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We regularly list local pet related events, such as seminars and workshops, classes, vaccinations, and pet friendly events on our Calendar - check it out!
Every month we offer a FREE Pet Care and Training Workshop. It's an informal question and answer session that covers health/wellness, behavior, and training topics. Anyone who recently adopted or plans to adopt will definitely benefit, so join us! to RSVP email us at Classes@allin1Petcare.com.
New Year, New Dog! APDT Professional Dog Trainers’ Advice for New Dog Owners
January 12, 2009 – The Association of Pet Dog Trainers emphasizes the importance of training your new dog right from the start. Training and early socialization are the keys to avoiding behavior problems and easing the transition into your home and family. The importance of early planning when it comes to puppies has been highlighted by the current media buzz around President-Elect Obama’s choice for a pet.
Whether you’re the everyday dog owner or our new President, these tips will help you get your relationship with your new dog off on the right paw!
1. Work with Your Veterinarian. If you don't already have an established relationship with a local veterinarian, now is the time to find one. Set up a "meet & greet" and make the first visit a fun and positive experience.
2. Train the Family. If there are children in your home, make sure you train the entire family, not just your puppy. Teaching your children how to interact properly with your dog from the beginning will help to build a loving and trusting relationship.
3. Use a Dog Crate. Crate training can aid in house training and will also prevent your new dog from practicing unwanted behaviors (like chewing on your cell phone) when you can’t supervise him.
4. Provide Chew Toys. Provide your new dog with a variety of chew toys, even when he is in his crate. Providing him with chew toys will teach your dog what items are appropriate for him to chew on.
5. Socialize Your Puppy. Barbara Long, President of the APDT, says, “Make sure your puppy has a great time meeting all sorts of people. Expose her to noises, objects, and surfaces in a gradual, positive way. Encourage her to explore new things.”
6. Ready, Set, Go! As soon as your veterinarian okays it, sign you, your family, and your new dog up for training classes. Training classes will help you teach your dog good life skills and household manners. These classes also teach owners techniques that will help prevent and fix many behavior problems.
7. Use Positive Training Techniques. Dog training has changed over the years and there are newer, more humane methods that rely on scientific understandings of dog behavior. The APDT recommends that you work with a qualified trainer who uses sound positive reinforcement and humane methods. An article on how to find a good trainer is located on the APDT’s Web site at http://www.apdt.com/po/ts/choose_trainer.aspx.
Training the newest member of your family is critical to preventing behavior problems and developing a successful relationship. You can find a qualified trainer in your area using the popular APDT Trainer Search feature at www.apdt.com.
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The APDT is a professional educational organization of trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through using positive, dog friendly methods based on sound scientific principles. With over 5,000 members worldwide, the APDT provides professional dog trainers with a respected and concerted voice. The APDT promotes caring relationships between dogs and people and works to increase public awareness of dog-friendly training techniques. For more information, visit the Web site at www.apdt.com.
This bill is a clone of AB 1634, the mandatory spay/neuter bill that was fought in California. It will require all dogs and cats to be spayed/neutered at age 4 months, with exceptions for certain categories of dogs whose owners purchase a breeder's license. You can read position statements as well as veterinarian letters onmandatory spay/neuter at http://www.naiaonline.org/issues/opposeAB1634.htm.
The sponsor of this bill is Scott Randolph (D) from district 36. You can reach Rep. Randolph at:
400 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-0660
701 East South Street
Orlando, FL 32801-2953
Phone: (407) 893-3084
You can e-mail Rep. Randolph on this web site: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/emailrepresentative.aspx?MemberId=4378&SessionId=61
We are now working with Dogs and Cats Forever as a trainer and consultant to assist with pet training and adoptions! Photos of the pets we work with will be posted on our available for adoption page. As an extra bonus: anyone who adopts a pet that we have worked with can email us with any questions or contact us to schedule a complimentary consult!
7/9/09: Parvo continues to be a major epidemic in St. Lucie County. So far, several dogs have died due to parvo, and many more have been brought in for treatment.
What to look for? Some of the symptoms are: listlessness, depression, diarrhea (often bloody in latter stages), vomiting, pale gums, slow capillary refill response, high fever, loss of appetite, and dehydration.
What can you do? Try to contain your pet to your own yard and away from other dogs, and feces. However, just staying in your yard may not completely protect your dogs because any contact with infected feces by humans, and other animals who then walk in your yard can potentially infect your dog, but it's a start. Keep a close watch over your dogs, and try to avoid public areas that may contain canine feces (wild or domestic). Note: Rottweillers, Dobermans, and other black and tan breeds tend to be more susceptible than other breeds. However, ALL dogs can get Parvo, get your dog vaccinated asap!
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