Healthy Pets

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Let’s Talk Dogs & Sound“It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” How many times have you heard that phrase? It may be trite, but there is a lot of validity to its message, especially when we’re talking to our dogs. Our voices, and all the sounds in a dog’s life for that matter, can have a profound effect on their behavior. The environmental “sound scape” plays an important role in a dog’s responsiveness, welfare and even its overall health.That is why it’s important to spend some time focusing on the sounds your dog hears every day. For example, how do you use your voice? Do you use long, slow words to quiet or calm your dog (like “Goooooooood Boy!”), and short, repeated ones to speed up a recall?  (If so, you are following some important “rules” of communication that most mammals, and even birds, use when communicating!) What about the rest of the environment? Does your dog live in a home with a lot of loud noises? This is not a problem for some dogs, but can be very difficult for the individuals who are sensitive to sound.It is important for all dog owners to consider the acoustic environmental in which their dog lives, but is especially important for dogs who are housed in shelters, rescue organizations or kennels. As everyone who has visited or works in a shelter knows, it can get pretty loud in there: one study found that noise levels sometimes exceeded the measuring capability of the recording device! That’s why I’ll be doing a free webinar for the ASPCA on September 12th, from 3 to 4 pm ET. We’ll discuss the effect of sound on a dog’s health, practical ways to use your voice to influence a dog’s behavior, and how to dampen down the cacophony of barking that sometimes ensuesin a kennel situation.This live, 60-minute webinar is open to all animal welfare professionals andvolunteers, including foster parents. If you don’t fall under any of these categories, don’t worry. The recorded webinar will be available the following day, September 13, and is free to everyone. The ASPCA keeps an archive of all of their past webinars, including one I did last year on helping adopted dogs adjust to new homes.REGISTER NOW!


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News Letter: October Animal Wellness v1

Animals under go stress and trauma as well as humans   A dog who is injured and not responding is not disobedient but compromised.  Behavior issues can also be impacted by stress, physical injury and emotional trauma. Training issues may also be impacted by both physical and emotional/mental impairments.

Massage and CST are effective tools for helping your pet recover from injury, managing stress, grief, pain and emotional trauma.

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