Improve Your Dog’s Training Success

Post-training play may extend a dog’s memory of previously learned behaviors by up to a year.
Dog playing fetch
For decades, pet-dog trainers have emphasized the importance of exercising pups through play before attending training courses. Although this practice hasn’t failed us, new research suggests that we may have had it backward. Behavioral problems await the owners of overly bonded dogs as we anticipate the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, so a new take on improving the effectiveness of training techniques couldn’t be more timely.

Hebe – 9-10 month old female Cross-Breed

Hebe is a nine to ten month old small Whippet, Terrier, Chihuahua type Cross-Breed. This little chap looks like a cartoon dog and has a whacky character to match. He is an active boy who is extremely food motivated and would be great at something like agility. He will need to be taught some basic good manners as he’s never had time spent with him.

Hebe loves people of all ages but might be a bit lively for very young children. He is not well socialised with other dogs and does not always know how to behave around them so some teaching will be required with this also. Hebe fostered Hingham Norfolk.

Hebe is a happy, enthusiastic and loving little dog who will be a fun member of the family in the right environment.

Darling – 6 year old female Collie Cross

Darling is a 6 year old female Collie Cross. Darling was abandoned by her “family” in her village, possibly due to her being pregnant. A kind local fed her until she was taken in by a shelter, unfortunately the fate of her puppies is unknown.

Darling is incredibly affectionate and loves people! She is happy as long as shes near humans and loves fuss and cuddles but is also happy to be left for a few hours alone with no issues.

Darling has obviously had a very hard life and has had to compete for food so although she is fine with other dogs out and about, in the home she needs to be the only dog. Again with cats she ignores them most of the time but if she feels they are a threat she will have a growl so also needs a cat free home.

Darling was adored by the shelter workers which is clear in the name they chose for her! She loves children but needs training not to jump up when her humans come home and due to her being a strong dog she needs a home where any children are no younger than twelve. She is very well behaved and quiet, she walks well on and off lead. She is also house trained.

Darling is currently fostered in Guildford, Surrey.

Former Hairless, Starving Stray Lives A Completely Different Life Now

On the streets of Dumaguete in the Philippines, an extremely thin hairless dog wandered alone. The pup suffered from mange, a condition caused by mites burrowing into a dog’s skin. Dogs like this poor girl affected by mange scratch constantly, which leads to bald patches, inflammation, sores, and scabs.

As if that wasn’t enough, the poor dog had a broken leg, leaving her hobbling around. This dog needed help, and stat. In June of 2020, Dumaguete Animal Sanctuary saved her and rushed the scared pup (later named Peanut) to the vet.

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Even though she was scared and confused, Peanut showed signs of wanting human affection. She also had an appetite, which her rescuers saw as a great sign. Clearly Peanut needed some food in her belly.

Vets estimated that Peanut was around 8 months old.

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Fortunately, mange and broken bones are both treatable conditions. Two regular fosters with Dumaguete Animal Sanctuary, Mike and Joy, also volunteered to take Peanut in. DAS wrote on Facebook:

“Mike and Joy will foster Peanut in a few days time so we can try and keep her safe from disease. Her immune system is very weak and therefore the shelter is not a safe place for her.”

Peanut absolutely thrived with her foster family. They learned she played well with other dogs and loved having a place on the bed.


After Just A Little Love, Care, And Medical Attention…

Eventually, Peanut started to put on some weight in foster care. DAS wrote on Facebook:

“Peanut is looking so much better! she is eating Mike and Joy out of house and home! Just a couple of weeks and she is so much healthier. Her hair is growing back and she is much fatter.”
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She also got to sleep in a big comfy bed with her foster sister Kona. She really shocked her foster family with how quickly she settled into her new life.

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Just two months later, a completely revitalized Peanut was ready to go home permanently. She found her forever family in August 2020, along with another DAS dog named Billy.

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If it hadn’t been for the kind intervention of caring people, this beautiful happy dog would never have known the life she has now. DAS wrote:

“This was only possible because people like you generously support our rescues. Thanks as always to Joy and Mike for fostering so many of the more fragile dogs that we have and for loving Peanut so much!”
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Donate to Dumaguete Animal Sanctuary so they can keep saving lives like Peanut’s.

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Clever Dog Sneaks Out Of Grandma’s Yard To Take A 50 Mile Adventure Back Home

Axle is a seven-year-old Blue Heeler who recently embarked on an impressive adventure. You see, his dog mom dropped him off at grandma’s for the weekend but he wasn’t having it. In Homeward Bound style, Axle decided he had to get back home. He took off on a two day, 50-mile journey through neighborhoods, several towns, and a large lake.

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Axle was Dropped Off at Grandma’s House, But He Quickly Took Off

Leslie Robinson and her fiancé were setting out for a weekend getaway. They made arrangements for Leslie’s fiancé’s mother to take care of Leslie’s seven-year-old Blue Heeler, Axle. They dropped the dog off at Grandma’s house in Spicewood, TX, a town about thirty-five miles northwest of Austin.

Axle had only been at Grandma’s house for a short while on Friday morning when he made his move. Who knows what he was really thinking, but he clearly believed it was imperative that he escape Grandma’s yard and get moving! Axle was heading home, come hell or high water.

Axle Seen Swimming Across Lake Travis and Trotting Through Towns

Leslie turned to Facebook to enlist the help of people in the area. She reached out to every Facebook page she could think of and reports of sightings started pouring in. Axle was seen swimming across Lake Travis. The next sighting was in Lago Vista, where the determined pup was seen on foot. Axle was seen next in Jonestown, which meant he was going in the wrong direction! Where would the wiley dog go next?

Image Leslie Robinson

The Search for Axel Went on Until Early Sunday Morning

Leslie and a group of friends spread out searching for Axle day and night. They looked in all the towns where Axle had been spotted. A friend took Leslie out on her boat to search the shoreline of Lake Travis. Leslie finally suspended the search at 3:30 am on Sunday. She was worried but still had hope. Axle had pulled a stunt like this before a few years ago and he made it home. She believed he would be able to do it again.

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Sunday Morning, Axle Strolled Into His Yard Like Nothing Happened

Leslie went outside to have a cup of coffee Sunday morning. Obviously she had been through a stressful and exhausting ordeal. To her great relief, Leslie looked up from her coffee to see Axle strolling into their yard, casual as can be like nothing happened.

Leslie told KXAN, “I’m torn between being impressed that he found his way home, and being annoyed that he left grandma’s in the first place.” We will never know exactly where Axle’s adventure took him over the weekend, but they believe he made some serious miles. Leslie said, “There’s no telling how many miles he traveled. We’re thinking somewhere around 50, but it could be more.” But one thing is for sure: Axle followed his nose and it took him home!

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Diesel – 4 year old male Akita

This is our gorgeous boy Diesel. Diesel is a very lovely 4 year old male Akita. He is a real gentleman, well behaved in the house and outside on his walks. Diesel is a big gentle boy who not only looks very handsome but is beautiful inside too. Like most Akitas, he can appear aloof with people he has not met before but is a cuddly teddy bear with those he knows.

Diesel is brilliant with other dogs of all shapes and sizes and has always lived with other dogs so is very used to them. He has not had any exposure to other animals or children, so we are looking for an adult only home.

Diesel is looking for a calm and relaxed home, with or without another dog in the house, with a garden. He needs moderate daily exercise.

Diesel is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Diesel is fostered in North London near J26 of M25.

We are looking to home him in or around this area or not too great a distance although we will consider further afield for the right home.

Mocka – 3 year old female Cross-Breed

Mocka is a gorgeous 3 year old female Cross-Breed. She has only been in her foster family for a short period of time but she has stolen the hearts of her foster family and everyone who meets her by her loving and affectionate nature and willingness to please. She is a fast learner and responds well to training.

Mocka is very sociable with people, cats and dogs alike and is very attached to the two children in her foster family. Despite her loving nature, we will not re-home her with children under 6 years old since we do not have a full history on her.

Mocka is on the larger side of medium and is fully grown. She is about three years old. Mocka is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. Mocka is in foster in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

We are looking to home Mocka in or around this area or a reasonable distance to her foster carers, although we may consider a home from further afield.

Networking for Success

Networking for Success
Short, effective introductions, a smile, and making eye contact all help to send a positive message about you when meeting someone new © Can Stock Photo/Lvnel

By Niki Tudge

“More business decisions occur over lunch and dinner than any other time, yet no MBA courses are given on the subject.” – Peter Drucker

Networking is an effective way to spread your value through those around you. Understanding the basic mechanics of networking will increase your success in delivering the right message about yourself to others. In this post, I will cover how to create an effective introduction and how to make a great first impression.

Creating an Effective Introduction

Most people form an opinion about you during the first two minutes of your conversation. Because of this, you may only have a few minutes with the person you are meeting to share with them who you are and what you do. That is why an effective introduction is necessary when networking. Using the MEETS technique to introduce yourself can create a good and lasting impression:

  • Make eye contact
  • Emit a smile
  • Engage in a handshake
  • Tell them your name
  • Share what you do or whom you work for

Using these steps will ensure that your introduction gets your message across without taking too much time. Avoid talking too much at the beginning. Allow the other person to introduce themselves. You should engage the person you are meeting by asking for their information. Short, effective introductions help to send a positive message about you.

Your goal is to introduce yourself and share some relevant information about what you do in 30 seconds. Practice your introduction as if it were a short speech, until you are comfortable with it. The more practice you have, the more comfortable you will be when it comes time to introduce yourself to others for the first time.

Making a Great First Impression

It is easier than you might think to make a great first impression; sometimes, trying too hard could give you the opposite results. To make a great first impression, focus on the other person rather than on yourself. You want to make the other person feel important and worth meeting.

In order to do this, use the Five B’s:

  • Be on time: when you are on time, you demonstrate to the other person that you care about their time and value them.
  • Be yourself: when you are yourself, you come across sincere and show you want to build an honest relationship with the person.
  • Be positive: when you are positive you create an inviting environment. When you have a negative attitude, people will want to drift away from you.
  • Be courteous: when you are polite and courteous, people will remember this aspect and create a lasting positive impression.
  • Be brief: when you are talking, avoiding taking too much time. Being too talkative may be seen as a negative trait and this could hurt your first impression.

Show you value the other person’s time and thoughts by actively listening to them. Make the interaction less about you and more about the other person and you will make a great first impression.

Networking is an effective way to spread your value through those around you. Understanding the basic mechanics of networking will increase your success in delivering the right message about yourself to others. In this chapter, you will learn how to do the following:

  • Minimize nervousness
  • Use business cards effectively
  • Remember names

Minimizing Nervousness

Nervousness arises from fear of the unknown. Being a little nervous when making new acquaintances is normal, but extreme nervousness can result in an uncomfortable experience for both you and the people you are meeting. If the signs of your nervousness are visible (excessive sweating, heavy breathing, twitching, etc.), they may view your nerves as a negative trait and move on to the next person. Controlling your nerves is therefore an important aspect of successful networking.

Here are five quick steps to help reduce nervousness:

  • Prepare for the event. The more prepared you are, the less nervous you will be. Gather as much data about the event as possible and create a plan. Avoid putting yourself in situations that will cause you to scramble at the last moment.
  • Think positively before and throughout the event. Avoid thinking negative thoughts or imagining worse-case scenarios. This type of thinking will only increase your nervousness.
  • Practice what you are going to say and do. This is a common technique for reducing fear in public speaking, which are similar to networking events.
  • When at the event, focus on the present. Avoid thinking ahead. Make small goals that you want to achieve at the event. Thinking about outcomes that could occur because of the event could result in unneeded stress.
  • Finally, remember to breathe deeply and monitor your physical reaction to the situation. Take breaks and refresh.

Using Business Cards Effectively

Business cards are an important element of networking. The goal of this lesson is to make the best use of your business card. Business cards have many uses beyond specific networking events and conveying basic contact information. The last few years have seen the rise of digital business cards, sometimes referred to as e-business cards. These are cards you can create on your smartphone and send out using a QR code.  Most professionals always carry their phone, so your e-business card is always on hand and always ready to send. Here are eight ways to increase the effectiveness of your business cards:

  • Always keep business cards on you, even when you are on your personal time. This will enable you to give someone your card when an unexpected meeting occurs.
  • Always carry your business cards in a special holder. This will keep them neat and presentable at all times.
  • Take advantage of bulletin boards at restaurants and other public areas where they allow the placement of business cards.
  • Whenever you have to use a piece of scrap paper, use the back of your business card. This way the person receiving the card (even if they are not the intended party) will take it with them and keep it. This could lead to him or her giving it to someone else in the future.
  • Put something useful on the back of your business card. Consider using your mission statement or an inspirational quote.
  • Always include a business card in all your correspondences. This will give the recipient something to put in their wallets.
  • Get business cards for all employees of your business or department.
  • Always give a business card to every new person you meet, even if they are not your intended audience.

Your business cards are an effective tool for networking. Make them interesting and give them out whenever possible.

Remembering Names

When you are meeting people, it will be important for you to remember names correctly. Although many people commonly forget names, remembering them will make you memorable.

Use the CARE model to help you remember names better:

  • Commit to remember names: making a conscious effort to remember names will make this a priority when meeting people. You may need to write this down as a goal. Later in this workshop, we will learn how to make SMART goals.
  • Associate names to other things and events: when meeting someone new, try to associate that person’s name with the event or place where you met them. Doing so begins the memorizing process.
  • Repeat their names: throughout your conversation with the new person, repeat their name as much as possible without being too obvious. Make sure you use their name when you say goodbye.
  • Engage yourself in the conversation: when a person introduces themselves and says their name, become engaged in the conversation, focus on learning about them, and focus on learning their name using the techniques discussed previously. Avoid thinking about what you are going to say next or about other things in general. Remained focused and you will remember names better.

About the Author
Niki Tudge MBA PCBC-A CABC CDBC is the founder and president of  the Pet Professional Guild, DogNostics Education and The DogSmith. She has substantial leadership experience in business management and administration, particularly in the nonprofit sector, which encompasses her role as the president of Doggone Safe, a nonprofit educational organization. She has published numerous articles, which have been featured in publications such as the New York Times. She has also authored five books; her most recent project, Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People, which she co-authored, was published in 2019.

Before following her passion into small business and nonprofit management, she enjoyed a distinguished career in the hospitality industry, holding executive positions all over the world. Her real passion in her corporate role was the identification and development of female talent in the workplace. She enjoyed managing and coaching her team through both their personal and professional development and loved watching the process of female empowerment and growth at a high level of management.

Along with her business degrees from Oxford Brookes University in the U.K., her professional credentials include ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and she is Six Sigma Black Belt Certified, specializing in data analysis and process improvement. She is also an International Training Board (HCITB) certified people trainer at levels TS1, TS2 & TS3 and a certified facilitator and project manager. In addition, she was recognized for her outstanding contribution to the business community and honored with a Fortune 500 Company Leadership Award for her accomplishments. 

The Healthy Hound Newsletter #47

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In This Issue

● Doggy Diarrhea
● Genetic Disorders
● Cleft Lip Boy & Pup
● Why Pups Need Their Moms
● Be Your Dog’s Health Advocate
● Essential Oils

Recent Food Recalls

9/03/20 – Family Pet, Heartland Farms, Paws Happy Life
8/24/20 – Nature’s Menu With Chicken & Quail
7/13/20 – Benyfit Natural Raw Dog Food
6/12/20 – Carnivora Fresh Frozen Patties
3/23/20 – IcelandicPlus Fish Treats


7 Common Causes And Cures For Doggy Diarrhea

Doggy diarrhea is not a disease in and of itself, but rather a symptom of a larger problem. While the cause is often harmless, keep in mind that diarrhea can also be a symptom of several serious illnesses.

If your dog’s diarrhea is extreme or does not resolve with home remedies, see your vet promptly.

Learn the 7 most common factors that account for your dog’s loose stools and how to treat each one.


Does your vacuum smell like dog? After taking it apart for a thorough cleaning, stash dryer sheets or orange peels in the filter cavity.


Is Your Dog’s Nose Dry & Crusty? Here’s How To Help.

Nasal hyperkeratosis is a condition that causes extreme dryness and excessive overgrowth of the protein keratin on a dog’s nose. While it is not dangerous, it can certainly be uncomfortable for your pup.

Most dogs experience some level of nasal dryness as they age and during the colder months. It is also more common in specific breeds.

Learn more about nasal hyperkeratosis and how Nature’s Butter Nose Balm can help.


Which dog breed is most likely to suffer from Degenerative Myelopathy?

  1. Dachshund
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Boston Terrier

Not sure? Read on to find the answer!


The Most Common Genetic Dog Diseases & Which Breeds Are At Risk

Many of the most common health problems dogs face are genetic, meaning certain breeds are at higher risk. Before bringing home a new dog, it is important to learn which diseases they may face.

Responsible breeders of at-risk dogs can help by performing genetic testing and excluding affected dogs from their breeding stock. However, it is ultimately up to the owner to prepare for a possible health crisis.

These are the most common inherited diseases veterinarians diagnose in dogs and which breeds are most likely to be affected.


Boy Adopts Shelter Dog With Same Birth Defect

2-year-old Bentley Boyers was born with a cleft lip. After two surgeries, his scar is barely visible – but it is a perfect match for the similar one on his beloved new puppy.

The black and white mixed breed from Michigan’s Jackson County Animal Shelter was born with the same birth defect eight weeks ago. (Check out the rescue devoted to saving cleft lip and cleft palate puppies.)

The bond between this special pair was instant, and they are looking forward to growing up together and inspiring one another for years to come!


Avoid giving your dog cherry, plum, peach, and nectarine pits. Not only are they choking hazards, they release the toxin cyanide when ingested.


The Consequences Of Taking A Puppy From Its Mother Too Soon

Animal professionals have long recommended that puppies remain with their mothers for eight weeks. Recently, researchers in the UK confirmed the importance of this essential time frame with a three year ‘Generation Pup’ study of dog health, behavior, and welfare.

Among their findings: puppies taken from their mother before eight weeks of age are more likely to exhibit problematic behaviors as adults.

Learn more about this landmark study and how a dog’s first eight weeks can impact their entire lives.


How To Be Your Dog’s Advocate When She’s Facing A Serious Illness

Learning that your dog has a serious health condition is devastating, and it is perfectly normal for emotions to cloud your mind. However, in times like these, your dog needs you to be her advocate and find out everything you can about her treatment options.

Once you have processed the initial shock and grief, these tips will help you make the best medical decisions on behalf of your pooch.


Essential Oils For Dogs: What You Need To Know

Jo-Anna contacted The Healthy Hound with a question about the safety of essential oils for dogs.

Essential oils are highly concentrated natural plant oils extracted from leaves, roots, flowers, bark, and stems. While most often used topically or in aromatherapy, some people do allow their dogs to ingest certain oils.

Before treating your dog with essential oils in any way, we recommend doing your own research and consulting with a holistic vet. If you are not 100% sure that an essential oil is safe for your pet, it’s best to err on the side of caution and avoid it.



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Quiz Answer:

2. German Shepherd. Degenerative Myelopathy is a neurological condition most often seen in middle-aged and senior German Shepherds.

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Taxi Driver Makes Beach-Loving Golden Retriever’s Dreams Come True

Golden Retriever by Beach

Reema the Golden Retriever loves to travel the world. Suzanne Clarke and her husband adopted the pup during their travels. They went to Belgium, Spain, and Portugal together, and now, they live in Bridlington. Reema’s favorite part of her current home is her adventures to the beach.

The beach is about a mile and a half walk from their home, but now, poor Reema is too sick to make the journey. However, Clarke was still determined to fulfill her dog’s dreams.

Dog near beach
Image: Suzanne Clarke Facebook

Reema’s Happy Place

Reema’s beach adventures were always the highlight of the week. She and her mom would walk all the way there together. Reema loves walking in the sand, wading in the water, and playing with other dogs. Clarke says she’s happy they live so close to it.

But Reema is a senior now, and she has recently been experiencing back problems. So, she is only able to take short walks, which means the beach is just too far. Unfortunately, the family’s car also broke recently, leaving them with no way to get Reema to the beach.

“Reema was very sad that she was no longer able to walk on the beach,” Clarke said. “It’s her favorite place to go and is so close to us that it seemed such a shame she was missing out.”

At the beach
Image: Suzanne Clarke Facebook

Clarke wasn’t ready to give up though. She knew that Reema deserved to visit her favorite place as much as possible during her senior years. So, Clarke turned to social media for help.

Dreams Come True

Taxi driver Paul Dodds didn’t think twice about helping the elderly pup. He loved the idea of helping a dog achieve their dream. Of course, he always allows dogs in his vehicle.

“When I saw what was being asked I didn’t think twice about it, I just got in touch and offered my services,” said Dodds. “Some people are funny about having dogs in their car but that’s not me, they’re part of the family in my opinion.”

Golden Retrievers at Beach
Image: Suzanne Clarke Facebook

Since then, Clarke, Dodds, and Reema have visited the beach once a week. That way, Reema can still experience her favorite place without getting tired or feeling pain. She might not be able to run and play as much as she used to, but she still deserves to have the time of her life.

Clarke says she couldn’t be happier that Dodds reached out to help. Sometimes, even the smallest gestures can go a long way for both humans and dogs.

Featured Image: Suzanne Clarke Facebook

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