Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Photo: Tongue out Tuesday!

Hope you are having a great Tongue Out Tuesday!

"I don't know what we are yelling about!?"

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Puppy play biting: How to teach a teething puppy not to bite

Photo by Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez Copyright©
Puppy play biting: How to teach a teething puppy not to bite

It is a painful problem that every puppy owner faces: play biting. Puppy owners are far too familiar with the feeling of an adorable fuzzy puppy clamping on to their sensitive skin with those tiny, deadly and razor-sharp puppy teeth. But play biting is a natural thing for a puppy- she is trying to use her mouth to learn about the world around her. It starts with the other pups in her litter. They bite when they play fight but when one pup bites too hard the other pup will yelp loudly and stop playing. From the beginning puppies are learning the boundaries of biting and it is a lesson that needs to continue when they leave the litter to join their human family.

Biting too hard is a behavior that needs to be corrected right from the beginning if the puppy is going to be able to have good relationships with other people and dogs. Founder of The Academy For Dog Trainers Jean Donaldson published an article in 2007 for the Calgary Humane Society about aggressive behavior in canines. She educates about acquired bite inhibition (ABI) which “is the degree of pressure a dog exerts with his jaws when he bites, and likely the most significant prognostic indicator in aggression.” Puppies must be taught not to put force behind their bite because according to Donaldson “ABI has proven virtually impossible to modify in an adult dog.”

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Paws For Reaction launches Puppy section: Meet Hazel the Saint Bernese

My first moments with Hazel.
Photo by Sylvie.
Letter from the editor: Welcome Hazel to the Paws For Reaction family

By Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez

Paws For Reaction in expanding! I am proud to announce that my partner and I have welcomed Hazel- a 9 week old Saint Bernese pup- into our fur family. Hazel is an absolute joy and we love her so much- we brought her home on March 22nd! We named her after her beautiful mom who is a pure bred Saint Bernard named Noisette (French for Hazelnut) and Hazel's dad is a Bernese mountain dog named Maverick- just like Keira's dad! Hazel is going to help me launch my puppy section of Paws For Reaction!

Sadly Hazel fractured her left femur when she was really young. The signs she exhibited where walking with a limp, favoring the injured leg (or lameness,) holding the leg out straight and the inability to bend the leg at the knee or sit square. The break was un-diagnosed and the bone healed incorrectly causing Hazel to have one leg shorter than the other and walk with a limp. I have been looking forward to sharing my foray into 'pethood' with my amazing readers however raising Hazel will be a little different than raising the average puppy. I hope that by sharing Hazel's experiences on Paws For Reaction that I can help educate and prepare pet owners who are raising a puppy with a disability. I know I can't be the only one out there.

Monday, 16 March 2015

First time snowshoeing in Petawawa Terrace Provincial Park, Ontario Canada

Ontario Parks: Best parks to snowshoe in Petawawa, Ontario

Petawawa is nestled between Pembroke and Chalk River in the scenic Ottawa Valley region. The Ottawa Valley is known for its Provincial Parks, white water rafting, year-round fishing, and natural resource preservation.

Once the snow hits the ground the Ottawa Valley springs back to life- headed by a diverse cross country ski and snowshoe community. Several ski and snowshoe clubs exist in Petawawa and the surrounding area and they maintain the trails every winter. Outdoor adventure is in people’s blood in the Ottawa Valley and winter exploration is welcome and celebrated.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Your rescue pet could be a star in a film for Nat Geo Wild

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Long Live Pets: Your rescue pet could be a star in a film for Nat Geo Wild

Best Friends Animal Society is on a mission to inspire people to change a shelter pet’s life and to celebrate rescue pets that have already found their forever home. An estimated 270,000 pets in shelters will be euthanized in March alone all due to a lack of space- almost 9,000 a day. Because of this growing epidemic CEO and co-founder of Best Friends Animal Society Gregory Castle and veterinarian and former Miss. America Dr. Debbye Turner Bell have teamed up with Natures Variety Instinct to create the Long Live Pets campaign. This effort is to help reduce the number of animal deaths in shelters across the country and to invite people to enter their rescue pets to be featured in a film for Nat Geo Wild.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Photo: Tongue Out Tuesday

Hope you are having a great Tongue Out Tuesday!


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