News ] [ SPRING EDITION 2OO9 SERVING PORTLAND & OREGON CENTRAL COAST TRAINING SOLUTIONS FOR BUSY LIVES A is a Dog* Tired * Good Dog Exercise, we all know, is fundamental to good health. For dogs and humans alike, slothful ways lead to, at best, diminished well-being and poor muscle tone, at worst obesity, heart ailments, and joint problems. But in dogs a couch potato existence can also prompt behavior problems. Sometimes just quirks, sometimes full-on neuroses similar to those seen in caged dogs. At day's end, not even a potato chip could rouse Samwise! Almost all dogs were bred with a working purpose in mind. The seemingly sedate Basset Hound? Bred for rabbit hunting. The Corgi? A herder. It makes sense, then, that all dogs need to run their engine, whatever its size, frequently and vigorously to function well. (And contrary to popular belief, dogs rarely self-exercise if left alone outside. They stalk birds, bark at strangers, and lie around in the shade.) Exercise earns you a happier, better-behaved dog. Tired dogs bark less, chew less, sleep more, and rest easier if left home alone. And exercise has profound effects on a dog’s personality. The same dog can either tear through the trash and disembowel the couch “Reinforcement principles are laws, like the laws of physics. They underlie all learning as surely cushions or snooze peacefully, depending on the quality of the workouts he gets. as the law of gravity underlies So, must you take up marathon running with your dog? Of course not. But a stroll around the block is not enough. Train your dog to fetch or play Frisbee. Sign up for a dog sport or the falling of an apple. ” –Karen Pryor activity like tracking, flyball, or agility. Let your dog play with other dogs regularly, if he enjoys being social. Learning new things—whether in a class or a training session in the backyard—is also wonderfully tiring for dogs. Mental calisthenics can be every bit as wholesome as jogging. And knowing you’ve upheld your end of the bargain as a loving guardian, that’s healthy, too. [Highlight] The Call of the Wild Dog Camp is held annually held in Yachats (Oregon Central Coast). Last year, 30 dogs and their people gathered for 3 days of fun, learning and adventure. With the natural beauty of the camp’s setting, perfect late summer weather, a wonderful group of dog enthusiasts and their dogs, and experienced instructors offering all kinds of activities, it was a huge success! Canine campers sampled dog sports , took part in nature games designed around things dogs love to do (hunt, run, swim, play … and play … and play….), learned new skills, made new friends. And at day’s end, they snoozed in the warm evening sun while their people enjoyed Drinks on the Deck (anyone for a Cosmodog or a Bloodhound Mary?) and contemplated the joys of having a totally tired and happy dog. (Even a potato chip under the nose didn’t rouse 7 month old Samwise!) . This year the camp will be held over Labor Day Weekend, and promises an expanded range of activities, optional riverside camping, and at least as much fun as last year. Registration is now open! Go to http://www.citydogcountrydogtraining.com/events.shtml for more information and a registration form and check out news articles and photos from last year’s camp. Registration is now open for the Call of the Wild Dog Camp, September 4-6, 2009 A nature adventure for you and your dog! Book now for Labor Day Weekend. Don’t miss out on the best fun you’ll have with your dog in years! [Dogs in Action] Musical Freestyle Cha-cha with your Chihuahua. Shimmy with your Sheltie. Do the mambo with your mutt. Canine Musical Freestyle is, in essence, dancing with dogs. Together, a richly robed dog and her handler carry out a choreographed sequence of moves to music, mixing great motivational dog training with fun, exercise, and showmanship. Little wonder, then, that the popularity of Freestyle has exploded in recent years. In what other dog sport can you expect to see satin and sequins, tights and tutus? But don’t be fooled by the theatricality of the costumes. Freestyle, especially at competition level, is much [A World of Dogs] more than show—though its entertainment value is undeniable. Teaching a dog to bow, weave, prance, jump, and back up requires creativity, Dogs, Dogs Everywhere patience, and much practice. Of course, Imagine a bedouin hunting in the desert. The temperature is close to beyond a show-stopping routine, you 120 degrees, too hot for horses to move beyond a plod. The desert might well end up with a more attentive hare, or dinner, is out of shooting range. Enter the Saluki. Light- dog that loves to train—and loves to boned, sharp-eyed, with the lung capacity of a cheetah. An expert rock and roll. hunter, specialized for this harsh environment, the dog is a partner the bedouin depends on for his survival. Now consider a pack of Freestyle classes are sprouting up all huskies in the Arctic. They do more than pull the sled. They alert the around the country. Any breed or mix of Innuits to weaknesses in the ice surface. Locate air holes that give breeds is allowed; the only rule is that a away the presence of seals. Warn of approaching polar bears. The dog be handled by its owner. Ask at your huskies are born onto the ice and live their entire lives without seeing local training facility or check for classes the inside of a house… in your area at www.worldcaninefreestyle.org or www.canine-freestyle.org. Such scenarios, common in our recent past, are moving onto the pages of history books. These days, a dog’s job description is more likely to involve search & rescue or national security. And then there’s Musical Freestyle is a camper favorite at Call of the Wild Dog Camp! the main occupation for the modern dog. Pet. Twenty years ago, 51 million pet dogs shared our homes; today, 74 million do. Meanwhile, we have moved into cities and suburbs in unprecedented numbers. A dog’s life now takes place in houses and apartments, in parks, in suburban backyards, and on sidewalks thronged with people and other dogs. Dogs have become family members. We buy them toys, we have their teeth cleaned, we take them to classes. They accompany us on vacation and to the office. But amid this loving assimilation of dogs into the inner sanctum of the family universe, we tend to forget that dogs are, well, dogs. Our tolerance for natural canine behavior shrinks year by year. We frown on barking. We dislike scuffles among dogs. Biting, naturally, is abhorred. The Saluki in the desert and the huskies on the ice, then, are reminders of a time when dogs had vast spaces around them, physically taxing jobs, and license to bark, jump, pull, dig, and bite if threatened. We radically changed the environment of dogs in what amounts to an evolutionary blink of an eye and it’s up to us to help them be successful in our world by providing plenty of training, exercise, and stimulation. In return, they’ll follow us wherever we go. [Dogs at Play] What could be more fun than a weekend away with your pooch, surrounded by beautiful scenery, and joined by other dog lovers to learn and play together? Peanut, my Pekingese, and I had such a blast attending the first Call of the Wild Dog Camp last September. On our first day, Peanut and I started off with hiking a trail to the swimming [Dog in the Spotlight] The Pug hole. We did a scenting workshop, and also played “forest agility” on a makeshift agility course in the woods, using downed trees for jumps, a line of saplings for weave poles, interwoven branches for a tunnel, and hay bales for tables or One of the so-called smush nose dogs, the pug jumps. It was amazing! Saturday we did a workshop on tricks training, and I got some good ideas for cute things to train packs a big personality in a compact container. with Peanut. Then we headed to the creek to play in the Clownish, fun-loving, wheezy, affectionate, and water and walk the beautiful trails. After lunch, we did a dignified, pugs can be traced back to pre-B.C. Canine Freestyle workshop, aka doggie dancing. Lots of fun!! China. Marie Antoinette had a pug, so did Queen We ended the afternoon learning the ins and outs of Flyball. Victoria. Pug charm conquers high culture (William There were plenty of other workshops that we didn't have time to attend. So much to do, so little time! Sunday morning, Hogarth’s 1745 self-portrait The Painter and his Pug) Peanut and I were still really tired, so we leisurely walked some and popular entertainment (memorably in Men In of the trails instead of attending a workshop. After lunch, our Black; less so in Beverly Hills Chihuahua) with equal final activity was a treasure hunt. We divided into three teams, ease. Some pug facts: Their puppies are called each assigned to a trail. The dogs sniffed out the clues, and puglets; they make first-class couch companions; the humans solved them, competing to get to the hidden treasure first. Afterward, as we relaxed from our hunt, there they’re great with kids; they inspire fan festivals was a raffle of cool dog stuff, and prizes were given to winners called Pug-O-Ramas, and they happen to be the of different games. Peanut won a little stuffie snake as prize for number six hottest dog for attracting positive “smallest dog with the biggest spirit.” The camp had to be attention from the opposite sex while strolling in the the most fun I have had in years. Peanut and I are already dog park, according to The Dog Lover’s Guide to signed up for next year. This is a one-of-a-kind event, and I highly recommend it for dog lovers who want to have some Dating. special fun with their dogs, as well as learn new skills. You’d For a pug to call your own, find a rescue better sign up quickly, the spots are going to go fast! organization near you at www.pugrescue.com Sarah Logan [Healthy Dogs] Beyond Kibble And Cans The past decade has seen what amounts to a revolution in commercial pet food. Not long ago there was kibble and canned wet food—now all good pet food stores or catalogs offer a choice of high-quality options like human-grade dehydrated diets, food rolls, and fresh-chilled raw or cooked food. Many dog owners are troubled by the prospect of mass- produced commercial food (who doesn’t remember the 2007 pet food recall?), but find the new pet food selection perplexing. The words to look for on the packaging are ‘complete and balanced.’ That guarantees nutritional content to AAFCO (American Feed Control Officials) standards. For thorough information about all types of dog food, subscribe to The Whole Dog Journal, a monthly newsletter, at www.whole-dog- journal.com. And for a fascinating examination of the subject, read Pet Food Politics by Marion Nestle, PhD. [Tips & Tools] Safety At Your Fingertips Spotting illness. Aside from things you can see, smell, or hear (rashes, discharge, wheezing, etc.) look out for loss of appetite, disorientation, lethargy, persistent scratching, coughing, or head shaking. All warrant a trip to the vet. Danger-free driving. Use a car crate or harness. Don’t roll windows so far down your dog can Services Our * squeeze out. 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