Monthly Archives: June 2016


July Fourth Fireworks: Awesome for Humans, Terrifying for Pets

By | June 30th, 2016|Categories: Cleveland News, General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Loud noises can terrify pets, so don't include them when celebrations will include fireworks. The HSUS. Many people enjoy the booming sounds and flashing lights of fireworks, but they can be terrifying and overwhelming for pets, and possibly hazardous. On the Fourth of July, so many pets are frightened and try to escape the sights and sounds that animal shelters around the nation report a dramatic increase in lost pets during the holiday. Help your pets keep their cool: Follow our four steps for making them safe during loud—and hot—warm weather festivities. 1. Keep your pet safely away from fireworks Our pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells, so on the Fourth of July (and the days around it when people are likely to set off fireworks), it's best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to hide jarring noises. Even pets who are usually kept outdoors should be brought inside. And if you are going to an Independence Day event and cannot leave your pet unattended at home, keep her leashed and under your direct control at all times. 2. If your pet is scared [...]

The Importance of Canine Socialization!

By | June 27th, 2016|Categories: General, Pet Safety Tips|

When dogs are properly socialized they are more confident and less stressed through their entire life. Dogs are context thinkers and learners.  Which means, they learn as a matter of the result and/or situation.  The best time to start exposing dogs to socialization is during the critical stage known as imprinting.  This is typically at the age of  eight to twelve weeks old.  However, it is important to always keep socializing your dog and doing this activity in different locations and situations.  Never stop socializing and exposing  your dog to new situations! When exposing your dog to new situations keep it short, upbeat and give lots of high value treats.  Always keep your dog under control and safe. Exposure to adults and children is a must.  However, timing and making it positive are important too. Photos courtesy of David Speaker, Probizwriters (2016) Here are just a few safe suggestions for locations to socialize: Obedience classes, parks, events, parties, pet store and shopping centers. Take your dog inside the bank on a leash well controlled, give some easy commands and leave. Obedience classes referred by your veterinarian offer the best opportunity to insure success. Have fun!  Remember positive repetition and consistency!  Be [...]

New Ohio law lets first responders treat injured animals

By | June 27th, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Cleveland News|

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new law in Ohio allows firefighters and paramedics to administer first aid to dogs and cats rescued from house fires, car accidents or other crisis situations. It's one of the first of its kind in the country. Animal advocates say they hope the law removes hesitation for first responders who might have concerns about tending to injured pets. Previously, only licensed veterinarians could treat animals, even in emergency situations. posted from NewsNet 5

Pharrell – Happy (Puppy & Doggy Version)

By | June 14th, 2016|Categories: General|

Stay tuned for our canine socialization tips!

Governor Kasich Scheduled to Sign Goddard’s Law

By | June 10th, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Cleveland News|

COLUMBUS - Goddard's Law was passed by the Ohio House and Senate last month and is one step away from becoming official. Governor John Kasich is expected to sign the bill into law on Monday, June 13th in Columbus. Goddard's Law, or House Bill 60, makes it a felony to knowingly cause serious physical harm to a companion animal. Named for Cleveland Fox 8's Dick Goddard and his effort to protect pets, the bill was sponsored by Democrat Bill Patmon and Republican David Hall and championed by Amy Beichler, Executive Director of The Public Animal Welfare Society (pictured with Governor John Kasich and State Representative Bill Patmon)

Tips for dogs and deer in springtime

By | June 4th, 2016|Categories: General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|Tags: , , , |

In springtime mother deer can be protective and territorial. If you approach with off leash dogs, your dogs may get a surprise charge or kick, and you may end up with a big vet bill. To avoid mishaps, stay clear of deer when they may be protecting their young and leave unattended fawns alone.   Deer attacks dog in graphic scene caught on video Deer attacks dog in graphic ... while defending their two dogs from an irate deer. The dogs were ... and you're the one at risk of serious injury or ... If your dog is not trained well on the recall command ( come, leave it) or you do not have proper/secure containment, canines are well known for chasing deer for miles and becoming lost. Train your dog consistently on the recall command.  Make sure to practice this training technique in different environments and with distractions.  Use a long soft cloth leash when doing your initial training so should your canine companion bolt you have a better chance of stepping on or having the leash get caught up on debris.    Remember to always use one word commands,  great treats and lots of positive praise for  immediate results.  Never [...]