August 2017 – Volume XIV: Issue 08

Happy Fourth of July!

–  August 26th is National Dog Day  –

North Park Class

North Park Class – August 8 from 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm  
North Park Class – September 12 from 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm

Misty Pines Pet Company is holding a special location dog training class in North Park. Class will be meeting at the North Park Swimming Pool parking lot at 6:30 PM. Please bring all of your usual tools needed for class and be sure to have a treat bag filled with your dog’s most favorite treats. Please sign up and prepay in advance. This class is open to students from all levels of classes.

CGC/TDI Prep Class

February 4 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

First and Third Saturday of every month.

This class will prepare you for both tests. We will actually go through all of the exercises so you will know exactly what you need to work on with your dog. You will have the opportunity to practice the exercises required in these tests. Practice makes perfect!

Therapy Dog International Test (TDI)

The Primary objective of the TDI dog and handler is to provide comfort and companionship by sharing the dog with the patients in hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions and wherever else the Therapy Dog is needed. This is done in a way that increases emotional well being, promotes healing, and improves the quality of life for the people being visited and the staff that cares for these people.

The CGC and TDI also lays the foundation for the Public Access Test for the Misty Pines Certified Service Dogs.

Read this article for more information about the Therapy Dog International Title and to learn the requirements to achieve it.

Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC)

The Canine Good Citizen Test is a titling through the American Kennel Club (AKC) that is designed to recognize dogs that have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test will receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

Read this article for more information about the Canine Good Citizen Title and to learn the requirements to achieve it.

Tricks 101

Tricks 101 – August 12 from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm  
Tricks 102 – August 19 from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

If you’re looking for a fun activity and good way to bond with your dog then this tricks class is the class for you and your dog! Similar to Agility, teaching Tricks is a fun break from regular obedience training but continues to build the working relationship between you and your canine companion. Tricks are behaviors that are outside of our typical curriculum and often involve multiple steps per behavior.

101 Requirement: Dog must be food motivated.

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

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

Registration online or by phone required to attend class.

Warm Up and Practice Dock Diving Trial

August 20 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

This will be a competition for practice, fun, ribbons and prizes. There will be 2 rounds of jumps. One will be at 9:30, and one at 12:30. Each dog entered will get 2 jumps off the dock. The better of the two jumps will determine the dog’s division and place in that division. When the 12:30 jumps are over the top 6 dogs of each division will jump for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in their division.

Walking Politely On A Leash

August 26 from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

All Levels Welcome

Having a dog that is a pleasure to walk is, well…a pleasure. We want to help you enjoy your time outdoors with your dog and make your walking time enjoyable. We’ll be working on Heel, Easy, Take-a-Walk and This Way. Walking a dog on a loose leash for a longer distances and duration is one of the most challenging exercises for owners and their dogs.

Class will be indoors and outdoors. Please dress appropriately.

Swimming Class

September 9 from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Does your dog need a swimming lesson? Is your dog a good swimmer but wants to have friends to swim with? We offer a Summer Swimming Class! This helpful class will be sure to get your dog in the water at our dog pond in no time. Be sure to bring a water toy, enticing dog treats, a long leash, your bathing suit or old clothes and water shoes. You Will Get Wet! Please pre-register.

Kids Camp 2017

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Kids Camp such a success! Thank you to the kids, to the parents, to the dogs and to our staff. We enjoyed two wonderful sessions of Kids Camp this year and though the weather didn’t always cooperate we had a great time none-the-less. The kids who attended received folders with fun handouts that remind them how to greet dogs properly and how they should and should not treat dogs. They also received a book called “A Dog is a Dog and That’s Why He’s so Special,” which has been a huge hit with the kids in years past.


Kids had a great time this year working their dogs around and on the obstacles, walking on the trails and going swimming in the pond. Kids spend the day learning to train their dogs in a variety of situations. The main focus of training is on the 5 basics (sit, down, come, stay, heel) but we also work on tricks such as twist and spin and we teach them to work their dogs on the agility obstacles. Working agility is a great way to develop a working relationship with a dog and the kids all did a great job learning to be leaders through agility.

Towards the end of each day the kids get snacks and watch short, educational videos. These videos teach the kids how to interact with dogs and stay safe around them as well as how to take care of their dogs at home. After the videos, if there’s time, we hit the agility obstacles again and wait for their parents to pick them up.

Thank you all again for another great year of Kids Camp, we hope to see everyone again next year!

Vacation Preparation

Pre-boarding your dog before their first visit help ease concerns about boarding your dog, particularly if the dog is “elderly.” These concerns are valid and at Misty Pines we take them seriously.

It is worth noting, before moving on, that bringing a puppy to the kennel at an early age will help to familiarize the pup with the sights, sounds, smells and staff of the facility and will help to ease anxiety about boarding later in life. Socialization is the most important aspect of raising a puppy. This means more than taking your dog to the park to socialize with other dogs and humans. The meaning of socialization stretches to encompass as many experiences as possible that the dog may have to deal with during it’s adulthood.

First-Time Boarders

Pre-Boarding for dogs

A 5 year old dog who has never boarded and typically spends all day at home could become very stressed when boarding while your family goes on vacation . He’s never been here before and probably never heard a pressure washer before. He may have never used a dog door. Has he used an automatic watering bowl that fills itself back up? Does he have people walk past him multiple times a day while he’s in his crate at home? Has he ever been in a crate? These are all  things the he will need to get used to in order to have a good boarding experience.

Taking the time to do a few Pre-Board sessions before a long boarding for your dog will be monumental in helping him deal with the stress of boarding. Bring your dog in for at least 4 hours ($20/dog) and he’ll be put in one of our indoor/outdoor runs to acclimate to the facility as well as the new sights and sounds. Your dog could be given short activities that will give us insight into your dog’s reaction to kennel life as well as to other dogs. It is best to let us know what your typical routine is at home so that we can choose appropriate activities. When you pick your dog up from a Pre-Board, we will let you know how your dog did and if he needs to attend a couple of these sessions.

Your dog may need extra help acclimating to Misty Pines, especially if you plan to board your dog with us for an extended period of time.  If that is the case we recommend scheduling your dog for an over-night boarding stay .

The 10+ Crowd

Pre-Boarding for elderly dogs

Unless very well socialized, elderly dogs are more prone to stress in a new environment than younger dogs. Furthermore, stress can be more physically damaging to an older dog and may lead to serious health problems.

Any dog over 10 years of age that has not boarded at Misty Pines before, or maybe not since they were very young, is required to do a Pre-Board of at least 4 hours. If there are health issues already present, we may require an over-night to ensure that the problem does not worsen when separated from the owner/family.

As stated above for the younger dogs, Pre-Boarding sessions are a great help to those dogs who are already a little tentative and generally help the dog have a pleasant boarding experience with us.

It’s hot out there! Signs, symptoms, how to avoid and how to deal with canine heatstroke.

The average temperature of a dog is 99.7° F to 102.5° F. When a dog has heatstroke, their temperature can be 106° F or higher. The technical term for heatstroke is hyperthermia: Hyper=high, thermia=temperature. This causes a body temperature that is so far above normal that the normal physiological process is subject to damage and dysfunction. The damaging effects of hyperthermia can be temporary or permanent and can cause sudden death. The higher the temperature and the longer it persists without treatment, the more damage it can cause.

Dog suffering from heatstrokeDogs only have sweat glands on their pads and nose which are inadequate for cooling during hot and humid weather. Dog’s become less efficient at cooling themselves as the humidity rises. They regulate their body temperature by panting and drawing air over the moist membranes of both the nose and tongue, cooling by evaporation. However, if they can’t expel the heat fast enough, their body will temperature rise. Panting will actually generate more heat due to the muscle action involved. A rise of 3 degrees to a temperature of 105° F is all it takes to send your dog into a dangerous situation. At this temperature, the dog can no longer cope with reducing their body heat and the oxygen demand increases to where the dog cannot keep up and their temperature continues to rise. When their temperature hits 108° F, the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and intestinal tracts begin to breakdown at a cellular level and the damage can progress at an alarming rate.

    Signs of Heat Stroke:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Wide eyes
  • Dry mouth and nose
  • Saliva is thick and sticky
  • Gums that look dull, grayish-pink, or bright red
  • Very high body temperature (above 104°F)
  • Staggering, unsteady, disorientated behavior
  • Collapse and become unconscious in advanced heat stroke
    Treatment for Heat Stroke:

  • Move to a cooler environment.
  • Take the pet’s temperature rectally, if it is above 103°F you will need to begin cooling them.
  • cooling off a dog that has heatstrokeUsing cool water making sure that the water is contacting their skin. Cool their belly and groin area and run water over their mouth and tongue. Cool them gradually.
  • Pack ice in their groin, head, and neck areas. Cold towels can also be wrapped around the dog; just be sure to replace with fresh cold ones frequently. The towels will become warm quickly and will trap their body heat.
  • Monitor their temperature every 2 minutes; discontinue cooling them when their rectal temperature reaches 104°F. Their body will continue to cool itself when you discontinue the cool water.
  • If their temperature should fall below 100°F, keep the dog warm by covering them with a towel or even towels warmed from the dryer.
  • Transport the dog to the nearest veterinarian ASAP!

**The only exception to not taking their temperature first is if the dog collapsed or already unconscious. At this point, you need to start cooling them as quickly as possible. While the dog is being cooled, have another person take their temperature at the same time.

Never leave your pet in your vehicle or tied out in the direct sunlight on warm, sunny days. Even a few minutes in your vehicle with the windows down can be critical for your pet. There are other factors that can increase the risk of developing heat stroke: lack of water, enclosed space, excessive humidity, obesity, age, cardiovascular disease, and exercise intolerance. Brachiocephalic breeds such as bulldogs, boxers, and pugs are more risk for heat stroke than other breeds because of their short noses. Any animal when faced with high temperatures, high humidity, and time to build up heat within the body, can face the misfortune of being affected with heat stroke. Exercise your pet in the morning or late evenings when it is cooler and be sure to have fresh cold water or ice cubes for them. Please use common sense when taking your pet outdoors on hot days; if it is too hot for you, it is too hot for them.

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 26

Agility Class

August 26 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Sat 26

Walking Politely On A Leash

August 26 @ 11:15 am - 12:00 pm