair leg makes a bone appear. Preventing this isn’t difficult. Make sure that there is an easier way to get what they want, in the case of the little girl it might be as simple as asking for attention and for the puppy it could just be a polite “sit.”

Have you used redirection with your dog?

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Dog chasing a ball on the beach

A few nice Dog images I found:

Dog chasing a ball on the beach
Dog

Image by Images of Sri Lanka – Sequential Shots
Dog chasing a ball

Dog Hot Air Balloon
Dog

Image by Hialean
A dog hot air balloon floats on by.

The Sunrise Community Hot Air Balloon Race is an event held to benefit people with developmental disabilities. It was held at Kendall/Tamiami Executive Airport in the western part of Miami-Dade county.

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Pet Sitters in these Cities get 50% Discount

If you’re interested in joining PetsitUSA, then there is the chance to get a 50% rebate after joining!  You will receive the discount if you provide pet sitting services to the following cities:

Baltimore

Boston

Charlotte

You will be sent the rebate soon after you join!


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