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One-third of Dog Owners Visit a Dog Park

One-third of Dog Owners Visit a Dog Park

Survey Says! …

One-third of Dog Owners Take Their Pooch to a Dog Park
Are you one of the one-third?

Let the puppies play! In the past year, 33% of dog owners have taken their pet to a dog-specific park. The frequency of going to a dog park is the same regardless of the number of dogs owned. However, considerably more owners in the Northeast go to dog parks than owners in other regions (39% compared to 30% in the North Central region, which reports having fewer dog parks in general compared to other regions). Owners with large or medium size dogs are more likely to go to a dog park than owners of small dogs. Interestingly, almost half of all Gen Y dog owners (born between 1980-1994) go to a dog park with their pet, while Builder dog owners (born between 1925-1945) are far less likely to go to such a park (47% compared to 16%).

Source: 2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey

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Dexter’s – Did you know? Wolves, Dogs, & Humans

A recent study in the research journal Current Biology confirms that dogs realize when they are being treated unequally to their peers. This finding deepens our insight into how a dog’s brain works and suggests that dogs and humans share behavioral traits.

At the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, pairs of ten dogs and nine wolves were subjected to reward tests. If one dog consistently received a piece of meat as its reward and its partner consistently received plain old dog food, the partner became less motivated to participate in the reward test — in a sense its own form of protest.

This inequity awareness, or knowledge of being treated unfairly, is a trait shared by humans, monkeys, and other non-human primates. It is important for understanding human behavior. This study has found that dogs and wolves also possess inequity awareness, which cannot be said to exist for other animals. This suggests that dogs and primates share characteristic thinking and feeling processes.

Because this study found that both dogs and wolves possessed inequity awareness, it is likely that this trait was not learned through domestication of the wolf to the modern pet dog. This implies that there may have been an older ancestor of both the modern pet dog and of the wolf that developed this inequity awareness. It is possible that dogs and humans share this common ancestor?

GoGo Stik as a Urine Sample Collector for your Doggie

Use the stick to collect pee sample from your doggie. We have to get a pee sample for the vet, and it used to be ridiculously difficult. Imagine walking around your dog with a dish, cup or whatever. Then when he pees, you suddenly place it under him? He freaks, stops and you are bent over waiting. Opportunity lost. That happened all the time.
With your product, our lives had changed. We simply put it under him as he pees and we get a great sample and he is not disturbed while he pees so we are all happy!

Joe Q. June 27, 2017

Special Report: Unwanted dogs dumped in South Florida

MIAMI-DADE, Fla. —
Justin Wagner is a one man rescue, saving homeless and stray dogs in Miami-Dade County.
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Wagner told WPBF 25 News’ Tiffany Kenney that the Redlands, between Homestead and the Everglades, has become a known dumping ground for dogs.

Wagner, alone, has rescued more than 50 stray dogs. He told Kenney, “I’ve seen dogs tied to a crate out in the middle of nowhere, hoping someone is going to find them. That’s not how you get rid of a dog. It’s nothing I’ve ever seen. It’s like a third world country, Wagner said.

“They have no voice. It’s not like they can tell you what hurts,” Wagner said.

In March, Michelle Wacker, with Poodle and Pooch Rescue in Orlando, headed south on a rescue mission.

“We thought we were going to be there all day to fill up our horse trailer and our six SUVS. But by 1 p.m., we had 52 dogs and we were full. The dogs we saw were starving. They had broken legs and broken hips. One was fed metal shards. One was shot in the eye, head and hind,” Wacker said.

In all, the rescue has saved more than 150 dogs from the Redlands.

“This has become a safety health issue. Someone is going to get bit and get rabies. Someone is going to get mauled. Dade County should be embarrassed by the fact that it took a group of middle-aged women to drive all the way from Orlando to take care of their problem,” Wacker said.

A spokesperson for Miami Dade Animal Services which picked up 150 strays last year in the Redlands said they have offered to assist rescue groups and they do send crews out there to investigate. They also claim there are other parts of the county that have bigger abandoned dog problems.

GOGO STIK Production Moved to U.S.A.!

Pooch Approved Products is happy to announce that we’ve entered into a partnership with JM Murray. This has allowed us to bring much of our GoGo Stik production to the U.S. from China. They have begun to implement quality inspection, assembly, packaging, warehousing and distribution. This transition will allow us to better expand our product line and to provide higher quality products for our customers. We look forward to a long and beneficial relationship.

JM Murray is located in Cortland, NY. Here’s a little bit about them.

“From our humble beginnings nearly 45 years ago, JM Murray now provides services to approximately 1,300 individuals with disabilities annually and more than 200 individuals with disabilities are involved in our business services division contracts. Throughout our growth, we have strived to continue to maintain an individualized, person-centered approach throughout all of the services we provide, offering the individuals we serve the opportunity to achieve greater self-sufficiency.”

“Our Business Enterprises Division offers unique flexibility that is second to none. We encourage our prospective customers to contact us about the types of products and services we are able to provide. We are unique in that we have access to a large, diversified workforce and work space and also offer the latest technology with Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) availability and Epicor, our Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP). All of these tools provide us with the opportunity to accommodate projects of all magnitudes, better serve our customers and thus solidify our future growth.”

Staying Safe While Walking with Your Dog at Night

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Nighttime walks with your dog are fun — and necessary — but they can also be hazardous. Visibility is diminished, meaning that not only will you not see all of the obstacles and ground level hazards (e.g., sharp objects like rocks and glass), you will also not be as visible to motorists and other pedestrians, such as bikers and joggers, who may unintentionally invade your dog’s personal space. There are also the nighttime critters to take into account — the raccoons, the opossums, even the neighborhood cats that prowl at night, all can be distractions for your dog.

Improving Visibility

There are so many useful and easy to find products for night walking that we only need to list them to get you started. Of course, the easiest and thriftiest solution is to get a roll of reflective tape and attach it to your dog’s collar, leash and harness. But if you want a product that has been specifically designed for nighttime visibility whether light is shining directly on you and your dog or not, there are plenty to choose from.

The most no-nonsense are the blinking light collars, leashes and attachable collar lights (similar in size to a typical collar tag), the latter which can be found in long lasting, far reaching lights — as strong as a standard flashlight in some cases. Look for the products that have easy battery replacement to guarantee that you always have what you need.

Collars and leashes with reflective strips and lights, so that even when a light is not shining on your dog, the lights will illuminate your dog in the dark — blinking lights and steady lights are both available
Clip-on blinking lights, to attach to your clothing and to your dog’s leash
Collar tags with reflective coating
Brightly colored and reflective vests for you and your dog
Reflective leg bands for your dog
Flashlights that attach to your dog’s collar, or onto your own head (e.g., the type used by mushers, climbers and miners)
Lighted pooper scooper or combination flashlight waste bag holder/dispenser
High pitched whistle

Using Caution

Even if you have outfitted your dog with the best lights and reflective gear, it is still best to carry your own flashlight to be sure that you are in control of your own field of vision. We recommend a headlight, the style worn by mushers and miners, so that your hands are free to hold onto your dog and clean up.

Other precautions to take at night are to walk against traffic if you must walk on the roadside (you should stick to the sidewalk otherwise). While walking toward traffic might seem counterintuitive, it enables you to see what it coming so that you can get out of the way quickly, if need be. Always stay aware of the sounds and movements around you, and be prepared to move quickly.

We are not advising an attitude of fear, just an attitude of awareness. There may be loose dogs, nocturnal wild animals, roaming cats, and in some places, troublesome people. There are also joggers and bicyclists who may not be paying attention and come up on your and your dog too quickly, startling your dog. And with these things in mind, always keep your dog on a leash, and always keep a firm hold on the leash. Nighttime is an especially bad time to lose your dog.

Don’t forget about what you are wearing. If you are wearing dark clothing, you will basically be invisible in the darkness. At the very least, you should have a light colored jacket to wear at night. Better is to have reflective clothing for your night walks. A reflective jacket and sneakers will improve your visibility tremendously, and if you reinforce the outfit with a couple of blinking clip-on lights and a head light, you can be sure not to be missed in the dark. Remember, you can always make your own reflective gear using a roll of reflective tape. Last but not least, make sure you have your cell phone tucked securely into your pocket.

Image: Kamal Hamid / via Flickr

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Misrepresenting a pet as a service animal is a crime under new state law

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – If you take your pet into a business disguised as a service animal, it can cause problems for real ones. And, now it’s illegal in Colorado to do that.

Service dog guides a woman who is blind.

Under the new law in Colorado, it is now a crime to intentionally misrepresent a pet as a service animal. That new law went into effect when we rang in the new year.

The first time it happens, you can get a warning. Then you can face fines ranging from $50 to $500.

It can be a real problem when a pet poses as a service animal.

“In many ways, it endangers, number one, a service animal, even just physically because many times an animal that’s not trained, does not behave and react accurately around other animals,” said Maggie Sims, Rocky Mountain ADA Center Project Manager.

“Sometimes those jobs can be life and death. And so when we distract or take away from that service animal, we’re putting the owner’s life in jeopardy, too,” Sims added.

We talked to our local experts who deal with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“Under the federal law, under the ADA, a service animal is a dog, and in some cases, it can be a miniature pony, that has been specifically trained to perform a certain task for an individual with a disability,” said Sims.