February 2018 – Volume XV: Issue 02

Happy Love Your Pet Day on February 20th  –

Stop in to Misty Pines for a Furrever Friends treat for your furrever friend! Treats are freshly baked with human ingredients, no preservatives or food coloring and are locally made.

Congratulations to Graduates from January

Jason Koss with Bullet (weim) graduated from Puppy to Level I

Brad Thompson with Ellie (clab) graduated from Puppy to Level I

Sharon Gustovich with Koda (grt) graduated from Puppy to Level I

Jill Sabo with Coral (labx) graduated from Puppy to Level I

Tricks and Clicks 101

Tricks and Clicks 101 – February 10 from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Tricks and Clicks 102 – February 17 from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Tricks and Clicks 103 – February 24 from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Did you watch America’s Got Talent?  The clicker is one of the tools that contestants like Sara Carson used to train her dog Hero and how Jokgu the chicken learned to play the keyboard!

The clicker is a small, springy, snappy metal hand tool utilized in training to reward a desirable behavior immediately with precise timing. It is a secondary reinforcer that signals to the dog that it performed the correct behavior and that a primary reward will be shortly forthcoming. Clicker training pairs the neutral sound of a clicker with a primary reward, such as a treat. Eventually, the clicker becomes a predictor that the reward will soon be given. This allows the trainer to use the sound of the click to reinforce the desired behavior. This is particularly useful when teaching a new trick because the owner is not always in a position to give the food reward immediately.

When training tricks it is best to use food paired with the sound of the clicker. Many tricks must be taught in steps and each step needs to be reinforced immediately to help the dog understand the process. The clicker enables you to reward each step at the exact moment of success.

Once the dog reliably performs the desired behavior, we can start weaning away from the clicker and food.

101 Requirement: Dog must be food motivated.
102 Requirement: Dog must be food motivated and have completed course 101.
103 Requirement: Dog must be food motivated and have completed course 102.

101 Curriculum: Handlers will learn how to teach simple tricks such as sit, down, stay, stand, side and rollover, touch and give me five, utilizing a clicker.

102 Curriculum: We will continue using the clicker to shape new tricks.

103 Curriculum: Continue to build on previous tricks and learn to teach multi-step tricks utilizing the clicker.

Recommendations: Bring a hungry dog, leash and collar, treat bag and yummy treats. If you do not have a treat bag, they are sold at Misty Pines. You may purchase one before class.

Scent Work 101

Scent Work 101 – March 10 from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Scent Work 102 – March 17 from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Scent Work 103 – March 24 from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Scent Work 104 – March 31 from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Every dog is equipped with an amazing tool: their nose! Olfaction, the act or process of smelling, is a dog’s primary special sense. Dogs have more than 220 million olfactory receptors in their nose, while humans have only 5 million! Teaching dogs to use their nose to identify a target odor offers many benefits. This is a highly recommended working game for families to learn to work their family pets.

    Pre-Requisites for Scent Work

  1. 101 – None
  2. 102 – Your dog must have completed a Scent Work 101 course.
  3. 103 – Your dog must have completed a Scent Work 102 course or higher.
  4. 104 – Your dog must have completed a Scent Work 103 course or higher.

Nuisance Behaviors

Nuisance Behaviors – March 31 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

This open forum class focuses on how to correct and inhibit common nuisance behaviors of dogs and how to train the dog for a more desirable behavior. Some of the behaviors we address are pulling on the leash, jumping up, digging, barking, counter surfing, mouthing and play-biting and more. Please join us if you would like help in training your dog to be a better house-mate and companion. Please pre-register.

Held on the 5th Saturday of each eligible month.

Canines Dealing with Dry, Itchy Skin in the Winter

The furnace is on! This winter has been a cold one and we still have February and March to go before Spring arrives. While our furnaces work to keep us warm, they rob our air of moisture so you may find your indoor pet experiencing dry skin and shedding. This is usually the result of low humidity. Frequent brushing helps remove dead hair and skin and stimulates oil glands but brushing alone is often not enough to keep a dog’s skin and coat healthy; diet and supplements can play a major roll here as well.

Many skin disorders and other health problems of pets are caused by a lack of proper fats in the diet. The most important types are Omega 3s and Omega 6s. These essential fatty acids (EFAs) are polyunsaturated fatty acids that the body needs for health but cannot make on its own. EFAs must be obtained from food. The body needs EFAs to make and repair cell membranes. They also govern growth, vitality, mental state, oxygen transfer, hemoglobin production and control the movement of nutrients through cell membranes. The most important Omega-3 fatty acids for pets are docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

EFAs play a key role in both the pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory pathways. Lack of sufficient EFAs tends to manifest in the skin first. The skin is the first to lose oils and the last to get them. The deficiency can lead to dry, flaky, itchy skin. Another area of the body influenced by the dietary imbalance of EFAs is the joints; arthritis is merely an inflammation of the joints. Studies have shown that adding fish oil to the diet can reduce the stiffness, pain and inflammation associated with this debilitating disease. Supplementing fish oil in the diet can prevent or reduce the development of arthritis in the first place. Some animals have trouble absorbing oils in their diet. Digestive enzymes, such as papaya, found in Digestive Enzymes by NaturVet or aspergillus, found in Prozyme, can be added to the diet to increase absorption of EFAs by 200%.

Misty Pines carries Grizzly Salmon oil, recommended by Dr. Doug Kneuven, and UltraOil, both of which are oils balanced to provide the optimum levels of Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids. It is recommended to rotate between bottles, meaning that when you’ve finished the Grizzly, get the UltraOil next time. Each different type of oil contains the EFAs in different quantities so rotational usage ensures that all the body’s needs are being met. Misty Pines also carries Prozyme and Digestive Enzymes, which are recommended by Dr. Kneuven. Stop in to Misty Pines today and get 10% off any Salmon, Pollock or UltraOil products as well as Prozyme or Digestive Enzymes.


Canine Nutrition. What Every Owner, Breeder, and Trainer Should Know by Lowell Ackerman, D.V.M.
Why Fish Oil for a Dog by Dr. Doug Knueven D.V.M.

The Benefits of Dog Boarding at Misty Pines

This is the most popular time of the year to plan summer vacations. Recent information, provided by AAA and Ambassador travel agency, suggest that people plan their summer vacations 6 months in advance, which means many of you are thinking about your vacations right now. Remember to plan ahead for your dog’s vacation as well! Your pets are part of your family and you want to make sure they are well cared for while you are away. Make plans now to ensure that your dog has a reservation for exceptional care from the staff at Misty Pines.

Dog boarding is a very popular service, and we tend to book up quickly. We recommend to reserve your dog’s vacation and amenities soon to ensure your dog has every opportunity to enjoy the many and unique amenities of your choice for your dog’s environmental enrichment. Boarding and amenities quite often are booked to capacity.

You may want to consider booking your vacation around our popular Kids Dog Training Camp held July 9th – 11th or July 23rd – 25th. Give us a call or stop in and we can discuss what is best for your dog to have an optimal stay. When you book your dog’s vacation and amenities you can register your kids for camp too.

Boarding your dog at Misty Pines gives them an unrivaled opportunity for environmental enrichment. Where else can you find 25 acres of shaded wooded trails to be walked on to investigate and explore, turfed play-yards, a 5,000 sq. ft. training arena with a full set of agility obstacles, a half-acre pond for swimming and dock diving, and kennels with 24 hour outdoor access to potty for your dog?

Dog Boarding at Misty Pines can be an exciting social experience by taking advantage of our optional activities. We have options for every dog’s demeanor and desire! Group playtime allows your pet to exercise and play with other social dogs in our outdoor play-yards. Playtimes are available in one or four hour increments. We also have yards available for Private Playtimes for those that prefer a quieter experience. There are also individual activities such as walks on our two miles of wooded nature trails or play ball time. A favorite for the smaller breeds is cuddle time, 15 minutes of one-on-one attention from our staff. Our senior boarders like this option as well. Dogs looking for excitement may enjoy a run on the agility course or a treadmill training workout for those that need structured exercise. During the summer we can hike to the pond with your dog to cool off swimming and dock diving. This is also a great option for retrievers that need to work on their water retrieves or for those that are interested in dock diving training.

While your dog is boarding with us you may schedule training sessions during their stay. This program is designed to expedite your dog’s training for basic obedience, good manners, agility, socialization, or for any specific goals you may have for your dog. Our team of trainers will work with your dog on any behaviors you would like such as walking nicely on leash, sit, down, stay, come, heel, or any command or behavior you need extra help with. Dog Training sessions during Board and Train are 30 minutes. When you pick up your dog from boarding you will receive a report card regarding your dog’s training.

Boot Camp is an accelerated training program where your dog lives and trains with us for two weeks. It is designed to foster new and accelerated learning development for your dog. At the end of the two weeks a private session is included for you to work with us and your dog to learn the cues and behaviors your dog has learned during their stay with us.

We also have a Daycare Boot Camp, which is similar to Boot Camp but without the over-night boarding. This is a good solution for dogs that need professional handling but are not good candidates for long-term boarding. Dogs come to Misty Pines Monday through Friday from 8:00 am till 4:00 pm for two weeks. This is 10 training sessions over two consecutive weeks. A pick up lesson is included in the price and should be scheduled for the last Friday that the dog will be worked. The pick-up lesson should be scheduled before 3:00 pm.

See below for our menu of services and activities that your canine companion can participate in while on vacation at Misty Pines.

1 Hour Playtime
4 Hours Playtime
1/2 Hour Private Playtime
Nature Trail Walk
Cuddle Time
Nail Trim/Grind
Ear Cleaning
Play Ball
Ability Obstacle Course
Obedience Training Session
Swimming and Dock Diving
2 Week Boot Camp
Afternoon Snacks – Kong or Ice Cream

As you can see, boarding your dog at Misty Pines means they will have professional care, a wide range of activities for fun and training, and opportunities for environmental enrichment, all of which can only be found together at Misty Pines.

Don’t chance it on our boarding wait list; book your summer vacations now!

Therapy Dog Visits

Locations To Visit

Once your dog has passed their Therapy Dog International certification, it’s time for the fun to begin. Read below for a list of places that are always looking for registered therapy dogs to brighten the day of the patients and residents:

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Services & Teams

If you would like to have Therapy Dogs visit your facility, please contact one of the following Therapy Dog Teams or contact Misty Pines to have your facility listed in the above section so that our teams may contact you. Click the link below for teams that are interested in visiting those in need of therapeutic visits from their furry friends:

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“The golden gift is this: Intimately connected with his own emotions, the dog cannot lie. What he feels, he expresses. What he shows in his body posture is true, without guile, completely and utterly honest. Distanced from our own feelings, bound by our fears, we treasure and are amazed by this quality of complete truth in our dogs.”

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Sat 24

Agility Class

February 24 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Sat 24

Tricks and Clicks 103

February 24 @ 11:15 am - 12:00 pm